Dr. Lutz Kinkel

Managing Director

Lutz represents and manages the ECPMF. Lutz worked in German press for more than 20 years, giving special focus to the areas of politics and media. He was an editor at Spiegel-Online and and more recently head of the stern-online office in Berlin. He did his Masters degree at Hamburg University in history, politics and economics. His dissertation examines the life of Nazi film director Leni Riefenstahl. Lutz teaches journalism at the Akademie für Publizistik, Hamburg.

Laurens Hueting


Laurens joined the ECPMF in September 2020 and leads the organisation's advocacy activities, to raise awareness and provide direct responses to threats to media freedom that build on monitoring and analysis. Previously, Laurens worked in legal and programme coordination roles for civil society organisations in the United Kingdom and Switzerland on freedom of expression, counterterrorism, sexual orientation and gender identity, and judicial independence. He also interned in the European Parliament's Human Rights Unit. Laurens holds degrees in history and in law from the Ghent University in Belgium and a postgraduate degree in EU law from Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

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Hartwig Künckeler

Head of Finance

Hartwig has worked as a financial auditor since 1976 and has served on the board of BDO AG, one of Germany’s largest audit firms operating worldwide, from 1997 to 2007. Following his retirement, he started his own auditing business and provides counsel to various non-profit organisations. He holds a number of honorary positions and serves on the board of several associations and charitable foundations.

Flutura Kusari

Legal Advisor

Flutura leads the legal support programme and advocates with international organisations to improve legislation to defend freedom of expression. In addition, she advises journalists on pre- and post- publication legal matters such as defamation, access to information, contempt of court, and privacy. Previously, Kusari worked for various civil society organisations, including the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and the Kosovar Stability Initiative on human rights, media, rule of law, and the judicial system. She holds a Ph.D. in Media Law from Ghent University, Belgium.

Andreas Lamm

Deputy Managing Director & Art Director

Andreas is part of the management team and responsible for project development and organisational tasks. He advocates for the mission and values of ECPMF amongst partners and external organisations. As art director he supports external communication with strong visuals to strengthen the voice of ECPMF and is responsible for all visual and graphic content and for corporate design. In addition he takes care of HR and supports the boards.

He is an accomplished photographer, videographer and website designer who also lectures at the journalism department of the University of Leipzig. Andreas gained his Magister Artium in Communication and Media Science, American Studies and Psychology.

Nico Matheis

Administrative Officer

Nico is in charge of financial, legal and HR matters concerning the ECPMF. As Administrative Officer he directly assists the Head of Finance. He holds a master’s degree in European Studies and has gained international work experience in Brussels for Deutsche Lufthansa AG and through working for the American Consulate General in Leipzig. Dedicated to numbers, Nico keeps track of the day-to-day bookkeeping and contract compliance. He communicates with the EU Commission and our other public funders on an operational level.

Paulina Milewska

Anti-SLAPP researcher

Paulina Milewska is anti-SLAPP researcher at the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom. Paulina gained her master”s degree in Law with a focus on human rights. Previously to ECPMF she was board member of Wysokie Obcasy foundation and deputy coordinator of the project initiated by the U.S. Embassy in Poland - American Center Warsaw. Paulina also co-founded Kuchnia Konfliktu, NGO supporting migrants and refugees in Poland, which was awarded by Ashoka Foundation, National Geographic, SAP Impact Award, City of Warsaw, Polin Museum, Activist and Gazeta Wyborcza.

Katrin Schatz

Project Manager Practical Support

Katrin coordinates ECPMF's practical assistance for media professionals at risk across Europe, with a focus on supporting journalists in exile in Germany. Furthermore, she dedicates herself to her role at Start with a Friend as a volunteer, connecting immigrants and locals in Leipzig. Previously, Katrin worked for international organisations like Step Up International and the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation in Botswana. She completed her Master’s degree in cultural geography at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Antje Schlaf

Mapping Media Freedom Consultant

Antje is the Mapping Media Freedom Consultant at ECPMF. She is responsible for the further development of including the scientific framework and the methodology, as well as the operation and management of the platform.
Antje gained her master's degree in Computer Science with a focus on Natural Language Processing (NLP). As research associate she worked for various national & international projects in collaboration with partners from different companies, organisations and universities where she successfully implemented methods of NLP and Textmining in diverse topic areas.

Alina Toropova


Alina coordinates the Journalists-in-Residence programme at the ECPMF, supports the fellow journalists in Leipzig and works closely with other international temporary relocation programmes. Before joining the ECPMF she used to organize socio-cultural events in Weimar and worked at the Department of International Relations at the Bauhaus-University. She also contributed to the work of the Museum Project of the House of European History at the European Parliament. Alina holds a degree in Science of Media from the Bauhaus-University Weimar.

Barney Weston

Event Manager

Barney is managing the #IJ4EU Impact Award, the 2021 UNCOVERED conference, and the Innovation Lab - hosting Ukrainian journalists in German newsrooms. He has experience project managing election campaigns for Extinction Rebellion UK, and in the USA - during the 2018 midterm cycle alongside candidates like, and including, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Before that, he worked as a journalist; producing the Extinction Rebellion Podcast, for the BBC (behind-the-scenes of UK general elections), and on the scene of the 2017 Ariana Grande concert attack in Manchester. He holds an MA in Broadcast Journalism from the UK's top journalism school - City, University of London.

Jane Whyatt

Editorial Team

Jane is responsible for creating and curating web content at the ECPMF and supporting the ECPMF’s activities. She is an experienced journalist, documentary-maker and producer with a strong track record in campaigning for press and broadcasting freedom, diversity and plurality of media ownership. As a journalist she covered the Falklands conflict and UK general elections dating back to the 1980s and she has worked as a lecturer and academic leader at London’s top journalism schools. She has won the CRA Race in the Media Best Documentary Prize, the BJTC Award for Excellence in Journalism Education (twice), the Guardian/Unltd Award for Social Entrepreneurship and the Olympic Inspire Mark, London 2012. Jane took a degree in Modern European Studies (Politics, French and German) at the University of Bristol, UK.