News: Nov 2013

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UN Calls for Release of Vietnamese Blogger

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29 Nov 2013

The detention of Vietnamese blogger and human rights activist, Le Quoc Quan, has been condemned by a United Nations human rights tribunal as violating his right to freedom of expression and his right to a fair trial.

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MLDI Launches Fundraising Bid for Ethiopian Journalists

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22 Nov 2013

Your support is needed to free two Ethiopian journalists wrongly convicted as terrorists and set a precedent that will help stop the abuse of anti-terror laws across Africa.

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Explaining the Issues: Sedition

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13 Nov 2013

While it's rare to be prosecuted for it in western democracies, Peter Noorlander, MLDI's CEO, explains how authoritarian governments frequently use old colonial sedition laws to silence criticism.

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MLDI Intervenes in David Miranda High Court Challenge

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6 Nov 2013

The High Court is hearing the judicial review application of David Miranda in relation to his detention earlier this year under the Terrorism Act 2000. The Media Legal Defence Initiative together with Article 19 and English PEN intervened in the case, arguing that Mr Miranda’s detention under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act was in violation of international human rights law.

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Media Freedom - A Rough Guide to Kigali

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5 Nov 2013

Agnès Uwimana and Saidati Mukakibibi wrote for a local Rwandan newspaper, Umurabyo. Some of their articles displeased the Rwandan government. The result: seventeen and seven years in prison on grounds of defamation, threatening national security, “divisionism” and genocide denial.