CLOSE

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages

ECHR & Right of Access to Official Documents

ECHR & Right of Access to Official Documents

In its judgment of 28 November 2013 in the case of Österreichische Vereinigung zur Erhaltung, Stärkung und Schaffung eines wirtschaftlich gesunden land- und forstwirt­schaftlichen Grundbesitzes v. Austria (OVESSG) the European Court of Human Rights has further clarified and expanded the scope of application of Article 10 of the Convention with regard to the right of access to public documents.  The judgment is especially supportive for requests by journalists and NGOs to have access to official documents.

Read More

Recent News

Announcement: Media Defence Launches New Visual Identity and Website

Media Legal Defence Initiative is now trading as Media Defence. Along with our new trading name, we also unveil a new logo and website, which will help us reach more journalists in need.   Since our founding in 2008, we have seen the context in which the media operates deteriorate worldwide. With the spread of […]

Read

Landmark Judgment: ECOWAS Court Finds Togo Violated FoE with Internet Shutdown

On June 25th 2020, the ECOWAS Court handed down an important decision for freedom of expression, digital rights, and press freedom, finding that Togo, by shutting down the Internet in 2017, violated the rights of the plaintiffs – seven Togolese NGOs and a journalist. The Court awarded damages to the plaintiffs, and ordered Togo to put […]

Read

Covid-19 Appeal: Help Us Defend Independent Media

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 […]

Read