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Call for Consultants: Researcher to draft legal training manual

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17 Aug 2017

The Media Legal Defence Initiative is organising a four-day litigation and advocacy workshop in The Gambia in November 2017, and is seeking a researcher to assist in drafting a training manual that will be used in the delivery of this training.

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How far does the “right to be forgotten” extend? Crucial case referred to Court of Justice of the European Union

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20 Jul 2017

After French authorities demanded Google search results be “de-listed” worldwide, the Court of Justice of the European Union has been asked to clarify whether domestic authorities can order the removal of search results globally under the EU law on the “right to be forgotten”. MLDI and 20 other organisations filed an intervention highlighting the free speech implications of global “de-listing”.

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MLDI and Veritas Law bring case before the Constitutional Council of Cameroon challenging Internet shutdown

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4 May 2017

On 8 May, the Constitutional Council of Cameroon will begin hearing a case that challenges the government's decision to shut down the Internet in the South West and North West of Cameroon.

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Defamation liability should not extend to publishers for hyperlinking - MLDI files intervention to European Court

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20 Apr 2017

The European Court of Human Rights will consider the important issue of defamation liability for hyperlinking. MLDI, with five other NGOs, has filed an intervention before the Court arguing that defamation liability should not extend to publishers who link to content that is authored by others.

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State controlled media regulation is a threat to press freedom: MLDI files an amicus brief to European Court of Human Rights

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17 Mar 2017

MLDI, along with the Russian NGO the Mass Media Defence Centre (MMDC), submitted an amicus brief in the case of Novaya Gazeta and ZAO Novaya Gazeta v Russia on media regulation and its implications for the right to freedom of expression, arguing that state controlled regulation of the media can constitute a serious threat to press freedom.

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“Defamation of the dead” and its chilling effect on media freedom: MLDI files brief to European Court

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15 Mar 2017

The European Court of Human Rights is set to consider a case filed by a Slovakian TV station after it was found by the Broadcasting Council to have breached broadcasting law in its reporting on the death of a public figure. MLDI has filed an intervention urging the European Court to clarify the extent to which the reputations of deceased persons are protected under the European Convention on Human Rights.

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European Court: newspapers must be free to comment on political matters during elections

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21 Feb 2017

The European Court of Human Rights has condemned the use of electoral laws by Russia to restrict critical reporting on politicians.

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European Court finds removal of journalists from parliament violates press freedom

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9 Feb 2017

Macedonian journalists have won a case before the European Court of Human Rights challenging their removal from the parliamentary press gallery during a tense political debate. The European Court held that the removal was a violation of the journalists’ rights to freedom of expression.

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Case of fearless Egyptian internet activist Esraa Abdel Fattah (aka “Facebook Girl”) taken up by international legal team

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16 Dec 2016

Egyptian social media activist, journalist and human rights defender, Esraa Abdel Fattah, has instructed MLDI and a team of international lawyers to challenge her continued mistreatment by the Egyptian State, including measures that prevent her from travelling outside of the country.

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Human rights lawyer detained for blogging and advocacy must be released

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25 Nov 2016

Nguyen Van Dai – a prominent human rights lawyer and blogger in Viet Nam is being detained incommunicado for exercising his right to free speech. On 25 November 2016, MLDI filed a petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention urging it to intervene in his case.

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