Rights groups call on new Secretary General of the CoE to make press freedom a priority
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Law enforcement officers detain a journalist during a Women's Solidarity opposition event, in Minsk, Belarus, 19 September 2020, Natalia FedosenkoTASS via Getty Images

Journalist Andrei Alexandrov was detained on charges of violating public order. He was Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian Association of Journalists and has worked for Index on Censorship and ARTICLE 19.

Friends and relatives of Kyrgyz human rights defender Azimjon Askarov taking his coffin to a cemetery, in Yangibozor, Uzbekistan, 31 July 2020, Timur Karpov, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

HRW’s “World Report 2021” finds that government responses to the acute human rights challenges posed by COVID-19 across the region negatively affected the rights to health, media freedoms, and access to justice.

Istanbul University's students hold posters of Boğaziçi University rector Melih Bulu (L) and their own rector, during a protest in solidarity with Boğaziçi, in Istanbul, Turkey, 11 January 2021, OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images

When the president appointed a political ally as rector of Boğaziçi University, students launched an ongoing protest on behalf of academic freedom; the police have reacted with violence, arrests and judicial harassment.