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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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Journalist wins landmark case on Montenegrin authorities’ failure to investigate attacks

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2 Nov 2017

In a case supported by the Media Legal Defence Initiative and Human Rights Action, the investigative journalist Tufik Softić has been awarded €7,000 for the harm caused by the Montenegrin authorities’ failure to effectively investigate two violent attacks aimed at silencing him.

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Free expression organisations intervene on cases of detained Turkish journalists before the European Court of Human Rights

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27 Oct 2017

MLDI has joined freedom of expression organisations in submitting third-party interventions in ten cases against jailed Turkish journalists to which the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has given priority status. The interventions offer detailed legal analyses of the principles at stake in the cases of the detained journalists.

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The European Court considers MLDI's joint intervention in important decision on intermediary liability

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12 Oct 2017

The European Court of Human Rights has dismissed politician's claim that his right to reputation had been violated because he was refused permission to sue Google Inc. for allegedly defamatory remarks on the Blogger.com platform. Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) co-ordinated a coalition of eight interveners in the case.

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MLDI files intervention at European Court seeking to protect anonymity of users online

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10 Oct 2017

MLDI has filed a third-party intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in a case that will examine the circumstances under which an internet service provider can be compelled to disclose the identities of anonymous users.

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