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European Court Finds Turkey Violated Cumhuriyet Journalists’ Rights to Liberty and Security, Freedom of Expression, Detained in the Crackdown Following July 2016 Coup

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that Turkey violated the Article 5(1)(c) and 10 rights of ten journalists working at the prominent Turkish newspaper, Cumhuriyet. The journalists were arrested and detained in the government crackdown following the July 2016 attempted coup. Media Defence intervened as a third party in the case, along…

UN Working Group Confirms Involvement of Thailand and Viet Nam in Unlawful Rendition and Detention of Vietnamese Journalist

In an Opinion published today, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (the UNWGAD) has found Thailand and Viet Nam responsible for the unlawful rendition and detention of prominent Vietnamese investigative journalist and blogger Truong Duy Nhat. Importantly, the UNWGAD recognised that Mr Nhat’s case follows a familiar pattern of incommunicado detention, prosecution under vague laws,…

Media Defence Files Petition with UNWGAD Seeking Release of Tsi Conrad

Media Defence has filed a Petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) seeking the immediate and unconditional release of Tsi Conrad, a freelance journalist, who has been sentenced to 15 years in prison under anti-terrorism laws in Cameroon Tsi Conrad has been in detention since 8 December 2016.  At the time of…

Explaining the Issues: Internet Shutdowns

In Media Defence’s Explaining the Issues series, we provide an overview of legal issues faced by the media. See other blogs in the series here. What are Internet shutdowns? Around the world, repressive governments often disrupt or ‘shut down’ Internet services in their countries in order to prevent members of the general public from accessing…

Media Defence Files Amicus Curiae Brief Before Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice on the Use of Force During Protests

On 22 September 2020, Media Defence filed an amicus curiae brief before Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice, in a case challenging the constitutionality of the country’s national Law on the Use of Force. The brief, filed together with Article 19 (Office for Mexico and Central America), examines international legal standards governing the use of force,…

Presentación de Amicus Curiae Ante la SCNJ, Sobre el Uso de la Fuerza Pública Durante Protestas

El 22 de septiembre, las organizaciones no gubernamentales Media Defence y ARTICLE 19, oficina para México y Centroamérica, presentamos un Amicus Curiae ante la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación, con motivo de la discusión que tendrá lugar en la Corte sobre la constitucionalidad de la Ley Nacional del Uso de la Fuerza. La…