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European Court of Human Rights finds Azerbaijan violated the rights of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova

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10 Jan 2019

The European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgment in the case of award-winning Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova. Ms Ismayilova, an independent investigative journalist known internationally for her pro-democracy stance, was the target of a systematic smear campaign comprising threats, intimidations and gross violations of her privacy designed to prevent her from pursuing her journalistic work.

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Leading media law and journalism organizations announce new legal support for fact-checkers

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9 Jan 2019

Fact-checkers around the world are under threat. From today fact-checkers will now be able to access legal support and resources through the Fact-Checkers Legal Support Initiative (FLSI). The project is being launched by three leading media law and journalism organizations: the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) , the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) .

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Free speech organisations submit amicus brief in Inter-American Court of Human Rights case on criminal defamation

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14 Jan 2019

MLDI and seven other free speech organisations have today filed an amicus brief before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the case of Tulio Álvarez v Venezuela . The applicant, Mr. Álvarez, is a Venezuelan constitutional lawyer and university professor who was criminally convicted of “ongoing aggravated defamation” in respect of a column he published in a local newspaper regarding the alleged misappropriation of funds from the National Assembly’s Workers’ and Retirees’ Savings Bank.

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Preliminary Opinion from Court of Justice of the European Union in Google v CNIL case about the right to be forgotten affirms the need to protect freedom of expression

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10 Jan 2019

The Advocate General Maciej Szpunar delivered a landmark preliminary opinion in respect of the scope of individuals’ right to request the removal, or 'de-referencing', of online information about them. The opinion states enforcement of a successful claim should apply only to the EU and not worldwide.

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Call for Applications: East Africa Digital Rights and Online Freedom of Expression Litigation Surgery

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8 Jan 2019

Media Legal Defence Initiative will be running a litigation surgery in Kampala, Uganda, on the right to online freedom of expression, digital rights and the internet. This fully funded, legal workshop is for lawyers based in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

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Important ECtHR judgment on hyperlinking and defamation finds violation of press freedom

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4 Dec 2018

The ECtHR’s unanimous judgment on Magyar Jeti ZRT v Hungary is an important clarification of the circumstances in which liability might exist for using hyperlinks.

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Canadian Supreme Court rules Vice News journalist must hand over material relating to communications with source

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3 Dec 2018

The Canadian Supreme Court has upheld a decision of the lower courts compelling a Vice Media journalist to hand over material relating to communications with his source.

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Guest blog: How Human Rights Platform lawyers protect freedom of speech

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29 Nov 2018

In the current conditions it's vital to have professional and accessible legal help available to Ukranian journalists and other media. It enables them to be more confident while collecting and disseminating critical and socially important information.

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Radio Aukan: defending community radio in Chile

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29 Nov 2018

Chile's broadcasting laws criminalise broadcasting without a licence. Radio Aukan is a community radio station in Chile which reports on indigenous rights, the environment and other topics. It has been unable to get a broadcasting licence for six years. Radio Aukan's equipment has been seized and a member of staff faces up to three years in prison.

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Capacity Building: new report on the impact of MLDI’s partner grants

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27 Nov 2018

We recently carried out an impact assessment of our capacity building programme to support National Media Defence Centres across the world. This support is aimed at increasing the capacity of these organisations, and building a strong and sustainable network of legal defence centres for independent media across the globe.

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