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Petition filed at the UNWGAD on behalf of jailed journalist and activist Lê Đình Lượng

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18 Oct 2018

Media Legal Defence Initiative has filed a Petition with the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) calling for the immediate release of Le Dinh Luong, recently convicted and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in Vietnam.

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“Without MLDI, I think I would have been found guilty and maybe today I would not be a journalist”

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10 Oct 2018

Interested in the impact that we are having on the journalists we support? Check out the findings from our 2018 Journalist Impact Survey.

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Travel bans: a quiet repression

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3 Oct 2018

Azeri journalist Kamran Mahmudov is taking his country to the European Court of Human Rights over unexplained travel restrictions which have prevented him from leaving Azerbaijan. Travel bans of this kind have been described as "a kind of quiet repression" by David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

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Call for Applications: Southern African Digital Rights & Online Freedom of Expression Litigation Surgery

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21 Sep 2018

Extended deadline: Tuesday 23 October 2018. Applications are open for our litigation surgery on the right to freedom of expression online, digital rights and the Internet. This surgery is for lawyers based in select Southern African countries.

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Illustrating Freedom of Expression Competition

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14 Aug 2018

Pictures tell a thousand words and we need your help to draw them. Our illustration competition is an artistic challenge: can you create visual representations of some of the most important legal and human rights issues affecting independent journalists around the world? Winners will be featured online and in print as part of our 10 year celebrations – you will be helping us to communicate our work and helping us to reach more journalists and supporters.

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Cartoonist no longer facing 43 years in prison

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3 Aug 2018

A Kuala Lumpur court has dropped sedition charges against Malaysian cartoonist Zunar. The outspoken satirist was facing nine charges of sedition over nine tweets posted on social media network Twitter. Zunar pled not guilty, and faced up to 43 years in prison if convicted. Zunar was represented by Mr N Surendran and Ms Latheefa Koya of NGO Lawyers for Liberty , with support from Media Legal Defence Initiative.

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[Now closed]: Special Call: Digital Rights Advancement Grants

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25 Jul 2018

We are seeking to partner with NGOs, law centres and/or independent media outlets in East, West, and Southern Africa to advance digital rights and freedom of expression online. A limited number of one-off grants are available for short-term, pilot projects that contribute to better local level access to legal assistance and support to online independent media. The deadline to submit a concept note is Thursday, 9 August 2018 at 23h59 (GMT+1).

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Arbitrary detention of journalists in Viet Nam

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20 Jul 2018

Last month the award-winning Vietnamese blogger and human rights lawyer Nguyễn Văn Đài was released from prison in Viet Nam and exiled to Germany. Meanwhile we filed a petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention this week calling for the release of video citizen journalist Nguyễn Văn Hoá.

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Inter-American Court of Human Rights first as Colombia is condemned for journalist’s murder

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13 Jul 2018

On 6 June 2018, the Inter American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) published its judgment condemning the Colombian government for failing to investigate the case of the murdered journalist Nelson Carvajal Carvajal.

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Court increases damages award to journalist attacked with baseball bats

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11 Jul 2018

On 6 July 2018 the Higher Court in Podgorica handed down a judgment increasing an award of damages made by the Basic Court of Podgorica against the Montenegrin state for failing to carry out an effective investigation into an attack on well-known investigative journalist Tufik Softic.

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