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Emilio Palacio Urrutia v Ecuador: The judgment paving the way for anti-SLAPP regulations in the Americas

This month at Media Defence, we focus on Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, also known as SLAPPs. SLAPPs are a form of legal harassment that have the purpose of driving information that is in the public interest into the darkness. These types of cases – aiming to silence speech on matters of public interest –…

Media Defence files four cases at the ECtHR concerning use of Pegasus spyware by the Azerbaijan government

Media Defence, with Azeri lawyers Zibeyda Sadigova and Elchin Sadigov, has filed four cases at the European Court of Human Rights concerning the use of Pegasus spyware by the Azerbaijan government. Once a mobile device is infected, the spyware, developed by NSO Group, a cyber-arms company based in Israel, and sold exclusively to governments around…

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…