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Case Study: Citizen Journalist Elena Popa

Date: 
3 May 2020

In many respects, Elena Popa is a typical Romanian domestic carer working in Austria. She’s a caregiver of an 87-year-old grandmother, a mother of three, and a former cook. Yet to tens of thousands of domestic carers across Austria and Germany, she is also a symbol of justice: an inspirational community leader and citizen journalist who dares to speak out against the system of rampant abuse and exploitation in their rapidly growing – and under-regulated – industry.

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Press Freedom in Azerbaijan: ECtHR Delivers Judgment in the Case of Khadija Ismayilova

Date: 
27 Feb 2020

The European Court of Human Rights has delivered its judgment today in the case of award-winning investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova. The Court held that Azerbaijan had arbitrarily detained Khadija, in order to prevent her working as a journalist, and had violated her right to the presumption of innocence, when it arrested her on trumped up charges in December 2014 and held her in pre-trial detention until May 2016. 

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Malaysiakini: supporting independent news in Malaysia

Date: 
23 Jul 2019

"We were able to mount a successful challenge in the end that also created a bit of legal history in Malaysia because it established a right to a free press as a constitutional right."

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Two Colombian officials sentenced to 30 and 40 years for crimes committed against Jineth Bedoya

Date: 
9 May 2019

“It is clear that the ill-treatment and physical and psychological violence suffered by Ms Bedoya were part of a systemic and well organised plan, which was also inflicted against other journalists who received death threats for their investigations into corruption at La Modelo prison.”

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Italian investigative journalist acquitted of unfounded libel charges

Date: 
11 Feb 2019

“I was a freelance at that time. I knew that I was taking risks in writing the story but, to be honest, I thought more about the physical risks than being sued, because I was quite sure of the evidence I had found. It was, to me, a huge help and a relief to have the free legal assistance from a very good lawyer, Andrea Di Pietro, thanks to Ossigeno and MLDI’s support. Thanks to this support I never felt alone or intimidated during the last three years. It's fundamental for freelance journalists who are not backed by a media company to get this free legal assistance. This is a shield to protect freedom of information.”

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European Court of Human Rights finds Azerbaijan violated the rights of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova

Date: 
10 Jan 2019

"It was a long legal fight, and I will continue demanding that the Azerbaijani government properly investigates the intrusion to my privacy and blackmail. I strongly believe that the Azerbaijani government officials were behind the secret filming and blackmailing, and my legal struggle will continue till the day when all perpetrators will be brought to justice."

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Radio Aukan: defending community radio in Chile

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20 Dec 2018

Chile's broadcasting laws criminalise broadcasting without a licence. Radio Aukan is a community radio station in Chile which reports on indigenous rights, the environment and other topics. It has been unable to get a broadcasting licence for six years. Radio Aukan's equipment has been seized and a member of staff faces up to three years in prison.

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Training Kenyan lawyers on online freedom of speech

Date: 
3 Sep 2018

“The current Computer and Cybercrimes Bill has many loosely framed offences and aims to further limit freedom of expression. In the manner in which some of the offences are framed, many bloggers and social media influencers will get arrested."

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Cartoonist no longer facing 43 years in prison

Date: 
3 Aug 2018

“It is both my responsibility and my right as a citizen to expose corruption, wrongdoing and injustice. Laws like the Sedition Act mean that drawing cartoons is a crime … For asking people to laugh at the government, I was handcuffed, detained, thrown into the lockup. But I kept laughing and encouraging people to laugh with me. Why? Because laughter is the best form of protest.”

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East African Court overturns Tanzania’s newspaper ban

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27 Jun 2018

"We have witnessed the systematic attack of the freedom of expression and press freedom in Tanzania. This decision has sent the right message to the Tanzanian government.”

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