Metamorphosis, Foundation for Internet and Society
Articles by Metamorphosis, Foundation for Internet and Society
A prop symbolizes the PBS as a propaganda tool during a protest in front of the PBS building, 28 February 2015, Vanco Dzambaski/Flickr

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.

Protesters gather in front of the parliament as part of the "We Decide" campaign in October 2016. The sign on the truck says "We can do better", Vančo Džambaski via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

A campaign to frame civil society as criminals and traitors has severely affected the work, resources and reputation of activists in Macedonia.

Kem Ley, 4 June, 2016, AP/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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.

REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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.

Law enforcement officers detain a participant of a rally, denouncing the new tax on those not in full-time employment, in Minsk, Belarus, 25 March 2017, REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

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.

Zulkiflee ‘Zunar’ Anwar Haque

Charged under the Sedition Act in Malaysia, internationally known political cartoonist Zunar could face 43 years in jail for a tweet.

Zoran Zaev has accused the conservative government of carrying out illegal wiretaps on more than 20,000 people, including his own, and accused conservative Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski of heading the alleged surveillance operation, AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski

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.

Link to: Macedonian investigative magazine “Fokus” fined thousands of euros in defamation case

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.