Europe and Central Asia: Tackling the Erosion of Free Speech

Europe and Central Asia: Tackling the Erosion of Free Speech - Civic Space

ARTICLE 19 is opening its new office in Amsterdam, strengthening our presence in Europe as we continue our work to promote and defend freedom of expression in Europe and Central Asia. Join us for an evening where, together with our special guests, we will discuss the most pressing challenges for civil society amidst the ongoing erosion of free speech and access to information across the region. 

The shrinking of civic space across Europe and Central Asia undermines the right to speak and the right to know. Journalists and activists increasingly face legal threats and other forms of intimidation due to their investigations. Meanwhile, under the guise of national security and tackling disinformation, governments impose rigid regulations on the internet that fuel online censorship. 

Our regional team rises to these challenges by shaping standards at international bodies, combined with consistent and close collaboration with local partners to propel change. Opening ARTICLE 19 Europe’s office in the Netherlands will enhance our capacity to better support independent media, civil society groups and human rights defenders so they can continue their vital work on the ground.


‘We are delighted to be launching ARTICLE 19 Europe in Amsterdam this week. The office, the home for the Europe and Central Asia team, enables the organisation to strengthen our presence and impact across the region,’ said Sarah Clarke, Director of ARTICLE 19 Europe. 


The launch event will serve as an opportunity to take stock of the rising threats to fundamental rights in Europe and Central Asia and how civil society across the region is fighting back. 


Tackling the Erosion of Free Speech in Europe and Central Asia

28 March, 18:00 CET

Amsterdam Law Hub, Nieuwe Achtergracht 164



Andrew Rettman, journalist, EU Observer 

Stanislau Ivashkevich, Belarusian Investigative Centre 

Banu Guven, journalist 

Tarlach McGonagle, Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam 

Quinn McKew, Executive Director of ARTICLE 19 

Sarah Clarke, Director of ARTICLE 19 Europe

Joanna Szymanska, Senior Programme Officer, ARTICLE 19 Europe


Please register to attend this event by sending an email to [email protected]