Zgoda 11, Warsaw, Poland, 00-018

Contact : Dorota Glowacka, Project coordinator,
d.glowacka@hfhr.org.pl,
+48 504 080 119

Geographic area served: Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Azerbaijan; cases before the European Court of Human Rights

Type of organization / entity: Domestic NGO

Serves: Staff journalists, editors, media outlets; civic journalists/bloggers; freelance journalists; NGOs, and/or journalist associations

Type of support: Legal; advocacy

Types of legal support: Direct litigation of cases involving journalists/media outlets in domestic and/or international courts; filing amicus briefs to domestic and/or international courts in specific cases; providing supporting legal briefs and case law  to NGOs or journalist associations that are directly litigating cases involving journalists/media outlets facing legal proceedings; providing general legal advice / counsel to journalists/media outlets; providing pre-publication legal advice / counsel to journalists, media outlets, journalist associations, regarding content-related issues or other regulations; legal advocacy for specific cases and issues.

Legal education activities: trainings with regard to media laws and ECtHR standards for journalists and lawyers, publications, handbooks, manuals, organizing conferences, seminars lectures and debates on freedom of expression issues; monitoring activities, observing court trials.

Types of cases: Cases involving defamation/libel brought against a journalist/media outlet; freedom of information claims brought by a journalist/media outlet; cases involving issues of source protection and/or whistleblowing; Press law offences; ISPs’ liability cases; artistic freedom cases.

Fee structure: Pro-bono

Type of advocacy support: Leading or participating in public-awareness campaigns in support of a journalist/media outlet facing legal proceedings or court challenges; leading or participating in public-awareness campaigns around specific policy or regulatory issues that impact journalists’ reporting practices and rights; issuing alerts to domestic and international media; participating in public consultations (providing legal opinions) with regard to draft law proposals in the area of freedom of expression; participating in public hearings, parliamentary meetings, monitoring legislative reforms, promoting international freedom of expression standards within the domestic judicial system, including ensuring the effective implementation of the ECHR judgments.