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Right-wing coalition members threaten media independence and freedom of expression

Following the parliamentary elections on 3rd March 2019 and the formation of the coalition government including conservative and right-wing party members, the civic space has reportedly worsened. There have been attempts of political interference in media and verbal attacks against critical journalists. Several journalists quit their jobs citing censorship attempts; there have been also concerns that politically motivated smears against media will result in self-censorship. Protests and social media campaigns were launched to denounce the newly formed government coalition and the threat to basic freedoms. Read more

Right-wing coalition members threaten media independence and freedom of expression

Despite progress on HRD bill, attacks against activists and media persist in the Philippines

A Human Rights Defenders bill moved closer to become law in June 2019 after it was approved by the House of Representatives. Despite this, the UN says the situation of human rights continues to deteriorate. In March 2019, more charges were filed against critical news outlet Rappler while in April 2019, activist Bernardino Patigas was killed by an unknown gunman. Further, NGOs are facing scrutiny under the guise of fighting terrorism and money laundering and are taking the threats against them to the Supreme Court. Read more

Despite progress on HRD bill, attacks against activists and media persist in the Philippines

Ruling party steps up harassment to silence critical journalists and media outlets

Media reports alarmed that Sejm, the lower house of Parliament, adopted a draft amendment to the Penal Code related to public defamation. This latest move to strengthen criminalisation of defamation sends a chilling message to the media and it comes in the already worrying context of defamation being used against critical journalists and activists. Read more

Ruling party steps up harassment to silence critical journalists and media outlets

Ongoing attacks on journalists and activists, as elections draw near

Over the last few months, journalists and activists in India have faced attacks and persecution for their work . Government critics have been charged with sedition and laws have been used to target civil society Read more

Ongoing attacks on journalists and activists, as elections draw near

Police use tear gas to disperse a protest in Abidjan district Adjamé

On 7th September 2018, security forces dispersed a protest of residents of Adjamé Village, using teargas, with several reported injured people. Read more

 Police use tear gas to disperse a protest in Abidjan district Adjamé

Police criticised for abetting the use of force to remove housing protestors

Members of An Garda Síochana wore balaclavas and stood by while a forceful eviction of housing protestors took place in September 2018 in Dublin. Read more

Police criticised for abetting the use of force to remove housing protestors

Victory in European Parliament as "Stop Soros" law comes into force

MEPs voted by a two-thirds majority to begin the Article 7 procedure under the Treaty on European Union, which can, in theory, lead to Hungary losing EU voting rights. Read more

Victory in European Parliament as "Stop Soros" law comes into force

From regulation to restriction: Tunisia's new law a threat to flourishing civil society

On 27th July 2018, the Tunisian Parliament passed Law 30 despite opposition from civil society. The new law establishes the National Registry of Institutions and requires public and private companies, including civil society organisations to register with the new entity. As move to tighten regulation on finances, new law comes at a time when Tunisian authorities have been under pressure to improve the transparency of economic transactions in the country. Read more

From regulation to restriction: Tunisia's new law a threat to flourishing civil society

Journalists, bloggers to be included in foreign agents law

In August, the State Duma moved to widen the scope of Russia's foreign agent law so that it now captures individual journalists and bloggers. Read more

Journalists, bloggers to be included in foreign agents law