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Serbia's iron grip on media under the spotlight as new information emerges

On 29th August 2019, The Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS) published a hidden report by the Regulatory Authority of Electronic Media (REM). The report had investigated the representation of political actors during the election campaign from 4th March to 21st April 2016 and had mysteriously vanished after the elections. The report points to the uneven representation of electoral actors with a drastic advantage in favour of the ruling party. This is attributed to the privatisation of media which has led to a worrying imbalance in the media market. Read more

Serbia's iron grip on media under the spotlight as new information emerges

Authorities disrupt peaceful protest in Timor-Leste

In recent weeks, the authorities disrupted a student protest on West Papua and also banned protests around the 20th anniversary of the referendum. There are concerns about efforts to introduce new criminal defamation laws. Read more

Authorities disrupt peaceful protest in Timor-Leste

Protest against neo-Nazi demonstration in German city of Kassel

On 20th July 2019, thousands of people host a counter-protest against a demonstration by the neo-Nazi Group “Die Rechte” in the city of Kassel. The demonstration remained calm and peaceful. Read more

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 Protest against  neo-Nazi demonstration in German city of Kassel

Protests as former president is charged, improvement in freedom of expression recorded by csos

Case against former president Robert Kocharyan continued amid protests by Kocharyan’s supporters and opponents who exchanged accusations, 300 villagers protest and threaten to divert the riverbed of the Gegarot River in order to stop the building of two hydropower plants, while the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) protest against proposed new tax regulations Read more

Protests as former president is charged, improvement in freedom of expression recorded by csos

West Papuan protests met with internet shutdown, arrests of activists and excessive force

For the last few weeks West Papuans have been protesting attacks against Papuan students in Surabaya and racial insults hurled against them. In response the authorities shut down the internet in many parts of the Papuan region, arrested political activists and used excessive force against protesters with some killed or injured Read more

West Papuan protests met with internet shutdown, arrests of activists and excessive force


Ten journalists killed in Mexico this year as violence against media escalates

Escalating violence against media and communication professionals has put Mexico in the spotlight as one of the deadliest countries in the world for media workers. At least ten journalists have been killed in 2019, and five of these assassinations took place between the beginning of June and end of August. Read more

Ten journalists killed in Mexico this year as violence against media escalates
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Civil society calls for accountability for killing of Maldives journalist and its cover-up

In recent months, a presidential commission revealed that missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan had been murdered, while an international NGO has raised concerns about ongoing threats on human rights defenders. The trial of murdered HRD is currently ongoing and the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights raised concerns about threats to those challenging fundamentalism. Read more

Civil society calls for accountability for killing of Maldives journalist and its cover-up

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

Human rights groups decry deteriorating situation as peace agreement remains unimplemented

Violation of human rights still rampant as peace deal remains unimplemented, disappeared government critics and activists reported killed, as journalists and media outlets continue to face censorship and initmidation Read more

Human rights groups decry deteriorating situation as peace agreement remains unimplemented