News: Jan 2019

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Free speech organisations submit amicus brief in Inter-American Court of Human Rights case on criminal defamation

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14 Jan 2019

MLDI and seven other free speech organisations have today filed an amicus brief before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the case of Tulio Álvarez v Venezuela . The applicant, Mr. Álvarez, is a Venezuelan constitutional lawyer and university professor who was criminally convicted of “ongoing aggravated defamation” in respect of a column he published in a local newspaper regarding the alleged misappropriation of funds from the National Assembly’s Workers’ and Retirees’ Savings Bank.

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European Court of Human Rights finds Azerbaijan violated the rights of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova

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10 Jan 2019

The European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgment in the case of award-winning Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova. Ms Ismayilova, an independent investigative journalist known internationally for her pro-democracy stance, was the target of a systematic smear campaign comprising threats, intimidations and gross violations of her privacy designed to prevent her from pursuing her journalistic work.

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Preliminary Opinion from Court of Justice of the European Union in Google v CNIL case about the right to be forgotten affirms the need to protect freedom of expression

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10 Jan 2019

The Advocate General Maciej Szpunar delivered a landmark preliminary opinion in respect of the scope of individuals’ right to request the removal, or 'de-referencing', of online information about them. The opinion states enforcement of a successful claim should apply only to the EU and not worldwide.

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Leading media law and journalism organizations announce new legal support for fact-checkers

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9 Jan 2019

Fact-checkers around the world are under threat. From today fact-checkers will now be able to access legal support and resources through the Fact-Checkers Legal Support Initiative (FLSI). The project is being launched by three leading media law and journalism organizations: the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) , the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) .

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Call for Applications: East Africa Digital Rights and Online Freedom of Expression Litigation Surgery

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8 Jan 2019

Media Legal Defence Initiative will be running a litigation surgery in Kampala, Uganda, on the right to online freedom of expression, digital rights and the internet. This fully funded, legal workshop is for lawyers based in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.