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A woman holds a portrait of slain Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya during a rally marking the 10th anniversary of her murder in Moscow, 7 October 2016, NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images

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.

Protesters against internet censorship, wearing computers as helmets, are seen outside the Hanover Congress Centrum in Hanover, Germany, 15 March 2015, Alexander Koerner/Getty Images

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.

Uzbek journalist Bobomurod Abdullayev (C), who was allowed to leave police custody, poses for a picture with relatives and supporters in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 7 May 2018, REUTERS/Mukhammadsharif Mamatkulov

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…

Council of Europe Headquarters, Strasbourg, France, Creative Commons

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.

A Bulgarian media freedom group holds an action in solidarity with media professionals detained in Turkey demanding their immediate release, in Sofia, Bulgaria, 22 March 2018, DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images

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….

An inscription reading 'Denizfree' is seen at the headquarters of German newspaper "Die Welt" in Berlin, on 16 February 2018, after Turkey released German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel from prison, STEFANIE LOOS/AFP/Getty Images

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.

Protesters march in Budapest, Hungary, on 21 May 2017, in a demonstration against tough laws targeting foreign-backed NGOs and higher education institutions, STR/AFP/Getty Images

Rights groups protest draft legislation that would seriously restrict the work of human rights defenders in Hungary.