As we began to grow and strengthen our networks in other regions, we took our first cases in Latin America (Colombia) and in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with a case in Iraq.
From 2010 we began to grow our grant-making. A call for proposals in December 2010 helped us reach a broader pool of potential partners. Working with in-country media defence organisations in partnership, we began to build capacity on the ground, strengthening the quality of legal support in countries where independent media had the greatest need for lawyers to defend them.
MLDI had already been active in cases at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) as an intervener, but in 2010 we directly supported applicants to take cases to the ECtHR and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Community Court.