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UN Working Group asked to examine case of unlawful rendition and detention of Vietnamese journalist

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17 Sep 2019

MLDI has filed a complaint to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention against Thailand and Viet Nam in connection with the unlawful rendition and detention of prominent Vietnamese investigative journalist and blogger Truong Duy Nhat.

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MLDI calls upon UN and AU Special Mechanisms to intervene in arbitrary detention of Nigerian journalist

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27 Aug 2019

48 human rights and press freedom organisations call upon UN and AU Special Mechanisms to intervene in arbitrary detention of Nigerian journalist and human rights defender.

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2018 Annual Report: ten years of Media Legal Defence Initiative

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8 Aug 2019

In 2018 Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) turned ten years old. Our 2018 annual report reflects on our growth, achievements and impact over the last ten years, and takes an in-depth look at 2018.

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Microsite celebrates 10 years of Media Legal Defence Initiative

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6 Aug 2019

In 2018 Media Legal Defence Initiative turned ten years old. Along with our 2018 annual report, we're taking a moment to look back on some of the journalists and outlets we've supported, speaking to the lawyers we've trained, and looking back at some of the cases and milestones we've achieved.

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Photojournalist imprisoned for eight years for taking photos is moved to house arrest

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2 Aug 2019

Nguyen Dang Minh Man, 34, a Vietnamese photojournalist and social activist, was arrested and detained in 2011 after publishing photos she had taken of a protest slogan that had been painted in public spaces. In 2013 she was convicted of ‘attempting to overthrow the government’ and sentenced to eight years in prison and five years under house arrest. On 2 August 2019 she was released from prison, but remains under house arrest.

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New pledges not credible without action, say press freedom groups

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10 Jul 2019

On 9 July, 33 press freedom and media development organisations met in London in advance of the Global Media Freedom Conference to call on all participating States to ensure the protection and safety of all journalists and media workers in compliance with their existing obligations and international standards.

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Call for Applications: Southern African Digital Rights & Online Freedom of Expression Litigation Surgery

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16 May 2019

MLDI is calling for applications from lawyers based in Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe to participate in a forthcoming litigation surgery and training on the right to freedom of expression online, digital rights and the internet. Successful applicants will attend the litigation surgery and become members of a digital rights legal network through which there will be opportunities for engagement both regionally and internationally.

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Two Colombian officials sentenced to 30 and 40 years for crimes committed against Jineth Bedoya

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9 May 2019

MLDI's partner organisation in Colombia, FLIP, have secured a significant legal victory which serves to challenge impunity for violence against journalists in the country. In May 2000 Jineth Bedoya was kidnapped, tortured and sexually assaulted whilst reporting at La Modelo prison in Bogota. It has taken 19 years for her perpetrators to be brought to justice but the judge ruled that her suffering amounted to crimes against humanity, handing down 70 year sentence combined for both perpertrators.

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Vacancy: Development Director

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18 Apr 2019

MLDI is looking for a dynamic individual to join our senior leadership team as Director of Development, leading our newly created Development Cluster. As Development Director, you will have responsibility for fundraising, communications and impact tracking. You will lead and develop your own team to bring a step change in our approach to fundraising and engagement. You will unlock significant unconditional capital and create an engaged community around our work. You will cultivate individual donors, institutional funders and corporate partnerships in the USA and Europe, and you will manage and grow an annual fundraising portfolio of $3 million.

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Important media freedom judgment at the East African Court of Justice

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9 Apr 2019

The East African Court of Justice (EACJ) has handed down an important judgment for freedom of expression in Tanzania, and elsewhere in the region. The legal challenge was brought following the 2016 enactment of the Media Services Act, which placed restrictions on freedom of expression – restricting certain types of news content and introducing the offences of criminal defamation, sedition and publication of a false statement. The challenge was brought by the Media Council of Tanzania, Legal and Human Rights Centre, and the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition.

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