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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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We're Hiring! Two Vacancies Now Available

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5 Mar 2020

Media Defence are currently recruiting for two positions: Finance and Compliance Officer (Digital Rights Advocates Project), and Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Officer.

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Press Freedom in Azerbaijan: ECtHR Delivers Judgment in the Case of Khadija Ismayilova

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27 Feb 2020

The European Court of Human Rights has delivered its judgment today in the case of award-winning investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova. The Court held that Azerbaijan had arbitrarily detained Khadija, in order to prevent her working as a journalist, and had violated her right to the presumption of innocence, when it arrested her on trumped up charges in December 2014 and held her in pre-trial detention until May 2016.

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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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We are hiring - Fundraising Officer

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13 Jan 2020

We are looking for a proactive, dynamic and experienced Fundraising Officer with a track record of success in raising funds from grant making trusts and foundations, including extensive experience in writing funding bids. Deadline for applications is 8th February 2020.

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NOW CLOSED - Special Call Digital Rights Advancement Grants: Media Defence Centres

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10 Jan 2020

MLDI would like to partner with NGOs, law centres and/or independent media outlets in East, West, and Southern Africa to advance digital rights and freedom of expression online. A limited number of one-year grants are available to such organisations, for projects aimed at providing better local level access to legal assistance and support to online independent media.

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MLDI's partner FLIP receives prestigious award in Colombia

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10 Dec 2019

MLDI’s partner Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP) was awarded journalist of the year at Premios Simon Bolivar . This award was granted in recognition of FLIP’s work defending press freedom in Colombia.

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Inter-American Court of Human Rights protects freedom of expression in Venezuelan criminal defamation case

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31 Oct 2019

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) delivered its judgment on the case of Tulio Alvarez v Venezuela. The judgment sets an important precedent on criminal prosecution of reporting in the public interest.

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Award-winning Egyptian photojournalist Shawkan subject to draconian “police observation” probation measures

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28 Oct 2019

MLDI has filed an update to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in connection with the ongoing detention of award-winning photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid.

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