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“Defamation of the dead” and its chilling effect on media freedom: MLDI files brief to European Court

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15 Mar 2017

The European Court of Human Rights is set to consider a case filed by a Slovakian TV station after it was found by the Broadcasting Council to have breached broadcasting law in its reporting on the death of a public figure. MLDI has filed an intervention urging the European Court to clarify the extent to which the reputations of deceased persons are protected under the European Convention on Human Rights.

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European Court considers MLDI intervention on “defamation of the dead”

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5 Dec 2017

The European Court of Human Rights has found a violation of the right to freedom of expression in case concerning television programme alleged to have harmed the reputation of a deceased politician. MLDI Intervened in the case.

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Media Freedom - A Rough Guide to Kigali

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5 Nov 2013

Agnès Uwimana and Saidati Mukakibibi wrote for a local Rwandan newspaper, Umurabyo. Some of their articles displeased the Rwandan government. The result: seventeen and seven years in prison on grounds of defamation, threatening national security, “divisionism” and genocide denial.

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Angolan Journalist Prosecuted for Claiming Human Rights Abuses in Mining Industry

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5 Jun 2013

Rafael Marques has described Angola's diamond mining industry as being plagued by murders, beatings, and arbitrary detentions and filed a criminal complaint against top generals. In response, a criminal libel case was brought against him.

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“Solve 17-Year-Old Murder of Journalist”, Campaigners Demand

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3 Jul 2013

MLDI and a coalition of free speech campaigners from around the world have joined forces to reopen the investigation into the murder of an Indonesian journalist 17 years ago. They have written to two UN Special Rapporteurs asking them to press the Indonesian authorities for action before the case lapses in August 2014.

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“I will do everything in my power to bring back freedom of expression to my country”

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5 Jan 2016

Through our partnership with the Media Development Centre, over the last year we’ve helped leading media lawyer Filip Medarski defend 40 defamation cases in Macedonia. 

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Manual on European Defamation Law

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24 Jun 2015

The Media Legal Defence Initiative and the International Press Institute have today published a powerful new tool for defending the European media’s right to report on matters of public interest.

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Manual on European Defamation Law

Find here a comprehensive reference and training manual for lawyers and journalists on European legal standards related to freedom of expression and the protection of reputation. “Freedom of Expression, Media Law and Defamation,” summarises key principles of European jurisprudence on defamation

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What Happened Next: Joel Eshikumo

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13 Nov 2013

In 2009, Joel Eshikumo, a journalist in Western Kenya, was jailed after a court ruled that an article of his libelled the principal of a top boarding school. But Joel, who reports for the Weekly Citizen, says the article wasn’t his and that he had no idea there was a case against him, only hearing about it when ordered to pay damages. Three years on, he says he is campaigning for justice.

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