political interference

Serbia's iron grip on media under the spotlight as new information emerges

On 29th August 2019, The Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS) published a hidden report by the Regulatory Authority of Electronic Media (REM). The report had investigated the representation of political actors during the election campaign from 4th March to 21st April 2016 and had mysteriously vanished after the elections. The report points to the uneven representation of electoral actors with a drastic advantage in favour of the ruling party. This is attributed to the privatisation of media which has led to a worrying imbalance in the media market. Read more

Serbia's iron grip on media under the spotlight as new information emerges

Human rights groups decry deteriorating situation as peace agreement remains unimplemented

Violation of human rights still rampant as peace deal remains unimplemented, disappeared government critics and activists reported killed, as journalists and media outlets continue to face censorship and initmidation Read more

Human rights groups decry deteriorating situation as peace agreement remains unimplemented

National media regulator threatens weekly over publications on alleged corruption

Over the past few months, Congo's national media regulator, Conseil supérieur de la liberté de la communication (Superior Council for Freedom of Communication - CSLC) harassed the weekly Manager Horizon over a series of articles it published, said Reporters without Borders (RSF). Read more

National media regulator threatens weekly over publications on alleged corruption
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Youth militias target fledgling opposition parties

Opposition party members continue to face harassment and intimidation from authorities and youth militias, independent media face suspension and revocation of licences. Read more

Youth militias target fledgling opposition parties
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The CIVICUS Monitor speaks to Civic Initiatives

As documented by the CIVICUS Monitor, the conditions for civil society in Serbia in 2019 have witnessed a sharp decline. In our previous update, we highlighted a litany of violations against independent journalists and civil society groups. In fact, Serbia is currently on the CIVICUS Monitor's watchlist of countries where there is an emerging and ongoing threat to civil society. To find out more, the CIVICUS Monitor recently spoke to Bojana Selaković from Civic Initiatives. Read more

The CIVICUS Monitor speaks to Civic Initiatives

Poland faces EU legal action over reforms undermining judicial independence

Poland’s conservative government is facing legal actions by the European Union over controversial judicial reforms adopted in April 2018. The European Union Commission and the Court of Justice of the European Union argue that these reforms threaten independence of the judges and are in violation of the EU law. Additionally, the Human Rights Ombudsman faced serious threats by state-owned media, as LGBT marches proceeded defying threats, hate speech and ban attempts. Read more

Poland faces EU legal action over reforms undermining judicial independence

Brazen threats against critics of the government signals a closing of spaces for dissent

Conditions for journalists in Serbia remain a serious concern for both domestic and international civil society. Over the past few months, there have been a litany of attacks and smears against journalists reporting on political issues, leading many to argue that spaces for dissent are rapidly decreasing in Serbia. Read more

Brazen threats against critics of the government signals a closing of spaces for dissent

CSO threatened with fine for migrant rescue operations; anti-LGBT groups win court cases

In June 2019, authorities sent a warning letter to the captain of the Spanish NGO Open Arms threatening to fine them up to 901,000 Euros for "violations against maritime safety or traffic management" if they continue with migrant rescue operations. Read more

CSO threatened with fine for migrant rescue operations; anti-LGBT groups win court cases

Civil society organisations accuse Bolivian government of creating a hostile environment for HRDs

Amnesty International's report on Bolivia exposes an alarming environment for human rights defenders and civil society organisations in the country - where these actors face a variety of threats and accusations by high-level authorities.

In the Los Yungas region, recurrent protests from coca growers have escalated into violence and led to arrests.

While there has been a positive development for freedom of association in Bolivia, with the removal of a law that financially strangled independent media, there have also also been a number of incidents signalling that political interference in journalism is far from over. This update covers the period from 25th of May to 8th of July 2019. Read more

Civil society organisations accuse Bolivian government of creating a hostile environment for HRDs
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Politicians continue to undermine critical media in the Czech Republic. Mass protests persist

This update covers the period from January 2019 to June 2019 and highlights among the civic space concerns attacks against independent journalism. Read more

Politicians continue to undermine critical media in the  Czech Republic. Mass protests persist