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The Southeast Asian Media Legal Defence Network

The Southeast Asian Media Legal Defence Network

A group of media lawyers in South East Asia have formed a network aimed at promoting learning and cooperation among members of the group. Initiated at a conference in Hong Kong in 2007, the Network has worked together on individual cases, led trial observations to criminal trials against journalists in Thailand and Malaysia as well as to the trial against one of their group – Vietnamese lawyer Le Cong Dinh, currently serving a prison sentence for pro-democracy activities – and organised national and regional media law workshops.

The Media Legal Defence Initiative is a longstanding supporter to the Network. We provide financial support for networking activities and expertise on comparative media law to the group.

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Call for Proposals: Grants for Litigation Surgeries

  Apply here Inscreva-se aqui Aplicar aquí Appliquer ici   Call for Proposals: Grants for Litigation Surgeries Summary Media Defence is offering one-off project grants to lawyers who have participated in any of our litigation surgeries since 2018. The grants are intended to facilitate the organisation of litigation surgeries in their respective countries of practice. […]

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Spotlight on Hungary: Fighting Back against Pegasus, a Tool of Transnational Oppression

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Kenyan Court Declares Journalist Arshad Sharif’s Killing Unlawful

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