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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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Meet the team: Elisabeth Witchel, Coordinator Legal Network for Journalists at Risk (LNJAR)

Can you tell us a little about yourself? At the risk of sounding older than I’d like, I’ve been working in the press freedom world for over 20 years, mostly at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), as well as various projects for International Media Support and other organisations. I’ve mainly worked on providing emergency…

The case of Nika Gvaramia: silencing opposition voices in Georgia

Nika Gvaramia is a Georgian journalist and leading opposition politician. Gvaramia was Minister of Justice and Minister of Education and Science under former President Mikheil Saakashvili and is a prominent critic of the current Georgian government and the ruling Georgian Dream party. In May 2022, Gvaramia was convicted on charges of abuse of power and…

Webinar – Amicus Curiae Interventions in Freedom of Expression Cases: A UNESCO Guide

Webinar UNESCO and Media Defence are hosting a webinar about UNESCO’s guide on amicus curiae interventions in freedom of expression cases. The webinar will be held on the 9th of February 2023 at 9:00 COL / 14:00 GMT / 15:00 CET. Register for the webinar here. The event will be held in English and Spanish,…

Nueva serie de guías para litígio de libertad de expresión en América Latina para abogados y abogadas

Nos complace anunciar nuestras nuevas guías sobre litigios de libertad de expresión en América Latina. Hemos publicado los documentos en nuestra Biblioteca de recursos. Usted puede clicar aquí para leerlos. Por el momento los documentos sólo están disponibles en español. Las doce guías cubren temas como Estándares internacionales e interamericanos sobre libertad de expresión Acceso…

New Modules for Lawyers Litigating Freedom of Expression Cases in Latin America  

The Modules We are excited to announce our new modules on litigating freedom of expression cases in Latin America. We have uploaded the modules to our Resource Hub, please click here to read them. They are currently only available in Spanish. The twelve modules cover topics such as: International and inter-American standards on freedom of…

[NOW CLOSED] We’re recruiting: Legal Officer and Senior Legal Officer

Role summary We are currently recruiting a Legal Officer and a Senior Legal Officer to join our small and dedicated team. They will conduct strategic litigation, provide case support to lawyers, represent media and (citizen) journalists, deliver trainings on media law and strategic litigation, assess grant applications, and help with public communications, working closely with…

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