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European court agrees to review online media judgment

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14 Jan 2014

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has agreed to review a judgment that will have major implications for all online media as well as bloggers who allow others to post comments on their websites.

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Setbacks and Tension in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

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1 Dec 2013

For the first time, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights determined that a criminal conviction for the crime of slander and libel does not affect freedom of expression.

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UN Calls for Release of Vietnamese Blogger

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29 Nov 2013

The detention of Vietnamese blogger and human rights activist, Le Quoc Quan, has been condemned by a United Nations human rights tribunal as violating his right to freedom of expression and his right to a fair trial.

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MLDI Launches Fundraising Bid for Ethiopian Journalists

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22 Nov 2013

Your support is needed to free two Ethiopian journalists wrongly convicted as terrorists and set a precedent that will help stop the abuse of anti-terror laws across Africa.

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Explaining the Issues: Sedition

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13 Nov 2013

While it's rare to be prosecuted for it in western democracies, Peter Noorlander, MLDI's CEO, explains how authoritarian governments frequently use old colonial sedition laws to silence criticism.

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MLDI Intervenes in David Miranda High Court Challenge

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6 Nov 2013

The High Court is hearing the judicial review application of David Miranda in relation to his detention earlier this year under the Terrorism Act 2000. The Media Legal Defence Initiative together with Article 19 and English PEN intervened in the case, arguing that Mr Miranda’s detention under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act was in violation of international human rights law.

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Media Freedom - A Rough Guide to Kigali

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5 Nov 2013

Agnès Uwimana and Saidati Mukakibibi wrote for a local Rwandan newspaper, Umurabyo. Some of their articles displeased the Rwandan government. The result: seventeen and seven years in prison on grounds of defamation, threatening national security, “divisionism” and genocide denial.

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Ethiopian Journalists Challenge Use of Terror Laws

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18 Oct 2013

MLDI and Freedom Now have submitted a petition to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights asking it to declare the systematic imprisonment of independent journalists in the country a gross violation of human rights, and to refer it to the African Court for a binding ruling.

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Explaining the Issues: Criminal Libel

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10 Oct 2013

Criminal libel laws date back to the middle ages but are in current use around the world. In many countries, journalists still face prison for doing no more than criticising someone in power

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Azeri Investigative Journalist Takes Fight to European Court

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2 Oct 2013

Azeri investigative journalist, Khadija Ismayilova, has complained to the European Court about the slander campaign conducted against her by the government and gross violations of her rights.

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