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Pakistan High Court orders YouTube unblocked

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14 May 2014

Twenty months after YouTube was blocked by the Pakistani government, the High Court of Lahore held yesterday that YouTube should be unblocked in Pakistan.

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MLDI petitions AU, UN to free Ethiopian bloggers

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3 May 2014

On World Press Freedom Day 2014, MLDI has petitioned the United Nations and African Union to address the arbitrary arrest and detention of nine Ethiopian bloggers, journalists and human rights defenders.

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Botswana journalist defeats lengthy libel case

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25 Apr 2014

In April 2014, following thirteen years of on-off proceedings, the High Court of Botswana finally dismissed a libel case brought against journalist Methaetsile Leepile by a senior judge of Botswana’s High Court.

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Arguing the first free speech case at the African Court

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24 Mar 2014

On 20 and 21 March, we argued the first freedom of expression case before the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Arusha, Tanzania. The case addresses a number of important issues regarding free speech, including the compatibility of criminal sanctions with the right to freedom of expression as protected by Article 9 of the African Charter.

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African Court hears first free speech case

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17 Mar 2014

This week, the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights will hear its first freedom of expression case. Brought by MLDI, it concerns the case of Lohé Issa Konaté, a journalist from Burkina Faso who served a 12 month prison sentence, was fined the equivalent of 18 annual average wages and whose newspaper was shut down for insulting and defaming a local prosecutor.

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Mayor of Riga loses libel case against magazine over “kleptocrat” remark

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3 Mar 2014

The Mayor of Riga, Nils Usakovs, has lost his libel case against the Latvian weekly, IR. The case had been brought in 2012 in response to a comment by IR journalist, Aivars Ozoliņš, that the Riga City Council was a “kleptocracy”.

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MLDI condemns Le Quoc Quan ruling, explores appeal options

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20 Feb 2014

A coalition of 14 human rights NGOs and networks strongly condemns this week’s decision by an appeal court upholding a 30-month prison sentence for Vietnamese human rights lawyer and blogger Le Quoc Quan. Mr. Quan has been detained since December 2012.

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Vietnamese Lawyer and Blogger on Hunger Strike

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14 Feb 2014

Jailed Vietnamese blogger and human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan has launched a hunger strike to protest the refusal to provide him access to legal counsel, access to legal and religious books, and access to a priest for spiritual guidance, ahead of his appeal trial on 18 February 2014 in Hanoi.

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MLDI celebrates its Fifth Anniversary

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14 Feb 2014

MLDI celebrated its fifth anniversary by hosting a panel discussion with four of its close partners and journalists illustrating the various threats to media freedom.

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Liability for Comments Posted by Online Readers

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14 Jan 2014

MLDI has led a coalition of 69 news organisations in urging the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights to formally review a judgment by one of the court’s lower chambers in a case concerning the extent to which news websites can be held liable for comments left by users.

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