At Media Defence, we undertake a variety of internal and external evaluations each year in order to understand the effectiveness and relevance of our programmes. We also do this to explore the impact of legal defence for journalists, in an increasingly contracting space for media freedom globally.
We are committed to transparency and wish to share the lessons and findings from our evaluations with our supporters. This year’s report includes a summary of the following programme and project evaluations carried out in 2020:
- Strategic Output and Outcome Indicators
- Journalist Impact Survey 2020
- Strategic Litigation Impact Assessment: Naser Selmani and Others v FYROM
- Most Significant Change Case Study: The Human Rights Platform
- Evaluation of our Advanced Litigation Surgery in East Africa: Six Months On
2020 was both a successful and challenging year in which we achieved most of our targets.
We provided support in 243 new cases – a record number of cases supported in a single year. Of these cases, 51 were strategic, compared to 37 in 2019. In total, we worked on 443 cases, in 63 countries. This includes both new cases and those ongoing from previous years. 93% of cases we supported were based in ‘Difficult and Very Serious’ or ‘Problematic’ countries as defined by the 2020 Press Freedom Index. Therefore, we have continued to work where the need is highest. The highest number of new cases were from Brazil (142), Cameroon (8), Tanzania (8), Azerbaijan (7), Russia (7) and Nigeria (6).
As part of the second phase of the Digital Rights Advocates project, we trained 23 lawyers on freedom of expression law at two online Advanced Litigation Surgeries in East and Southern Africa.
We received a 54% response rate to our Journalist Impact Survey, an increase from 30% in 2019. 95% of respondents said they would recommend Media Defence (or partner) to a journalist facing legal action. Additionally, 90% said that they have continued to report on public interest issues following the conclusion of their case.
This was the first year of our 2020 – 2024 organisational strategy which seeks to increase our impact, ensuring more journalists and independent media have access to affordable legal support. We met two of our strategic goals through supporting over 100 new emergency defence cases and 40 strategic cases.
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