MLDI and Ossigeno per l’Informazione have established the “Sportello Legale di Ossigeno”, a fund to provide free legal support to Italian journalists and bloggers. For more information and how to apply for support see: http://bit.ly/1KPcfnQ.
MLDI welcomes the release, today, of Al Jazeera Journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. They were pardoned by President Sisi after they had been sentenced to three years imprisonment earlier this year for allegedly collaborating with the Muslim brotherhood.
The Media Legal Defence Initiative has coordinated a coalition of organisations and submitted filed written comments with the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, urging the Court to clarify its position on the right of access to information under the European Convention.
In a recent ruling, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ordered Venezuela to reinstate the broadcasting license of Radio Caracas Television (RCTV), setting a strong precedent for freedom of expression in the Americas.
Phuketwan's journalists avoid 7 years of jail after being acquitted of defaming the Thai Navy, a great "victory for media freedom, for Thai justice and for Thailand".
The Board of Trustees of the Media Legal Defence Initiative is seeking a new Chief Executive Officer, to succeed Peter Noorlander who has led the organisation for the last five years to its current strength and success.
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION LITIGATION WORKSHOP
JOHANNESBURG 16 – 18 SEPTEMBER 2015
On 9 July, Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu was released from prison, a year ahead of her scheduled release date. She had been imprisoned since 2011, serving a sentence under Ethiopia's infamous anti-terror laws.
Blogger and human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan was released on Saturday after serving a 30-month sentence in a Vietnamese prison after having been convicted on fabricated charges of tax evasion.
On 30 June 2015, the Supreme Court in Swaziland ordered that human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko, and magazine editor, Bheki Makhubu, be immediately released after having spent 15 months in prison.