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.
Two years after Zambia’s President Sata – nicknamed King Cobra because of his combative political style - was elected with a promise to make the rule of law and justice the “cornerstone” of his tenure, concern is growing at his oppressive use of the law against independent media in the country. MLDI is supporting several cases in which journalists thought to be linked to a controversial independent news website are being prosecuted.
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.
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.
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.
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.