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.
Call for Consultants: Independent Evaluation of ‘Empowering Women in Digital Rights Advocacy’ project
The consultancy We are looking to engage an experienced evaluation consultant to carry out an interim and final evaluation of one of our projects. The project, called Empowering Women in Digital Rights Advocacy (EWDRA), is based in sub-Saharan Africa and began late last year. In addition, the consultant will conduct independent research with an intersectional […]
Spyware and freedom of expression Encryption is a valuable tool for freedom of expression online. It allows journalists, lawyers, human rights activists, and citizens to communicate securely. In recent years however, journalists around the world have experienced increasing digital surveillance, despite encryption becoming more accessible. In particular, investigative journalists uncovering corruption, abuse of power, and […]
Role Summary The Grants Officer plays a key role at Media Defence, administering the grants that we make to partner organisations, helping assess grant applications, and helping with communications via social media and other channels. As Grants Officer, you will also manage and administer our financial grants and non-financial support to journalists facing legal action, […]