Media Defence Centre calls for applications for digital rights advancement grants

Media defence centre

DEADLINE: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2020 ― Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) is looking forward to partner NGOs, law centres and/or independent media outlets in East, West, and Southern Africa to advance digital rights and freedom of expression online.

This one-year grants to be made available to such organisations are limited.

The projects are aimed at providing better local level access to legal assistance and support to online independent media.

As part of this project, MLDI will offer 12-month grants of up to USD 20,000 to organisations with backgrounds in defending and supporting the right to freedom of expression.

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The objective of the grants is to improve local access to legal assistance for online media and bloggers in order to advance digital rights and standards in online freedom of expression and to maximise the number of digital rights cases reaching the courts.

The grants can be used to set up a media legal defence unit which provides pro bono legal support to journalists, citizen journalists and independent media and/or coordinates networks of lawyers to do the same.

If required, MLDI can provide legal mentoring, capacity building, and other forms of non-financial organisational support.

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