Case Studies

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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.”

Date: 
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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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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“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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Letter From Vietnamese Blogger Dieu Cay

Date: 
9 Jul 2015

"Only when the people can freely express their political views without fear of suppression and imprisonment, then we can truly have a democratic society in which a life of freedom and happiness for all is guaranteed."

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