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East African Court overturns Tanzania’s newspaper ban

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27 Jun 2018

The case was brought to the East African Court of Justice by Mseto, a Tanzanian newspaper. A ministerial order banned the paper from publishing for three years. Mseto challenged the order saying it interfered with press freedom, and was therefore unlawful under international law.

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The chilling effect of torture

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26 Jun 2018

Torture is illegal under international law, but it is still prevalent across the world. Today, on the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we spoke to award winning human rights lawyer Rashid Hajili about the use of torture against journalists in Azerbaijan.

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Call for Applications: West Africa Freedom of Expression & Digital Rights Litigation Workshop

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14 May 2018

We are calling for applications from English-speaking lawyers based in countries that are members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to participate in a forthcoming litigation workshop on the right to freedom of expression, digital rights, and the Internet.

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MLDI intervenes before European Court in 'Arctic Sunrise' case

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19 Apr 2018

We have filed an intervention before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in a case concerning the events that followed the boarding of a Greenpeace vessel that was seized by the Russian authorities in September 2013, and the detention of the activists and journalists on board.

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UPDATE: ECOWAS Court delivers landmark decision in one of our strategic cases challenging the laws used to silence and intimidate journalists in the Gambia

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23 Mar 2018

The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) delivered a landmark judgment in which it found that the rights of four Gambian journalists had been violated by the actions of the Gambian authorities, and through the enforcement of laws criminalising speech.

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European Court finds that Turkish journalists’ detention amounted to unjustified interference with right to freedom of expression

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20 Mar 2018

The European Court of Human Rights today handed down judgment in two high profile cases against Turkey relating to the arrest and pre-trial detention of journalists Sahin Alpay and Mehmet Hasan Altan.

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MLDI intervenes in European Court case on media’s right to access and report from defamation proceedings

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9 Mar 2018

MLDI has filed a third-party intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Gleb Vyacheslavovich Paykachev v. Russia . In this case, the public and the media were excluded from attending defamation proceedings that had been brought by a police officer against a news website.

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Call for Applications: East Africa Digital Rights & Online Freedom of Expression Litigation Workshop

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2 Feb 2018

The Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) is calling for applications from East African lawyers to participate in a litigation workshop on the right to online freedom of expression, digital rights and the Internet.

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European Court considers MLDI intervention on “defamation of the dead”

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5 Dec 2017

The European Court of Human Rights has found a violation of the right to freedom of expression in case concerning television programme alleged to have harmed the reputation of a deceased politician. MLDI Intervened in the case.

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Constitutional Court of Montenegro finds failure to investigate violent attack to be a violation of journalist's right to life

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30 Nov 2017

The Constitutional Court of Montenegro unanimously that the journalist Tufik Softić’s right to life had been violated due to the ineffective investigation into attacks against him.

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