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‘Christchurch Call’ to combat online extremism fails to adequately engage civil society

The “Christchurch Call,” a voluntary pledge with commitments aimed at eliminating terrorist and violent extremist content online lacked adequate civil society consultation. Thousands of students around the country organised another protest to demand urgent action on climate change while teachers went on strike for better wages and working conditions. Read more

‘Christchurch Call’ to combat online extremism fails to adequately engage civil society

Right-wing coalition members threaten media independence and freedom of expression

Following the parliamentary elections on 3rd March 2019 and the formation of the coalition government including conservative and right-wing party members, the civic space has reportedly worsened. There have been attempts of political interference in media and verbal attacks against critical journalists. Several journalists quit their jobs citing censorship attempts; there have been also concerns that politically motivated smears against media will result in self-censorship. Protests and social media campaigns were launched to denounce the newly formed government coalition and the threat to basic freedoms. Read more

Right-wing coalition members threaten media independence and freedom of expression

Hungary continues its regressive course restricting civic space

The Parliament adopted new amendments to the laws on administrative courts despite concerns that these amendments still do not guarantee that the proposed administrative court system will be independent and impartial. Meanwhile, the authorities took further steps to restrict the freedom of peaceful assembly. Read more

Hungary continues its regressive course restricting civic space

Government poised to decriminalise libel

During a speech at the inaugural Media Cocktail, gathering over 120 journalists, editors and media owners, on 5th December 2018, President Julius Maada Bio said that his government was in 'an advanced stage' in the preparations to repeal part V of the 1965 Public Order Act that criminalises libel. Read more

Government poised to decriminalise libel

New huge pro-government media conglomerate in Hungary threatens freedom of speech

In November 2018, 476 media outlets became part of the new Hungarian media holding organisation controlled by pro-government forces. The move was strongly condemned by international and local media rights organisations and has been seen as another attempt by the government to destroy media freedom. Read more

New huge pro-government media conglomerate in Hungary threatens freedom of speech

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

Ongoing attacks on journalists and activists, as elections draw near

Over the last few months, journalists and activists in India have faced attacks and persecution for their work . Government critics have been charged with sedition and laws have been used to target civil society Read more

Ongoing attacks on journalists and activists, as elections draw near

Journalist killed amid deteriorating climate for the safety of journalists

On 16th January 2019, two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein - Suale while he was reportedly driving home in Madina, a suburb of Ghana's capital Accra. Suale was a member of Tiger Eye Private Investigations, which was founded and is led by undercover investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas - a pseudonym. Read more

Journalist killed amid deteriorating climate for the safety of journalists

Six years on, groups demand effective investigation into disappearance of activist Sombath Somphone

On the sixth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, over 100 civil society organisations worldwide called for the Lao government to conduct an independent, impartial, and effective investigation to reveal his fate and whereabouts. Read more

Six years on, groups demand effective investigation into disappearance of activist Sombath Somphone

Protests around corruption and censorship of eviction film ahead of APEC regional meeting

Ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) regional economic forum in Papua New Guinea in November 2018 concerns are being raised by citizens and civil society around the cost of hosting the meeting, allegations of corruption and how much it will benefit the people. Read more

Protests around corruption and censorship of eviction film ahead of APEC regional meeting