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MFRR Summit | Keynote

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The MFRR Summit 2021 will start with a keynote presentation featuring leading policy-makers from Europe and the rest of the world exploring the key themes, topics and threats to media freedom. In 2020, Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency in the EU Commission has led the body’s work establishing a robust mechanism by which […]

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MFRR Summit | COVID-19: Pandemics, Public Health and Press Freedom

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The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed Europe and media freedom is not immune. In 2020, 1 out of 4 alerts published on Mapping Media Freedom were connected to the pandemic in some way. As the virus spread, it gave cover for media freedom violations across the entire continent. Governments’ responses to COVID-19 have sparked large and […]

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MFRR Summit | State Capture: Undermining Independence of Media Outlets and Regulators

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Threats to journalists, media workers and outlets come from a myriad of sources. Some are easy to track, others are cloaked in bureaucratic and legal processes aimed at obscuring scrutiny of attempts to undermine media pluralism and consolidate state power. Governments across Europe have perfected a way to target media freedom through the capture of […]

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MFRR Summit | Protect or Persecute?: Police Threats to Europe’s Journalists

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To ensure their safety, oftentimes journalists and media workers need police protection. But what happens when this protection is not forthcoming or is inadequate? Even worse, what happens when the police officers themselves are the source of the threat to the journalist? We cannot talk about media freedom in Europe, without talking about the actions […]

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MFRR Summit | Protests: A Media Freedom Flashpoint across Europe

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2020 was a year of protests. Whether in response to government policies towards the COVID-19 pandemic, opposing structural racism and misogyny, states’ economic and social policies, actions of the police and a range of constitutional tensions, protests have erupted across Europe. However, the same right that protects the rights of protesters has been put under […]

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MFRR Summit | Workshop – Mapping Media Freedom: Learn how to be a media freedom watchdog

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To know the threats that journalists and media workers across Europe face, we need to be able to capture information about violations in real time. As part of the MFRR, Mapping Media Freedom (MMF) is an innovative platform that maps media freedom violations across Europe. In 2020, Mapping Media Freedom published 378 alerts documenting violations […]

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MFRR Summit | Criminalising Europe’s Free Press: Legislative Threats to Media Freedom

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Laws that target media freedom reconfigure the landscape away from journalists, media workers and outlets. Throughout 2020, countries across Europe, oftentimes using the COVID-19 pandemic as cover, took to creating, reforming or rescinding different laws with an aim to undermine journalistic safety, media pluralism, as well as the transparency and accountability of those in power. […]

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MFRR Summit | Sued into Silence: The use of SLAPPs to intimidate and silence journalists across Europe

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In Poland, Gazeta Wyborcza has been threatened with over 55 legal threats and OKO.Press have also received an avalanche of legal threats from wealthy business people, companies and politicians. In Slovenia, Necenzurirano is facing 39 legal threats, solely for doing their job. The use of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) and other vexatious lawsuits […]

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MFRR Summit | A Hostile Continent: Online harassment, threats and smear campaigns

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Fake news purveyors, enemies of the state, infiltrators, traitors and a litany of misogynistic, homophobic and racist epithets are so commonly hurled at journalists and media workers they form part of the landscape they are expected to navigate as part of their daily professional lives. The normalisation of online harassment, threats and smear campaigns, reinforced […]

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MFRR Summit | The Media Freedom Rapid Response: A Year in Review

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2020 was the first year of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), which monitors, tracks and responds to media freedom violations across EU Member States and Candidate Countries (including the UK). Throughout the year, the consortium led by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), including ARTICLE 19, the European Federation of Journalists […]

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Media Freedom Rapid Response Summit 2021

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High profile speakers Irene Khan and Věra Jourová set the tone for the inaugural Media Freedom Rapid Response: solidarity. The online keynote session on 17th March, featured UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression, Irene Khan and European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová (via a […]