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Inter-American Court of Human Rights first as Colombia is condemned for journalist’s murder

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13 Jul 2018

On 6 June 2018, the Inter American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) published its judgment condemning the Colombian government for failing to investigate the case of the murdered journalist Nelson Carvajal Carvajal.

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Court increases damages award to journalist attacked with baseball bats

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11 Jul 2018

On 6 July 2018 the Higher Court in Podgorica handed down a judgment increasing an award of damages made by the Basic Court of Podgorica against the Montenegrin state for failing to carry out an effective investigation into an attack on well-known investigative journalist Tufik Softic.

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East African Court overturns Tanzania’s newspaper ban

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27 Jun 2018

The case was brought to the East African Court of Justice by Mseto, a Tanzanian newspaper. A ministerial order banned the paper from publishing for three years. Mseto challenged the order saying it interfered with press freedom, and was therefore unlawful under international law.

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The chilling effect of torture

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26 Jun 2018

Torture is illegal under international law, but it is still prevalent across the world. Today, on the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we spoke to award winning human rights lawyer Rashid Hajili about the use of torture against journalists in Azerbaijan.

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MLDI and coalition intervene in Canadian Supreme Court case on confidentiality of journalist sources

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23 May 2018

The Canadian Supreme Court held a hearing on an issue that will have major implications for press freedom generally, and the confidentiality of press sources.

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Keeping the channels open: reflections on the importance of freedom of expression online

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21 May 2018

While the future of communicative technologies is still expansive and untapped, it is important to fight for our ability to use it to its fullest potential.

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Gambia: A mixed result as the Supreme Court delivers judgment in important constitutional challenges to free speech laws

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16 May 2018

On 9 May 2018, the Gambian Supreme Court declared that the criminal defamation law and the law on false news on the internet are unconstitutional. The law on sedition was also challenged and was found unconstitutional only to the extent that a publication relates to government and other public officials. The law on sedition in relation to the president remains.

One of the Supreme Court’s decisions arose form a challenge brought in 2014 by the Gambian Press Union, supported by MLDI, which argued that the Gambian sedition and false news laws are unconstitutional.

As a result...

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Call for Applications: West Africa Freedom of Expression & Digital Rights Litigation Workshop

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14 May 2018

We are calling for applications from English-speaking lawyers based in countries that are members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to participate in a forthcoming litigation workshop on the right to freedom of expression, digital rights, and the Internet.

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MLDI Launches 2017 Annual Report on Press Freedom Day

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3 May 2018

Check out our 2017 Annual Report to find out how we have worked to support a free press.

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