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In order to keep self-censorship at bay, journalists need to be aware of and confident in their rights. And when those rights are threatened in court, journalists need skilled media lawyers to defend them.

The International Press Institute (IPI) and the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) have therefore teamed up to publish “Freedom of Expression, Media Law and Defamation (right, available in five languages), a comprehensive reference and training manual for lawyers and journalists on European legal standards related to freedom of expression and the protection of reputation.

Together with national legal experts, we’re leading workshops on defamation law and European human rights standards in various European countries. In the spirit of making the material as widely available as possible, we’ve also produced a groundbreaking video and audio e-learning series (below) that covers the manual’s key content. In addition, trainers who wish to run their own workshops can access specially produced materials (bottom right).

The Right to Freedom of Expression in Law (2:43)

The Role of Freedom of Expression in Society (3:54)


Limitations on Freedom of Expression and the Three-Part Test (7:28)

The Three-Part Test in Practice (5:22)

Introduction (1:16) – Nani Jansen

Defences of Truth and Reasonable Publication (2:36) – Nani Jansen



Defences of Opinion and Privilege (3:15) – Nani Jansen

Statements of Others and Publisher Liability (4:38) – Nani Jansen

Protection of Sources (3:30) – Nani Jansen

Remedies and Penalties (4:41) – Nani Jansen

International Law and Comparative Law in National Courts (3:59) – Nani Jansen

Introduction and Definitions (1:34) – Peter Noorlander

The Right to Reputation (2:53) – Peter Noorlander

Criminal Defamation (3:02) – Peter Noorlander

Civil Defamation (2:23) – Peter Noorlander

Protection of Political Speech and Debate (8:10) – Peter Noorlander

Opinion and Satire (3:41) – Peter Noorlander

Statements of Others (2:29) – Peter Noorlander

Summary of Principles (1:32) – Peter Noorlander

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