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African Court urged: “Stop use of criminal law to protect reputations”

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30 Sep 2013

MLDI has petitioned the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights to rule that imprisonment for defamation violates the right to freedom of expression and that the criminal law should not be used in disputes concerning reputation. The case concerns a journalist from Burkina Faso who is serving a prison sentence for defaming a public prosecutor.

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Journalist Jailed for “Insulting the State” Wins Freedom

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30 Sep 2013

A Somali journalist has won an appeal against his conviction and imprisonment for “insulting the state”. MLDI gave financial support and worked with local lawyers to challenge the conviction and the entire case against him was thrown out.

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New MLDI Defence Fund for South and Southeast Asia

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12 Sep 2013

The Media Legal Defence Initiative has announced the launch of a major new legal defence fund for bloggers and online media in South and Southeast Asia.

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East African Court petitioned on Burundi Press Law

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23 Jul 2013

The Burundi Journalists Union has appointed MLDI to challenge Burundi's newly adopted Press Law before the East African Court of Justice.

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“Solve 17-Year-Old Murder of Journalist”, Campaigners Demand

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3 Jul 2013

MLDI and a coalition of free speech campaigners from around the world have joined forces to reopen the investigation into the murder of an Indonesian journalist 17 years ago. They have written to two UN Special Rapporteurs asking them to press the Indonesian authorities for action before the case lapses in August 2014.

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Rwandan Journalist Released, Persists with Complaint to African Human Rights Commission

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28 Jun 2013

Ms Mukakibibi was convicted together with the Umurabyo editor, Agnes Uwimana-Nkusi, who is serving an additional year for having also “defamed” the Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, through another article.

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Angolan Journalist Prosecuted for Claiming Human Rights Abuses in Mining Industry

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5 Jun 2013

Rafael Marques has described Angola's diamond mining industry as being plagued by murders, beatings, and arbitrary detentions and filed a criminal complaint against top generals. In response, a criminal libel case was brought against him.

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Danish pharmaceutical company challenges Indian media report on drug

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28 Mar 2013

Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck is suing the Indian publication, Monthly Index of Medical Specialities, for its reports on a drug that is not licensed in Denmark but is being marketed in India.

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News website blocked for “subjective” reporting

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8 Jan 2013

In the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, as elsewhere in the world, people increasingly look to the internet for information. So web-users in Kyrgyzstan were dismayed when the Russian-language news website fergana.ru, which is based in Moscow but has a large following in the region, was blocked.

A court case challenging the move is now in progress in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, and MLDI is providing financial support. A hearing in December ended with the judge requesting more information from the authorities, and the next hearing...

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