In court, Usakovs had argued that the term “kleptocracy” was to be taken literally and that IR had called him a thief. He demanded damages and an unreserved apology. The judge disagreed, ruling that the term was to be understood as a comment on the broader state of affairs in Riga city politics.
The use of libel laws to stifle critical reporting in Latvia is on the rise. Three further cases have been brought against IR in 2013, including one by a pro-life movement which has been referred to as “a claim filed with a medieval court of inquisition”. MLDI has provided support to IR for the defence of all three.
This article was written by Esma Yasar, a Kurdish lawyer working for Media Defence’s partner organisation TOHAV. Esma Yasar took part in Media Defence’s fellowship programme, which hosts human rights lawyers from our funded partner organisations all over the world. Freedom of Expression and Press Freedom in Turkey Turkey is one of the most restrictive […]
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Paola Ugaz is an award-winning Peruvian investigative journalist. In 2015, she co-authored – with Pedro Salinas – a book entitled Mitad Monjes, Mitad Soldados (Half-Monks, Half Soldiers). The book uncovers an alleged pattern of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse within the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a Peruvian Catholic organisation. Paola Ugaz has since faced numerous lawsuits […]