Friday 16.8.2019 Bosnia & Herzegovina - Latest Developments
As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, closing spaces for media freedom in Bosnia and Herzegovina are a persistent concern for civil society. At a recent conference organised in Sarajevo by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), journalists from across the Western Balkans met to discuss the state of media freedoms. Read more
Friday 16.8.2019 Serbia - Latest Developments
Conditions for journalists in Serbia remain a serious concern for both domestic and international civil society. Over the past few months, there have been a litany of attacks and smears against journalists reporting on political issues, leading many to argue that spaces for dissent are rapidly decreasing in Serbia. Read more
Friday 16.8.2019 Myanmar - Latest Developments
In recent months there has been a sustained attack on civic freedoms including an internet blackout in Rakhine and Chin State while military critics, journalists and peaceful protesters continue to be arrested or charged. Read more
Thursday 15.8.2019 Costa Rica - Latest Developments
On 27th July 2019, a home-made bomb exploded in front of Costa Rican television station Teletica, causing material damage to the building’s façade. The situation is also worrisome because of suspicion that this attack was directed at Nicaraguan journalist Carlos F. Chamorro. Since January 2019, Chamorro has broadcasted his program "Esta Semana" from this television station in Costa Rica, having fled Nicaragua after suffering harassment and receiving threats for his criticism of Daniel Ortega’s government.
In this same period, several social movements mobilised to protest government policies for their sectors. Students' protests against current government proposals have gained traction and led to the resignation of the Minister for Education. Read more
Wednesday 14.8.2019 Japan - Latest Developments
In the last few months, protests have been held against the problematic anti-rape laws in Japan and in support of the mass protests in Hong Kong. Women in Japan have also mobilised online against the requirement for women to wear high heels in the workplace.. A UN expert on freedom of expression has submitted a follow up report to the Human Rights Council on the failure of the Japanese government to implement recommendations he made in 2017 to improve freedom of expression including on media independence. Read more
Tuesday 13.8.2019 Lebanon - Latest Developments
This update covers the period between January 2019 and May 2019 and highlights incidents of attempts by a military tribunal to imprison a journalist for criticising the security forces on social media; raids by security forces, defamation lawsuit and attacks on media outlets; and continuous restrictions by the authorities of the space for LGBTQ community by blocking online dating app Grindr; while anti-austerity measures peaceful protesters were being dispersed through the use of water cannons. Read more
Wednesday 7.8.2019 Kosovo - Latest Developments
As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, 2019 has seen civil society mobilise against new laws which could have curtailed freedom of association. In this update, we detail how people in Kosovo have exercised their right to peaceful assembly. In the period between May 16th and July 10th 2019, Kosovo has witnessed a number of protests on a variety of issues. During this period, no protest was unwarrantedly denied or met with excessive force by security forces. Read more
Thursday 25.7.2019 Ukraine - Latest Developments
journalist Cherkasy journalist Vadym Komarov attacked and severely injured by unknown attacker, activists protest against increasing corruption scanadals in the defence department, as CSOs caution the new president against crossing red lines. Read more
Thursday 25.7.2019 Bolivia - Latest Developments
Amnesty International's report on Bolivia exposes an alarming environment for human rights defenders and civil society organisations in the country - where these actors face a variety of threats and accusations by high-level authorities.
In the Los Yungas region, recurrent protests from coca growers have escalated into violence and led to arrests.
While there has been a positive development for freedom of association in Bolivia, with the removal of a law that financially strangled independent media, there have also also been a number of incidents signalling that political interference in journalism is far from over. This update covers the period from 25th of May to 8th of July 2019. Read more