In 2007 an Azerbaijani journalist, Ilgar Nasibov, wrote to the country’s president to complain about police brutality. He was accused of libelling local police officers and was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment. A week later he won an appeal only to be given a suspended sentence on related charges, and appeals against this sentence have failed. Nasibov has long been a thorn in the side of his local authorities and it is widely believed his trial was unfair. The MLDI is now working with Mr Nasibov’s lawyers to prepare a submission to the European Court of Human Rights.
UNESCO has released a new report on “The “misuse” of the judicial system to attack freedom of expression”. The report takes an in-depth look at the patterns and challenges surrounding the rise of abusive litigation, and makes a number of recommendations. To mark its release, we explore our own experience tackling legal threats to freedom […]
Lawmakers, academics and citizens are becoming increasingly aware of the threat posed by disinformation and malinformation. ‘Disinformation’ refers to falsehoods spread deliberately to stoke distrust or promote an agenda. It is a widespread issue, overshadowing elections everywhere from Brazil to the USA, fuelling hate speech, such as in India, and impacting stock prices around the […]
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 […]