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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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East African Court overturns Tanzania’s newspaper ban

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27 Jun 2018

The case was brought to the East African Court of Justice by Mseto, a Tanzanian newspaper. A ministerial order banned the paper from publishing for three years. Mseto challenged the order saying it interfered with press freedom, and was therefore unlawful under international law.

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The chilling effect of torture

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26 Jun 2018

Torture is illegal under international law, but it is still prevalent across the world. Today, on the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we spoke to award winning human rights lawyer Rashid Hajili about the use of torture against journalists in Azerbaijan.

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MLDI and coalition intervene in Canadian Supreme Court case on confidentiality of journalist sources

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23 May 2018

The Canadian Supreme Court held a hearing on an issue that will have major implications for press freedom generally, and the confidentiality of press sources.

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