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The Human Rights Defender

Jul 26, 2021

It's being hailed as "the story of the year" to impact the privacy and safety of HRDs. Over the past few months, 80 journalists from 17 media organisations have been sifting through a leak of 50,000 phone numbers which may have been compromised by a sophisticated Israeli spyware product. The clients: autocratic regimes...


May 5, 2021

In early February 2021, Erol Önderoglu was the subject of an international civil society solidarity campaign, facing a 14-year sentence on charges of "terrorism". His crime: supporting independent media which was targetted by Turkey's crackdown on press freedoms. Marking World Press Freedom Day (May 3rd), the Reporters...


Apr 19, 2021

Albania heads to the polls on Sunday (April 25th) following an 8-year, increasingly authoritarian rule of Prime Minister Edi Rama. Our guest, Albi Çela, stresses it will also be a major test for Albania’s fragile democracy, as the government introduces measures intended to pressure voters and suppress a high...


Apr 1, 2021

It's quite a time to be an LGBTI+ activist in Serbia. Having successfully held consecutive Pride marches since 2014, and  preparations under way for Belgrade to host EuroPride in 2022, the community is bracing for landmark legislation which would finally regulate same-sex civil unions. Our guest, Marko Mihailovic,...


Mar 12, 2021

BBC Central Europe correspondent, Nick Thorpe, offers us a unique insight into the ways and means of Orban's regime, as well as an overall look at media literacy in the region.