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16 January 2020

Russian President Putin has dismissed the current government to allow for radical constitutional changes, including measures that weaken the opposition and create opportunities for him to remain in power in a different position after his term ends in 2024. 

The Sudanese government has quelled a mutiny by the old guard of ex-security agents supporting Omar al-Bashir, who were dissatisfied with the compensation and terms of their dismissal, amid heavy gunfire in a densely populated area of Khartoum.

Four months into a mostly peaceful protest movement against Lebanon’s political class, which led to the resignation of the government in late October, some demonstrators have violently attacked banks angered by the informal capital controls. 

This report for the Centre for International Media Assistance identifies institutional impediments to effective aid to the media sector, and finds limitations are in part due to limited human capacity and expertise at donor organisations, and a misalignment of support and needs. 

Front Line Defenders analyses the state of the world for human rights defenders (HRDs) in its Global Analysis of 2019, detailing how HRDs were specifically targeted during the mass protests and uprisings that marked the year 2019.

This piece in The Conversation analyses the current power vacuum and recent political upheaval in Bolivia, showing that indigenous people hold tremendous power with their ability to mobilise massive protests and paralysing cities.

The Listening Post: Journalism that changed 2019

This episode of Al Jazeera’s Listening Post celebrates the power of the fourth estate by looking at four cases of reporting that have had a significant impact on journalism in 2019, including reporting in Nigeria, Hong Kong, Brazil and the US. 

How can we get European democracy right? 22 January, 18:00-19:30, European Parliament.

The European Movement International and Carnegie Europe launch a paper with constructive and practical ideas for rejuvenating European democracy in the presence of Commissioner for Democracy and Demography, Dubravka Suica.

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