Khadija Ismayilova walks free from prison

2016 -


In our eighth year MLDI awarded our 500th grant – to a case in Tanzania about a section of the Cyber Crimes Act relating to ‘false news’.

We also achieved a surprising victory at a domestic court in Russia in the case concerning online news outlet 7×7. The website was charged with ‘abusing the freedom of mass information’ for repeating that a war monument was known locally as ‘dames roasting a crocodile’. With victories for the press being increasingly rare in Russia, the judgment of the Supreme Court was particularly significant for us. However, the situation for journalists in Russia continues to be a challenging one. Read more about the case.

On 25 May 2016, award-winning Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova was released from prison in Azerbaijan. Read more about the case.


Number of new cases supported: 58