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Re:Baltica defeats frivolous defamation claim

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7 Apr 2015

The Latvian courts have upheld a journalistic website’s right to report on stories of widespread money laundering. The Baltic Centre for Investigative Journalism, otherwise known as Re:Baltica , is a celebrated non-profit organisation of journalists in Latvia that produces pieces of investigative journalism for free.

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Botswana journalist defeats lengthy libel case

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25 Apr 2014

In April 2014, following thirteen years of on-off proceedings, the High Court of Botswana finally dismissed a libel case brought against journalist Methaetsile Leepile by a senior judge of Botswana’s High Court.

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“The big guys don’t care about winning – they want to damage the lives of journalists.”

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27 Mar 2015

Award-winning journalist Inga Springe is the founder of Re:Baltica - The Baltic Centre for Investigative Journalism, based in Riga, Latvia. We worked with Inga when Re:Baltica was sued for defamation in 2012. Here she describes what drives her and how she hopes to bring socially-responsible journalism back to Latvia. 

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Reporting on Issues of Corruption in Nigeria

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26 Jun 2014

Omoyele Sowore set up Sahara Reporters in 2006 to report on issues of corruption. He has been subjected to numerous verbal and written attacks and three different legal cases. MLDI has supported him in each of these cases by providing him with pro bono legal support. In the most recent a Nigerian lawyer, who had been instructed by the Nigerian Government to pursue Sowore, has himself been exposed as corrupt and in May was sentenced to six years in prison.

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"If they're going to try to shut us down, we have to fight back"

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26 Dec 2015

Latvian journalists Inga Springe and Nellija Locmele are fighting hard to keep media freedom alive in their country. Despite recent successes in court, legal threats remain and MLDI’s support is vital to these media outlets.

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Danish pharmaceutical company challenges Indian media report on drug

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28 Mar 2013

Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck is suing the Indian publication, Monthly Index of Medical Specialities, for its reports on a drug that is not licensed in Denmark but is being marketed in India.

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“It’s like tactics in a war – they want to bleed us dry”

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17 Jun 2015

When Latvia’s leading newspaper was sold to faceless businessmen, its journalists resigned en masse and set up the independent magazine IR.  We talked to editor-in-chief Nellija Locmele about the birth of IR and the controversial legal cases we’re now helping it to win. 

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Mayor of Riga loses libel case against magazine over “kleptocrat” remark

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3 Mar 2014

The Mayor of Riga, Nils Usakovs, has lost his libel case against the Latvian weekly, IR. The case had been brought in 2012 in response to a comment by IR journalist, Aivars Ozoliņš, that the Riga City Council was a “kleptocracy”.

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A Texas nexus

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1 Jun 2010

Sowore Omoyele runs a website called Sahara Reporters , reporting on news and current affairs in Nigeria. In May 2008 he reported allegations that the Attorney-General had received a bribe of US$10 million to settle a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical firm Pfizer and that the bribe had been channeled through his brother, Paul Orhii, who was living in Texas. In response, Mr Orhii (who has since been appointed Director-General of the Nigerian Food and Drug Administration) launched a US$25 million defamation suit in Texas against Omoyele. Having been...

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