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….
Cathal Sheerin, our Europe & Central Asia editor, reviews a month packed with challenges for freedom of expression in the region.
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.
Mass protests in France and Hungary, Russia wants its own Internet; state media attacks independent journalists across the region; Greek broadcaster points finger at government over bombing; investigation into shooting of Olivera Lakic stalls; black women 84% more likely to be targeted by online trolls than white women….
Europe and Central Asia: Ukrainian activist murdered, masterminds indentified in Daphne murder case, Turkey targets civil society, feminists take on fascists in Spain, Tajikistan copies China’s Internet crackdown, Eiffel Tower dimmed for murdered journalists and more….
In a joint statement 32 human rights and free speech NGOs are demanding the release of Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed who is being held incommunicado even thought he was supposed to have been freed a year ago.
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…
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…