Posted on: 24 Oct 2014

This year, with the imprisonment of three Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt on false news charges, press freedom issues made headlines around the world. News coverage of this scale is rare, but the sentences are not: oppressive governments around the world are increasingly using false news, criminal libel and national security laws to criminalise free speech.

Posted on: 24 Oct 2014

On 20 October 2014, the High Court of Uganda ordered that the trial of Ronald Poteri, a police detective accused of leaking secret audio recordings between the Ugandan Inspector General of Police and some youths from the ruling National Resistance Movement Party, should be open to journalists and

Posted on: 23 Oct 2014
Former journalist of the Sowetan, Cecil Motsepe, wrote a series of articles in 2009 about the allegedly racist conduct of judge Marius Serfontein.
Posted on: 4 Aug 2014

Internationally renowned journalist Khadija Ismayilova has complained to the European Court of Human Rights about the unwillingness of the Azeri authorities to properly investigate a series of threats, intimidations and gross violation

Posted on: 23 Jul 2014

In a victory for free speech, the Zimbabwean Constitutional Court yesterday declared that the criminal law prohibition on publishing "false statements" was unconstitutional.

Posted on: 15 Jul 2014

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.

Posted on: 18 Jun 2014

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.

Posted on: 10 Jun 2014

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.

Posted on: 9 Jun 2014

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.

Posted on: 4 Jun 2014

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.