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Turkey's opposition IYI Party posts an image that reads 'June 25: The opening of Wikipedia', in an election campaign against the ban on the online encyclopedia, in Ankara, 30 April 2018, Altan Gocher/NurPhoto via Getty Images

All language versions of the Wikipedia website have been banned since April 2017. The Turkish authorities say they imposed the ban after Wikipedia refused to remove an article alleging Turkish government support for terrorist groups in Syria.

Participants in an opposition rally in central Moscow protest against tightening state control over the internet in Russia, 10 March 2019, Igor Russak/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The bill creates a system that gives the authorities the capacity to extra-judicially block access to parts of the Internet in Russia; the public would not know what has been blocked and why.

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….

People hold signs and cutouts of women incarcerated in Saudi Arabia during an Amnesty International protest outside the Saudi Arabia embassy in Paris, 8 March 2019, PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Not only are these women activists facing prosecution without due process, they’ve also subjected them to severe torture, including by sexual violence and electrocution.

7 IFEX members are among 17 organisations urging Formula One to uphold its commitment to human rights by calling on Bahraini authorities to free Najah Yusuf, an activist imprisoned for expressing her opposition to F1 races being held in Bahrain.

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.

Turkish Jandarma (Gendarmerie) soldiers guard the entrance to the Silivri Courthouse during the trial of journalists from "Cumhuriyet" newspaper, in Istanbul, Turkey, 11 September 2017, Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Forty-seven MEPs and 14 press freedom groups joined a resolution underscoring the lack of effective domestic legal remedies for journalists targeted in Turkey’s media crackdown.

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Journalist and poet Nedim Türfent was sentenced to eight years and nine months in jail in December 2017 on trumped-up terrorism charges.