A new Liberties report finds that authoritarian governments in the EU upped their attacks against critical journalists and citizens' groups using COVID-19 as cover. But governments in traditionally stronger democracies have also done damage.
Democracy and the rule of law have regressed across a large number of European countries in 2020, according to a new, wide-ranging report involving 14 national members across the EU of the Civil Liberties Union for Europe (Liberties).
Authoritarians in Hungary, Poland and Slovenia abused the pandemic to continue eroding democratic standards, but traditionally strong democracies also disappoint.
With our new member from Slovakia, the Liberties network is now active in 18 countries across Europe.
The European Commission today unveiled its action plan to strengthen democracy in the EU (EDAP) in a bid to bolster fair electoral processes and protect media freedom and pluralism. It comes at a critical time.
Corrupt politicians and powerful businesses use legal bullying to silence critical voices. This practice is a threat to European values and to the rule of law. We shared a proposal with the Commission on how to protect journalists and NGOs from SLAPPs.
We work to protect our democracies against authoritarians. Think independent courts, media & freedom to organise through campaign groups. Here is why they should matter to you.
The youth organisation of the smaller governing party in Hungary must apologise to Menedék, the Hungarian Association for Migrants, at a press conference after the NGOs reputation was damaged by comments the party's spokesperson made via state media.
Hungarian authorities continue to silence dissent and run intimidation campaigns against individuals and organisations in almost every area of life that want to hold the government accountable.
Germany's foreign minister has spoken out against Turkey's decision to remove the accreditation of three German journalists. Heiko Maas called the decision "unacceptable" and said he would campaign against it. The...