In 2018 Medial Defence turned ten years old. Our 2018 annual report reflects on our growth, achievements and impact over the last ten years, as well as taking an in-depth look at 2018.
We launched in 2008 with three staff, a handful of cases, and a mission to provide emergency legal assistance to journalists. Ten years later we have grown to a team of 11 staff and in 2018 we supported 265 cases around the world. Sadly, the need for our work has become more acute. The past decade has seen a contraction of the space for independent media – a trend which accelerated in 2018.
Over the last decade we have fought hundreds of legal attempts to silence independent media. We provided legal defence to journalists prosecuted for a wide range of offences including defamation, blasphemy, public order, terrorism-related offences and, more recently, offences created under new cyber-crime legislation. Throughout this time we have maintained a strong case success rate of around 70%.
In 2019 we are rebranding. This annual report has been produced in our new style with our new logo. Our thanks to Atelier Doodle for their pro bono work in developing this new identity with us.
Cover art thanks to Hassan Karimzadehm and Cartooning for Peace.
In September 2019, Media Defence was announced as the charity partner of the Chambers and Partners Diversity and Inclusion Awards. The Chambers Diversity and Inclusion Awards aim to recognize and celebrate law firms’ pro-bono achievements and contributions to diversity within the legal profession. The partnership provides opportunities for fundraising and expansion of our pro bono […]
The African Commission of Human and People’s Rights has found that Rwanda violated the right to freedom of expression of two journalists, Agnes Uwimana Nkusi and Saidati Mukakibi, after they were convicted and imprisoned on national security offences for publishing a series of articles criticising the Rwandan Government and President Paul Kagame. Ms Uwimana was […]
Media Defence Launches eReader and Advanced Modules on Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression Online
Media Defence is excited to announce its new eReader which is now the home to the new Advanced Modules on Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression Online! The eReader has been developed as part of our Digital Rights Advocates Project (DRAP) which is funded by the US Department of Democracy, Rights and Labor and supports […]