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Whistle-blower detained despite positive steps in protecting freedom of expression

Significant strides have been made in protecting freedom of expression under President Adama Barrow's administration, including the recently-initiated and comprehensive media sector reform, coordinated with the Gambia Press Union. Read more

Whistle-blower detained despite positive steps in protecting freedom of expression

Transparency and access to information improving in Costa Rica

Several protests took place in Costa Rica and some progress was made regarding access to information regulations. Read more

Transparency and access to information improving in Costa Rica

Hostile conditions for Kenyan journalists ahead of August elections

As Kenya prepares for general elections, many independent journalists have been the targets of threats and attacks by both the public and the authorities. The environment for journalists and independent media, as previously reported, has become increasingly hostile. Read more

Hostile conditions for Kenyan journalists ahead of August elections

Canada's ranking worsens on World Press Freedom Index 2017

On World Press Freedom Day, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated the importance of a free and independent press. However, the country's media community is concerned as Canada dropped four points to rank at number 22 out of 180 countries on the World Press Freedom Index, which states that “Prime Minister Trudeau has strongly advocated for a 'free media' but the past year has shown this to be dead letter". Read more

Canada's ranking worsens on World Press Freedom Index 2017

New president promises constitutional reforms and rights protection

Following the inauguration of a new president, Adama Barrow, the Gambian government held a conference in Banjul in May 2017 to review the state of the freedom of expression and the press, which had been highly repressed under the previous president, Yahya Jammeh. Read more

New president promises constitutional reforms and rights protection

Will ceasefire result in improvements for civil society?

There are hopes that a ceasefire announced in May 2017 will result in better conditions for civil society in areas of the country affected by a renewed armed conflict since elections in 2015. Read more

Will ceasefire result in improvements for civil society?

Civil society mobilises to protest electoral changes pushed through the Moldovan Parliament

On 7th May 2017, several civil society organisations - some under the banner of the group NuPlaha-FreeMoldova - mobilised over 200 people in front of the parliament building in protest over a draft law that would make significant changes to the electoral system. Read more

Civil society mobilises to protest electoral changes pushed through the Moldovan Parliament

Local monitoring organisations document appalling violations of freedom of expression

According to the Afghan Journalists' Safety Committee (AJSC), 2016 was a the most dangerous year thus far for journalists and media professionals in Afghanistan. Read more

Local monitoring organisations document appalling violations of freedom of expression

Civil society report finds violations of freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression

In March 2017, the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) issued a comprehensive report on violations of the freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly in the country over the past two years. Read more

Civil society report finds violations of freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression

Activist released then detained by police two weeks later

The case of Russian opposition activist, Ildar Dadin, drew wide public attention in February 2017 when the Prosecutor General’s office decided that Dadin’s actions did not constitute a crime and petitioned for his release. Read more

Activist released then detained by police two weeks later