Chambers raises over £27,000 for MLDI at UK Bar Awards 2019

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5 Dec 2019

Media Legal Defence Initiative, Chambers and Partners’ charity partner, has received a donation of £27,404 raised by Chambers and Partners at the recent UK Bar Awards 2019 ceremony which took place in London. The donation was raised through a silent auction where attendees from across the UK Bar generously bid in aid of MLDI.

Since its inception, MLDI has funded the defence of hundreds of journalists and secured ‘wins’ in the vast majority of cases. It has also won strategically important judgments on issues such as the protection of journalists sources and the ‘balance’ between privacy and the right of freedom of expression. It has also helped build a number of legal defence units in national organisations.

MLDI’s CEO Lucy Freeman said:

MLDI’s Lucy Freeman

“We are so grateful to you for your support, which will help us ensure journalists around the world have access to the legal support they need. Your donation will help us keep journalists out of jail or secure their release, and overturn unjust laws used to silence them.

For example, it will help us to take a case challenging  the constitutionality of criminal defamation laws in (the) Zambia, a game changer for freedom of the press in the country; to challenge the unlawful suspension of radio programmes in Malawi; to take a case to the European Court of Human Rights seeking to overturn the banning of a book on religion written by a journalist in Azerbaijan; to intervene before an Argentinian court in a case relating to protection of journalist sources. Your support will make  made a real difference in the lives of these journalists, allowing them to continue to report on issues of public interest, free from abusive legal action. Thank you once again for your donation. It means the world to us.”

MLDI’s case study on European Court of Human Rights rules on hyperlinking and defamatory content recently featured in Chambers’ European Pro Bono briefing which can be downloaded here.

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Title image: MLDI’s Legal Director Padraig Hughes & CEO Lucy Freeman