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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

Sustained anti-government protests continue in Bulgaria

Anti-government protests which began in July 2020 continued in the months that followed, over one hundred were arrested in early September Read more

Sustained anti-government protests continue in Bulgaria

Democracy in peril in the United States as rioters storm Capitol

At least five people died, including a police officer, and over 50 people were arrested after thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on 6th January 2020 to disrupt a joint session of Congress and attempt to overturn the recent presidential election. Read more

Democracy in peril in the United States as rioters storm Capitol

El Salvador’s government attempts to discredit independent press

In a news conference on 24th September 2020, President Nayib Bukele announced that independent media outlet El Faro was under investigation for alleged money laundering. Without proof, Bukele also accused a number of news outlets including El Faro, the Revista Factum, Gato Encerrado and La Prensa Gráfica of lying and “attacking” his government. Read more

El Salvador’s government attempts to discredit independent press

Protesters return to the streets ahead of constitutional referendum in Chile

On 25th October 2020, Chile is scheduled to hold a plebiscite to decide if the country will draft a new constitution, a key demand of the mass protests that started at the end of 2019. For many, this process would represent the hope of establishing a new social pact founded on human dignity and pluralism, replacing the current constitution which dates back to the country’s military regime. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Protesters return to the streets ahead of constitutional referendum in Chile

Black Lives Matter protests continue despite escalating tensions as federal troops deployed

In July and August 2020, protests against police brutality and systemic racism that began after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis continued across the country, often with violent clashes between militarised police and protesters. Read more

Black Lives Matter protests continue despite escalating tensions as federal troops deployed

Law of NGOs adopted, protests violently dispersed

The Law of NGOs adopted at the second reading; New report released: Radiography of attacks on CSOs, 2019; Veterans’ protest violently dispersed; Journalists intimidated, assaulted Read more

Law of NGOs adopted, protests violently dispersed

Unprecedented executive action and rhetoric harm press freedom in the U.S.

On 27th January 2020, the State Department barred an NPR reporter from accompanying Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on an official trip, allegedly in retaliation for a dispute between Pompeo and another NPR reporter. NPR’s Michele Kelemen was removed from the list of reporters allowed to fly with Pompeo on a trip to Eastern Europe, only days after the secretary reportedly swore and yelled at another NPR reporter for asking questions about Ukraine. Read more

Unprecedented executive action and rhetoric harm press freedom in the U.S.

New government shows positive signs towards civil society, but right to protest remains a concern

Since the collapse of the Social-Democratic Party (PSD) government, after it lost a no-confidence vote, there have been some positive signs from the new government in Romania. However, the right to protest remains a concern due to current laws which allow for abusive practices. Press freedom continues to remain a concern. Read more

New government shows positive signs towards civil society, but right to protest remains a concern