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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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LPM Lintas: Indonesian student magazine shut down after reporting on sexual harassment investigation

At the State Institute of Islamic Studies (IAIN) in Ambon, Indonesia, student magazine LPM Lintas was shut down in March 2022 after publishing the results of an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment at the university. The investigation relied on the testimony of dozens of students. The university’s rector subsequently issued a decree to close…

Claudia Julieta Duque: Ex agente del DAS condenado por torturas a periodista colombiana

Durante años, la periodista Claudia Julieta Duque fue sometida a una prolongada campaña de tortura psicológica a manos de la extinta policía secreta colombiana, el Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad (DAS). Desde 2001, Duque se enfrentó a una persecución implacable, desde el secuestro hasta la incesante invasión de su intimidad, pasando por la vigilancia ilegal de…

Claudia Duque: Former DAS agent convicted for torture of Colombian journalist 

For over two decades journalist Claudia Duque was subjected to a prolonged campaign of psychological torture at the hands of the now-defunct Colombian secret police, the Department of Security (DAS). Since 2001, Duque faced relentless persecution — from kidnapping to the ceaseless invasion of her privacy, encompassing illegal surveillance of phone calls, emails, and bank…

Stay Safe Online: A Guide for sub-Saharan African Journalists

Lilian Olivia Orero is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and Award-winning writer based in Nairobi, Kenya. Lilian Olivia participated in our women-only litigation surgeries as part of our EWDRA project. Here she gave a presentation on strategies that journalists in sub-Saharan Africa can use to help them stay safe online amidst ever…

[Solicitudes cerradas] Convocatoria de Consultoria: Actualización y Desarrollo de Módulos de Formación sobre Derechos Digitales y Libertad de Expresión en América Latina 

Términos de Referencia   1. Objetivo  El objeto del contrato de consultoría es actualizar doce módulos sobre derechos digitales y libertad de expresión en América Latina y desarrollar cinco módulos avanzados. 2. Antecedentes La visión de Media Defence es un mundo en el que los y las periodistas no se enfrenten a desafíos y riesgos legales…

Prominent Georgian journalist and politician Nika Gvaramia brings complaint to the ECtHR

In October 2023, Media Defence filed Nika Gvaramia’s case at the European Court of Human Rights, challenging his unlawful detention and the denial of his right to a fair trial.  Background In May 2022, Nika Gvaramia, a prominent and award-winning Georgian journalist and leading opposition politician, was convicted of abuse of power and sentenced to…

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