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Crackdown on media and opposition around mock inauguration of Odinga

Kenyan authorities took media outlets off the air and arrested and harassed opposition members around the mock inauguration of Raila Odinga. Student leader Evans Njoroge was shot dead by police on 27th February in Meru after participating in a demonstration Read more

Crackdown on media and opposition around mock inauguration of Odinga

Environmental rights defender killed as authorities label activists as ‘terrorists’

Environmental and indigenous rights defender Ricardo Mayumi , an opponent of a dam in Ifugao was shot dead. A government petition labelled several local indigenous rights activists as “terrorists”. Read more

Environmental rights defender killed as authorities label activists as ‘terrorists’

Activists arbitrarily arrested and break-in at human rights NGO

In the past few weeks, several activists, human right defenders, activists and trade unionists have been arbitrarily detained in the Republic of Congo. Read more

Activists arbitrarily arrested and break-in at human rights NGO

Activist convicted for satirical caricature of prime minister

Activist and artist Fahmi Reza was convicted for posting a clown caricature of the prime minister on social media . Courts maintains travel ban on political cartoonist Zunar. Proposed legislation to curb fake news raises concerns Read more

Activist convicted for satirical caricature of prime minister

Despite civil society's concerns, ruling coalition approves changes to Law on Broadcasting

For several months civil society had mobilised and campaigned around the issue of proposed reforms to the Law on Broadcasting, with more than 70 organisations declaring that the amendments would “reduce openness and transparency, increase the risk of corruption, and significantly harm the advertising market". Read more

Despite civil society's concerns, ruling coalition approves changes to Law on Broadcasting

40 radio stations suspend broadcasting for 24 hours to protest press freedom violations

After its Extraordinary General Assembly on 27th November, the media union Union des Radios et Télévisions Libres de Guinée (URTELGUI) decided to protest violations of freedom of expression by suspending all broadcasting for 24 hours from 12:00am on 28th November, following a three-hour synchronised broadcast on freedom of the press. More than 40 radio stations followed URTELGUI's call to action and solidarity. Read more

40 radio stations suspend broadcasting for 24 hours to protest press freedom violations

Women-lead commemorative protest blocked by police

Security officers blocked some roads to prevent a women-led demonstration from taking place. Read more

Women-lead commemorative protest blocked by police

Public official insults female journalists on social media

In late November 2017, the deputy secretary of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, took to social media platform, Facebook, to insult two female journalists. Read more

Public official insults female journalists on social media

Prime Minister slanders independent media in inflammatory comments

At the end of 2017, inflammatory comments by prominent politicians which slander Albania's media have been particularly salient. On 25th October 2017, the Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama attacked journalists over their coverage of a scandalous case involving his former Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri. Read more

Prime Minister slanders independent media in inflammatory comments