Opinions about media restrictions after bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, massive protests against Hong Kong’s extradition law, defamation and criminal charges for critics of Myanmar’s military, Singapore’s ‘Orwellian’ anti-fake news bill, and Brunei’s controversial Sharia Law takes effect.
Europe and Central Asia in March: A mass release of prisoners in Azerbaijan, a step towards justice for Ján Kuciak, the EU Copyright Directive, injustice in Chechnya, a new report on violence against women, protesters arrested in Kazakhstan, an EU Magnitsky Act and more….
Among those recently detained are lawyers, university professors, prominent scholars, and students from China’s top universities.
Cathal Sheerin, our Europe & Central Asia editor, reviews a month packed with challenges for freedom of expression in the region.
The UN is urged to investigate allegations that China is detaining up to one million Turkic Muslims.
Freedom House has recorded global declines in political rights and civil liberties for 13 consecutive years.
Good news from Azerbaijan, anti-LGBTI+ violence in Chechnya, an IFEX member on trial in Turkey, journalists targeted by protesters across Europe, dubious convictions in Tajikistan and Montenegro, demonstrators demand protection of independent press in Serbia and Hungary.
Netflix’s decision to comply with a censorship request from Saudi Arabia has renewed an ongoing debate about how international companies should respond to politically motivated censorship demands when operating in repressive countries.