Deadline: Thursday, 9 August 2018


The Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) is a charity, based in the United Kingdom, that provides legal help to journalists, bloggers and independent media across the world. We undertake strategic litigation. We also make partnership grants to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) providing legal defence to journalists and deliver specialist media law workshops for legal professionals.

MLDI has recently started a project that aims to strengthen and protect digital rights for independent media in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is done by supporting the development of legal communities with the expertise and skills to advocate for freedom of expression online and litigate digital rights cases.


They are seeking to partner with NGOs, law centres and/or independent media outlets in East, West, and Southern Africa to advance digital rights and freedom of expression online. A limited number of one-off grants are available for short-term, pilot projects that contribute to better local level access to legal assistance and support to online independent media.


To be considered, organisations must meet the following criteria:

  • The grant is open to NGOs, law centres and independent media outlets registered in East Africa, West Africa, or Southern Africa;
  • The organisation must have a background or demonstrable interest in advocacy, litigation, and/or provision of legal support;
  • The organisation should have previous experience in the advancement and protection of freedom of expression in the country or region where it operates; and
  • The organisation must have sufficient administrative and financial capacity to comply with MLDI’s reporting requirements.

The deadline to submit a concept note is Thursday, 9 August 2018

Submit an application.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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