COVID-19 pandemic adversely affects digital rights in the Balkans

Illustration: Igor Vujčić. Used with permission of SHARE Foundation. Check out Global Voices’ special coverage of the global impact of COVID-19. Cases of arbitrary arrests, surveillance, phone tapping, privacy breaches and other digital rights violations have drastically increased in Central and Southeast Europe as governments started imposing emergency legislation to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Belgrade-based Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and the digital rights organization SHARE Foundation have started a blog titled ”Digital Rights in the Time of COVID-19” documenting these developments. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, some governments are enhancing…

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