In a victory for free speech, the Zimbabwean Constitutional Court yesterday declared that the criminal law prohibition on publishing "false statements" was unconstitutional.
German courts breached German newspaper Bild's right to freedom of expression when they banned further publication of an article about former Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder in 2005, the European Court of Human Rights held last week.
Today, Rwandan editor Agnes Uwimana-Nkusi was released after serving four years in Kigali's notorious 1930 prison. This is however not the end of her legal struggle, which continues at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
The Media Legal Defence Initiative has filed a brief with the European Court of Human Rights asking it to respect the principle that online media should not have to monitor the thousands of comments left on their sites by readers every day.
As the UN Human Rights Council opens its 26th session, MLDI and nine other human rights and free speech organisations have called on the UN Special Rapporteurs to take action on the continued detention of Bahraini journalists Hussain Hubail and Qassim Zain Aldeen.
On 28 May, the Rwandan High Court acquitted radio presenter Epaphrodite Habarugira of charges of "minimising the genocide" and spreading "genocide ideology" and queried why the case was brought at all.
The Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) is accepting proposals from organisations and groups to provide legal assistance to independent media, journalists and bloggers in India. MLDI will consider grants of up to GBP25,000 for a period of one year.
MLDI has filed an intervention in the case of Marcel Granier and others vs.
Twenty months after YouTube was blocked by the Pakistani government, the High Court of Lahore held yesterday that YouTube should be unblocked in Pakistan.