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Indictments against news site Rappler an attempt to intimidate and control the pubic narrative

News website Rappler and its chief Maria Ressa is facing two indictments for cyber-libel and taxation that human rights groups believe to be politically motivated. Government critic Senator Leila de Lima has spent two years in arbitrary detention. In January 2019, Randy Felix Malayao, a human rights defender and peace consultant for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) was shot dead Read more

Indictments against news site Rappler an attempt to intimidate and control the pubic narrative


Study reveals lack of equal opportunities for women journalists in Argentina

According to a study,72 percent of women journalists believe that women have fewer opportunities for growth than men in media companies and 77 per cent believe that in journalism, women do not earn the same amount as men for doing the same job. Read more

Study reveals lack of equal opportunities for women journalists in Argentina

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Several Azerbaijani activists declare hunger strike

In January 2019, several Azerbaijani activists declared a hunger strike calling for the release of jailed anti-corruption blogger Mehman Huseynov and other people they consider political prisoners. Read more

Several Azerbaijani activists declare hunger strike

Pressure for NGOs during electoral period

Parliamentary elections will be held in Moldova on 24th February 2019. Within this context, during the last months, independent civil society organisations in Moldova have ringed an alarm about the pressures they are facing from different political actors. Read more

Pressure for NGOs during electoral period

Arrest of 14 people at a pipeline protest prompts national outrage

Thousands of people took to the streets in multiple cities to protest the arrest of 14 demonstrators at a protest camp in British Columbia on 8th January 2019 over a proposed pipeline running through First Nations territory. Read more

Arrest of 14 people at a pipeline protest prompts national outrage

Anti-corruption reporting under threat as investigations into media attacks stall

In December 2018, the arrest of an opposition MP sparked a nationwide debate. Nebojisa Medojevic, an MP from the opposition Democratic Front (DF), was arrested after refusing to testify about accusations of high-level corruption. In a separate incident, on 19th December 2018 The EU-Montenegro Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee expressed concerns relating to media freedom in Montenegro and the political interference in the national public broadcaster. Read more

Anti-corruption reporting under threat as investigations into media attacks stall

Authorities' growing intolerance of critical online voices

In a statement on 28th January 2019, Amnesty International called upon the authorities to stop the judicial harassment of and the release of all people who were arbitrarily detained due to their exercise of freedom of expression. It concerns opposition member of parliament Alain Lobognon, online activist Soro Tangboho and political activist Daleba Nahounou. Read more

Authorities' growing intolerance of critical online voices
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Media freedoms in sharp focus as 1 in 5 million protests continue

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, the start of 2019 has seen a wave of sustained protest in Serbia. For the past nine weeks, citizens and media rights activists have taken to the streets of Belgrade calling for reform. Among other things, one of the key issues highlighted by participants is rising restrictions on media freedoms. Read more

Media freedoms in sharp focus as 1 in 5 million protests continue