What We Do

Emergency Defence

We fund legal defence for journalists and independent media across the world.

Strategic Litigation

We take on strategic cases to promote and improve media freedom.

Capacity Building

We build local legal capacity to defend journalists through legal training and by funding local legal centres to defend journalists.


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Kenyan Court Declares Journalist Arshad Sharif’s Killing Unlawful

July 8, 2024- In a critical ruling, the High Court of Kenya at Kajiado, has found the killing of prominent Pakistani journalist, Arshad Sharif, unlawful. The Court also condemned the authorities’ failure to carry out a prompt and independent investigation into the killing. Judge Mutuku stated that the authorities played a "blame game" in the…

Landmark Ruling in Uruguay: Court Dismisses $450k SLAPP Suit Against La Diaria

Leer en español By Edison Lanza and Matías Jackson A recent first instance ruling by a Civil Court in Montevideo (Uruguay) dismissed a damages lawsuit with characteristics of a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP) filed against the print and digital media outlet La Diaria. After a civil process that took two years, the landmark…

Una sentencia ofrece argumentos para desestimar acciones SLAPP en Uruguay

Read in English Por Edison Lanza y Matías Jackson Una reciente sentencia de primera instancia dictada por un Juzgado Letrado en lo Civil de Montevideo (Uruguay) desestimó una demanda de daños y perjuicios con características de un litigio estratégico contra la participación pública (SLAPP por su sigla en inglés) interpuesta contra el medio escrito y…

Media Defence condemns the targeting of journalists in Gaza

For 9 months, journalists in Gaza have endured particularly dangerous and inhumane conditions. Since October 2023, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), over 100 journalists and media workers, mostly Palestinian, have been killed. The intensity of Israel’s assault makes the situation increasingly dangerous. Access to independent information is crucial. We recognise that journalists…

Media Defence Raises Press Freedom Concerns Over Spyware at Brazil’s Supreme Court Hearing

At a recent public hearing held by the Federal Supreme Court (STF), Media Defence and partners ABRAJI and Tornavoz highlighted the significant risks posed by authorities’ use of secret surveillance tools on personal communication devices. The hearing sought to hear civil society and the academy on the implications of spyware tools and how to mitigate…

The Cost of Exposing Corruption: Mauricio Weibel’s Struggle Against Military Espionage and Disinformation Campaigns

Mauricio Weibel Barahona, is a distinguished Chilean investigative journalist specialising in military corruption and human rights. His in-depth investigations have exposed significant corruption within the Chilean military, leading to both monumental recoveries for the Chilean treasury and severe personal repercussions. His work had significant national impacts, including the recovery of approximately USD 4.5 billion for…

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