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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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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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European Court of Human Rights finds Hungary’s refusal to allow journalist access to asylum seekers’ centre interfered with press freedom

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9 Oct 2019

The European Court of Human Rights has held that a refusal to grant a journalist access to an asylum seeker reception centre in Hungary violated his right to freedom of expression. In its decision, Szurovecz v Hungary, the court emphasised that newsgathering, including first-hand observation, is an essential part of press freedom. MLDI intervened in the case, along with a coalition of NGOs.

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2018 Annual Report: ten years of Media Legal Defence Initiative

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8 Aug 2019

In 2018 Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) turned ten years old. Our 2018 annual report reflects on our growth, achievements and impact over the last ten years, and takes an in-depth look at 2018.

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

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16 May 2019

MLDI is calling for applications from lawyers based in Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe to participate in a forthcoming litigation surgery and training on the right to freedom of expression online, digital rights and the internet. Successful applicants will attend the litigation surgery and become members of a digital rights legal network through which there will be opportunities for engagement both regionally and internationally.

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

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20 Mar 2019

Applications are now open for English-speaking lawyers based in countries that are members of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and the Republic of Cameroon to take part in a practical litigation workshop on the right to freedom of expression, digital rights and the internet. Successful applicants will be funded to attend the litigation surgery training in Accra, Ghana, and become active members of a digital rights legal network.

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Mapping digital rights and online freedom of expression in East, West, and Southern Africa

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11 Mar 2019

Media Legal Defence Initiative has published a new report, Mapping digital rights and freedom of expression in East, West and Southern Africa. This in-depth study analyses each region and each country, and is ideal for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of digital restrictions in sub-Saharan Africa. The report is free to download and distribute under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial Licence.

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