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Bangladesh authorities suppressing critics and restricting freedoms in refugee camps

In recent months lawyers and writers have faced criminal defamation charges for their critical comments, four journalists are facing trumped up charges for exposing police negligence and a news website has been blocked. Further, the authorities are attempting to restrict the civic freedoms of Rohingya refugees in the camps in Cox Bazar and have banned some NGOs from working there. Read more

Bangladesh authorities suppressing critics and restricting freedoms in refugee camps

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

Tajikistan: International bodies alarmed at pressure on media and civil society

This update covers developments relating to civic space and the freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly in Tajikistan from April to July 2019. International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) prepared the report as part of its cooperation with the CIVICUS Monitor. Read more

Tajikistan: International bodies alarmed at pressure on media and civil society

Several media outlets and journalist's accreditation suspended

On 23rd August 2019, Gabon's media regulator, the Haute Authorité de la Communication (HAC, High Authority of Communication) suspended online media outlet Gabon Review for a period of three months for 'having damaged the image of HAC by malicious insinuations'. On 1st August 2019, the HAC suspended the online news outlet Gabon Media Time (GMT) for the duration of one month. The decision to suspend was related to an article published the previous day alleging a two-year old girl was turned away from Gabon's cancer institute due to a shortage of beds, which HAC accused of being 'full of malicious, suspicious and tendentious insinuations' and violating ethics and professional conduct of journalists. Read more

Several media outlets and journalist's accreditation suspended
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Internet shutdown, disputed results and protests surround general elections

protesters take to the streets to to protest disputed presidential election results, judiciary staff go on strike to demand better working conditions Read more

Internet shutdown, disputed results and protests surround general elections

Ethnic Clashes and Internet blackouts Continue Amid Abiy Government Reform Process

Human Rights NGO releases report examining the challenges faced by Ethiopian human rights defenders (HRDs) amid the ongoing reform process, religious leaders oppose travel by LGBTIQ tourist group as ethnic tensions continue amid reforms. Read more

Ethnic Clashes and Internet blackouts Continue Amid Abiy Government Reform Process

Turkmenistan attacks the credibility of independent news sources and locks up critics

The authorities of Turkmenistan continue to strictly control the dissemination of information. State media focuses on the supposed well-being of the country and the achievements of its government while ignoring problems affecting the everyday life of residents such as the lack of basic foodstuffs and life-saving medicines in the context of the current economic crisis. Read more

Turkmenistan attacks the credibility of independent news sources and locks up critics


Sustained attack on civic freedoms in Myanmar with ongoing prosecutions and internet blackout

In recent months there has been a sustained attack on civic freedoms including an internet blackout in Rakhine and Chin State while military critics, journalists and peaceful protesters continue to be arrested or charged. Read more

Sustained attack on civic freedoms in Myanmar with ongoing prosecutions and internet blackout

Arrests, office raids and internet restrictions as Lebanon continue crackdown on media freedom

This update covers the period between January 2019 and May 2019 and highlights incidents of attempts by a military tribunal to imprison a journalist for criticising the security forces on social media; raids by security forces, defamation lawsuit and attacks on media outlets; and continuous restrictions by the authorities of the space for LGBTQ community by blocking online dating app Grindr; while anti-austerity measures peaceful protesters were being dispersed through the use of water cannons. Read more

Arrests, office raids and internet restrictions as Lebanon continue crackdown on media freedom