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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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Webinar: “Freedom of expression in a time of war”

On Thursday July 21st, 11am BST, we’re hosting a webinar to explore the impact of conflict on freedom of expression. We’ll hear from those directly involved about the violence journalists experience, and the longer-term implications of war on press freedoms. Register here. The Context War reporting by independent journalists is essential to ensuring the public…

Lawyer Impact Survey 2021

About the survey In 2021, we carried out our second Lawyer Impact Survey to assess the impact of our support to lawyers. We support lawyers with both our emergency defence and our strategic litigation programmes. Through these programmes, we offer pro bono legal support, as well as financial support for lawyers in order to cover…

We are Hiring for a Finance and Operations Director

We are looking for a talented, fully-qualified finance professional who brings strong strategic and operational experience across all areas of budgeting, financial reporting, governance and risk. The role of the Finance and Operations Director is a key part of our organisation and of our leadership team. As a strategic advisor to the CEO, our Board…

Strasbourg court finds Russia’s ‘foreign agent’ law unlawful

The European Court of Human Rights has handed down its long-awaited judgment in the case of Ecodefence and others v Russia. The Court considered over 60 separate challenges brought by NGOs against Russia’s foreign agent laws. One of the challenges was brought by our partner organisation Mass Media Defence Centre. Media Defence submitted a third-party…

Media Defence Awarded UNESCO Global Media Defence Fund

UNESCO has awarded Media Defence a grant of $36,350 as part of the Global Media Defence Fund. The Global Media Defence Fund was launched in July 2019 in order to support the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. The Global Media Defence Fund aims to help not-for-profit organisations…

We are recruiting for a Legal Officer

Legal Officer: Role Summary We are looking for a Legal Officer to conduct strategic litigation and provide case support to lawyers representing media and (citizen) journalists. The Legal Officer will deliver trainings on media law and strategic litigation. Additionally, they will help assess grant applications. The Legal Officer will also assist with providing communications content…

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