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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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MLDI Intervenes in David Miranda High Court Challenge

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6 Nov 2013

The High Court is hearing the judicial review application of David Miranda in relation to his detention earlier this year under the Terrorism Act 2000. The Media Legal Defence Initiative together with Article 19 and English PEN intervened in the case, arguing that Mr Miranda’s detention under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act was in violation of international human rights law.

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MLDI celebrates its Fifth Anniversary

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14 Feb 2014

MLDI celebrated its fifth anniversary by hosting a panel discussion with four of its close partners and journalists illustrating the various threats to media freedom.

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MLDI condemns Le Quoc Quan ruling, explores appeal options

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20 Feb 2014

A coalition of 14 human rights NGOs and networks strongly condemns this week’s decision by an appeal court upholding a 30-month prison sentence for Vietnamese human rights lawyer and blogger Le Quoc Quan. Mr. Quan has been detained since December 2012.

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Richard Clayton: The Curious Case of Kennedy v Charity Commission

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5 Aug 2014

On 26 March 2014 the Supreme Court gave a lengthy judgment in Kennedy v Charity Commission [2014] UKSC 20 , running to 248 paragraphs. The Supreme Court decision is full of surprises.

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Marshal Muchende on getting Zambia's "false news" law struck down

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12 Oct 2014

The 4th of December 2014 was a defining moment in Zambian legal history. In a landmark judgment, High Court Judge Isaac Chali struck down the provisions of section 67 of the Penal Code which prohibited the publication of so-called “false news”, joining Zambia’s name to the list of countries who have similarly held that this colonial-era law is not justified in modern democracy.

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Latvian journalist in criminal court for comparing a politician to Baron Münchhausen

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13 Oct 2011

MLDI is supporting the defence of Latvian journalist, Gunta Sloga, in a criminal defamation case brought against her by Aleksandrs Mirskis, a member of the European Parliament.

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Major Challenges to Fundamental Right of Freedom of Speech in Pakistan

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2 Dec 2014

Yasser Latif Hamdani writes about the current challenges to free speech in Pakistan: "Tragically, in a society and a state is so torn apart by fear, law and constitutional politics become useless. The challenge that the Taliban now pose – regardless of the outcome of the so called peace talks- will only get more amplified. The first casualty is going to be the Fundamental Rights Chapter of the Constitution."

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