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Three upcoming court decisions that could change the face of the African press

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16 Sep 2014

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the East African Court of Justice and the African Commission will speak out on the criminal prosecution of those who challenge the conduct of public officials, muzzling a free press in the run-up to elections, and the space allowed for open and critical debate in a post-conflict society.

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African Court urged: “Stop use of criminal law to protect reputations”

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30 Sep 2013

MLDI has petitioned the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights to rule that imprisonment for defamation violates the right to freedom of expression and that the criminal law should not be used in disputes concerning reputation. The case concerns a journalist from Burkina Faso who is serving a prison sentence for defaming a public prosecutor.

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African Court hears first free speech case

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17 Mar 2014

This week, the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights will hear its first freedom of expression case. Brought by MLDI, it concerns the case of Lohé Issa Konaté, a journalist from Burkina Faso who served a 12 month prison sentence, was fined the equivalent of 18 annual average wages and whose newspaper was shut down for insulting and defaming a local prosecutor.

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