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Latvian journalist in criminal court for comparing a politician to Baron Münchhausen

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13 Oct 2011

MLDI is supporting the defence of Latvian journalist, Gunta Sloga, in a criminal defamation case brought against her by Aleksandrs Mirskis, a member of the European Parliament.

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MLDI intervention helps defeat prior notification demand

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11 May 2011

MLDI helped win an ECHR ruling confirming that media are not require to notify those on whom they are publishing stories.

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MLDI leads intervention at European Court to protect journalistic sources

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15 Sep 2010

MLDI led a coalition of several interveners to urge the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights to recognise enhanced protection for journalistic sources.

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The cost of libel

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9 Sep 2010

Britain is notorious for the expense of defending libel claims and for that reason is increasingly attracting libel tourism - the use of British courts by overseas litigants. In 2006 Britain's Mirror Group Newspapers, following a privacy claim against it, took a case to the European Court of Human Rights challenging the high cost of defending such claims in the United Kingdom.

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Costly grain

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16 Jun 2010

In early 2008 the price of grain in Kazakhstan was rising, and journalist Almas Kusherbaev wrote an article in a local newspaper in which he judged the reason was that producers could get a better return abroad than at home.

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The murdered editor

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10 Jun 2010

In 2004 the former editor of the newspaper Point, Deyda Hydara, was murdered. Five years later, in June 2009, the Gambia Press Union issued a statement complaining of the lack of any serious investigation, and criticised the dismissive manner in which the country's president had spoken about Mr Hydara.

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Journalist under threat

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4 Jun 2010

Lydia Cacho is a Mexican journalist and human rights defender. In 2005, she published a book denouncing a paedophile network in which businessmen and high profile politicians were involved.

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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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