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Anti-corruption activists targeted with death threats and judicial persecution in Romania

Romanian authorities tried to undermine the candidature of former chief anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Kövesi for the European Public Prosecutor by taking judicial action against her. Laura Kovesi has successful convicted many high level politicians and in March 2019 was prohibited from leaving the country and speaking to media, after being charged with some criminal offences. Separately, in May 2019, the rector and the pro-rector of the Police Academy were charged for issuing death threat against journalist Emilia Șercan investigating corruption.
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Anti-corruption activists targeted with death threats and judicial persecution in Romania

Anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism funding measures may overburden CSOs

New measures to combat terrorism funding and money laundering have caused confusion among civil society, who also have raised concerns that these measures may increase the administrative burden on CSOs and may impact on their ability to fundraise. In addition, a school lecture on gender equality and identity delivered by a LGBTI CSO, sparked debate in the parliament in April 2019. Read more

Anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism funding measures may overburden CSOs

Despite progress on HRD bill, attacks against activists and media persist in the Philippines

A Human Rights Defenders bill moved closer to become law in June 2019 after it was approved by the House of Representatives. Despite this, the UN says the situation of human rights continues to deteriorate. In March 2019, more charges were filed against critical news outlet Rappler while in April 2019, activist Bernardino Patigas was killed by an unknown gunman. Further, NGOs are facing scrutiny under the guise of fighting terrorism and money laundering and are taking the threats against them to the Supreme Court. Read more

Despite progress on HRD bill, attacks against activists and media persist in the Philippines

Access to social media blocked on day of anti-government protest

Internet providers blocked the access to social media platforms such as Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as a planned anti-government protest on 7th June 2019 was about to take place in Liberia's capital, Monrovia. According to digital rights CSO NetBlocks, based on network measurement data, the leading provider Lonestar also restricted Gmail and access to AP News, a news agency that reportedly published a critical article on events in the morning of 7th June, besides restrictions on the access to social media. Read more

Access to social media blocked on day of anti-government protest


Journalists denounce lack of access to information

In November 2018 the Constitutional Court published the final ruling on same-sex marriage, that had been demanded by LGBTI activists in the country. Read more

Journalists denounce lack of access to information

Civil society boycotts public broadcaster after 1,000+ lawsuits

On 2nd March 2019, protesters gathered in Zagreb to defend media freedoms. Gathering in Zagreb, the protesters rallied against numerous lawsuits, political pressures, threats, and advertisers’ demands on media publications. According to the Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) over 1,000 Croatian journalists and media outlets are currently facing court proceedings. On 19th February 2019, thirty Croatian NGOs announced a boycott the public broadcaster HRT for two weeks in protest against the thirty lawsuits filed against journalists. Read more

Civil society boycotts public broadcaster after 1,000+ lawsuits

Two leaders of Nicaraguan protests sentenced to more than 200 years in prison

On 14th December 2018, the Ministry of Governance announced the cancellation of the legal personality of nine CSOs working for the promotion of democracy and human rights in the country. Read more

Two leaders of Nicaraguan protests sentenced to more than 200 years in prison

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

Hydroplants drive protests as journalists express concern over media freedoms

As we've previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, concerns over environmental issues have driven protests in Albania over the past few months. On 10th September 2018, environmental activists together with local NGOs and Albanian citizens in Tirana protested against the building of the Kalivaç hydropower plant on the Vjosa river. In October 2018, Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama ordered websites to be 'legalised' by registering with the tax authorities as part of an 'anti-defamation package'. Read more

Hydroplants drive protests as journalists express concern over media freedoms