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Journalist associations warn of political decisions that impair freedom of expression in Panama

This update covers developments taking place between 20 July 2019 and 27 August 2019. In this period, Panamanian groups organised demonstrations around various causes – for example, against corruption and budget cuts in education – and temporarily blocked passage in key streets. Protests remained peaceful and there were no reports of incidents in the demonstrations. On 6 August 2019, four Panamanian journalists’ organisations issued a statement expressing concern over practices that they claim are affecting the relationship between the National Assembly and the media. Read more

Journalist associations warn of political decisions that impair freedom of expression in Panama

In Panama, harassment and sanctions limit journalists' work

Although Panama rose from the 91st position in 2018 to 79th in Reporters Without Borders' 2019 Press Freedom Index, some recurrent situations still engender restrictions to freedom of press in the country. In the period covered by this update, there have been two incidents related to press freedom, including an Electoral Tribunal decision to restrict media access to candidates during election day. There were also three separate protests, one of which resulted in clashes between groups of opposing political views. Read more

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In Panama, harassment and sanctions limit journalists' work

Continued pensioners protests face tear gas

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, pensioners have been demonstrating in Panama since December 2018 to demand the approval of legislation that would increase their pensions. Read more

Continued pensioners protests face tear gas

Six people arrested during clashes with the police

Clashes between the police and a group of farmers were reported on 18th December 2018 in the town of Divisa after a failed negotiation meeting between the farmers and the Ministers of Industry, Security and Agriculture. Read more

 Six people arrested during clashes with the police

Cuban activist and former political prisoner deported

Panamanian authorities deported Ariel Arzuaga, a Cuban activist and former political prisoner, on 11th October 2018 on grounds of non-compliance with migration requirements. Read more

Cuban activist and former political prisoner deported

Mexican activist expelled from Panama while in transit

On 1st October 2018, Alejandro Cerezo, a Mexican human rights defender was expelled from Panama, while he was in transit to an event in Paraguay. Read more

Mexican activist expelled from Panama while in transit

Rising electricity prices spark protests

Starting on 10th July 2018, students of the National University of Panama held a protest for three days to voice their opposition to a rise in electricity prices. Read more

Rising electricity prices spark protests

Police prevented protest by teachers

A protest led by teachers demanding their salaries payment was disrupted by police officers who prevented them to continue the demonstration. Read more

Police prevented protest by teachers

Protest in Colon ends with 5 injured and 35 arrested

A protest organised by Frente Amplio por Colon (FAC) ended with clashes with the police and 35 people detained and around 5 injured. Read more

Protest in Colon ends with 5 injured and 35 arrested

Ombudsman announces plans to create a protection mechanism for HRDs

On 16th February 2018, the Ombudsman announced the draft of a new law to create a National Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders in the country. The process of drafting the bill will include a consultation process involving local civil society, academia and other relevant stakeholders before the law is presented to the National Assembly for consideration. Read more

Ombudsman announces plans to create a protection mechanism for HRDs