Europe and Central Asia: Journalist murdered in Russia, ECHR rules in favour of Pussy Riot and Anna Politkovskaya, CoE members expelled following Azerbaijani bribery scandal, IFEX member held incommunicado, UK surveillance and more in our round-up of July’s free expression news.
Europe and Central Asia: Censorship concerns notch up over new European internet directive, Italian right-wing politician Matteo Salvini targets mafia expert Roberto Saviano, Poland protects sexual orientation and more in our round-up of June’s free expression news.
Although the month had its share of grim stories, we saw some very positive developments in the most unexpected of places….
EU lawmakers turn up the heat on Malta; Turkey jails journalists, teachers and a baby; Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan target digital freedom; IFEX members’ successful advocacy in Kyrgyzstan; OSF could pull out of Hungary; mass protests and political turmoil in Armenia…
Nearly 100 rights groups asked the Council of Europe to engage civil society in their negotiation of a second cybercrime convention protocol, which is aimed at setting the terms for data access by law enforcement to servers outside their geographic authority.
The latest on Turkey’s judicial attacks on free expression, parallels in murders of Ján Kuciak and Daphne Caruana Galizia, a feminist news website, artists and musicians prosecuted in Spain, elections in Russia, Hungary and Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan releases the world’s longest-imprisoned journalist, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan resume a downward trajectory….
A devastating precedent in Turkey, Insta-blocked in Russia, a snap election in Azerbaijan, rappers prosecuted in Spain. February was quite the month in Europe and Central Asia.