MLDI welcomes the release, today, of Al Jazeera Journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. They were pardoned by President Sisi after they had been sentenced to three years imprisonment earlier this year for allegedly collaborating with the Muslim brotherhood.
Their trial, which followed legal proceedings that had dragged on for more than a year and included an appeals court throwing out the original verdict, had been widely regarded as a travesty of justice.
MLDI’s CEO, Peter Noorlander, commented that, “we welcome the release today of Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. They should never have been imprisoned to begin with; they were innocent of all charges against them and were found guilty in a sham trial. There now needs to be focus on the plight of all other journalists and bloggers who are similarly unfairly imprisoned in Egypt.”
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 […]