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A Year in Review: Our 2019 Annual Report

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18 May 2020

Our 2019 Annual Report has been designed in the style of our new branding which will be launched soon. The report includes words from across our team, case studies, interviews, stats and infographics, reflections and learnings. We discuss the general global climate for media freedom as well as specific issues and cases we’ve worked on in regions from Eastern Europe to Eastern Africa.

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World Press Freedom Day Series: Latin American Journalists Vital in Fighting Corruption

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6 May 2020

Journalists are key to protecting and overseeing the scarce resources used to address the Covid-19 pandemic in Latin America as they hold the authorities to account. Their duty is not easy, as journalists covering sensitive issues like corruption are constantly facing threats, harassment and violence.

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World Press Freedom Day Series: Standing in Solidarity with LGBT Journalists

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5 May 2020

This year’s World Press Freedom Day provides an opportunity for re-focusing attention on the intersection between freedom of expression and minority rights, in-particular LGBT rights.

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World Press Freedom Day Series: Citizen Journalist Elena Popa

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3 May 2020

In many respects, Elena Popa is a typical Romanian domestic carer working in Austria. She’s a caregiver of an 87-year-old grandmother, a mother of three, and a former cook. Yet to tens of thousands of domestic carers across Austria and Germany, she is also a symbol of justice.

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COVID-19: Release Jailed Journalists Now

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29 Apr 2020

There have been urgent calls for the immediate release of journalists from detention, amid fears about the spread of COVID-19 within cramped and unsanitary prisons. Nonetheless, journalists continue to be arbitrarily arrested and detained for their reporting.

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COVID-19: La urgencia de liberar a periodistas en prisión

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29 Apr 2020

A raíz del temor por el contagio de COVID-19 en las estrechas y antihigiénicas prisiones, ha habido llamados urgentes para la liberación inmediata de periodistas en detención. No obstante, los periodistas siguen siendo detenidos y arrestados de forma arbitraria a causa de su trabajo.

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Partners Blog Series: Interview with Pakistani Lawyer Yasser Latif Hamdani

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22 Apr 2020

Tackling internet censorship in Pakistan: a tough but necessary battle. Welcome to the first installment of our new 'Partners' blog series. In this series, we will be interviewing some of our partners from around the world about their crucial and fascinating work in freedom of expression.

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COVID-19: A state of emergency is not an excuse for government repression

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14 Apr 2020

Governments around the world are taking extraordinary measures in the fight against COVID-19. Many of these are essential steps to protect health and life. However, some states are enacting laws that dangerously undermine civil and political rights. In this post, we look at the threats to rights arising as a result of emergency legislation ostensibly intended to fight the pandemic.

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Introducing Our New Strategy for 2020 - 2024

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30 Mar 2020

In 2008, Media Defence was established to ensure that independent media, journalists and citizen journalists, who are under threat of abusive legal action for their reporting, have access to much-needed legal representation. Today, we’re launching our new organisational strategy for the next four years. We will increase and deepen the support we offer to our partners, enhancing the availability of quality legal defence for journalists around the world, as well as the coordination of strategic litigation on press freedom and freedom of expression.

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COVID-19: Governments must protect freedom of expression during the pandemic

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27 Mar 2020

Independent media has never been so important. The work of journalists and media outlets around the world during this crisis enables the general public to stay informed about statistics, the evolution of the pandemic, and the measures being taken by governments and other international bodies. This information is vital for people’s ability to protect themselves and each other.

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