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Preliminary Opinion from Court of Justice of the European Union in Google v CNIL case about the right to be forgotten affirms the need to protect freedom of expression

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10 Jan 2019

The Advocate General Maciej Szpunar delivered a landmark preliminary opinion in respect of the scope of individuals’ right to request the removal, or 'de-referencing', of online information about them. The opinion states enforcement of a successful claim should apply only to the EU and not worldwide.

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Leading media law and journalism organizations announce new legal support for fact-checkers

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9 Jan 2019

Fact-checkers around the world are under threat. From today fact-checkers will now be able to access legal support and resources through the Fact-Checkers Legal Support Initiative (FLSI). The project is being launched by three leading media law and journalism organizations: the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) , the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) .

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Call for Applications: East Africa Digital Rights and Online Freedom of Expression Litigation Surgery

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8 Jan 2019

Media Legal Defence Initiative will be running a litigation surgery in Kampala, Uganda, on the right to online freedom of expression, digital rights and the internet. This fully funded, legal workshop is for lawyers based in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

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Important ECtHR judgment on hyperlinking and defamation finds violation of press freedom

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4 Dec 2018

The ECtHR’s unanimous judgment on Magyar Jeti ZRT v Hungary is an important clarification of the circumstances in which liability might exist for using hyperlinks.

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Canadian Supreme Court rules Vice News journalist must hand over material relating to communications with source

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3 Dec 2018

The Canadian Supreme Court has upheld a decision of the lower courts compelling a Vice Media journalist to hand over material relating to communications with his source.

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Radio Aukan: defending community radio in Chile

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29 Nov 2018

Chile's broadcasting laws criminalise broadcasting without a licence. Radio Aukan is a community radio station in Chile which reports on indigenous rights, the environment and other topics. It has been unable to get a broadcasting licence for six years. Radio Aukan's equipment has been seized and a member of staff faces up to three years in prison.

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Guest blog: How Human Rights Platform lawyers protect freedom of speech

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29 Nov 2018

In the current conditions it's vital to have professional and accessible legal help available to Ukranian journalists and other media. It enables them to be more confident while collecting and disseminating critical and socially important information.

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Capacity Building: new report on the impact of MLDI’s partner grants

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27 Nov 2018

We recently carried out an impact assessment of our capacity building programme to support National Media Defence Centres across the world. This support is aimed at increasing the capacity of these organisations, and building a strong and sustainable network of legal defence centres for independent media across the globe.

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Third party intervention in ‘Foreign Agent Law’ case before the ECtHR

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1 Nov 2018

MLDI has filed a third party intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Levada Centre and others v. Russia . The case concerns a challenge to the requirement for Russian NGOs that receive foreign funding and engage in ‘political activities’ to register as ‘foreign agents’ under the Foreign Agents Law.

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Petition filed at the UNWGAD on behalf of jailed journalist and activist Lê Đình Lượng

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18 Oct 2018

Media Legal Defence Initiative has filed a Petition with the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) calling for the immediate release of Le Dinh Luong, recently convicted and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in Vietnam.

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