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‘Inspired by Russia’: President Japarov’s targeting of Kyrgyzstan’s free press

Elected in 2021 on an agenda of social unity, Kyrgyz president Sadyr Japarov has since repeatedly taken aim at the country’s free press, and Kyrgyz civil society at large. As seen from Bishkek, the two years since Japarov came to power have been marked by repressive legislation closely inspired by Russia, says Anna Kapushenko, an […]

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Poland: Government ramps up pressure on critical media as elections loom

Poland’s government and its allies have begun dialing up political and regulatory pressure on critical and independent media in the build up to this year’s autumn parliamentary elections, the International Press Institute (IPI) warned today. While Poland’s media landscape remains vibrant and pluralistic overall, in recent years independent media critical of the ruling Law and […]

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Ireland: How the wealthy and powerful abuse legal system to silence reporting

It was a scoop that packed a punch. As Ireland struggles with a grinding housing crisis that has made record numbers of people homeless, a young newspaper reporter discovered a landlord was planning a mass eviction – of an entire apartment block. The reporter spoke to the landlord’s public relations representative, asking for a comment, […]

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Togo: Journalists sentenced to prison following government criticism

The International Press Institute (IPI) condemns the sentencing last week of two critical journalists in Togo to three years in prison. IPI calls for the sentence to be overturned and urges authorities in Togo to stop the legal harassment of journalists. On March 15, 2023, a court in Lomé, the capital of Togo, sentenced two […]

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