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Human Rights Activists convicted for Facebook posts

Lev Ponomaryov, human rights activist and the executive director of the organisation "For Human Rights", was sentenced to 25 days in administrative detention. Read more

 Human Rights Activists convicted for Facebook posts

'Escape the corset’ feminist movement challenging societal beauty standards

There is a growing movement of young women activists in South Korea who are challenging long-held beauty ideals. They call themselves the "escape the corset" movement. These are acts of rebellion against the constraints they feel society has imposed upon them Read more

'Escape the corset’ feminist movement challenging societal beauty standards

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

Anti-government protests continue amid concerns critical voices are being suppressed

The EU-Serbia Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), has expressed concern over the lack of progress being made on freedom of expression in Serbia.

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Anti-government protests continue amid concerns critical voices are being suppressed

Opposition protests turn deadly ahead of elections on 20th December

On 5th December 2018, Minister of Territorial Administration Payadowa Boukpessi banned all protests in the streets during the duration of the electoral period on grounds of "very high risk of severe disturbance of public order". Despite the general ban issued by authorities, opposition protests went ahead in Togo's capital Lomé and in other cities throughout the country, with several people killed during protest-related violence between 8th and 1oth December 2018. Read more

Opposition protests turn deadly ahead of elections on 20th December
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Supreme Court ruling sets dangerous precedent for journalists’ source confidentiality

On 30th November 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that a Vice reporter must surrender his materials related to a case about an accused terrorist to the Royal Mounted Canadian Police. Read more

Supreme Court ruling sets dangerous precedent for journalists’ source confidentiality

#Maanash fightback against new law

On 30th November 2018, hundreds began protested against amendments to Jordan's Income Tax law. Organising using the hashtag, #Maanash” (we don’t have money) on social media, protesters gathered to decry hikes to fuel prices and the new law. In other developments, on 10th December 2018, Jordanian authorities announced the decision to withdraw the draft cybercrime law. Read more

#Maanash fightback against new law

New media charter considered "worthless" by journalists

On 19th November 2018, the European Council highlighted Sudan's lack of respect for civic freedoms. The statement by the European Council comes after the adoption of Sudan's new Media Charter on 1st November 2018. While the charter acknowledges the unrestricted right to the freedom of expression, local groups claim it is worthless if Sudanese authorities continue to persecute independent journalists. Read more

New media charter considered "worthless" by journalists

Smear campaign against leading human rights group, as elections loom

A smear campaign has been unleashed by government-aligned media in Bangladesh against local human rights group Odhikar Read more

Smear campaign against leading human rights group, as elections loom

Dozens of demonstrators injured and one killed in clashes with the National Police

On 8th November, clashes between street vendors and the National Police were reported in Santa Tecla. This happened after the vendors failed to reach an agreement with the Mayor regarding the relocation of the vendors. Read more

 Dozens of demonstrators injured and one killed in clashes with the National Police