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Phuketwan's journalists acquitted of defaming Thai Navy

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7 Sep 2015

Phuketwan's journalists avoid 7 years of jail after being acquitted of defaming the Thai Navy, a great "victory for media freedom, for Thai justice and for Thailand".

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MLDI looking for new chief executive

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3 Sep 2015

The Board of Trustees of the Media Legal Defence Initiative is seeking a new Chief Executive Officer, to succeed Peter Noorlander who has led the organisation for the last five years to its current strength and success.

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Call for applications - litigation workshop

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20 Jul 2015

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION LITIGATION WORKSHOP

JOHANNESBURG 16 – 18 SEPTEMBER 2015

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Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu released

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10 Jul 2015

On 9 July, Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu was released from prison, a year ahead of her scheduled release date. She had been imprisoned since 2011, serving a sentence under Ethiopia's infamous anti-terror laws.

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Phuketwan Editor Considers the Verdict on Rohingya Abuses and Media Freedom

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3 Jul 2015

The editor and a journalist for Thai news website Phuketwan, Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian, are about to go on trial for defamation in relation to a quote in an article on the trafficking of Rohingya refugees. As the trial date draws closer, Alan Morison describes the impact of the case on Phuketwan and press freedom.

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Viet Nam Releases Dissident Lawyer

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1 Jul 2015

Blogger and human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan was released on Saturday after serving a 30-month sentence in a Vietnamese prison after having been convicted on fabricated charges of tax evasion.

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Swaziland Supreme Court Releases Editor and Lawyer

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1 Jul 2015

On 30 June 2015, the Supreme Court in Swaziland ordered that human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko, and magazine editor, Bheki Makhubu, be immediately released after having spent 15 months in prison.

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Manual on European Defamation Law

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24 Jun 2015

The Media Legal Defence Initiative and the International Press Institute have today published a powerful new tool for defending the European media’s right to report on matters of public interest.

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In fear of cartoons

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8 Jun 2015

The January and February 2015 shootings in Denmark and France in which cartoonists, journalists, a film maker, police officers and a guard at a synagogue were killed over the depiction of the Prophet Mohammed in cartoons has brought renewed focus on questions of free speech, hate speech and the role of cartoons and cartoonists in political debate.

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MLDI intervenes in pivotal privacy case

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2 Jun 2015

Years after French, German and English media revealed that Monaco’s reigning monarch, Prince Albert II, had an illegitimate child, the Media Legal Defence Initiative has intervened in the subsequent legal case that has reached the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.

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