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Journalist sentenced to death in a trial marred by a non-transparent judicial process

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported that on 12 April 2017, journalist Yahya Al-Jubaihi was sentenced to death by a state security court in Sanaa, which is controlled by the Houthis. Read more

Journalist sentenced to death in a trial marred by a non-transparent judicial process

Harassment, detentions and mass surveillance restrict Uzbek citizens' civil and political rights

Media outlets in Uzbekistan continue to operate under close control of the authorities and independent journalists are at risk of severe reprisals for their professional activities. As reported previously the few local independent journalists who contribute information to foreign media outlets, civil society activists and other critical voices are highly vulnerable to intimidation and harassment by the authorities. Read more

Harassment, detentions and mass surveillance restrict Uzbek citizens' civil and political rights

Local monitoring organisations document appalling violations of freedom of expression

According to the Afghan Journalists' Safety Committee (AJSC), 2016 was a the most dangerous year thus far for journalists and media professionals in Afghanistan. Read more

Local monitoring organisations document appalling violations of freedom of expression

Journalists detained and threatened for investigative reporting

In March 2017, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting (OCCRP) project reported that the Botswana Intelligence Service had "briefly detained and threatened to kill three journalists as they were heading to one of President Ian Khama’s private residences to determine whether or not he was using public funds for renovations". Read more

Journalists detained and threatened for investigative reporting

Media rights group petitions for greater protection of journalists in South Sudan

Press freedom continues to be under extreme pressure in South Sudan. Journalists have been killed while reporting and threats against media professionals has led to an increase in self-censorship. In addition, the government has threatened independent media outlets. Read more

Media rights group petitions for greater protection of journalists in South Sudan

Shrinking space for civil society in pre-election Kyrgyzstan

With growing tensions between pro-presidential and opposition forces ahead of the autumn 2017 presidential elections, the space for free speech and civil society engagement has continued to shrink in Kyrgyzstan. Read more

Shrinking space for civil society in pre-election Kyrgyzstan

Two indigenous and land rights activists killed in Rio Grande do Sul and Pará

On 20th March 2017, two human right defenders were killed in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Pará. Read more

Two indigenous and land rights activists killed in Rio Grande do Sul and Pará

Journalist arrested and charged for expressing political views

On 15th February 2017, Abdimalik Muse Oldon, an independent journalist and blogger, was detained upon his return from Mogadishu at the airport in Hargeisa after meeting with the newly-elected president of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo. Read more

Journalist arrested and charged for expressing political views

Over 1,000 arrested: Bleak outlook for Turkish civil society in aftermath of referendum

Following President Erdoğan's declaration of victory in the 16th April 2017 referendum on constitutional amendments, the prospect of improved civic freedoms in Turkey looks increasingly unlikely. Read more

Over 1,000 arrested: Bleak outlook for Turkish civil society in aftermath of referendum

No sign of civic freedoms improving, despite activists' release

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, the Sudanese authorities' continual harassment of the Khartoum Centre for Training and Human Development (TRACKs) symbolises the prevalence of state interference in civil society operations. Read more

No sign of civic freedoms improving, despite activists' release