Locked Down: Protecting Europe’s Free Press
Media freedom is in jeopardy but there is no democracy in Europe without a free press in Europe
In 2020, Mapping Media Freedom published 378 alerts documenting violations of media freedom across 29 countries in Europe. This means out of the 33 EU Member States and Candidate Countries (including the UK), only 4 countries have not been represented on the platform.
1159 journalists, media workers and outlets were the target of these violations that come from many sources including the state, organised crime, leading business leaders and unknown members of the public. Few aspects of society are untouched.
The idea of Europe as a bastion of media freedom is in jeopardy. Every journalist, media worker and outlet across the continent needs solidarity, support and action to ensure media freedom remains intact and the powerful remain in the scope of scrutiny.