Engaging civil society for the defense of the civic space.
What is civic space? What is its relation to our democracy? Why is it under attack?
In this article, Ilona Szabó explains all and proposes a typology for a better understanding of the different strategies and tactics used by authoritarian-populist governments. The article also presents a detailed analysis of how the current federal administration has been working to close civic space in Brazil, with tactics ranging from the production and dissemination of fake news, censorship, abuse of power and intimidation. The author also illustrates how our civic space can be recovered and offers strategies for civic groups to act as resistance.
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