Rights groups demand an EU-wide anti-SLAPP directive
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Among the proposed amendments to the family code are changes to the legal gender recognition rights for transgender people that will negatively affect their ability to marry and raise children. The bill also contains a superfluous ban on same-sex marriage.

The repression of dissenting voices is not limited to direct political opponents and journalists. Museum guides, musicians, teachers, TV presenters and many other professionals have lost their jobs after criticising the authorities.

Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), comprised of press freedom groups, publishes report charting worrying decline of media freedom in Europe. Key factors in the decline were COVID-19, police violence and online harassment.