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To ensure that our learning is as accessible as possible, we publish our training manuals and other legal resources on freedom of expression law. These cover topics such as free speech online, defamation and access to information as well as how to litigate cases at regional mechanisms. We are currently developing an online learning centre for lawyers that will enable those unable to attend litigation surgeries in person to benefit from our trainings as well.

Digital Rights Advocates Project

Our Digital Rights Advocates Project aims to strengthen the capacity of lawyers in East, West and Southern Africa. It does this through facilitating litigation surgeries, bringing together local lawyers to develop their skills and share their experiences in litigating cases related to freedom of expression online. As part of this project, we have also developed training materials on digital rights which form the basis of our introductory and advanced litigation surgeries. 

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In our Explaining the Issues series, we explain legal issues faced by the media - this instalment covers intermediary liability. What is an internet intermediary? Defining what an ‘intermediary’ is can be challenging, because the term is broad and constantly evolving. The Council of Europe suggests intermediaries are service providers who enable communication to take…

[NOW CLOSED] Call for Consultants: “Train the Trainer” Facilitation

Media Defence's Digital Rights Advocates training programme works to defend, promote and strengthen freedom of expression online in East, West and Southern Africa, by supporting legal communities with technical legal expertise to litigate digital rights cases. One of the programme's core activities is the delivery of litigation surgeries in East, West and Southern Africa. These…

Media Defence Launches New Summary Modules on Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression Online

As part of our Digital Rights Advocates Project, Media Defence announces its new Summary Modules on Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression Online developed in collaboration with ALT Advisory. These modules provide an overview of relevant principles and case law for lawyers in sub-Saharan Africa interested in litigating digital rights cases. The modules are a…

Digital Rights Advocates: Interview with Zambian Lawyer Michelle Mwiinga

Welcome to the Digital Rights Advocates Blog Series, where we hear from lawyers litigating digital rights in sub-Saharan Africa. Digital rights have become indispensable for people around the world to exercise and enjoy their fundamental rights. Independent media is increasingly moving online – from established newspapers and television channels to bloggers and human rights activists…