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Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu released

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10 Jul 2015

On 9 July, Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu was released from prison, a year ahead of her scheduled release date. She had been imprisoned since 2011, serving a sentence under Ethiopia's infamous anti-terror laws.

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Viet Nam Releases Dissident Lawyer

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1 Jul 2015

Blogger and human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan was released on Saturday after serving a 30-month sentence in a Vietnamese prison after having been convicted on fabricated charges of tax evasion.

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Swaziland Supreme Court Releases Editor and Lawyer

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1 Jul 2015

On 30 June 2015, the Supreme Court in Swaziland ordered that human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko, and magazine editor, Bheki Makhubu, be immediately released after having spent 15 months in prison.

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Manual on European Defamation Law

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24 Jun 2015

The Media Legal Defence Initiative and the International Press Institute have today published a powerful new tool for defending the European media’s right to report on matters of public interest.

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MLDI intervenes in pivotal privacy case

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2 Jun 2015

Years after French, German and English media revealed that Monaco’s reigning monarch, Prince Albert II, had an illegitimate child, the Media Legal Defence Initiative has intervened in the subsequent legal case that has reached the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.

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Call for Malaysian authorities to drop charges against cartoonist Zunar

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1 Jun 2015

The Media Legal Defence Initiative joins Article 19, English PEN, Index on Censorship and PEN International in calling on the Malaysian prime minister to drop all charges of sedition against the cartoonist, Zunar. If convicted, Zunar could face up to 43 years imprisonment.

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Re:Baltica defeats frivolous defamation claim

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7 Apr 2015

The Latvian courts have upheld a journalistic website’s right to report on stories of widespread money laundering. The Baltic Centre for Investigative Journalism, otherwise known as Re:Baltica , is a celebrated non-profit organisation of journalists in Latvia that produces pieces of investigative journalism for free.

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Work at MLDI - Case and Project Support Officer

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12 Dec 2014

The Media Legal Defence Initiative is looking for a Case and Project Support Officer to strengthen its team. This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing and dynamic organisation that is recognised as a leader in the legal defence of journalists worldwide.

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“No Case To Answer” for Gambian Journalists

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16 Nov 2014

The Banjul Magistrates Court acquitted and discharged Sainey Mk Marenah, a freelance journalist, and Musa S. Sheriff, editor-in-chief of The Voice newspaper of charges of conspiracy to commit a felony and publication of false news. The defendants had pleaded not guilty to both charges and could have faced sentences of up to two years for each separate charge, in addition to a fine, if found guilty.

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Lesotho journalists win right to start newspaper

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30 Oct 2014

The Lesotho Court of Appeal has ruled that three journalists who had been banned from working following a dispute with their former editor should be allowed to set up their own newspaper.

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