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Do we want a free press or just free stuff?

ECPMF  |  22.03.2019

Do we want a free press or just free stuff? | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

MEPs look set to agree on the new Digital Single Market Copyright Directive, which will give creative people such as musicians, media workers, journalists, and movie-makers more rights over the digital use and dissemination of their content. The directive is highly controversial. The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom welcomes the new legislation – with certain reservations.

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Interview with award-winning Montenegrin reporter Jovo Martinovic

Threats  |  20.03.2019

Interview with award-winning Montenegrin reporter Jovo Martinovic | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Journalist Jovo Martinović has won the prestigious Press Freedom Prize from Reporters Without Borders in Austria. He gives an interview to the ECPMF as his country, Montenegro, backslides on the rule of law and he faces an 18-month sentence on charges linked to his investigative reporting.

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EU warns Serbia and Montenegro are backsliding on rule of law as media freedom violations continue

Threats  |  20.03.2019

EU warns Serbia and Montenegro are backsliding on rule of law as media freedom violations continue | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

MEPs have warned the so-called ’frontrunners’ for EU accession in the Western Balkans - Serbia and Montenegro - that the rule of law must be respected if they are ever to achieve membership of the European Union.

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HRC40: Oral statement on the adoption of Malta’s UPR

ECPMF  |  15.03.2019

HRC40: Oral statement on the adoption of Malta’s UPR | ECPMF

by ECPMF

ARTICLE 19, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), PEN International, and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) raised concerns on press freedom in Malta and delivered the following joint oral statement on 15 March 2019 to the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council on the adoption of Malta’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva.

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Presse- und Medienfreiheit in der EU: Theorie und Realität

ECPMF  |  14.03.2019

Presse- und Medienfreiheit in der EU: Theorie und Realität | ECPMF

von Lutz Kinkel

Auf dem Papier ist die EU ein Paradies der Pressefreiheit. In der Realität werden Journalisten verfolgt, eingesperrt und ermordet – und in Ungarn predigt der Staatschef unverhohlen den „illiberalen Staat“. Ein Statusbericht aus dem Sammelband „Europa eine Stimme geben“, den MEP Martina Michels herausgegeben hat.  

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Women investigative journalists battle sexism to do it their own way

Threats  |  13.03.2019

Women investigative journalists battle sexism to do it their own way | ECPMF

By Masha Durkalic

Sexism, difficulties balancing family and professional life, and threats both on and off line are a reality for women journalists around the world. They revealed their struggles and triumphs at the ECPMF UNCOVERED conference in Berlin, Germany, where the results were presented of the IJ4EU grants for cross-border investigative journalism focussed on EU funding fraud.

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Victory! EU directive finally protects whistleblowers

Legal  |  12.03.2019

Victory! EU directive finally protects whistleblowers | ECPMF

by Daniel Leon

It's a giant leap for whistleblowers! A EU directive now protects whistleblowers by making it legal for them to break news on wrongdoing directly to media outlets or regulators, before first having to check with their bosses.

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Turkey needs to respect foreign media outlets’ independence

Threats  |  12.03.2019

Turkey needs to respect foreign media outlets’ independence | ECPMF

Pressure on international media in Turkey is increasing. German journalists have been expelled from the country as their press accreditations were not renewed. International freedom of expression organisations urge Turkey’s authorities in a joint alert to revoke the decisions, to stop the expulsion of international journalists, to renew press cards to foreign media outlets, and to respect their independence.

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Slovakia promises justice for Ján as journalists complete his work; businessman charged with ordering murder

Threats  |  14.03.2019

Slovakia promises justice for Ján as journalists complete his work; businessman charged with ordering murder | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Slovakia’s Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini has promised the European Parliament (EP) that he will uncover and punish the perpetrators responsible for the assassination of Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová. A major positive step has been taken in the case, as Slovak businessman Marian Kočner is now charged with ordering the murders. He remains in police custody. 

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Fears for press freedom as Slovakia debates new media law

Threats  |  07.03.2019

Fears for press freedom as Slovakia debates new media law | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

One year after the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová, Slovakia’s National Council (parliament) is debating controversial amendments to the Press Act of 2008.

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Concept of the enemy: in 2018 the ECPMF registered 26 attacks on journalists in Germany

Press Releases  |  04.03.2019

Concept of the enemy: in 2018 the ECPMF registered 26 attacks on journalists in Germany | ECPMF

By ECPMF staff

The campaign of the German political right against the 'lying press' ('Lügenpresse') has alarming consequences: The more frequent and the bigger the right-wing protests become, the greater the number of physical attacks against journalists. Here are some highlights from the ECPMF's latest report.

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Don't hack the messenger

Threats  |  28.02.2019

Don't hack the messenger | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Cyber attacks against media outlets and individual journalists are prompting many to use encrypted channels and take training courses in digital self-defence. How can journalists best protect themselves, and what are some of the threats and obstacles they are being confronted with in that regard?

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Maidan five years later: Ukraine’s 'revolution of dignity' turned out to be a dream

Threats  |  04.03.2019

Maidan five years later: Ukraine’s 'revolution of dignity' turned out to be a dream | ECPMF

By Henrik Kaufholz

It was a late Saturday afternoon in November 2013. There were a few thousand activists on Maidan in Kiev, Ukraine. I still remember my own remark to a colleague: "If that’s all they can mobilise, this is going to fizzle out." The police action had just broken up a small tent camp established by young protesters that same evening. However, my prediction of the protests fizzling out was wrong, completely wrong.

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How Ján and Martina Died

Threats  |  21.02.2019

How Ján and Martina Died | ECPMF

by Pavla Holcová and Eva Kubániová

The offer was straightforward and financially attractive: Kill a man in return for 50,000 euros in cash and the forgiveness of more than 20,000 euros in debt. Zoltán Andruskó, a Slovak pizzeria operator, quickly accepted – a decision that forever changed both his life and the history of Slovakia.

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In capital cities across Europe, and throughout Slovakia, they are lighting candles

Threats  |  21.02.2019

In capital cities across Europe, and throughout Slovakia, they are lighting candles | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

From Facebook’s home town of Palo Alto in Silicon Valley to the little Slovakian village of Martin, people are gathering to remember Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová.

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