Civic Space Developments

Croatian journalists continue to face threats and vilification

As we previously reported in the CIVICUS Monitor, the end of 2016 was characterised by a worsening environment for independent journalism. This trend shows no sign of reversing at the start of 2017. Read more

Croatian journalists continue to face threats and vilification

Lebanese Authorities pass access to information legislation

On 19th January, Lebanese Parliament finally approved a Right to Access to Information bill, eight years after the first draft was initially submitted. Read more

Lebanese Authorities pass access to information legislation

SPECIAL SERIES ON THREATS TO CIVIC SPACE IN KAZAKHSTAN - PART 3: PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY

In our final post of the series, we focus on the freedom of peaceful assembly and discuss the latest legal and practical developments related to the regulation of the right to protest in Kazakhstan. Read more

SPECIAL SERIES ON THREATS TO CIVIC SPACE IN KAZAKHSTAN - PART 3: PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY

Two radio reporters murdered live on air

Two radio reporters were murdered while they were broadcasting live on 14th February. Read more

Two radio reporters murdered live on air

Proposed funding cut to Belsat TV threatens free expression in Belarus

An announcement by the Polish government that it may reduce funding to Belsat TV has raised concerns that access to information and free expression in Belarus will be weakened. Read more

Proposed funding cut to Belsat TV threatens free expression in Belarus

As internet access increases, civil society calls for a new media law

Costa Rican civil society organisations say freedom of expression is still challenged by an outdated media law allowing five private conglomerates to control all radio frequencies and TV outlets. Read more

As internet access increases, civil society calls for a new media law

Mongolian herders clash with security forces over land dispute

On 17th October, nearly 200 local Mongolian herders from Sandag Gachaa took part in three-day protests to halt a proposed pig farm project. Read more

Mongolian herders clash with security forces over land dispute

Tunisian authorities backslide on access to information commitments

Restrictions on media freedom and the right to access to information have resurfaced in Tunisia at the start of 2017. On 15th January, a government circular instructed civil servants not to release any information without prior authorisation from their superiors. Read more

Tunisian authorities backslide on access to information commitments

Human rights defenders jailed and banned from travelling

Writer Nadhir Al-Majid was sentenced to seven years in prison, followed by seven years of a travel ban in addition to a fine, for charges including failing to obey the ruler. Read more

Human rights defenders jailed and banned from travelling

Continued crackdown against critical CSOs in Kenya

As we previously reported in the CIVICUS Monitor, conditions for civil society's independent operation have been increasingly restricted. In this update, we evidence the continuation of Kenyan authorities' crackdown on critical civic groups as the country moves closer to the August 2017 elections. Read more

Continued crackdown against critical CSOs in Kenya