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Report on freedom of expression highlights criminal defamation

On 10th December 2019, Panama’s Fórum de Periodistas por la Libertades de Expresión e Información (Journalists’ Forum for Freedom of Expression and Information) published a report on freedom of expression between 1st December 2018 and 30th November 2019. In the report, the criminalisation of slander and libel is highlighted as a serious restriction. In addition, according to the report, lawsuits demanding millions in compensation from journalists for “crimes against honour” have multiplied. Read more

Report on freedom of expression highlights criminal defamation

Courts uphold protections for free expression and assembly

In September and October 2019, three court rulings upheld freedom of peaceful assembly and expression in Canada. On 27th September 2019, a ruling by Canada’s Supreme Court allowed reporter Marie-Maude Denis to maintain confidentiality of her journalistic sources. In a separate case, on 4th October 2019, the Supreme Court ruled that police cannot arrest lawful protesters for their own protection, in order to prevent violence by others. Also in October 2019, a court official determined that it was improper for an investigator to face legal liability for requesting public information.

This update also details a series of protests on climate, autism and labour, as well as some incidents related to freedom of expression. Read more

Courts uphold protections for free expression and assembly

Political pressure stifles NGOs and hampers investigative journalism

According to the Center for Development of NGOs (CRNVO), the past two years have been characterised by increasing pressure on civil society's work. In a statement on 12th April 2019, the organisation highlighted the political pressure faced by NGOs in Montenegro and drew attention to the government's informal policy of selectively excluding critical CSOs from domestic policy making fora. Read more

Political pressure stifles NGOs and hampers investigative journalism

Taliban threaten media with attack, amid ongoing peace process excluding CSOs and women

Taliban issue threat to media over anti-Taliban commercials and warn of targeted attacks. On 24th June 2019, the Taliban, in a statement, publicly threatened to turn critical media into a military target. Media workers continue to face intimidation, threats and attacks. Read more

Taliban threaten media with attack, amid ongoing peace process excluding CSOs and women

Opposition members intimidated, activists arrested and detained

opposition members face intimidation, activist arrested and detained for disagreeing with the demolition of a victim's memorial site, environmental defenders arrested for protesting against the construction of a battery plant in Brest. Read more

Opposition members intimidated, activists arrested and detained

Jair Bolsonaro’s first 100 days in office demonstrate Brazilian president’s disregard for pluralism

On 10th April 2019, Jair Bolsonaro completed his first 100 days in office. In these three months, the new government has repeatedly attacked democratic institutions and demonstrated a disregard for the diverse voices of a plural democratic society. Bolsonaro’s government has continuously used executive power to circumvent and reduce citizen participation in policy formation. Read more

Jair Bolsonaro’s first 100 days in office demonstrate Brazilian president’s disregard for pluralism

String of attacks against journalists while growing calls for the passage of the RTI Bill

The Ghana Right to Information Coalition, a coalition of civil society organisations, launched, in November 2018, the RTI Red Friday campaign, to demand that the Ghanaian Parliament approve the Right To Information Bill. Read more

String of attacks against journalists while growing calls for the passage of the RTI Bill

Thousands join the 'Diversity March" in support of transgender rights

On 28th September 2018, as every year since 2006, thousands of people took to the streets in Montevideo, Uruguay. Read more

Thousands join the 'Diversity March" in support of transgender rights

Despite commitment to reforms in Malaysia, fundamental freedoms still being restricted

In the last few months students have been arrested for protesting in Malaysia, individuals have been probed using the Sedition Act for peaceful expression and the LGBT community continues to be targeted Read more

Despite commitment to reforms in Malaysia, fundamental freedoms still being restricted