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On World Press Freedom Day, CIVICUS highlights the dire global situation for journalists
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CIVICUS article on how African civil society responds to repression
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CIVICUS and partners write to the UN concerning the human rights crisis in Ethiopia
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CIVICUS and partners welcome new UN special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association
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CIVICUS and partner urge Algeria to accept recommendations made by UN Human Rights Council
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CIVICUS article on why a free and vibrant press is necessary to protect democracies
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CIVICUS article on the assaults on journalists around the world
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CIVICUS says in interview, worldwide civil society is in jeopardy
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ARGENTINA: Police violently disperse teachers protest injuring some
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AZERBAIJAN: Independent media websites banned
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BAHRAIN: Environmental activist killed during violent crackdown on peaceful sit-in
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Activists not able to freely attend UN Human Rights Council session
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BANGLADESH: Two journalists associated with human rights organisation detained
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BARBADOS: Hundreds participate in peaceful anti-gender violence protests
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BELARUS: Human rights activist detained, health condition worsens
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BRAZIL: Leader of movement for landless workers killed
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BURUNDI: Civil society leaders excluded from peace negotiations for being on “wanted” list
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BURKINA FASO: NGOs say new Bill will limit the right to strike
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BOLIVIA: NGO forced to relocate after threat and ultimatum from university rector
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CAMBODIA: Minister threatens to close media outlets that defy sweeping election rules
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CAMEROON: Press conference of rights organisation prohibited by officials who say it will “cause public disorder”
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CHAD: Leaders of civil society receive six months suspended sentence for peaceful activism
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CHINA: New type of detention marks intensifying crackdown on civil society
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China toughens rules on private think-tanks, orders them to register in ongoing crackdown
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CHILE: Environmental activist receives death threat
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EGYPT: Government blocks access to news websites saying they “spread lies”
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Draft Law would require social media users to register with government
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President issues controversial and vague NGO Law
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El SALVADOR: Unknown people attempt to extort money from LGBTI activist
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ETHIOPIA: Protestor receives six year jail sentence for Facebook posts
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FIJI: NGOs worried new law will limit free expression
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GUATEMALA: Indigenous and land rights defender killed while taking part in peaceful demonstration
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GREECE: Labour protest against austerity measures brings country to a halt
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IRAN: Life of human rights defender at risk after 50 days on hunger strike
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Social media blocked as election nears
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KAZAKHSTAN: Activist journalist stabbed by unknown person
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Judicial harassment of human rights organisations over tax and foreign funding
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LEBANON: Facebook post attracts criminal investigation amid free expression violations
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MALDIVES: UN experts condemn brutal murder of journalist and rights activist
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MEXICO: Activist who was dedicated to working on disappeared persons killed
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Indigenous community leader and activist murdered
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MOLDOVA: NGOs organise peaceful protests on new electoral law
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MYNMAR: NGOs protest press freedom violation after company sues reporter for reporting on tin mine
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Journalist abducted and seriously injured
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OMAN: Magazine’s website blocked on World Press Freedom Day
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Writer sentenced to three years in prison for books that “insult the Sultan”
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PAKISTAN: Activist who advocates for bonded workers shot in context of continued threats and harassment
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Tighter controls on internet introduced, six arrested for comments made online
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QATAR: Human rights activist on his way to seek asylum forcibly deported
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RWANDA: Land activists forcibly removed and harassed
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Social media controls ahead of election
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RUSSIA: Editor shot in Siberia
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SAUDI ARABIA: Human rights activist arrested and held incommunicado for online activities
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SOUTH AFRICA: Mining company sues activist and lawyers for defamation
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SOUTH KOREA: UN body declares detention of trade unionist arbitrary, order release
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SUDAN: UN expert says concerned over detentions and press freedom
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SWAZILAND: Student protestors suffer teargas and beatings during protest on examination fees
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TURKEY: Court orders arrest of two hunger-striking educators on terror charges
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TUNISIA: Anti-corruption NGO falls victim to smear campaign to discredit its work
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UGANDA: Concerns grow over policing of social media
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Media Council bans screening of film for “glorifying homosexuality”
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Journalists arrested for staging march on World Press Freedom Day
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Activists remains jailed despite serving his three year sentence
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Activist academic held in incommunicado detention after transfer to maximum-security prison
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Newspaper receives bogus bomb threat and offices shot at
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VIETNAM: Vietnam arrests activist who led protest against steel plant polluter
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Police isolate and surround homes of bloggers ahead of dialogue on rights
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VENEZUELA: State forces continue to use excessive force in ongoing protests
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YEMEN: Journalists sentenced to death on spying charge
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Amnesty International: Human Rights under Threat – A Shrinking Space for Civil Society.
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Article 19: Tightening the Net: Internet Security & Censorship in Iran
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The Observatory on the Universality of Rights Trends Report 2017
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Brot für die Welt: The impact of international counter-terrorism on civil society organisations - Understanding the role of the Financial Action Task Force.
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Committee to Protect Journalists: No excuse: Deaths of journalists in Mexico
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Defend Defenders: Stand Up: Security manual for human rights defenders in Africa
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Freedom House: Freedom of the Press 2017
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Gulf Centre for Human Rights: Freedom of Opinion and Expression in Arab Countries report
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Human Rights Watch: Not worth the Risk, Threats to Freedom of Expression ahead of Kenya’s 2017 election
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International Service for Human Rights: Supporting defenders, achieving change: 2017 Annual Report
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International Partnership for Human Rights: Briefing paper on free speech in Kyrgyzstan
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UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association: Imagining a World Without Participation: Mapping the Achievements of Civil Society
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BAHRAIN: Activist suspends hunger strike following strong recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council
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CHAD: Human rights defender who was abducted and held incommunicado for over a month now released
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CHINA: Five days after detention, human rights lawyer returned safely to family
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EGYPT: Protest Law ratified, powers of interior minister curbed
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EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Activists released after paying steep fines but no charges pressed against them
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IRAN: Labour activist freed after serving seven years behind bars
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IRAQ: Seven activists, who were kidnapped, freed in Baghdad
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Parliament postpones vote on draft law on freedom of expression and peaceful demonstration after popular protests
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PERU: Landmark court ruling ends five-year persecution of land rights activist
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SOUTH AFRICA: Victory for civil society after NGOs win case against state on nuclear programme
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CIVICUS speaks to María Ysabel Cedano, the director of a Peruvian feminist organisation, Study for the Defence of Women’s Rights, that defends human rights and particularly women’s sexual and reproductive rights.
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CIVICUS speaks to Natalia Muñoz Castillo, director of International Affairs at the Observatory Against Street Harassment, a Chilean civil society organisation that works to make public spaces safe and egalitarian, making them accessible to the most vulnerable, and specifically to women, children, adolescents and LGBTI people.
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CIVICUS speaks to Anita Koncsik of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union on the recent Bill on transparency of organisations receiving foreign funding. Anita also speaks on the recent massive protests in the country and the general operating environment for civil society.
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CIVICUS speaks to Huseyin Hurmali, President of the Journalists and Writers Foundation about the difficult environment for journalists in Turkey. He also speaks about the future of democracy in Turkey after the President’s move to consolidate power following a tightly-contested referendum.
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Editors: Mandeep Tiwana | Teldah Mawarire

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DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this bulletin are a reflection of those contained in the original reports to which they are linked here, and are not necessarily those of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation.