Civic space is wherever people organize, participate, protest, or communicate with each other to influence the political and social structures around them. Protecting it is our highest priority.
Can democracy survive Brazil’s upcoming elections?
In the run up to its national elections, our eyes are on Brazil and the deep challenges confronting its civic space. One of the world’s largest democracies is at risk, and we should all be concerned.
This year, Brazilians are going to the polls in a context of rising authoritarianism, with civil society under threat. The campaign has had polarization at its centre, with narratives rooted in prejudice, racism and misogyny.
Brazilian civic space needs to be protected to ensure that journalists, activists and human rights defenders do not become an endangered species.
The bill provides a framework for extensive censorship of online information and the criminalisation of journalism, which will enable the government to further subdue and control public debate in the lead up to Turkey’s general elections in 2023.
CPJ: ‘This new report definitively shows that Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador can no longer hide behind blaming his predecessor for widespread use of Pegasus in Mexico.”
Nigerian journalist Casmir Ozuruigbo suffers serious ear injury after arbitrary attack by police.
Taliban authorities in Afghanistan ordered the closure of the websites of Hasht-e-Subh (8am) newspaper and Zawia News for allegedly “spreading false propaganda”.
The Free Media Movement has called for the withdrawal of the circular issued by the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs.
Iran’s women fight for life and freedom, Egypt’s ‘filtered’ climate summit, and Jordan’s shrinking civic space
September 2022 in Middle East and North Africa: A free expression roundup produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Naseem Tarawnah, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.