News: Sep 2013

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Journalist Jailed for “Insulting the State” Wins Freedom

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30 Sep 2013

A Somali journalist has won an appeal against his conviction and imprisonment for “insulting the state”. MLDI gave financial support and worked with local lawyers to challenge the conviction and the entire case against him was thrown out.

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Zambia: “King Cobra” Strikes

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30 Sep 2013

Two years after Zambia’s President Sata – nicknamed King Cobra because of his combative political style - was elected with a promise to make the rule of law and justice the “cornerstone” of his tenure, concern is growing at his oppressive use of the law against independent media in the country. MLDI is supporting several cases in which journalists thought to be linked to a controversial independent news website are being prosecuted.

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African Court urged: “Stop use of criminal law to protect reputations”

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30 Sep 2013

MLDI has petitioned the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights to rule that imprisonment for defamation violates the right to freedom of expression and that the criminal law should not be used in disputes concerning reputation. The case concerns a journalist from Burkina Faso who is serving a prison sentence for defaming a public prosecutor.

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New MLDI Defence Fund for South and Southeast Asia

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12 Sep 2013

The Media Legal Defence Initiative has announced the launch of a major new legal defence fund for bloggers and online media in South and Southeast Asia.