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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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#UNCOVERED Conference 2021

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By Jane Whyatt There were sad and sombre moments at the #UNCOVERED 2021 online conference, remembering murdered journalists Giorgos Karaivaz,  Daphne Caruana Galizia and Jàn Kuciak. Yet the atmosphere was mostly one of celebration, with top-level speakers stressing the importance of cross-border investigative journalism and four teams collecting handsome trophies (pictured above) as well as […]

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 […]

Online-Panel: World Press Freedom Day 2021

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World Press Freedom Day Campus Talk The pandemic increased threats to journalists all over Europe   In 2020 there were 69 violent attacks on journalists in Germany – and a deterioration of press freedom in Poland, Czech, Hungary and across Europe. How to proceed? The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) Karola Wille, […]