First freedom of speech case before the African Court on Human Rights

On 20-21 March 2014, John Jones QC will be appearing before the African Court on Human Rights, in Arusha, Tanzania, in its first case on freedom of speech. He is representing a journalist, Lohé Issa Konaté, who was imprisoned in Burkina Faso as a result of articles published by him. The case will test the compatibility of criminal defamation laws with freedom of expression, as guaranteed under the African Charter on Human Rights. For more details, see here and here.

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