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What Happened Next: Joel Eshikumo

Date: 
13 Nov 2013

In 2009, Joel Eshikumo, a journalist in Western Kenya, was jailed after a court ruled that an article of his libelled the principal of a top boarding school. But Joel, who reports for the Weekly Citizen, says the article wasn’t his and that he had no idea there was a case against him, only hearing about it when ordered to pay damages. Three years on, he says he is campaigning for justice.

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My Story: Nazeeha Saeed

Date: 
13 Nov 2013

Nazeeha Saeed, a Bahraini correspondent for France 24 and Radio Monte Carlo, was severely beaten and tortured in police custody two years ago. Here, she describes her attempts to have those responsible prosecuted.

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Focus On: The Philippines

Date: 
13 Nov 2013

Journalists in the Philippines risk being murdered for pursuing stories about corruption and their killers are rarely brought to justice.

Here, Joel Butuyan and Harry Roque, co-chairs of MLDI’s local partner, the Center for International Law, a leading advocacy and litigation organisation in the region, describe the twin scourges as the biggest threat to freedom of speech in their country.

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Focus On: Criminal Libel in Azerbaijan

Date: 
13 Nov 2013

Council of Europe Ministers Urge Baku to Scrap Criminal Libel, expressing “grave concerns” after MLDI partner in Azerbaijan exposes lack of progress on reform pledge.

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My story: Shahzad Ahmad, Bytes for All

Date: 
10 Oct 2013

Shahzad Ahmad is Director of Bytes for All, a human rights organisation that campaigns against internet censorship in Pakistan. MLDI is supporting Bytes for All on a case it has brought to the courts claiming that the banning of You Tube is against the Pakistan constitution. Here Shahzad gives us more background on the case. We will feature further updates as the case progresses.

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What happened next: Victor Ndoki - Cameroon

Date: 
28 Jul 2013

Victor Ndoki is the editor of Cameroon newspaper “Les Nouvelles du Pays”. In April 2009 he published an article reporting that the Minister of Communication had deposited funds intended for the visit of Pope Benedict the XVI into his personal account. Two years later defamation charges were brought against him. He sought MLDI's assistance and in January 2013 the case was abandoned. We catch up with him to find out what the impact of the case has been.

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Focus On: Uganda

Date: 
27 Jul 2013

Since 2009 Human Rights Network for Journalists in Uganda has documented more than 300 journalists who have been subjected to different forms of violence with impunity.

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Protecting freedom of speech in Thailand

Date: 
4 Jul 2013

An increasing number of journalists and activists are being imprisoned under the strict lese-majeste law, which makes criticising the monarchy a criminal offence. MLDI is supporting the case of Somyot Preuksakasemsuk who has been denied bail 15 times.

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Pro bono spotlight on: Michelle Glassman Bock

Date: 
9 Apr 2013

In May 2011 Bahraini journalist Nazeeha Saeed covered a pro-democracy demonstration for the France 24 TV channel. Afterwards she was arrested and she says she was tortured for 13 hours by five police officers. After many delays the case reached court but only one officer ever faced trial. She was acquitted. MLDI is appealing to the UN to investigate the handling of the Nazeeha’s case and Michelle Glassman Bock, an international arbitration lawyer at Wilmer Hale, was part of the pro bono team that prepared the case.

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