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One-Stop shop Legal Desk by Ossigeno for journalists and bloggers

Free legal assistance following an agreement with Media Legal Defense Initiative, the NGO from London that helps reporters from around the world to defend their rights

A historic agreement has been signed between (MLDI) and Ossigeno per l’Informazione Onlus which gives birth to the “Legal Desk at Ossigeno”, coordinated by the lawyers Andrea Di Pietro and Valerio Vartolo.

MLDI is a non-governmental organization based in London which helps journalists, bloggers and independent reporters around the world to defend their rights.

The fundamental support by MLDI will allow the Legal Desk at Ossigeno to give free legal assistance to journalists who are encumbered by legal proceedings (civil and/or criminal) or who intend to pursue legal actions aimed at protecting the right to freely exercise the journalistic profession, and especially to freelancers and in those cases where there is no publisher.

The full coverage of legal fees by the Legal Desk at Ossigeno will be provided following the approval by MLDI, which will exercise this right within the discretionary criteria geared to the identification of cases considered strategic because of gravity and media coverage.

Those journalists to whom the publisher does not provide legal assistance, bloggers, part-time reporters and external contractors paid a few euros may find support at Ossigeno’s Legal Desk.

Those who will be unable to get free assistance and the full coverage of attorney fees under the Ossigeno-MLDI agreement, according to the spirit of solidarity of the initiative, will be able to obtain from Ossigeno’s own legal counsel, experts in law of information, advice and legal assistance as special rates tied to the D.M. n. 55 of 10.03.2014.

All those who qualify will enjoy the benefit of legal expenses paid for by the State.

Finally, wherever the activity of mandatory mediation is prescribed, the desk will apply the rates proportionate to the claim and to the D.M. 180/2010 as amended by D.M. 145/2011.

To ask for legal assistance write to the email address.

sportellolegaleossigeno@gmail.com

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