Nani Jansen

Nani Jansen is Legal Director at the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI). MLDI operates globally to help journalists and independent media outlets defend their rights by offering both financial assistance and substantive litigation support. Nani oversees MLDI's litigation in various national jurisdictions, as well as international courts and human rights tribunals.

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Angola: Award-Winning Journalist Faces Trial Over ‘Blood Diamonds’ Investigation

  22 April 2015

Jonathan McCully contributed to this report. Last month, Rafael Marques de Morais was awarded the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award for Journalism for his “impactful, original, and unwavering investigative journalism” in his home country of Angola. Tomorrow, he will face trial on multiple charges of criminal defamation because of...

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Ethiopian Journalists Challenge Anti-Terrorism Law

  16 October 2013

Two independent online journalists have filed a complaint against Ethiopia at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. They are challenging the country’s abuse of its anti-terrorism law to suppress free speech.

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Advocates Keep Spotlight on Le Quoc Quan

  10 July 2013

The trial of Le Quoc Quan, one of Vietnam’s most active human rights defenders and an outspoken blogger, has been postponed by the Vietnamese government without explanation. The blogger has been held in prison without trial and with little ability to see or speak to his lawyer for over six months. Quan's prosecution fits into a wider pattern of oppression of free speech in Vietnam.

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Advocates Challenge Use of FinFisher Surveillance Software in Pakistan

  23 May 2013

The Pakistani human rights organisation Bytes for All is challenging the use of invasive surveillance software by the government of Pakistan. FinFisher, produced by Gamma International, a UK-based company named by Reporters Without Borders as one of five "corporate enemies of the internet" and "digital era mercenaries," is notorious for its advanced spying and surveillance capabilities which are used to target human rights movements all over the world.

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On Eve of Elections, Advocates Challenge YouTube Blocking in Pakistan

  28 March 2013

With general elections fast approaching in Pakistan, advocates are urging the government to cease blocking sites like YouTube which have become vital platforms for the circulation of news and information. YouTube has been blocked in Pakistan nearly continuously since September 2012. In partnership with the Media Legal Defence Initiative, Pakistani NGO Bytes for All is challenging the blocking in court.

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