political interference

Government tightens reins on civic freedoms during the last year

over the last year, the experienced continued closing of civic space by introducing restrictive laws, abduction and detention of HRDs, while crackdown on press freedom continued Read more

Government tightens reins on civic freedoms during the last year

Media groups condemn revocation of Vanuatu journalist work permit and denial of re-entry

On 12th November 2019, the work via of the media director of the Vanuatu Daily Post, the nation’s only daily newspaper was not renewed by the country's Labour Ministry because of the paper’s coverage critical of the government. He has also been denied re-entry in to the country Read more

Media groups condemn revocation of Vanuatu journalist work permit and denial of re-entry

Concerns about freedom of expression in Nigeria: journalists arrested, protests repressed

According to the Amnesty International report 'Endangered Voices. Attack on Freedom of Expression in Nigeria', at least 19 journalists, bloggers and media practitioners have been subject to attacks between January and September 2019. These range from physical attacks, verbal assaults, death threats, surveillance, indiscriminate detention to pressure to reveal sources, mostly perpetrated by Nigerian security forces. Read more

Concerns about freedom of expression in Nigeria:  journalists arrested, protests repressed

Commission of inquiry slams human rights abuses ahead of elections

UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi (CoI) concluded in its report, released on 4 September 2019, the existence of a climate of fear and intimidation for those who do not support the ruling party, controversy surrounds the killing of two opposition party members on 11 July 2019, while in police custody, At least one person was killed and 10 others wounded after fighting occurred between members of ruling CNDD-FDD party and those of the National Congress for Liberty (CNL) opposition party in Mubimbi commune, CSO PARCEM suspended by government, HRD Germain Rukuki's 32 year sentence upheld by Court of Appeal in his absence, BBC closes office until further notice Read more

Commission of inquiry slams human rights abuses ahead of elections

Mysterious cancellations of TV programmes stokes concern over media freedom

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, threats against journalists have emerged as a worrying trend in Serbia. In this update, covering August - September 2019, we report state interference in the work of media outlets has also continued unabated. Read more

Mysterious cancellations of TV programmes stokes concern over media freedom

Canadian environmental groups concerned about initiatives restricting defenders’ work

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney launched a “public inquiry” on 4 July 2019 to uncover alleged foreign funding of environmental groups that have spread "misleading or false information about the Alberta oil and gas industry". Part of the inquiry calls for reviewing those groups’ charitable status. In a different development, Canada’s elections agency told environmental charities that describing the climate crisis as "real" in their political advertising could be considered partisan activity, and therefore against the rules of the recently amended Canada Elections Act.

This update also covers a number of different protests and developments related to freedom of expression.
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Canadian environmental groups concerned about initiatives restricting defenders’ work

Serbia's iron grip on media under the spotlight as new information emerges

On 29th August 2019, The Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS) published a hidden report by the Regulatory Authority of Electronic Media (REM). The report had investigated the representation of political actors during the election campaign from 4th March to 21st April 2016 and had mysteriously vanished after the elections. The report points to the uneven representation of electoral actors with a drastic advantage in favour of the ruling party. This is attributed to the privatisation of media which has led to a worrying imbalance in the media market. Read more

Serbia's iron grip on media under the spotlight as new information emerges

Human rights groups decry deteriorating situation as peace agreement remains unimplemented

Violation of human rights still rampant as peace deal remains unimplemented, disappeared government critics and activists reported killed, as journalists and media outlets continue to face censorship and initmidation Read more

Human rights groups decry deteriorating situation as peace agreement remains unimplemented

National media regulator threatens weekly over publications on alleged corruption

Over the past few months, Congo's national media regulator, Conseil supérieur de la liberté de la communication (Superior Council for Freedom of Communication - CSLC) harassed the weekly Manager Horizon over a series of articles it published, said Reporters without Borders (RSF). Read more  |  Read in French

National media regulator threatens weekly over publications on alleged corruption

Youth militias target fledgling opposition parties

Opposition party members continue to face harassment and intimidation from authorities and youth militias, independent media face suspension and revocation of licences. Read more  |  Read in French

Youth militias target fledgling opposition parties