political interference

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

Media freedoms in sharp focus as 1 in 5 million protests continue

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, the start of 2019 has seen a wave of sustained protest in Serbia. For the past nine weeks, citizens and media rights activists have taken to the streets of Belgrade calling for reform. Among other things, one of the key issues highlighted by participants is rising restrictions on media freedoms. Read more

Media freedoms in sharp focus as 1 in 5 million protests continue



Transgender community continues struggle against rising tide of religious intolerance

Transgender people living in Tonga known locally as ‘leitis’ continue to struggle against a rising tide of religious fundamentalism and intolerance against the community in the South Pacific , Press freedom remains a concern in Tonga and the country dropped two places in the Reporters without Borders, World Press Freedom rankings to 51 in 2018 Read more

Transgender community continues struggle against rising tide of religious intolerance

Journalists ordered to reveal sources in corruption probe

In November 2018, a Romanian authority ordered the RISE project to reveal their sources in an investigation into corruption. Read more

Journalists ordered to reveal sources in corruption probe

Investigative journalists suspicious of official version of Viktoria Marinova's killing

On 6th October 2018, Viktoria Marinova, a Bulgarian journalist, presenter and administrative director of the local TV channel TVN was found dead in the town of Ruse. Read more

 Investigative journalists suspicious of official version of Viktoria Marinova's killing

Political interference suspected after broadcaster's dismissal

A radio broadcaster with Radio Vltava was dismissed from his position amid concerns of rising political influence over the public broadcaster. Read more

Political interference suspected after broadcaster's dismissal

Journalists stage flash-mob protests following 5-Star Movement attacks

On 13th November 2018, Journalists in towns and cities across Italy protested against attacks on media freedom. Read more

Journalists stage flash-mob protests following 5-Star Movement attacks