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Lawyer Impact Survey 2020

In 2020, we carried out our first ever Lawyer Impact Survey to assess the impact of our support to lawyers through our emergency defence and strategic litigation programmes. Through these programmes, lawyers are offered financial support to cover their legal fees and pro bono legal support. Our legal support is based on their needs and…

A Year in Review: Our 2020 Annual Report

The Report Media Defence has launched its 2020 annual report, marking the end of a pivotal year for freedom of expression. COVID-19 presented us with unprecedented challenges. As we moved our lives online, and grappled with mis-information, authoritarian regimes used the crisis to clamp down on dissent and scrutiny. Yet, in spite of these crackdowns,…

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.

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