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Maldives: Launch of Report on Media Environment

23 October 2021. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), working in collaboration with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Maldives Journalist Association (MJA), today launched an in-depth report into the situation in the Maldives facing the media and journalists, Maldives: Overview of the Environment for Media. This report is part of a … Continue reading

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2021 Joint Declaration on Politicians and Freedom of Expression

20 October 2021. Today, the specialised mandates tasked with promoting and protecting freedom of expression at the UN, OAS, OSCE and African Commission launched their annual statement, the Joint Declaration on Politicians and Public Officials and Freedom of Expression. The Joint Declaration, which was drafted with the assistance of the Centre for Law and Democracy … Continue reading

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Happy International Right to Know Day!

28 September 2021, International Right to Know Day, is a day when people around the world celebrate the right to access information held by public authorities, or the right to information. UNESCO recognised the day as the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) in 2016 and it was recognised as a general UN … Continue reading

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Canada: Proposals for Harmful Content Online Need More Human Rights Safeguards

 27 September 2021. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) is today releasing a Submission to the official consultation on the Government of Canada’s proposals to address harmful content online. The proposals would impose several obligations on online platforms, including to monitor content proactively, report harmful content to law enforcement bodies and create procedures for … Continue reading

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Supporting the Establishment of Networks of Media Lawyers in Kazakhstan, UNESCO Almaty and CLD Host a Workshop

15 September 2021. Today UNESCO Almaty, in partnership with the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), hosted a virtual Workshop on Creating a Media Lawyers’ Network in Kazakhstan to bring legal professionals together to deepen their understanding of and to advocate for media freedom and freedom of expression. Supported by the Global Media Defence Fund … Continue reading

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Canada: Submission to Access to Information Act Review

17 August 2021. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) are today releasing their joint Submission to the formal review of Canada’s federal Access to Information Act (ATIA), launched in June 2020. Many of the recommendations for change raised in the Submission have featured in previous submissions … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia, Canada: Party Leaders Fail to Commit on Access to Information Reform

6 August 2021. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) is today releasing open letters sent last week to the leaders of the three main Nova Scotian political parties, the Liberal Party, Progressive Conservative Association and New Democratic Party, along with the responses of each party (Liberal/PC/NDP). Sent in the middle of an election campaign, … Continue reading

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Invitation to Webinar on Forming National Media Lawyers’ Networks

30 July 2021. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), with the support of the Global Media Defence Fund run by UNESCO, is running a project designed to support the formation and development of national networks of lawyers dedicated to media defence work and promoting freedom of expression. “Media lawyers’ networks can be crucial forums … Continue reading

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Inter-American Court of Human Rights Appearance

15 June 2021. Today, Toby Mendel, Executive Director of the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), is appearing as an expert witness and presenting a written Statement before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the case of Palacio Urrutia and Others v. Ecuador. The case challenges the conviction of journalist Urrutia and fellow defendants … Continue reading

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Mauritius: Proposals to Monitor and Control All Social Media Traffic Very Repressive

12 May 2021. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) is releasing two documents analysing, respectively, Mauritius’ Information and Communication Technologies Act 2001 (ICT Act) and recently proposed amendments to that Act. The first is a Note highlighting current human rights problems with the ICT Act, including the lack of independence of media regulators and … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Analysis of the Military’s Changes to the Penal Code

10 May 2021. Myanmar’s military took control of the country in a coup on 1 February 2021. Just two weeks later, on 14 February, they introduced important changes to the Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code which have become the primary legal provisions being used to charge journalists, student leaders, civil servants and others … Continue reading

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Russia: Letter in Solidarity with Ivan Pavlov

7 May 2021. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) is pleased to join more than 100 other organisations and individuals in endorsing a letter in solidarity with Ivan Pavlov, a Russian human rights activist and lawyer who has been criminally charged with disclosing data of a preliminary investigation which has been declared secret. The … Continue reading

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Namibia: Access to Information Bill Strong But Reforms Could Make it an African Leader

30 April 2021. Today, as Namibia hosts the World Press Freedom Day Global Conference 2021, the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) released an Analysis of Namibia’s Access to Information Bill. This Bill, which was tabled in parliament in 2021, would give individuals a right to access information held by government. Overall, the Analysis shows … Continue reading

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China: Analysis of Hong Kong National Security Law

25 April 2021. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) is today releasing an Analysis of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (referred to informally as the national security law for Hong Kong). The law has become notorious for its broad restrictions … Continue reading

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Myanmar: The Right to Protest and to Cover Protests

14 April 2021. The Centre for Law and Democracy has released a summary, in English and Burmese, on the rights of protesters in Myanmar and of the media workers who cover protests. Widespread protests have broken out across Myanmar in response to the 1 February 2021 military coup d’etat, and the military has responded with … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Democracy Activist and Publisher Jimmy Lai Under Attack

12 April 2021.  The Centre for Law and Democracy has published a Note that explains the recent legal troubles faced by Hong Kong publisher and democracy activist Jimmy Lai. Lai is facing reprisals from authorities in Hong Kong and mainland China due to the outspoken newspaper he founded, Apple Daily, and his other activities as … Continue reading

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UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression: Submission on Disinformation

10 March 2021. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) has provided a Submission on disinformation to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression. The Submission is in response to a call by the Special Rapporteur for inputs into her June 2021 report to the Human Rights Council, which will focus on disinformation and … Continue reading

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Colombia: Amicus Brief in Defamation Case

1 March 2021. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) has submitted an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief to the Constitutional Court of Colombia, setting out international standards to support the claim that a civil defamation provision from a 1944 law is unconstitutional. The provision, Article 55 of Law 29 of 1944, provides … Continue reading

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Joint Statement: Malaysian Federal Court Decision a Setback to Media Freedom

23 February 2021. CLD joins with Malaysian and international media organisations and freedom of expression groups to voice concern over the conviction of Malaysian news outlet Malaysiakini on contempt of court charges. This conviction could have serious impacts on the exercise of freedom of expression throughout the country. The conviction is based on five comments … Continue reading

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Cambodia: Joint Statement on the National Internet Gateway Sub-Decree

18 February 2021. CLD is one of 45 organisations jointly calling on Cambodia to reconsider the Sub-Decree on the Establishment of the National Internet Gateway. We are concerned about the harmful impact of this Sub-Decree on the exercise of human rights in Cambodia, especially the rights to freedom of expression, access to information and privacy. … Continue reading

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