Case Studies

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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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"I Will Keep Drawing Until the Last Drop of My Ink"

Date: 
5 Oct 2016

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar is challenging the sedition laws that could land him in jail for decades.

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What Happened Next: Zheng Xi Choo, Singapore

Date: 
8 Jun 2016

"This case will have wider implications on Commonwealth jurisprudence, as more countries enact cyber-stalking and cyber-harassment legislation."

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“Fighting lawsuits is part and parcel of what we have to do - if you want to protect an ideal, there’s a price you have to pay.”

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21 Apr 2016

When Lance Polu from www.talamua.com in Samoa faced a defamation claim from a New Zealand lawyer, MLDI helped fund his defence. We talked to Lance to find out more.

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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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"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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