Case Studies

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What happened next: Bheki Makhubu, Swaziland

Date: 
30 Mar 2016

“I now find that, having been persecuted, I can write with greater freedom.”

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“Really good journalism is about changing what’s wrong with the world.”

Date: 
9 Mar 2016

In 2015, journalists Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian from the small news website Phuketwan faced the powerful Royal Thai Navy in court – and won. We caught up with them six months on.

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What happened next: Reeyot Alemu, Ethiopia

Date: 
24 Feb 2016

“Knowing there are organisations working for justice gave me a great feeling.” - Six months after her release, we caught up with Reeyot to get her thoughts on freedom and the future for journalism in Ethiopia.

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“I will do everything in my power to bring back freedom of expression to my country”

Date: 
5 Jan 2016

Through our partnership with the Media Development Centre, over the last year we’ve helped leading media lawyer Filip Medarski defend 40 defamation cases in Macedonia. 

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"If they're going to try to shut us down, we have to fight back"

Date: 
26 Dec 2015

Latvian journalists Inga Springe and Nellija Locmele are fighting hard to keep media freedom alive in their country. Despite recent successes in court, legal threats remain and MLDI’s support is vital to these media outlets.

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MLDI Leads the East African Court of Justice’s First Ever Freedom of Expression Case

Date: 
26 Nov 2015

“This was a victory for the Burundi Union of Journalists and for all the press in Burundi. The decision was also very important for the whole region"

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What happened next: Abel Chapatarongo, Lesotho

Date: 
18 Nov 2015

"My hope is to see thepost newspaper become an important reference point for Lesotho. We want to build it into a credible newspaper that truly plays its watchdog role, exposing excesses wherever they are found".  

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Landmark Victory Paving the Way for Press Freedom

Date: 
5 Nov 2015

"This decision will have positive implications for all my fellow journalists. It is a victory for the entire profession."

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Milestone Judgment for Internet Freedom in India

Date: 
5 Nov 2015

“It has allowed ordinary netizens to speak freely without the fear of impending arrest and emboldened them to challenge the culture of censorship.”

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“I shall defend Stand Up for Zambia to my grave”

Date: 
24 Jul 2015

Journalist Chanda Chimba III faces criminal charges from the Zambian government – and he’s convinced that they all lead back to his critical reporting of former president Michael Sata.

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