public vilification

Investigative journalists suspicious of official version of Viktoria Marinova's killing

On 6th October 2018, Viktoria Marinova, a Bulgarian journalist, presenter and administrative director of the local TV channel TVN was found dead in the town of Ruse. Read more

 Investigative journalists suspicious of official version of Viktoria Marinova's killing

Political interference suspected after broadcaster's dismissal

A radio broadcaster with Radio Vltava was dismissed from his position amid concerns of rising political influence over the public broadcaster. Read more

Political interference suspected after broadcaster's dismissal

Journalists stage flash-mob protests following 5-Star Movement attacks

On 13th November 2018, Journalists in towns and cities across Italy protested against attacks on media freedom. Read more

Journalists stage flash-mob protests following 5-Star Movement attacks

Government officials verbally attack civil society organisations

On 24th October 2018, several civil society organisations issued a statement to denounce that "leading members of the Government of Georgia and the ruling party continue their purposeful attacks on non-governmental organisations and their heads". Read more

Government officials verbally attack civil society organisations

Despite smears, civil society remains defiant

The last few months in 2018 witnessed several attacks against CSOs and human rights activists. A government campaign was initiated against a number of human rights organisations following an open letter to Federica Mogerini, the EU High Commissioner for Security and Foreign Affairs from CSOs. Read more

Despite smears, civil society remains defiant

Smear campaign against leading human rights group, as elections loom

A smear campaign has been unleashed by government-aligned media in Bangladesh against local human rights group Odhikar Read more

Smear campaign against leading human rights group, as elections loom

New government moves to open space for dialogue with civil society

A number of ministries in Slovenia's new coalition government have moved to create more space for constructive dialogue with CSOs. Read more

New government moves to open space for dialogue with civil society

International groups criticise Italy for targetting NGOs

UN experts wrote to Italian authorities in October, criticising them following the eviction of NGOs in Rome. Read more

International groups criticise Italy for targetting NGOs

Tensions run high amid name change debate

Macedonia's name has stirred controversy in 2018. In a long-running dispute with Greece, Macedonian authorities have been locked in discussions with their neighbour over the country's name. On 20th October 2018, the Macedonian Parliament voted in favour of renaming the country. The move effectively starts Macedonia's road to joining the EU and NATO. In this update, we detail the key developments related to civic space during this period. Read more

Tensions run high amid name change debate

Police charged for unjustified use of violence, as Romanian politicians blame protestors

In late September, Romanian prosecutors charged a number of senior police officers over the use of violence during a protest in Bucharest on 10th August. Read more

Police charged for unjustified use of violence, as Romanian politicians blame protestors