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Digital Rights Advocates: Interview with Tonny Kirabira

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19 Feb 2020

Tonny Kirabira is a Ugandan lawyer and researcher who attended Media Defence’s 2018 East Africa Litigation Surgery as part of our Digital Rights Advocates Project. This project is funded by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the US State Department and aims to build the capacity of lawyers in Sub-Saharan Africa to litigate digital rights cases.

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Announcement: Interim CEO Appointment

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11 Feb 2020

Media Defence would like to congratulate our CEO, Lucy Freeman, on her upcoming maternity leave, beginning February 2020. While she is away, Alinda Vermeer, our Head of Legal Cluster, will be stepping up to the role of interim CEO. Our organisation has a busy year ahead, with lots of important announcements coming up.

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Illustrating Freedom of Expression Competition

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14 Aug 2018

Pictures tell a thousand words and we need your help to draw them. Our illustration competition is an artistic challenge: can you create visual representations of some of the most important legal and human rights issues affecting independent journalists around the world? Winners will be featured online and in print as part of our 10 year celebrations – you will be helping us to communicate our work and helping us to reach more journalists and supporters.

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The European Court of Human Rights and Access to Information: Clarifying the Status, with Room for Improvement

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22 Nov 2016

On 8 November 2016, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights handed down a much-anticipated judgment on the right of access to information. While the Court was clearer and firmer than it had ever been before on the status of the right to access information as part of the right to freedom of expression guaranteed by Article 10 of the European Convention , it stopped short of acknowledging access to information as a fully-fledged right under the provision.

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European Court clarifies intermediary liability standard

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25 Feb 2016

On 2 February 2016, the European Court of Human Rights handed down its judgment on intermediary liability in MTE and Index.hu Zrt v. Hungary.

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The world must not forget the jailed journalists of Ethiopia

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10 Dec 2015

Today, on International Human Rights Day, the Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega , who was convicted on trumped up terrorism charges, will have spent more than four years in jail. MLDI's legal directors tell us more about the situation of journalists and the state of FOE in Ethiopia.

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Charlie Hebdo and Hate Speech: Don’t Prosecute the Messenger

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23 Sep 2015

Nine months after their offices were attacked by Muslim extremists, Charlie Hebdo ’s cartoonists are facing calls for prosecution for allegedly inciting hatred through cartoons of the Syrian toddler, Aylan Kurdi , lying dead on a Turkish tourist beach.

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Phuketwan Editor Considers the Verdict on Rohingya Abuses and Media Freedom

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3 Jul 2015

The editor and a journalist for Thai news website Phuketwan, Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian, are about to go on trial for defamation in relation to a quote in an article on the trafficking of Rohingya refugees. As the trial date draws closer, Alan Morison describes the impact of the case on Phuketwan and press freedom.

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In fear of cartoons

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8 Jun 2015

The January and February 2015 shootings in Denmark and France in which cartoonists, journalists, a film maker, police officers and a guard at a synagogue were killed over the depiction of the Prophet Mohammed in cartoons has brought renewed focus on questions of free speech, hate speech and the role of cartoons and cartoonists in political debate.

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