The political tension in the Republic of Macedonia has increased in recent months ahead of the referendum, scheduled for 30 September 2018, on the agreement signed with Greece to solve the long-standing name dispute.
A campaign to frame civil society as criminals and traitors has severely affected the work, resources and reputation of activists in Macedonia.
On the one-year anniversary of the death of popular Cambodian activist Kem Ley, civil society organisations from around the world reiterated their call for an independent inquiry.
IFEX members call on EU officials to condemn Hungary’s attack on the Central European University as a threat to academic freedom and free expression.
With mass arrests in Belarus, Turkey’s referendum, Dunja Mijatović leaving office, and IFEX members being targeted by Macedonia and Hungary, American basketball tournaments had nothing on Europe last month.
Charged under the Sedition Act in Malaysia, internationally known political cartoonist Zunar could face 43 years in jail for a tweet.
Metamorphosis, the IFEX member from Macedonia, expressed grave concern about the publicly announced allegations of mass and unauthorized surveillance of citizens, performed through criminal association and official misconduct in state institutions and/or influential corporations.
Media freedom suffered another blow in Macedonia when the appellate court confirmed that Fokus magazine must pay almost ten thousand euros to a high government official for defamation.