We work towards a world in which everyone enjoys the right to freedom of expression

“Press freedom in Europe is more fragile now than at any time since the end of the Cold War”

Annual report 2019 of the Platform to Promote Safety of Journalists

ARTICLE 19 Europe and Central Asia supports independent media, civil society and human rights activists across the region to exercise and defend the right to freedom of expression and access to information.

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Countries in focus


Free expression in Turkey is under attack with hundreds of journalists, academics and writers in jail. We work to defend freedom of expression and raise human rights violations to European institutions and the UN.

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Turkey: Compromised independence of Turkey’s institutions chokes press freedom


A relentless campaign of restrictive legislation is severely curtailing people’s rights to free expression. We monitor and raise Russia’s violations to international mechanisms and promote recommendations for Russia to meet international standards.

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Russia: Government official uses Facebook to threaten Italian journalist over coronavirus reports

Central Asia

We promote freedom of expression in Central Asia by monitoring legislation, media regulation and safety of journalists. We provide legal recommendations for countries to meet international standards and raise violations to UN bodies and the Human Rights Council.

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Kazakhstan: Legal reforms essential to protect expression

Defending freedom of expression in Europe

The Expression Agenda is our global human rights strategy. Through it, we target the best means of protecting rights and freedoms on the ground, while enhancing international instruments that protect freedom of expression and the right to information around the world. Each year we produce a unique report on the state of freedom of expression globally. The “XpA Report” looks at trends across major issues of freedom of expression and information, and how they are experienced in various countries.

Expression Agenda


ARTICLE 19 ECA works across many countries in the region, but focuses on several priority countries: Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Albania, Serbia, Malta, Slovakia, eastern Europe and the EU bloc.

Working with national partners in our priority countries and international coalitions of human rights defenders and experts we monitor the state of freedom of expression across the region and conduct sustained campaigning and advocacy to European institutions and global human rights mechanisms.

We deliver this work through the Expression Agenda, our multi-faceted human rights strategy focussing on freedom of expression and information around the world.  To learn more about the Expression Agenda and our most recent work follow the link below.

Expression Agenda