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European Court of Human Rights finds Azerbaijan violated the rights of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova

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10 Jan 2019

The European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgment in the case of award-winning Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova. Ms Ismayilova, an independent investigative journalist known internationally for her pro-democracy stance, was the target of a systematic smear campaign comprising threats, intimidations and gross violations of her privacy designed to prevent her from pursuing her journalistic work.

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Leading media law and journalism organizations announce new legal support for fact-checkers

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9 Jan 2019

Fact-checkers around the world are under threat. From today fact-checkers will now be able to access legal support and resources through the Fact-Checkers Legal Support Initiative (FLSI). The project is being launched by three leading media law and journalism organizations: the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) , the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) .

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Preliminary Opinion from Court of Justice of the European Union in Google v CNIL case about the right to be forgotten affirms the need to protect freedom of expression

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10 Jan 2019

The Advocate General Maciej Szpunar delivered a landmark preliminary opinion in respect of the scope of individuals’ right to request the removal, or 'de-referencing', of online information about them. The opinion states enforcement of a successful claim should apply only to the EU and not worldwide.

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Call for Applications: East Africa Digital Rights and Online Freedom of Expression Litigation Surgery

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8 Jan 2019

Media Legal Defence Initiative will be running a litigation surgery in Kampala, Uganda, on the right to online freedom of expression, digital rights and the internet. This fully funded, legal workshop is for lawyers based in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

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Capacity Building: new report on the impact of MLDI’s partner grants

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27 Nov 2018

We recently carried out an impact assessment of our capacity building programme to support National Media Defence Centres across the world. This support is aimed at increasing the capacity of these organisations, and building a strong and sustainable network of legal defence centres for independent media across the globe.

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

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1 Nov 2018

MLDI has filed a third party intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Levada Centre and others v. Russia . The case concerns a challenge to the requirement for Russian 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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