The past twelve months have seen strong results for the journalists we defended but also a decline in respect for freedoms overall. MLDI’s work this year, more than ever, has proven to be crucial in securing journalists’ ability to report freely worldwide.
In 2014-15, MLDI and its partners have defended nearly 600 journalists, media outlets and bloggers across the globe. We have obtained strong results for the journalists we defended and set fantastic precedents for freedom of expression before the African Court on Human and People’s Rights and the East African Court of Justice, amongst others.
To find out more on our work and impact, read our full Annual Review for 2015.
Journalist Mamunur Rashid Nomani, editor of the local online news portal Barishal Khobor, has been charged with violating Bangladesh’s Digital Security Act (DSA), following an accusation claiming that he secretly filmed the mayor of Barisal and his family. Nomani rejects this, alleging instead that he and two of his acquaintances – Kamrul Mridha, working for […]
As part of Media Defence’s project Empowering Women in Digital Rights Advocacy, we are building a strong legal defence network in sub-Saharan Africa. To achieve this goal, we are providing financial assistance to organisations to establish legal aid units or media defence centres. We are excited to announce that, as part of this project, we are extending […]
This year marks Media Defence’s 15th anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, we will be taking a look at the ways in which freedom of expression has been threatened around the world, and how we have sought to protect it. The internet has become an essential part of modern life. It has transformed the way we […]