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The Southeast Asian Media Legal Defence Network

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4 Jun 2010

A group of media lawyers in South East Asia have formed a network aimed at promoting learning and cooperation among members of the group.

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Upsetting the police

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3 Jun 2010

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.

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Caught in the act

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1 Jun 2010

A Philippines broadcaster, Alex Adonis, reported that a Congressman who was having an affair with a married woman had been seen running naked from a hotel after being caught with her by her husband. Adonis was tried in his absence and without legal representation for criminal libel and given a four-and-a-half-year prison sentence. The first he knew of the sentence was when he was arrested to be taken to jail. The MLDI is working with a local lawyer to draft a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee, challenging the sentence and highlighting the serious procedural flaws of the trial.

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A Texas nexus

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1 Jun 2010

Sowore Omoyele runs a website called Sahara Reporters , reporting on news and current affairs in Nigeria. In May 2008 he reported allegations that the Attorney-General had received a bribe of US$10 million to settle a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical firm Pfizer and that the bribe had been channeled through his brother, Paul Orhii, who was living in Texas. In response, Mr Orhii (who has since been appointed Director-General of the Nigerian Food and Drug Administration) launched a US$25 million defamation suit in Texas against Omoyele. Having been...

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The dangers of internal security

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4 Jun 2009

There are few independent media organisations in Malaysia, so Malaysia Today, an outspoken online reporting outfit with a significant readership, often attracts official criticism.

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Every little litigation helps

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3 Jun 2009

During 2007 and early 2008 several journalists in Thailand expressed alarm at the rapid expansion in the country of Tesco-Lotus, a supermarket chain that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the British firm Tesco

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