A governmental attempt to restrict women’s rights in 2020, a proposed tax reform in 2021 that can shrink the space for independent media, and governmental efforts to curtail the judiciary’s independence marked an eventful period for civil society organisations in Poland. Amidst all developments, Polish civil society has learnt that united actions have more impact than individual attempts to counter the worrying trends.
Grantees in the spotlight
For Civitates’ partners from PressOne, an independent journalist organisation based in Romania, public-interest journalism is “a powerful way to make people understand the reality that surrounds them and a powerful tool of change” as Adrian Mihaltianu, PressOne’s managing director, shared.
BIRN, together with SHARE foundation, has been monitoring how digital rights violations in Central and South-Eastern Europe are impacting democracy and human rights even before the pandemic changed people’s lives. With the pandemic, however, they saw a tremendous growth of rights violations linked to Covid-19.
By working together, members of the coalition led by VoxPublic unite strengths and expertise to promote and defend the rights of civil society actors and to provide response strategies to the growing repression experienced by associations.
A draft law in Bulgaria proposes an amendment to the Non-profit Legal Entities Act in two parts – the part regarding the functioning of the Civil Society Development Council, as well as proposing the creation of a new legal framework on declaring and controlling the funding of NGOs received from a foreign country or from a foreign natural or legal person. In view of these developments, Civitates met the grantees from Citizen Participation Forum and the Bulgarian Center for Non-for-profit Law, Iva Taralezhkova and Nadia Shabani, to shed a light on the situation in Bulgaria and the work of the coalition.
Examining Russian disinformation in both Western and Central-Eastern Europe Published: 2 July 2020 “Russian propaganda is constantly shifting strategies, focusing more and more on amplifying messages rather than creating its own. So it’s both evolving and becoming less detectable at the same time,” – Rumena Filipova, research fellow at the Center for
The phenomenon of junk news and its dissemination over social media platforms have transformed political debates in Europe. Civitates supports the Oxford Internet Institute, which is currently producing a series of research related to misinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic.
Better transparency tools to put pressure on platforms “While it is clear that algorithmically driven intermediaries shape public discourse, we do not know the exact details. That is why transparency is one of the most important regulatory goals,” – Mackenzie Nelson, project manager of ‘Governing Platforms’ at AlgorithmWatch. In order to tackle
United in support of democracy and human rights in Bulgaria Published: 23 April 2020 “The Covid-19 crisis highlights the need for civil society to adopt a proactive mindset”- Svetlana Mihaylova, Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Bulgarian Fund for Women. Bulgarians have an overwhelmingly low level of trust and participation in