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Journalist Impact Survey 2020

I haven’t changed a millimetre, I’m writing even more freely, and I’m even more convinced that I shouldn’t stop.” Journalist supported by Media Defence in 2020.

A Year in Review: Our 2020 Learning Report

At Media Defence, we undertake a variety of internal and external evaluations each year in order to understand the effectiveness and relevance of our programmes. We also do this to explore the impact of legal defence for journalists, in an increasingly contracting space for media freedom globally. We are committed to transparency and wish to share the…

A Year in Review: Our 2019 Annual Report

Our 2019 Annual Report has been designed in the style of our new branding which will be launched soon. The report includes words from across our team, case studies, interviews, stats and infographics, reflections and learnings. We discuss the general global climate for media freedom as well as specific issues and cases we’ve worked on in regions from Eastern Europe to Eastern Africa.

A Year in Review: Our 2019 Learning Report

At Media Defence, we take the monitoring and evaluation of our work very seriously, undertaking a variety of internal and external evaluations each year. We have created this Learning Report to share a summary of our key findings from 2019.

Press Freedom Guardians: Journalist Impact Survey 2019

Every year, we send a survey out to the journalists we have supported through our emergency defence fund and partner-funded defence projects. We do this to make sure that the people we support have a voice in how that support works.

2018 Annual Report: ten years of Media Legal Defence Initiative

In 2018 Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) turned ten years old. Our 2018 annual report reflects on our growth, achievements and impact over the last ten years, and takes an in-depth look at 2018.

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.

80 cases received technical legal support in 2020

In addition to financial aid, 80 of our cases received technical legal support.

65% case success rate

We have a 65% case success rate, and 90% of the journalists we help continue to report after their case has ended.

443 cases in 63 countries

In 2020, we supported 443 cases in 63 countries around the world.

65% case success rate

We have a 65% case success rate, and 90% of the journalists we help continue to report after their case has ended.

443 cases in 63 countries

In 2020, we supported 443 cases in 63 countries around the world.

443 cases in 63 countries

In 2020, we supported 443 cases in 63 countries around the world.

95% of the journalists we help would recommend our support.

To date, our legal support has helped journalists avoid over 290 years of detention and over £470 million in damages.

90% 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