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Media outlets face pressure as state innovates to silence criticism

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, the work of independent media in Serbia can face discrimination and threats from the government. A recent example is the "Kragujevacke" newspaper, the only printed media in Kragujevac, whose editor-in-chief recently spoke out about the two-fold discrimination that the outlet faces. Firstly, high officials avoid giving publication's reporters statements, which hampers their ability to report on critical issues and secondly, they are unable to access funding from the city budget, which threatens their financial sustainability. Read more

Media outlets face pressure as state innovates to silence criticism

Right-wing populist leader attacks lottery funded NGOs

Netherland’s largest charity lottery, De Nationale Postcode Loterij, is under fire from right-wing populist party Forum voor Democratie (Forum for Democracy, FvD) for supporting what they call ‘activists and extreme-left organisations’. Party leader, Thierry Baudet has proposed several measures, ranging from giving people the choice to decide which charity their money should go to, setting up an additional lottery that runs parallel to the current one and retracting De Nationale Postcode Loterij’s permit. He also wants to change the law that allows foundations and associations to go to court with public interest matters. Read more

Right-wing populist leader attacks lottery funded NGOs

Hungary: European Courts of Justice take on restrictive laws

European Courts of Justice take on restrictive laws in relation to migration and NGOs, government threatens LGBTQIA+ groups and media freedoms. Read more

Hungary: European Courts of Justice take on restrictive laws

Egypt: state of emergency extended, violations continue

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, civil society leaders in Egypt have experienced a wave of aggression. In particular, the Executive Director of Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Gamal Eid continues to face a raft of measures designed to restrict his organisation's work. Read more

 Egypt: state of emergency extended, violations continue

Respect for rights by police yet to be seen despite appointment of new head

violent dispersal of protests continue, as police continue to commit human rights abuses under the guise of counter-terrorrism, despite guarantees of reform by new police chief. LGBTIQ rights remain a challenge as court dismisses petition, while religious lobby group proposes probe into LGBTIQ financing Read more

Respect for rights by police yet to be seen despite appointment of new head

The clampdown on Palestine civic space continues as Israel steps up smear campaign against CSOs

Attacks against Palestinian CSOs persisted, including by the Israeli state and some pro-Israeli groups that stepped up systematic smear campaign to de-legitimise and de-fund Palestinian groups. Read more

The clampdown on Palestine civic space continues  as Israel steps up smear campaign against CSOs

Egypt parliament approved new draft NGO law - a continuation of state crack down on CSOs

On 15th July 2019 a new repressive NGO law, “The Law on Regulating the Work of Civil Associations”, was approved by the Egyptian parliament and sent to the President for approval. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has 30 days to review and if he ratifies, the legislation will come into effect. Read more

Egypt parliament approved new draft NGO law  - a continuation of state crack down on CSOs

Latvia: new amendments provide a more favourable regulation for donations

In the first half of 2019, the parliament in Latvia approved amendments that would provide a more favourable framework for donations to the NGO sector. Read more

Latvia: new amendments provide a more favourable regulation for donations

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

Anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism funding measures may overburden CSOs

New measures to combat terrorism funding and money laundering have caused confusion among civil society, who also have raised concerns that these measures may increase the administrative burden on CSOs and may impact on their ability to fundraise. In addition, a school lecture on gender equality and identity delivered by a LGBTI CSO, sparked debate in the parliament in April 2019. Read more

Anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism funding measures may overburden CSOs