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Today, 18 expert non-governmental organisations from across the world have filed legal submissions before France’s highest court, the Council of State (Conseil d’État), raising serious concerns about a ruling of France’s data protection authority, la Commission nationale informatique et libertés (“...
President Trump’s threats to “open up” libel laws have global implications for freedom of the media across the globe, especially in Africa. We, a media lawyer from London, an international human rights lawyer, and a human rights lawyer from Uganda, have joined forces to address this issue.
  “I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves.  We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.” Audre Lorde  
  “[In Russia] the killing of journalists is a cheap, easy and virtually risk-free method of silencing critics” - Galina Arapova, Director, Mass Media Defence Centre   “[A]s a foreigner you’re not going to be physically harmed.  However if you’re Russian, anything goes. Russian journalists and...
“I am living proof that when the good people of the world come together to lift an injustice they can literally move the most powerful country in the world to act and to save an innocent life” – Mohamed Soltan   “Journalists at risk in Egypt” was the first of the Doughty Street International Media...
The holiday period, during which the rest of the world’s attention is frequently distracted, is often a dangerous time for those opposed to the government in Egypt.
The last part of 2016 has not brought much positive news on justice and accountability across Africa. No less that three States — Burundi, South Africa and Gambia — announced they were withdrawing from the International Criminal Court.
In March of this year, Rwanda announced that it was withdrawing from the mechanism allowing individuals and NGOs direct access to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.



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