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Media Defence has been working to support journalists facing legal threats since 2008. We value the importance of learning and improvement, and we dedicate time and resources to monitoring and evaluating our projects and programmes in order to learn, improve and grow. We strive to ensure our evaluations are robust, efficient, useful, accurate and innovative.

Since 2008

We have provided legal help to hundreds of journalists and media outlets around the world.

30% cases received technical legal support

In addition to financial aid, 30% of our cases received technical legal support.

73% case success rate

We have a 73% case success rate, and 100% of the journalists we help continue to report after their case has ended.

329 cases in 65 countries

In 2019, we supported 329 cases in 65 countries around the world.

73% case success rate

We have a 73% case success rate, and 100% of the journalists we help continue to report after their case has ended.

329 cases in 65 countries

In 2019, we supported 329 cases in 65 countries around the world.

329 cases in 65 countries

In 2019, we supported 329 cases in 65 countries around the world.

100% of the journalists we help would recommend our support.

Between 2008-18, our legal support helped journalists avoid over 285 years of detention and over £400 million in damages.

100% of the journalists we help continued to report.

Media Defence has been absolutely critical in helping me get the most updated Commonwealth jurisprudence in free speech litigation, whether it’s on contempt of Court, the law on harassment, or sedition.

Co - Founder of The Online Citizen, Singapore

For asking people to laugh at the government, I was handcuffed, detained, thrown into the lockup. But I kept laughing and encouraging people to laugh with me. Why? Because laughter is the best form of protest.

Malaysian Cartoonist

We were able to take stances that we wouldn’t have been confident about if Media Defence hadn’t been backing us.

Bytes for All