The Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) is accepting proposals from organisations across the world who seek funding for legal assistance or litigation activities that safeguard or advance media freedom.
One of the NGO’s aims is to help build a strong global legal defence network for independent media and therefore it makes grants to support organisations and projects that deliver legal support to journalists. Currently MLDI funds a small number of organisations based in Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Central Europe, Africa and Central and South America. Now the organization aims to expand this network and achieve better local-level access to legal assistance for independent media outlets, journalists and bloggers who lack the financial means to access legal support at commercial rates.
MLDI fill provide funding to grant proposals from national organisations to pursue one or both of the following activities:
- Provide legal assistance for independent journalists or media outlets who face legal proceedings because of their work;
- Engage in strategic litigation to bring local law and practice in media cases in line with international standards on freedom of expression.
Priority will be given to proposals that respond to a demonstrated need on the ground, increase the geographical coverage of the Media Legal Defence Initiative and are likely to have a high impact on protecting media freedom.
Grants awarded by MLDI are usually for a 12-month period and range in size between GBP5,000 and GBP25,000. They do not cover funding for employment-related litigation.
You can find more information, application documents and guidelines on the website of MLDI.