Lydia Cacho is a Mexican journalist and human rights defender. In 2005, she published a book denouncing a paedophile network in which businessmen and high profile politicians were involved. The book received significant attention throughout the country and Cacho became a target for reprisals. Initially, this took the form of abusive legal action – a criminal libel suit was taken out against her – but she was also illegally detained and tortured. She has been subjected to ongoing threats and harassment.
MLDI provided backing to the Mexican branch of the freedom of expression group, Article 19, to take up her case and bring a complaint to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission issued an interim ruling in 2009 ordering the Mexican government to take protective measures, and Article 19 is now working with the government to implement those measures and investigate her complaints of illegal detention and torture.
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Threats and violence against women journalists endanger important democratic values, including freedom of expression and the right to information. Despite significant risks, women continue to investigate abuses of power—and we applaud those who are laying the groundwork for a better future. Whether covering instability wrought by war or how corruption impacts local farmers, every journalist […]
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About Media Defence Media Defence is a charity that helps media to defend their rights. We support independent media, journalists and citizen journalists who are under legal threat by making sure that lawyers are available to defend them. We engage in strategic litigation to improve the regulatory environment for media freedom, make grants to organisations […]
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En décembre 2021, la Grèce a rejoint la liste croissante des pays qui légifèrent contre les “fausses nouvelles” (ou « fake news » en anglais). La modification du code pénal vise à poursuivre les citoyens grecs qui diffusent de fausses informations pendant la pandémie de COVID-19. Tout citoyen diffusant de fausses informations sur la santé publique risque […]