Leonardo-Campus 9, 48149 Münster, Germany

Contact: Prof. Dr. Bernd Holznagel, LL.M.


+49 251 / 83-38641


Geographic area served: All Europe

Type of organization / entity: University/academia

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 for journalists/media outlets; filing amicus briefs; providing supporting legal briefs and case law to NGOs or journalist associations; providing general legal advice / counsel to journalists/media outlets; providing pre-publication legal advice or counsel; legal advocacy.

Types of cases: Defamation/libel; freedom of information cases; source protection; contractual/labor disputes between staff, freelance journalists and employers; disputes between journalists and media outlets over violations of professional codes of ethics.

Fee structure: Fixed rates

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; issuing alerts to domestic and international media.