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Judgment: ECOWAS Court finds Nigeria violated freedom of expression with Twitter blocking

On 14 July 2022, the ECOWAS Court handed down an important decision for freedom of expression and digital rights. It found that Nigeria, by blocking access to Twitter, violated the rights of the Plaintiffs: five Nigerian NGOs and four journalists. The ECOWAS Court ordered Nigeria to put in place a legal framework that is consistent…

Special Call: Grants for Strategic Litigation in Asia-Pacific  

In partnership with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, we're calling for applications from lawyers and organisations based in the Asia-Pacific region for grants to fund strategic litigation related to media freedom. Context As part of our work to help build a strong global legal defence network for independent media, we fund strategic litigation. This…

Strasbourg court finds Russia’s ‘foreign agent’ law unlawful

The European Court of Human Rights has handed down its long-awaited judgment in the case of Ecodefence and others v Russia. The Court considered over 60 separate challenges brought by NGOs against Russia’s foreign agent laws. One of the challenges was brought by our partner organisation Mass Media Defence Centre. Media Defence submitted a third-party…

Liste de lecture: Une introduction aux litiges dans les mécanismes régionaux en Afrique

À Media Defence, nous avons développé un centre de ressources avec de nombreuses ressources sur les droits numériques. Le Hub couvre dix thèmes relatifs aux droits numériques, tels que la diffamation, la vie privée et les restrictions aux contenus en ligne. Dans ce blog, nous avons rassemblé quelques ressources pour vous aider à en savoir…

Juan Pablo Barrientos: Challenging the Catholic Church’s secrecy on sexual abuse in Colombia

Juan Pablo Barrientos In 2016, journalist Juan Pablo Barrientos became inspired by the story of the Boston Globe’s investigative unit, Spotlight. Back in 2001, Spotlight had conducted a deep investigation into sexual abuse within the Catholic Church in Massachusetts, leading to further investigations in different parts of the world. Barrientos decided to perform the same…

Media Defence and EFF intervene in Sanchez v France

Media Defence and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) have intervened in a case at the Grand Chamber of the ECtHR, which concerns online users being held liable for third party comments. In Sanchez v France a French politician was charged with incitement to hatred on religious grounds following comments posted on the ‘wall’ of his Facebook account…