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Chile: Constitutional Convention begins its work

On 15th and 16th May 2021, over 6 million people in Chile voted in the election of 155 members of the Constitutional Convention, the body responsible for drafting a new Constitution for the country. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Chile: Constitutional Convention begins its work

Panama’s National Journalism Council calls for protocol to protect journalists

In June 2021, alleged criminal groups threatened to kidnap, rape, torture and murder Flor Mizrachi Ángel, an investigative journalist who uncovered a clandestine COVID-19 vaccination scheme in Panama. Read more

Panama’s National Journalism Council calls for protocol to protect journalists

Trade unionist killed during protest, court orders journalists to reveal sources

CSOs have denounced the discriminatory provisions contained in a decree law passed on 18th May 2021, which regulates the relaxation of COVID-19 measures in the country. The law establishes that cultural and social centres will only be allowed to reopen after 1st July 2021, only after many other sectors. Violent clashes took place outside the Fedex-Tnt in Tavezzano, near Lodi, during the night, where workers of the Fedex of Piacenza were protesting the closure of the factory. A few days after this violent episode, a trade unionist - Adil Belakhdim - was killed after being hit and dragged by a truck and two protesters were hurt by the vehicle during a national strike by supermarket workers at the Lidl branch in Novara. In a concerning development, the Lazio regional administrative court ordered journalists of the investigative broadcast programme on Italian public television RAI to reveal their sources in relation to a news report broadcast on the management of public funds in the Lombardy region and the Milanese lawyer Andrea Mascetti, a close associate of the Lega party. Read more

Trade unionist killed during protest, court orders journalists to reveal sources

Investigative journalist killed outside his home; concerns over Joint Custody bill

Several protests were staged in the reporting period, including over labour rights , womens rights and the rights of Palestinians. In a concerning development, television reporter Giorgos Karaivaz, who has done investigative reporting on the police and corruption in Greece, was shot in front of his house in Athens. According to authorities, the murder may be linked to organised crime circles, about which Karaivaz had sensitive information. Press Freedom in Greece is in further decline, with the latest RSF World Press Freedom Index ranking Greece at 70, a decline of five places from last year.
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Investigative journalist killed outside his home; concerns over Joint Custody bill

Canada: Police restricts press access to environmental protests

On 30th April 2021, Canada’s federal government passed back-to-work legislation that essentially ended a strike by Montreal dockworkers, who had been protesting changes to their work schedules which they describe as unfair. Read more

Canada: Police restricts press access to environmental protests

On our watchlist: A rapid decline in civic freedoms as government restricts fundamental rights

Janša's right-wing government continues its crackdown on media freedom and targeting of CSOs. Those that speak out about violations of freedoms, rights and a lack of social dialogue are targeted in retaliation. The crumbling democracy and current state of civic space in the country sets a dangerous precedent for the European continent, as Slovenia prepares to assume the presidency of the EU in July. Due to the rapid decline in civic space, Slovenia is now on the CIVICUS Monitor Watchlist.
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On our watchlist: A rapid decline in civic freedoms as government restricts fundamental rights

Belize: police officers prevent Love News from covering a protest and arrest reporter

On 7th May 2021, police officers arrested and assaulted Love News reporter Vejea Alvarez as he and a news team tried to cover a nurses’ protest at a hospital in Orange Walk Town. Read more

Belize: police officers prevent Love News from covering a protest and arrest reporter

Abusive pandemic restrictions in Argentinian province of Formosa

On 5th March 2021, protesters clashed with police officers in the city of Formosa as demonstrators took to the streets to oppose the adoption of strict COVID-19 isolation measures. Read more

Abusive pandemic restrictions in Argentinian province of Formosa

USA: Assaults, harassment and arrests of journalists covering protests

Lawmakers in California are considering a bill introduced in January 2021 that would protect restaurant workers from abuses and labour violations by their employers. Read more

USA: Assaults, harassment and arrests of journalists covering protests

Opposition against proposals for lithium mines continues; journalist racially attacked on live TV

Local communities in Portugal are coming to terms with the prospect of an open-air mine interrupting their village life. A recent example of this is found in the remote village of Covas do Barroso in Northern Portugal, where one of the largest estimated deposits of lithium in Western Europe was found. Residents, with the support of major Portuguese environmental organisations, have launched a campaign entitled “Não à Mina, Sim à Vida” (No to the mine, yes to life) to stop the development of the mine while it is still in its initial phase. Instances such as these are becoming more common across Northern Portugal and have led civil society to reflect on the potential impact that decarbonisation plans could have on local communities across the EU. During this period, protests by trade unions were staged on 1st May 2021. In a concerning development, journalist Conceição Queiroz, an active voice in fighting racism in Portugal, was attacked live on TVI24.

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Opposition against proposals for lithium mines continues; journalist racially attacked on live TV