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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 projection on the facade of the city hall shows the portraits of murdered journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova, in Bratislava, Slovakia, 20 February 2019, VLADIMIR SIMICEK/AFP/Getty Images

Cathal Sheerin, our Europe & Central Asia editor, reviews a month packed with challenges for freedom of expression in the region.

Protesters carry a banner with the portraits of Azerbaijani political prisoners during a demonstration for press freedom, in Berlin, Germany, 21 January 2015, Maurizio Gambarini/picture alliance via Getty Images

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.

Two men hold pictures of murdered Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova (C) and murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya (L), during a vigil in Sofia, Bulgaria, 8 October 2018, NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images

Europe and Central Asia: Journalists murdered, art vs misogyny in Tajikistan, two Russian publications threatened, Ireland rejects blasphemy, vaguely-worded counterterror legislation in the UK, vigils for Daphne, prejudice fails spectacularly in Romania…

A Russian police officer apprehends a youth during a protest rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Saint Petersburg, 9 September 2018, OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images

Arrests in the Jan Kuciak murder case, a Kyrgyz music video causes uproar, MEPs scrutinise Malta, a poisoning in Russia, UK spies on an IFEX member, terrorist propaganda trials in Turkey, insulting religious sentiment in Spain, an IFEX member goes to the ECtHR and more…

A portrait of Taner Kılıç, chair of Amnesty Turkey, is hung in front of a historic stock market building, in Paris, France, 6 June 2018; Kılıç was released on 15 August, FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images

Europe and Central Asia: Welcome prisoner releases in Turkey, Tajikistan and Azerbaijan, mass targeting of journalists in Romania and Belarus, the far-right targets literature in Ukraine and the UK, an IFEX member denied parole, and more…

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.