Category Statement
12 May

Fidesz Media Council moves to silence independent station Tilos Rádió

The partners of the MFRR express serious concern over the decision by the Fidesz-controlled Media Council to block the frequency license renewal of Tilos Rádió.

10 May

Czech Republic: Independence of public broadcasters must be insulated against future attacks

Partners of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) have published a statement urging the Czech Government to come good on its promises to strengthen the independence of public broadcasters and to seize the opportunity to put press freedom at the centre of its EU presidency programme.

9 May

Open Letter: Safeguarding peace and democracy in Europe through a strong European Media Freedom Act

To mark Europe Day 2022, ECPMF joined an open letter to European Commissioners Vera Jourová, Thierry Breton and Margrethe Vestager to call on the Commission to take an ambitious approach to the European Media Freedom Act.

9 May

Albania: Private data breaches and intimidation of journalists must be investigated

The MFRR, together with Safe Journalists Network and RSF, have written to Mr. Besnik Dervishi, Commissioner for the Right to Access to Information and Personal Data Protection of Albania, calling for a thorough investigation into a recent private data breach and intimidation of journalists in Albania.

6 May

Estonia: Criminal fines for journalists over public interest reporting send dangerous signal

The MFRR partners are concerned about the imposition of fines on two journalists and a news outlet in Estonia after they published information about pre-trial criminal proceedings without seeking permission or informing the prosecutor’s office.

27 Apr

CASE welcomes the EC’s Anti-SLAPP Initiative as a landmark step in the right direction

The Coalition Against SLAPPs in Europe (CASE) welcomes the European Commission’s anti-SLAPP initiative unveiled today which includes key remedies and safeguards needed in any effective anti-SLAPP legislation.

21 Apr

Press freedom organisations concerned by spyware surveillance of journalist Thanasis Koukaki

Seven international and European press freedom and journalists’ organisations have written a letter to the Government of Greece to express concern about the use of a powerful new spyware tool, Predator, to carry out surveillance on journalist Thanasis Koukakis.

8 Apr

Perugia Declaration for Ukraine

ECPMF has joined the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)’s members and partners in signing the Perugia Declaration for Ukraine.

7 Apr

Giorgos Karaivaz: One year later, targeted killing remains unresolved

On the first anniversary of the assassination of Giorgos Karaivaz, partners of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) call for increased transparency and progress in the investigation.

30 Mar

ECPMF welcomes Council of Europe anti-SLAPP initiatives

ECPMF has joined members of the Coalition Against SLAPPs in Europe (CASE) to welcome recent steps taken by the Council of Europe to act on the growing threat of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs).