IFEX Regional Briefs

Monthly free expression round ups produced by IFEX’s Regional Editors, based on IFEX member reports and news from the regions. 

Biden’s betrayal, an Alternative Dubai Expo, and unjustifiable Facebook censorship in Palestine

September 2021 in Middle East and North Africa: A free expression roundup produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Naseem Tarawnah, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

Women crack glass ceilings, #FIFAfrica2021 conversations and continental #IDUAI celebrations

September 2021 in Africa: A free expression round up by IFEX’s Regional Editor Reyhana Masters, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region. An audio discussion relating to this piece, focusing on #IDUAI with Gilbert Sendugwa of the Africa Freedom of Information Centre and Lamin Jahateh, of the Gambia Press Union, is available here.

Dancing in the dark, a culture of secrecy and a roadmap for digital human rights in Latin America

September 2021 in the Americas: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Paula Martins, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

Attacks against alternative media, #FreeZhangZhan, and historic RTI victory in Sri Lanka

September 2021 in Asia-Pacific: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s regional editor Mong Palatino, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

Civil space and the right to information under pressure

September 2021 in Europe and Central Asia: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Cathal Sheerin, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

Ray of hope in Zambia, shadow over north-eastern DRC, and the need for stronger whistleblower protection

August 2021 in Africa: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Reyhana Masters, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region. An audio discussion relating to this piece, and focusing on Zambia’s election, is available here.

Mass surveillance, press crackdowns, and punishing prisoners of conscience – impunity reigns in MENA

August 2021 in Middle East and North Africa: A free expression roundup produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Naseem Tarawnah, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

“A perfect storm”: Current expression issues in the Americas

August 2021 in the Americas: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Paula Martins, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

Kabul, Afghanistan, 31 August 2021. Taliban special force fighters (R) and a journalist get up after falling from a vehicle at the airport, after the withdrawal of US troops from the country, WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images

Protecting journalists in Afghanistan, #Lawan protest in Malaysia, and shrinking civic space in Hong Kong

August 2021 in Asia-Pacific: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s regional editor Mong Palatino, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

August: An unhappy anniversary and 38,581 insults

August 2021 in Europe and Central Asia: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Cathal Sheerin, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

An activist holds up a banner during a demonstration against alleged government spying on journalists and human rights defenders outside the Attorney General's Office, in Mexico City, Mexico, 23 June 2017, Miguel Tovar/LatinContent via Getty Images

Regulating online streaming, millions invested in surveillance and a call to protect online civic space

July 2021 in the Americas: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Paula Martins, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

Supporters of President Kais Saied set up the Tunisian flag on the roof of a store as riot police stand guard in front of the parliament building, in Tunis, 26 July 2021, after Saied decided to freeze parliament and sack Hichem Mechichi’s government. Chedly Ben Ibrahim/NurPhoto

Spyware, hunger strikes, and alleged coups: A summer of suppression in MENA

July 2021 in Middle East and North Africa: A free expression roundup produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Naseem Tarawnah, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

Journalist and activist Agba Jalingo raises a Nigerian flag during a protest against government practices and in support of activist Omoyele Sowore, in Lagos, 5 August 2020, Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images

RTI triumphs, shocking sexual harassment statistics, and compensation for tortured Nigerian journalist

July 2021 in Africa: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Reyhana Masters, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region. An audio discussion relating to this piece, and focusing on the deeply concerning Women in News sexual harassment report, is available here.

A woman holds up a banner with a quote from murdered Maltese journalist and anti-corruption blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia, during a rally to demand justice for her killing, in Valletta, Malta, 22 October 2017, MATTHEW MIRABELLI/AFP via Getty Images

The tentacles of corruption and the purge

July 2021 in Europe and Central Asia: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Cathal Sheerin, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

A Boeng Kak community land rights activist holds a photograph of prominent political analyst Kem Ley as she heads to his funeral ceremony, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 18 July 2016, Satoshi Takahashi/LightRocket via Getty Images

#FOEwatch in Malaysia, Hong Kong freedom in ‘tatters’, Kem Ley, and arrests in Vietnam

July 2021 in Asia-Pacific: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s regional editor Mong Palatino, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa pays his last respects to the late former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda during his state memorial service, in Lusaka, Zambia, 2 July 2021, -/AFP via Getty Images

A king in hiding while eSwatini burns, Rwandan journalist abducted in Mozambique, and flags at half-mast for KK

June 2021 in Africa: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Reyhana Masters, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region. An audio discussion relating to this piece, and focusing on the worrying situation in eSwatini, is available here.