In 2012 the ‘Foreign Agent Law’ was introduced in Russia, which made it more difficult for us to support one of our key partners, the Russia-based Mass Media Defence Centre. This barrier to defence centre grants produced a sharp increase in the number of individual cases MDLI supported in Russia.
In Rwanda, we obtained a judgment at the Supreme Court that clarified that the country’s genocide denial laws should only be used against journalists in cases where there is clear intent on the part of the media to incite violence. This important ruling set a precedent which should help prevent these laws being misused against genuine journalism or for political ends. However, as is often the case in our work, the legal precedent was not the whole story, and unfortunately both journalists received jail sentences for other charges. Click here to find out more about the case.