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African Court landmark ruling on criminal libel: Burkinabe journalist awarded compensation

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6 Jun 2016

on 3 June 2016, Burkinabe journalist Lohé Issa Konaté was awarded $70,000 in compensation for the harm he suffered as a result of his year-long detention for charges of criminal defamation.

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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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Landmark Victory Paving the Way for Press Freedom

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5 Nov 2015

"This decision will have positive implications for all my fellow journalists. It is a victory for the entire profession."

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MLDI Publishes 2015 Annual Review

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5 Nov 2015

The past twelve months have seen strong results for the journalists we defended but also a decline in respect for freedoms overall. MLDI's work this year, more than ever, has proven to be crucial in securing journalists' ability to report freely worldwide.

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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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