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Opposition leader Alexei Navalny is escorted out of a police station in Khimki, outside Moscow, 18 January 2021, following the court ruling that ordered him jailed for 30 days. ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images

The opposition leader and anti-corruption activist was arrested on his return to Russia. A judge ordered that he be detained for thirty days pending a court hearing regarding his alleged breach of parole. If found guilty, Navalny could face three-and-a-half years in prison.

A heavily armed police officer sits on a car positioned outside the headquarters of Bobi Wine's National Unity Platform (NUP), in Kampala, Uganda, 18 January 2021, YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP via Getty Images

Along with ramping up the volume on violence and repression in recent weeks, President Museveni has, over the years, relied heavily on putting restrictive laws and policies in place.

A TV reporter broadcasts in front of military vehicles near the U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC., 14 January 2021, Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Tensions remain high in the U.S. in the build-up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, 2021.

A Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Learn more about how the police evades the Fourth Amendment’s requirement to obtain a warrant.

Maria Ressa, founder of news portal

This was the second time in recent months that a cyber libel charge was filed against Filipino-American journalist Maria Ressa, the founder of news portal ‘Rappler’.

Security personnel patrol an accommodation block where Bangladeshi migrant workers are being quarantined after Covid-19 cases were found in the area, Malé, Maldives, 9 May 2020, Ahmed Shurau/AFP via Getty Images

According to Human Rights Watch, authorities in Maldives cracked down on foreign workers protesting wage abuses that escalated during COVID-19 lockdowns.

A woman holds her baby as she speaks on her mobile phone inside a shopping mall during a nationwide lockdown against COVID-19, Islamabad, Pakistan, 18 May 2020, on May 18, 2020, AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images

The research by Media Matters for Democracy is based on a survey with 215 women from across Pakistan and a series of in-depth interviews during the pandemic.

Law enforcement officers detain a journalist during a Women's Solidarity opposition event, in Minsk, Belarus, 19 September 2020, Natalia FedosenkoTASS via Getty Images

Journalist Andrei Alexandrov was detained on charges of violating public order. He was Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian Association of Journalists and has worked for Index on Censorship and ARTICLE 19.

Friends and relatives of Kyrgyz human rights defender Azimjon Askarov taking his coffin to a cemetery, in Yangibozor, Uzbekistan, 31 July 2020, Timur Karpov, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

HRW’s “World Report 2021” finds that government responses to the acute human rights challenges posed by COVID-19 across the region negatively affected the rights to health, media freedoms, and access to justice.

Istanbul University's students hold posters of Boğaziçi University rector Melih Bulu (L) and their own rector, during a protest in solidarity with Boğaziçi, in Istanbul, Turkey, 11 January 2021, OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images

When the president appointed a political ally as rector of Boğaziçi University, students launched an ongoing protest on behalf of academic freedom; the police have reacted with violence, arrests and judicial harassment.

December in the Americas: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Paula Martins, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

An employee at a fast food store checks the awaiting clients' temperature during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 19 March 2020, 可恩Ke En, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) urged authorities not to use the emergency as a guise to arbitrarily curtail the public’s right to information or create an environment of fear by censoring or punishing journalists and netizens seeking information.

A man wearing protective gloves as a measure against COVID-19 looks at a newspaper, in Kathmandu, Nepal, 26 March 2020, Sunil Sharma/Xinhua via Getty

Freedom Forum has released its 2020 report on the state of press freedom in Nepal. The organisation recorded 96 press freedom violations in 2020.

December 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.

December 2020 in Africa: A free expression roundup produced by IFEX’s regional editor Reyhana Masters, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

A woman looks at her smartphone while passing by a mural representing seeing eyes, Berlin, Germany, 1 April 2020, Emmanuele Contini/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Government and law enforcement officials – most of whom are men – often seem to fundamentally misunderstand the severity of online gender-based violence, and see it as something minor that “only” happens online, perpetuating the outmoded notion of an online/offline dichotomy.