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Independent expression under threat in Macedonia

The unwarranted harassment of independent journalists continues in Macedonia. An aggressive stance by government officials against independent journalists is not uncommon and severely undermines the efficacy of investigative journalism in the country. Read more

Independent expression under threat in Macedonia

Protests dispersed with excessive force in Argentina

Security forces in Argentina continue to use excessive force against protestors. Read more

Protests dispersed with excessive force in Argentina

Anti-Uber protests result in dozens of arrests

Taxi drivers took to the streets and blocked roads to demonstrate their opposition to ride-sharing app Uber, resulting in dozens of arrests. Read more

Anti-Uber protests result in dozens of arrests

Egypt continues its systematic repression of human rights activists, journalists and protestors

On 15th August, the Cairo Criminal Court in Zeinhom postponed a ruling on the freezing of assets belonging to the leaders of several of Egypt's most prominent human rights groups. Read more

Egypt continues its systematic repression of human rights activists, journalists and protestors

Criminalisation of journalists and activists on the rise, media freedoms under attack

Journalists and human rights defenders are under pressure as Azerbaijan prepares for a constitutional referendum which, if passed, could result in increased presidential powers. Read more

Journalists from TV outlet Panorama face treason charges

Journalists from TV outlet Panorama TV are facing treason charges following an investigation into corruption in the military. Read more

Proposed Foreign Intelligence Law threatens media freedoms

A newly drafted law on the Foreign Intelligence Agency Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) would allow the Foreign Intelligence Services to monitor foreign journalists. A global campaign to protect foreign journalists from surveillance by the German Federal Intelligence Agency is underway.
Two massive demonstrations took place in late July: one against Angela Merkel's open-door policy towards migrants and refugees, and another one in support of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. On the eve of the latter, the German Constitutional Court banned the broadcasting of President Erdogan's speech at the rally, a decision that was criticised as a violation of the freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly. Read more

Core civic space freedoms under attack in Ethiopia

Demonstrations in the Oromia and Amhara regions were brutally dispersed. Thousands of demonstrators were arrested, 4 human rights defenders were detained while monitoring human rights violations, and the Internet was reportedly shut down for two days across much of the country during the protests. Several journalists were detained between June and August. Read more

Oman arrests journalists and shuts down Azamn newspaper

Omani authorities arrested three journalists and ordered the immediate closure of the Azamn newspaper Read more

Protests Continue Across Macedonia

Negotiations between political parties have been taking place meaning that the ferocity of protests has calmed somewhat since the last reporting period. Despite this, several recent protests have turned violent as protesters continued to clash with police leading to the threat of water cannons to quell demonstrations. Read more