Our Media Freedom Rapid Response Project Coordinator Nik Williams travelled to Malta last week to observe the situation of press and media freedom on the ground in the country and to attend the criminal hearing and the public inquiry into the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

MFRR has once again called for justice in the murder trial of journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfirend Martina Kušnírová in Slovakia

The Polish government seeks to control the public discourse. Gazeta Wyborcza is a flagship for independent quality journalism – and because of that smeared as "anti-state" and "pro-European". ECPMF talked to former deputy editor-in-chief Piotr Stasiński about SLAPPS, physical threats, "re-polonisation" and what keeps him going.

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European Centre for Press and Media Freedom

 

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) is a non-profit organisation that was founded in Leipzig, Germany, 2015. It operates on the basis of  the European Charter on Freedom of the Press and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

The vision of the Centre is a society where media freedom enables open discourse and everyone can seek, receive and impart information.

ECPMF’s mission is to promote, preserve and defend media freedom. We do this by monitoring violations, providing practical support and engaging diverse stakeholders across Europe.

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120 alerts in 4 months – first MFRR-report documents severe threats to media freedom across Europe

The year 2020 seems to add another sad chapter on the decline of media freedom in Europe. Main reasons were the impact of the Covid-19 crisis, police violence and online [...]

MFRR Open Letter: Dismissal and resignations at Hungary’s largest news site after EU Summit create a moment of alarming symbolism

Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners are profoundly concerned about the latest media freedom attacks in Hungary, which follow only days after the EU Summit, where Prime Minister Viktor Orbán praised the rule of law situation in his country.

MPM2020: Media in Europe face multiple threats, new Media Pluralism Monitor shows

The 2020 Media Pluralism Monitor confirms mounting harassment against journalists, media outlets face increasing economic uncertainty, as online media sphere fails to reinforce pluralism.

EU Summit compromise: economy first, rule of law second?

On 21 July 2020, the European Council adopted conclusions on the recovery plan and multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027. The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) asks for an efficient regime of conditionality for the allocation of EU funds to be introduced to establish an effective instrument against non-compliance with rule of law principles, including media freedom.

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Interview by Jane Whyatt and Lutz Kinkel The Polish government seeks to control the public discourse. Gazeta Wyborza is a flagship for independent quality journalism – and because of that...
Press freedom has been put on trial in the case of a journalist who has escaped a jail term after a massive show of solidarity from journalists and campaigners.  ...
28/05/2020  by Giovanni Vale in Zagreb, Croatia We were used to seeing certain scenes in authoritarian countries, where political leaders use press conferences to insinuate, intimidate, and discredit, sneering in...
By Camille Petit and Jane Whyatt Mystery surrounds the disappearance and death of Sajid Hussain Baloch, whose body was recovered from the river Fyris near Uppsala in Sweden on 23...
Is there much to celebrate this 2020 World Press Freedom Day?   By Faith Miyandazi/ECPMF It is the responsibility of governments to guard their citizens and ensure their rights and freedoms...
Media freedom organisations have united under the umbrella of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) and made their first contribution to the urgent debate on Corona-virus. It is urgent because...
By Jane Whyatt Threatened with death and detained by police when he tried to report attacks on a journalist, Erik Marquardt has felt at first hand the abuses of human...
The coronavirus gives rise to a healthcare and economic crisis, while in Hungary the very survival of the independent media is in serious danger. The media freedom community is urging...
by Jane Whyatt Across Europe, governments are taking necessary steps to stop the spread of COVID-19. But some are exploiting the health crisis to repress critical questions and restrict journalists’...
By Nicole Corritore | Trento, Italy | 19.02.2020 – First published here, by Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT). The Antonio Megalizzi Foundation was inaugurated in Trento on February 13th-14th....