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Announcement: Interim CEO Appointment

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11 Feb 2020

Media Defence would like to congratulate our CEO, Lucy Freeman, on her upcoming maternity leave, beginning February 2020. While she is away, Alinda Vermeer, our Head of Legal Cluster, will be stepping up to the role of interim CEO. Our organisation has a busy year ahead, with lots of important announcements coming up.

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We are hiring - Fundraising Officer

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13 Jan 2020

We are looking for a proactive, dynamic and experienced Fundraising Officer with a track record of success in raising funds from grant making trusts and foundations, including extensive experience in writing funding bids. Deadline for applications is 8th February 2020.

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Special Call Digital Rights Advancement Grants: Media Defence Centres

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10 Jan 2020

MLDI would like 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-year grants are available to such organisations, for projects aimed at providing better local level access to legal assistance and support to online independent media.

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MLDI's partner FLIP receives prestigious award in Colombia

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10 Dec 2019

MLDI’s partner Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP) was awarded journalist of the year at Premios Simon Bolivar . This award was granted in recognition of FLIP’s work defending press freedom in Colombia.

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Consultancy opportunity: training modules for litigation surgeries

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16 Nov 2019

MLDI is seeking applications for a consultant to develop legal training material. Deadline to apply is 1st December 2019

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Inter-American Court of Human Rights protects freedom of expression in Venezuelan criminal defamation case

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31 Oct 2019

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) delivered its judgment on the case of Tulio Alvarez v Venezuela. The judgment sets an important precedent on criminal prosecution of reporting in the public interest.

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Award-winning Egyptian photojournalist Shawkan subject to draconian “police observation” probation measures

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28 Oct 2019

MLDI has filed an update to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in connection with the ongoing detention of award-winning photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid.

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Consultancy opportunity: e-reader platform

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18 Oct 2019

MLDI is seeking applications for a technical consultant to develop an e-reader platform for our training manuals. The deadline for submissions is 30 October with expected completion date for the e-reader template 20 December 2019.

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Vacancy: Senior Legal Officer

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14 Oct 2019

We're looking for an experienced lawyer to join our team as Senior Legal Officer.

In this exciting role, you will conduct strategic litigation, provide case support to lawyers representing journalists around the world and deliver trainings on media law and strategic litigation. For more information and instructions on how to apply, see the attached JD.

Closing date: 30 October 2019

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European Court of Human Rights finds Hungary’s refusal to allow journalist access to asylum seekers’ centre interfered with press freedom

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9 Oct 2019

The European Court of Human Rights has held that a refusal to grant a journalist access to an asylum seeker reception centre in Hungary violated his right to freedom of expression. In its decision, Szurovecz v Hungary, the court emphasised that newsgathering, including first-hand observation, is an essential part of press freedom. MLDI intervened in the case, along with a coalition of NGOs.

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