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Supporters of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attend a rally on Meskel Square in Addis Ababa, 23 June 2018, YONAS TADESSE/AFP/Getty Images

Significant progress has been made on media freedom in Ethiopia, though there’s still a reluctance to critique the government or ask difficult questions. Hate speech on social media is a serious and growing problem, although the government’s proposed hate speech law raises concerns it may be used to stifle legitimate expressions of dissent.

Participants in an opposition rally in central Moscow protest against tightening state control over the internet in Russia, 10 March 2019, Igor Russak/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The bill creates a system that gives the authorities the capacity to extra-judicially block access to parts of the Internet in Russia; the public would not know what has been blocked and why.

A soldier and police officers stand outside a polling station during the national referendum on the constitutional amendments, in Cairo, Egypt, 22 April 2019, Islam Safwat/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The amendments will undermine the Egyptian judiciary’s dwindling independence and expand the military’s power to intervene in political life.

A man (C) stands with a placard during a rally calling for reforms to the 2008 constitution in Naypyidaw, Burma, 31 March 2019, THET AUNG/AFP/Getty Images

20 expert organizations urge the government to guarantee freedom of expression in the Constitution.

Supporters of Julian Assange gather outside Westminster Magistrates Court where the WikiLeaks founder appears in custody following his arrest in London, England, 11 April 2019, Wiktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images

In considering whether to extradite Assange, the UK should also consider the detention conditions he could be subjected to in the US as a person charged with national security crimes.

Egyptian actor and director Khaled Abol Naga attends the 8th International Arab Film Festival (FIOFA), in Oran, Algeria, 3 June 2015, FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images

The authorities have unleashed a systematic media demonization campaign against Amr Waked and Khaled Abol Naga for participating in “Egypt Advocacy Day”.

Police officers detain anti-government protesters during a rally in Almaty, Kazakhstan, 22 March 2019, REUTERS/Pavel Mikheyev

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….

A large billboard in the streets of Kiev with the face of Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine and candidate in the 2019 elections, 26 March 2019, Celestino Arce/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Corruption, the rise of far right groups and threats to the press, the LGBTQI+ community and rights activists are some of the problems facing whoever wins the election on 31 March.