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Defamation liability should not extend to publishers for hyperlinking - MLDI files intervention to European Court

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20 Apr 2017

The European Court of Human Rights will consider the important issue of defamation liability for hyperlinking. MLDI, with five other NGOs, has filed an intervention before the Court arguing that defamation liability should not extend to publishers who link to content that is authored by others.

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MLDI and Veritas Law bring case before the Constitutional Council of Cameroon challenging Internet shutdown

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4 May 2017

On 8 May, the Constitutional Council of Cameroon will begin hearing a case that challenges the government's decision to shut down the Internet in the South West and North West of Cameroon.

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How far does the “right to be forgotten” extend? Crucial case referred to Court of Justice of the European Union

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20 Jul 2017

After French authorities demanded Google search results be “de-listed” worldwide, the Court of Justice of the European Union has been asked to clarify whether domestic authorities can order the removal of search results globally under the EU law on the “right to be forgotten”. MLDI and 20 other organisations filed an intervention highlighting the free speech implications of global “de-listing”.

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MLDI files intervention at European Court seeking to protect anonymity of users online

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10 Oct 2017

MLDI has filed a third-party intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in a case that will examine the circumstances under which an internet service provider can be compelled to disclose the identities of anonymous users.

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The European Court considers MLDI's joint intervention in important decision on intermediary liability

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12 Oct 2017

The European Court of Human Rights has dismissed politician's claim that his right to reputation had been violated because he was refused permission to sue Google Inc. for allegedly defamatory remarks on the Blogger.com platform. Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) co-ordinated a coalition of eight interveners in the case.

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Lost in the Web: Navigating the Legal Maze Online

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20 May 2015

A few weeks ago in Berlin, I spoke at re:publica about threats to free speech online such as technical censorship, the use of copyright laws to curtail free speech, liability for user comments, and the right to be forgotten. It’s not always easy to get people interested in talking about the law, so I was happy that people showed up.

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News website sued over prison abuse claims

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18 Nov 2014

A respected Russian news website dedicated to reporting human rights issues has been sued by the regional Russian Federal Penitentiary Service. With support from MLDI, lawyers with The Mass Media Defence Centre are fighting the case.

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News website blocked for “subjective” reporting

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8 Jan 2013

In the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, as elsewhere in the world, people increasingly look to the internet for information. So web-users in Kyrgyzstan were dismayed when the Russian-language news website fergana.ru, which is based in Moscow but has a large following in the region, was blocked.

A court case challenging the move is now in progress in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, and MLDI is providing financial support. A hearing in December ended with the judge requesting more information from the authorities, and the next hearing...

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Milestone Judgment for Internet Freedom in India

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5 Nov 2015

“It has allowed ordinary netizens to speak freely without the fear of impending arrest and emboldened them to challenge the culture of censorship.”

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