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Journalists vilified and threatened during election in Croatia

Verbal attacks against journalists spiked in the run up to elections on 11th September. Read more

Journalists vilified and threatened during election in Croatia

Worrying spate of attacks on free expression in Serbia

A number of recent threats and attacks on critical voices are raising concerns that freedom of expression is under threat in Serbia. Similarly, recent negative rhetoric by authorities about CSOs that receive foreign funding has also set a worrying precedent which risks normalising attacks on independently critical voices. Read more

Worrying spate of attacks on free expression in Serbia

Peaceful assembly rights violated amidst continuing protests in Venezuela

Limitations to the right to peaceful assembly continue in Venezuela, especially during the 1 September march in Caracas. Read more

Peaceful assembly rights violated amidst continuing protests in Venezuela

Independent expression under threat in Macedonia

The unwarranted harassment of independent journalists continues in Macedonia. An aggressive stance by government officials against independent journalists is not uncommon and severely undermines the efficacy of investigative journalism in the country. Read more

Independent expression under threat in Macedonia


LGBTI activist murdered as crackdown intensifies in Turkey

The brutal rape and murder of iconic LGBTI activist, Hande Kader on 8th August prompted a mass mobilisation in Istanbul. Hundreds took to the streets to protest peacefully against the treatment of LGBTI people in Turkey. Read more

LGBTI activist murdered as crackdown intensifies in Turkey

Russia continues to target foreign and domestic organisations

Several foreign CSOs were designated "undesirable" and Russian groups were banned from working with them, while a leading independent polling agency was declared a foreign agent. Read more

Russia continues to target foreign and domestic organisations

Authorities continue to disrupt protests against mega projects

Security forces in Panama continue to disrupt indigenous protests, using rubber bullets to disperse the gathering, injuring some protestors. Read more

Authorities continue to disrupt protests against mega projects

Authorities tighten surveillance of CSOs in the wake of terror attacks

Freedom of expression and media freedom are under major threat in Bangladesh. According to rights group Ain o Salish Kendra 74 journalists were allegedly subjected to torture in Bangladesh in the first six months of 2016. Read more

Authorities tighten surveillance of CSOs in the wake of terror attacks

Over 1,000 associations disbanded and hundreds of media outlets closed after coup attempt

On 21st July, in the aftermath of the attempted coup, the National Parliament declared a 3-month state of emergency, giving the Presidential cabinet powers to bypass parliament and enact new laws which restrict or suspend basic rights and freedoms, including the freedom of association. Read more

Over 1,000 associations disbanded and hundreds of media outlets closed after coup attempt