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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

Journalists face legal and administrative challenges

Journalists face denial of accreditation to undertake their work, taxi drivers go on strike to protest working conditions and demand for increased rates, Results on the consultation about amendments to the legal framework on the activity of political parties and CSOs made public Read more

Journalists face legal and administrative challenges

Civil society criticizes new regulations on peaceful assembly

civil society critisize new regulations that impose fines on protesters, CSO participate in amendment process for legislation governing political parties and public associations, journalist threatened for documenting a case about the construction of a battery plant in the Brest region, Read more

Civil society criticizes new regulations on peaceful assembly

Latvia: new amendments provide a more favourable regulation for donations

In the first half of 2019, the parliament in Latvia approved amendments that would provide a more favourable framework for donations to the NGO sector. Read more

Latvia: new amendments provide a more favourable regulation for donations

Belgium approves law creating long overdue human rights institution

In April 2019, 26 years after it was first proposed, the Foreign Relations Committee of the Belgian Federal Parliament voted in favour of the creation of an independent national institute for human rights. Until now, organisations that ensure adherence to human rights obligations were missing in a number of areas, including freedom of expression. Additionally, concerns still remain of cases of pressure on and legal action against journalists and de-legitimisation of the press by political actors and a part of the public opinion. Read more

Belgium approves law creating long overdue human rights institution

Indictments against news site Rappler an attempt to intimidate and control the pubic narrative

News website Rappler and its chief Maria Ressa is facing two indictments for cyber-libel and taxation that human rights groups believe to be politically motivated. Government critic Senator Leila de Lima has spent two years in arbitrary detention. In January 2019, Randy Felix Malayao, a human rights defender and peace consultant for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) was shot dead Read more

Indictments against news site Rappler an attempt to intimidate and control the pubic narrative

Anti-racism protests held to counteract far-right marches

In October 2018, anti-racism groups staged mass demonstrations in cities across Japan to counteract a series of marches by an openly racist far-right group opposed to immigration in Japan. Read more

Anti-racism protests held to counteract far-right marches