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Combating Impunity for Online Violence

Online attacks against journalists are increasing exponentially. We can help journalists seek redress for violations of their rights.

Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation

Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) are a form of legal harassment designed to intimidate journalists and silence critical reporting. We help journalists resist these abusive tactics.

Journalists in Distress Network

The rapid decline of press freedom needs a global and coordinated response. This is why we work with partners around the world to fight back. Media Defence is a member of the Journalists in Distress (JID) Network, a group of 18 international organisations that provide direct assistance to journalists and media workers whose lives or careers are threatened because of their work. Each organisation has its own mandate and criteria for emergency assistance. The JID Network allows member organisations to more easily share information, coordinate joint efforts, and avoid duplication.

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Article 19 | Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | Committee to Protect Journalists | Free Press Unlimited | Freedom House | Front Line Defenders | Human Rights Watch | International Federation of Journalists | International Media Support | International Women’s Media Foundation | International Research & Exchanges Board | Journalists Help Journalists | The Kality Foundation | Pen America | Pen International | Rory Peck Trust | Reporters Without Borders

Emergency Defence News

Journalist Impact: Interview with Fréderike Geerdink, Dutch Freelance Journalist

Fréderike Geerdink, a Dutch journalist working in Turkey reporting on Kurdish issues, was arrested twice in 2015. On the first occasion she was charged with making propaganda for a terrorist organisation (in this case: the armed Kurdish group PKK). On the second occasion, she was deported. Since the attempted coup d' état in 2016, Turkey's press freedom…

Anglophone Journalists in Cameroon Continue to Face State Repression

Since 2016, Cameroon's Anglophone region has been marred by a cycle of civil unrest and serious human rights violations which have claimed more than 3,000 lives. In response to legal measures introduced by the Cameroon government, teachers, lawyers, students and activists took to the streets demanding greater recognition of their political, social and cultural rights. Ongoing…

Journalist Impact Survey 2020

I haven’t changed a millimetre, I’m writing even more freely, and I’m even more convinced that I shouldn’t stop.” Journalist supported by Media Defence in 2020.

Multiple Lawsuits Filed against Polityka Journalist, Grzegorz Rzeczkowski

Media Defence is providing emergency support to Grzegorz Rzeczkowski, an investigative journalist with Poland’s prominent political weekly Polityka. Rzeczkowski is facing multiple lawsuits as a result of his reporting into the “wiretapping scandal”, which rocked Polish politics in 2014. The case typifies the legal harassment of the independent media in Poland through vexatious litigation. This…

Over 140 Lawsuits Filed against Journalist João Paulo Cuenca in Brazil

In Brazil, journalist and author JP Cuenca became the defendant in more than 140 lawsuits. These suits were filed all over the country by pastors from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of Christ, a multinational organisation with branches operating in more than a hundred countries. Mr Cuenca, at the time employed by Deutsche Welle…

Media Defence Files Second Application to European Court to Challenge SLAPP Harassment of Citizen Journalist Elena Popa

Media Defence has filed a second application to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of citizen journalist Elena Popa. Ms Popa has been targeted in multiple lawsuits after she set up a Facebook group. The group was created in order to share information about the unlawful practices of care work recruitment agencies operating…