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Cameroon's crackdown continues as journalist convicted on terrorism charges

Cameroonian authorities continue to target groups in Anglophone regions of the country as RFI correspondent Ahmed Abba faces live in jail after being convicted of terrorism-related offenses. Read more

Cameroon's crackdown continues as journalist convicted on terrorism charges

Security forces fire on protesters in Baghdad and journalist killed in Mosul

Violence broke out during demonstrations calling for electoral reform in Tahrir Square on 11th February 2017. Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets against the crowds, and 8 people were killed, while close to 300 were injured.
On 4th March 2017, security forces and local police arrested dozens of unarmed protesters in Iraqi Kurdistan. They were held for interrogation and some remained in detention.
Journalist Shifa Zikri Ibrahim was killed by a roadside bomb while covering the Iraqi Army's offensive against the Islamic State group in western Mosul on 25th February 2017, and a cameraman was injured. Iraqi authorities shut down the Internet between 1st and 6th February, allegedly to prevent cheating during state exams. Read more

Security forces fire on protesters in Baghdad and journalist killed in Mosul

Civil society mobilises to prevent social media regulation

Government proposals to regulate social media have raised concerns in South African civil society and prompted a campaign to oppose the move. Read more

Civil society mobilises to prevent social media regulation

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

Digital rights organisation forced to censor post on gender-based violence

TEDIC, a not-for-profit organisation that develops civic-related technology and defends digital rights in Paraguay, was censored for publishing information on gender-based violence. Read more

Digital rights organisation forced to censor post on gender-based violence

Upcoming referendum could further curtail civic freedoms

As people in Turkey prepare to head to the polls in next month's referendum to decide on constitutional amendments that would grant President Erdoğan even greater powers, civic space is under increasing attack. Read more

Upcoming referendum could further curtail civic freedoms

Growing concern over the continuous persecution of civil society, journalists and activists

Situation for human rights defenders, journalists and civic activists continues to deteriorate in Bahrain, as the level of persecution and repression rises. Read more

Growing concern over the continuous persecution of civil society, journalists and activists

In 2016, respect for civic space declined dramatically in Tajikistan

In 2016, civic space has narrowed considerably in Tajikistan due to growing restrictions on alternative voices, independent media, NGOs and lawyers. Read more

In 2016, respect for civic space declined dramatically in Tajikistan

Authorities prohibit peaceful protest in Freetown

Authorities deny youth group permission to hold protest in Freetown. Read more

Authorities  prohibit peaceful protest in Freetown

State continues to suppress civic activism in Malawi

Malawians face threats and legal repercussions for expressing their opinions and criticising state policies. Read more

State continues to suppress civic activism in Malawi