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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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Digital Rights Advocates: Interview with Rwandan lawyer Louis Gitinywa

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…

Opportunity: Project Assistant (French-Speaking), Digital Rights Advocates Project

Media Defence is a charity that provides legal defence to journalists, citizen journalists and independent media worldwide who are under threat for their reporting. Media Defence runs a training programme 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…

Media Defence Partners with Media Foundation for West Africa

As part of our work to help build a strong global legal defence network for independent media, Media Defence is excited to announce another new funded partner as part of the Digital Rights Advocates Project. Media Defence has partnered with the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) to deliver better local-level access to legal assistance for…

Explaining the Issues: Internet Shutdowns

In Media Defence’s Explaining the Issues series, we provide an overview of legal issues faced by the media. See other blogs in the series here. What are Internet shutdowns? Around the world, repressive governments often disrupt or ‘shut down’ Internet services in their countries in order to prevent members of the general public from accessing…

Media Defence Announces First Round of Funded Partners Working On Digital Rights in Africa

As part of our work to help build a strong global legal defence network for independent media, Media Defence is excited to announce two new funded partners as part of the Digital Rights Advocates Project. Media Defence has partnered with Unwanted Witness and Digital Rights Lawyers Initiative to deliver better local-level access to legal assistance…

Special Call: Funding for a Media Defence Centre in India

Media Defence would like to partner with an NGO or law centre for the provision of quality legal support for media outlets, journalists and bloggers facing legal threats because of their reporting in India. Organisations interested in applying must either have, or wish to establish, a media defence centre to provide free, high quality legal…