The context in which the media operates is forecast to worsen. Insecurity and populism spread, governments copy restrictive and abusive practices from others, and new threats such as online harassment emerge. The COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated this downward spiral. Attacks on press freedom, including the use of emergency regulations to target those who inform the public, have proliferated around the world.
Journalists have been arrested, detained, threatened and assaulted for reporting on the pandemic or criticising their government’s approaches to it. More and more journalists are facing legal threats alone, without the protection of resourced media houses or the financial ability to pay for a good lawyer.
We can’t currently meet the ever-increasing demand. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we anticipate that less funding will be available over the next few years, resulting in unexpected funding gaps. That’s why we need your support. Together, we can defend independent media across the world. You can help us in two ways, make a financial donation or donate your time.
Help us defend independent media.
With high quality legal representation, journalists can continue their critical work to keep us informed and hold power to account during the crisis.
£300 helps us provide pro bono legal advice
£1,500 is often enough to keep a journalist out of prison
£3,000 enables us to take a strategic case to improve the climate within which the media operate
£25,000 supports a national media defence centre for a whole year
Donate your time: pro bono support helps us take landmark press freedom cases and train lawyers
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In September 2019, Media Defence was announced as the charity partner of the Chambers and Partners Diversity and Inclusion Awards. The Chambers Diversity and Inclusion Awards aim to recognize and celebrate law firms’ pro-bono achievements and contributions to diversity within the legal profession. The partnership provides opportunities for fundraising and expansion of our pro bono […]
The African Commission of Human and People’s Rights has found that Rwanda violated the right to freedom of expression of two journalists, Agnes Uwimana Nkusi and Saidati Mukakibi, after they were convicted and imprisoned on national security offences for publishing a series of articles criticising the Rwandan Government and President Paul Kagame. Ms Uwimana was […]
Media Defence Launches eReader and Advanced Modules on Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression Online
Media Defence is excited to announce its new eReader which is now the home to the new Advanced Modules on Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression Online! The eReader has been developed as part of our Digital Rights Advocates Project (DRAP) which is funded by the US Department of Democracy, Rights and Labor and supports […]