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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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“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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Latvia case: an encouragement for investigative journalism

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9 Apr 2015

Irina Kostina is a Senior Associate at LAWIN, the largest legal firm in the Baltics. With funding from MLDI, Irina defended The Baltic Centre for Investigative Journalism when it was sued for defamation in 2012. Here she describes the case and what attracts her to media law.

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What happened next: Gunta Sloga, Latvia

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10 Sep 2014

"In the end, the politician who sued me was very unhappy because not only had he lost the case but the story had been retold over and over again in the press. My main victory – if you could call it that – is that he wasn’t re-elected to the European Parliament. I don’t think that’s 100 per cent down to my story but I do feel there’s at least one brick in the wall put there by me."

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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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“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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“It has definitely become more popular to sue journalists”

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20 Apr 2015

Linda Birina is one of Latvia’s leading media lawyers. We’re proud to be supporting her in her defence of some of the country’s most prominent investigative journalists. Here she describes what appeals to her about media law. 

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“Without MLDI, I would have applied for political asylum”

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20 Apr 2015

In Latvia, MLDI supports investigative journalist and whistle-blower Leonids Jakobsons in a criminal trial involving a powerful politician and the right to information. The case will set a precedent. The journalist is potentially facing a sentence of three years and a penalty which would mean personal bankruptcy.

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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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