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Defamation liability should not extend to publishers for hyperlinking - MLDI files intervention to European Court

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20 Apr 2017

The European Court of Human Rights will consider the important issue of defamation liability for hyperlinking. MLDI, with five other NGOs, has filed an intervention before the Court arguing that defamation liability should not extend to publishers who link to content that is authored by others.

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UN calls on Azerbaijan to enable media pluralism

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6 Apr 2017

In a recent decision , the United Nations Human Rights Committee held that Azerbaijan violated the right to freedom of expression by failing to hold regular, open and fair competitions for radio broadcasting licenses in the country. The decision is a victory for independent Azerbaijani media, which are dependent on the government’s allocation of licences to be able to broadcast.

The decision follows an application brought by the Media Legal Defence...

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State controlled media regulation is a threat to press freedom: MLDI files an amicus brief to European Court of Human Rights

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17 Mar 2017

MLDI, along with the Russian NGO the Mass Media Defence Centre (MMDC), submitted an amicus brief in the case of Novaya Gazeta and ZAO Novaya Gazeta v Russia on media regulation and its implications for the right to freedom of expression, arguing that state controlled regulation of the media can constitute a serious threat to press freedom.

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“Defamation of the dead” and its chilling effect on media freedom: MLDI files brief to European Court

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15 Mar 2017

The European Court of Human Rights is set to consider a case filed by a Slovakian TV station after it was found by the Broadcasting Council to have breached broadcasting law in its reporting on the death of a public figure. MLDI has filed an intervention urging the European Court to clarify the extent to which the reputations of deceased persons are protected under the European Convention on Human Rights.

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European Court: newspapers must be free to comment on political matters during elections

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21 Feb 2017

The European Court of Human Rights has condemned the use of electoral laws by Russia to restrict critical reporting on politicians.

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Volunteer with us! MLDI is seeking a communications and digital engagement volunteer

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13 Feb 2017

MLDI is looking for a volunteer to assist it with its communications and digital engagement. The volunteer should be available for a minimum of 3 days a week for 3 months.

The ideal candidate will be highly organised, able to work independently, familiar with communications and digital engagement and interested in human rights and freedom of expression. Willingness to undertake some routine administrative tasks is crucial.

Communications and digital engagement projects may be devised in collaboration with the volunteer, which will aim to assist the organisation in...

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European Court finds removal of journalists from parliament violates press freedom

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9 Feb 2017

Macedonian journalists have won a case before the European Court of Human Rights challenging their removal from the parliamentary press gallery during a tense political debate. The European Court held that the removal was a violation of the journalists’ rights to freedom of expression.

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Defamation defence manual launched in four new languages

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12 Jan 2017

Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) and the International Press Institute (IPI) today announced the publication of their reference manual on defamation laws in Europe in four additional languages.

The manual , which summarises European legal standards related to freedom of expression and the protection of reputation, is now available in...

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Human rights lawyer detained for blogging and advocacy must be released

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25 Nov 2016

Nguyen Van Dai – a prominent human rights lawyer and blogger in Viet Nam is being detained incommunicado for exercising his right to free speech. On 25 November 2016, MLDI filed a petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention urging it to intervene in his case.

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