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Impact of COVID-19 containment measures on human rights and civil liberties in the Middle East

COVID-19 measures in the MENA region have especially targeted some of the most vulnerable groups such as detained human rights defenders, migrant workers and independent media. 

Serbian government revokes controversial COVID-19-related decree used as pretext to arrests journalists

Public outcry after arrest of journalist embarrassed the Serbian government, which revoked its decree aimed at centralizing flow of information about COVID-19 epidemic.

Blocked websites, internet shutdown, and media arrests undermine free speech in Myanmar

Activist and human rights groups are worried that free speech is being undermined in the name of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is India fighting COVID-19 the “mass surveillance” way?

"There isn’t enough information available on what data will be collected, how long will it be stored and what uses it will be put to."

After being kidnapped and threatened, Mozambican YouTuber has his channel suspended

The In early February, he was kidnapped for 24 hours, before he was freed by the police. A self-proclaimed prophet named Joe Williams is suspected of ordering the kidnapping.

COVID-19 pandemic adversely affects digital rights in the Balkans

Digital rights NGOs warn about increase of cases of violation of privacy of people under quarantine, spread of disinformation and internet scams in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Algeria crackdown on dissent persists with detention of journalists

More than a year since the start of Algeria's countrywide protests to demand political and economic reforms, the government continues to resort to repressive tactics to silence critics and journalists.

Coronavirus and surveillance technology: How far will governments go?

''While surveillance technologies and measures may give the public a sense of security in controlling the spread of the virus, we must remain mindful and vigilant of their continued use...

Combating ‘fake news’ in the time of COVID-19 in Myanmar

"Thousands of social media users made a group and a network to serve as watchdogs for fake news on social media."

China to expel American journalists from three US news outlets, watchdog decries threat to press freedom

China announced it would expel American journalists working for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. The ban would extend to Hong Kong and Macau.

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