public vilification

Tightening the screws on dissent: N1 under attack

N1 journalists have faced a wave of aggression from Serbia's President and other senior ruling party officials. In particular, the media smear campaign against TV N1 program director Jugoslav Cosic accused him of receiving illicit funding to work against Serbia's interests. Given the failure of Serbian authorities to condemn the smear campaign, Cosic's lawyer announced he would seek a security risk assessment to ensure his physical safety. Read more

Tightening the screws on dissent: N1 under attack

CSOs react to sustained vilification of civil society in Bulgaria

Civil society organisations send joint letter to the institutions of the European Union to inform them about the ongoing campaign to denigrate civil society in the country, new regulations for qualifying for a driver's license in Bulgaria spark protests; residents from the city of Pernik, protest severe water shortage that has continued for months; Commissioner of the Council of Europe for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, urges authorities to firm up efforts in promoting and protecting the rights of minorities, also expresses concern at the state of media freedom in the country Read more

CSOs react to sustained vilification of civil society in Bulgaria

Smear campaign against green activists, anti-protest laws and media restrictions in Australia

In recent months the Prime Minister has vilified environmental groups while a law is being debated on political donations and election spending that could be used to silence civil society groups. Anti-protests laws have been passed in Queensland and may soon be enacted in Tasmania. Journalists continue to campaign against restrictions on press freedom while the authorities are urging Facebook to stop end-to-end encryption plans. Read more

Smear campaign against green activists, anti-protest laws and media restrictions in Australia

Demands for accountability and transparency over measles outbreak in Samoa

There have been calls for a national commission of inquiry into how the measles epidemic spread so quickly across the country in October 2019. In January 2020, the Prime Minister slammed the Samoa Observer newspaper for its criticism of the Legislative Assembly while a blogger has been jailed for insulting the Prime Minister. An anti-vaccination critic has been arrested. Read more

Demands for accountability and transparency over measles outbreak in Samoa

Jimmy Morales' presidency ends with significant setbacks to freedom of expression in Guatemala

On 18th December 2019, the offices of LGBTI youth association Somos Jóvenes Diversos en Acción (SOMOS) were raided in Guatemala City. Unknown persons broke into their offices overnight and took property and documents belonging to the association. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Jimmy Morales' presidency ends with significant setbacks to freedom of expression in Guatemala

91 political prisoners released but HRDs and journalists face continuous hostility and threats

On 16th December 2019, human rights defender Juan Chamorro said that he has received several death threats from President Daniel Ortega supporters. Chamorro is the director of opposition coalition Alianza Cívica. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

91 political prisoners released but HRDs and journalists face continuous hostility and threats

Violent protests and alleged extrajudicial executions in Bolivia as political crisis escalated

On 10th November 2019, Evo Morales resigned as president of Bolivia, after weeks of unrest over contested general elections at the end of October 2019. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Violent protests and alleged extrajudicial executions in Bolivia as political crisis escalated

Activists criminalised and continuous delegitimisation of press in Brazil

CSO coalition Pacto pela Democracia published a retrospective of attacks against democracy in Brazil throughout 2019. The report outlines 60 key incidents which, according to Pacto, reveal a wider process of democratic deterioration in the country. Read more

Activists criminalised and continuous delegitimisation of press in Brazil

Death threats intensify after civil society questions changes to criminal code

Changes to Serbia's criminal code have spurred a barrage of abuse targeted at civil society. The changes adopted in May 2019 include the possibility of life imprisonment without parole for felony murder, rape with a fatal outcome, rape of a powerless person with a fatal outcome, rape of a child with a fatal outcome and rape in a situation of position abuse. Read more

Death threats intensify after civil society questions changes to criminal code

Serbian authorities double down on harassment of critics

In a public statement on 17th September 2019, lawyer and activist Blazo Nedic expressed his growing concern for freedom of association in Serbia. His statement came as a result of the Bar Association in Belgrade's decision to remove him from the directory of lawyers due to Nedic’s involvement in two non-profit organisations: National Association of Mediators in Serbia and Partners for Democratic Change Serbia. Read more

Serbian authorities double down on harassment of critics