political interference

State orchestrated civil society a threat to independent groups

As we've previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, concerns have been rising over a perceived increase in state affiliated civil society. Most worryingly, these groups have been shown to play a role in smearing and harassing independent civil society groups that are critical of the government. Read more

State orchestrated civil society a threat to independent groups

Anti-corruption protests force removal of Mongolian politician while judicial independence at risk

In December 2018 and January 2019, there were mass protests against corruption in Mongolia which led to the removal of the speaker of Mongolia’s parliament, implicated in some of these scandals. In March 2019, civil society were alarmed when parliament passed legal amendments giving increased powers to the executive to intervene with the courts and anti-corruption agency. Read more

Anti-corruption protests force removal of Mongolian politician while judicial independence at risk


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

#OdupriSe builds unity against government corruption

Montenegro has participated wave of mass protests sweeping across the Western Balkans. The regional movement, dubbed the "Balkan Spring" has witnessed weekly protests held in Albania, Montenegro and Serbia calling for government reform. In Podgorica, a series of protests under the slogan “Odupri se (Resist!) – 97.000” saw thousands of citizens gather in weekly anti-government protests since early February 2019. Read more

#OdupriSe builds unity against government corruption


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

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

Pressure for NGOs during electoral period

Parliamentary elections will be held in Moldova on 24th February 2019. Within this context, during the last months, independent civil society organisations in Moldova have ringed an alarm about the pressures they are facing from different political actors. Read more

Pressure for NGOs during electoral period

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