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State briefly suspends PNG journalist after critical reporting at APEC summit

Papua New Guinea (PNG) hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in Port Moresby in November 2018. Journalist Scott Waide was suspended briefly from his job at the state broadcaster for his reporting of the conference. Similarly, Chinese authorities blocked local and international media from covering some events around the meeting. In January 2019, soldiers held a protest over unpaid APEC allowances. In February 2019, two refugees on Manus Island received awards. Read more

State briefly suspends PNG journalist after critical reporting at APEC summit

Activists concerned about counter-terror laws while impunity for past crimes persists

Civil society groups have raised concerns about the anti-terror laws. A journalist was attacked by a police officer in Kokuvil East, while a police officer investigating attacks on journalists during former president Mahinda Rajapaksha’s tenure was arbitrarily transferred. There has also been a lack of progress for crimes against journalists and aid workers that occurred during the conflict. Read more

Activists concerned about counter-terror laws while impunity for past crimes persists

Weekly "1 of 5 million" protests continue across Serbia

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, Serbia has witnessed a wave of sustained protest since 2018. An attack on the leader of the Serbian Left party, Borko Stefanović and two of his party colleagues on 23rd November 2018 sparked protests around the country. Since then, protests have continued across Serbia. Read more

Weekly "1 of 5 million" protests continue across Serbia

Protesters punished for paper boats protest

On 26th November 2018, a protest took place near the Russian Embassy in Minsk. Read more

Protesters punished for paper boats protest

More than 100 arrested during opposition protests, several journalists detained

In the weekend of 26th - 27th January 2019, more than 100 protesters were arrested during 'marches blanches' ('white marches') in Douala, Yaoundé, Dschang, Bafoussam and Bafang. The opposition party Mouvement pour la renaissance du Cameroun (MRC) had called, on 26th January 2019, to protest to denounce what they call electoral fraud during the country's presidential elections on 7th October 2018. Read more

More than 100 arrested during opposition protests, several journalists detained
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Online safety law raises fears of increased censorship in Fiji after hotly contested election

The Online Safety Bill came into force in January 2019, which critics are concerned would curtail freedom of expression. In December 2018, United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment visited Fiji and said that during his visit he heard concerns expressed by environmentalists and human rights activists about being threatened’. Read more

Online safety law raises fears of increased censorship in Fiji after hotly contested election

Indictments against news site Rappler an attempt to intimidate and control the pubic narrative

News website Rappler and its chief Maria Ressa is facing two indictments for cyber-libel and taxation that human rights groups believe to be politically motivated. Government critic Senator Leila de Lima has spent two years in arbitrary detention. In January 2019, Randy Felix Malayao, a human rights defender and peace consultant for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) was shot dead Read more

Indictments against news site Rappler an attempt to intimidate and control the pubic narrative


Study reveals lack of equal opportunities for women journalists in Argentina

According to a study,72 percent of women journalists believe that women have fewer opportunities for growth than men in media companies and 77 per cent believe that in journalism, women do not earn the same amount as men for doing the same job. Read more

Study reveals lack of equal opportunities for women journalists in Argentina

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