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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Latest posts by Nani Jansen

Police Shootings, Helicopter Crashes, and Bystanders with Cameras: Weighing the Rights of “Accidental Journalists”

The rise in eye-witness documentation of police violence in the United States raises many interesting questions about the rights of witnesses and the public interest value of their work.

Lost in the Web: Navigating the Legal Maze Online

Media lawyer and human rights expert Nani Jansen gives an overview of censorship and online speech regulation across the globe.

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

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...

Jailed Female Photo Journalist on Hunger Strike in Vietnam

Convicted of plotting to "overthrow" the Vietnamese government, Minh Man was sentenced to nine years in prison. Now she is on hunger strike.

Advocates Petition UN for Action on Jailed Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Media Legal Defence Initiative asked the UN to intervene immediately in the case of Abd El Fattah, who began a hunger strike this week.

Delfi v. Estonia: Website Liability for User Comments Would Stifle Free Expression

Comment is free - until it isn't. The European Court of Human Rights will soon decide whether websites should be held legally responsible for the content of user comments.

Pakistan High Court Demands Unblocking of YouTube

In what appears to be a major victory for Internet openness in Pakistan, Lahore's High Court ruled to unblock YouTube, responding to a legal challenge filed by open Internet advocates.

Advocates Ask African Commission, UN Experts to Intervene in Zone 9 Bloggers Case

Global Voices joins a joint appeal to the AU and UN Special Rapporteurs to help secure the immediate release of the Zone9 bloggers and declare their arrest and detention a...

UN Experts Condemn Detention of Vietnamese Blogger Le Quoc Quan

Le Quoc Quan was arrested in December 2012 on trumped-up charges of tax evasion -- but experts suspect that the "real purpose" of his detention and prosecution was to silence...

Ethiopian Journalists Challenge Anti-Terrorism Law

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...

Advocates Keep Spotlight on Le Quoc Quan

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...

Advocates Challenge Use of FinFisher Surveillance Software in Pakistan

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...

On Eve of Elections, Advocates Challenge YouTube Blocking in Pakistan

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....

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