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Third part intervention in ‘Foreign Agent Law’ case before the ECtHR

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1 Nov 2018

Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) has filed a third party intervention before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in the case of Levada Centre and others v. Russia . The case concerns a challenge to the requirement for Russian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that receive foreign funding and engage in ‘political activities’ to register as ‘foreign agents’ under the Foreign Agents Law.

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Petition filed at the UNWGAD on behalf of jailed journalist and activist Lê Đình Lượng

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18 Oct 2018

Media Legal Defence Initiative has filed a Petition with the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) calling for the immediate release of Le Dinh Luong, recently convicted and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in Vietnam.

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Travel bans: a quiet repression

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3 Oct 2018

Azeri journalist Kamran Mahmudov is taking his country to the European Court of Human Rights over unexplained travel restrictions which have prevented him from leaving Azerbaijan. Travel bans of this kind have been described as "a kind of quiet repression" by David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

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Call for Applications: Southern African Digital Rights & Online Freedom of Expression Litigation Surgery

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21 Sep 2018

Extended deadline: Tuesday 23 October 2018. Applications are open for our litigation surgery on the right to freedom of expression online, digital rights and the Internet. This training course is for lawyers based in select Southern African countries.

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[Now closed]: Special Call: Digital Rights Advancement Grants

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25 Jul 2018

We are seeking 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-off grants are available for short-term, pilot projects that contribute to better local level access to legal assistance and support to online independent media. The deadline to submit a concept note is Thursday, 9 August 2018 at 23h59 (GMT+1).

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Arbitrary detention of journalists in Viet Nam

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20 Jul 2018

Last month the award-winning Vietnamese blogger and human rights lawyer Nguyễn Văn Đài was released from prison in Viet Nam and exiled to Germany. Meanwhile we filed a petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention this week calling for the release of video citizen journalist Nguyễn Văn Hoá.

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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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