The Media Legal Safeguard Initiative (MLDI) is calling for applications from lawyers situated in Southern Africa to take part in a prospective prosecution surgery and training on the right to freedom of articulation online, digital rights and the internet.
Application Due date: 16th June 2019 midnight
About the Award: MLDI gives legal support to columnists, bloggers and independent media.
Lately it has supported a noteworthy number of cases including online media. These have included challenging social media blocking and internet shutdowns, contesting cybercrimes enactment, ‘false news’ guidelines and intermediary risk, just as progressing more noteworthy assurance of sources and protection online.
The goals of the case surgery are:
To furnish members with skills, knowledge, and training to litigate utilizing national and international laws just as regional and international instruments applicable to freedom of articulation online;
To construct a digital rights network and help encourage its commitment with international legal systems and global civil society initiatives; and
To help and develop working connections among lawyers undertaking such cases.
Eligibility: Members will be chosen on the accompanying criteria:
The surgery is available to lawyers who work and dwell in Angola, Botswana, Equitable Republic of the Congo, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Candidates can either be working in private practice or be working for, or be associated with, NGOs elevating the right to freedom of articulation through case.
Outstandingly solid applications will be considered too from lawyers who have not yet attempted freedom of articulation work, yet have experience contesting other human rights cases and have a solid enthusiasm for undertaking freedom of articulation work.
A limit of 12 members will be chosen;
Candidates must be capable in English;
The lawyers must have an exhibited enthusiasm for as well as knowledge of the right to online freedom of articulation, digital rights, internet freedom or potentially related issues;
The lawyers must have a shown enthusiasm for and additionally knowledge of international and regional human rights law;
With their application, candidates are mentioned to submit a case study of a case that they are prosecuting or plan to litigate and that could be talked about amid the suit surgery.
As set out above, it will get the job done for members who don’t have a case that is pending to have recognized an applicable law, practice or strategy identifying with online freedom of articulation that they might want to challenge in court.
Be that as it may, such members must show their capacity and ability to seek after the case after the surgery;
The cases submitted must include an infringement of the fundamental right to freedom of articulation online.
The accompanying non-thorough rundown of subjects are a guide for the kind of cases that could be submitted with the application:
Restriction of online media;
National security; and
MLDI is focused on equality of opportunity and decent variety; and will in this manner think about gender, age and nation of cause in its choice of members.
Selection: All candidates are required to submit a present or potential case, including these issues, for discourse.
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Fruitful candidates will go to the suit surgery and become members of a digital rights legal network through which there will be opportunities for commitment both regionally and internationally.
Number of Awards: A maximuim of 12 members will be chosen for the prosecution surgery.
Estimation of Award: MLDI will cover airfare, settlement, travel costs and a routine set of expenses.
Span of Award: 26-30 August 2019
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