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Spain: Government should accept UN UPR recommendations on freedom of expression in their entirety

Legal  |  28.01.2020

Spain: Government should accept UN UPR recommendations on freedom of expression in their entirety | ECPMF

The undersigned organisations call on the Government of Spain to accept the 20 recommendations on freedom of expression made by other member states during the 3rd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Spain’s human rights record, which took place on 22 January 2020 in Geneva. Most of the recommendations call on the Spanish Government to decriminalise defamation, repeal restrictive laws on the grounds of religious insult, and amend unduly limitations on the right to peac … read more




France: Codex aims to stop police violence against journalists

Threats  |  24.01.2020

France: Codex aims to stop police violence against journalists | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

Words cannot deflect a blow from a police officer’s baton or soothe away the sting of tear gas. They cannot heal a wound from a Flash-Ball riot control missile. But perhaps they can start a process that will make those painful experiences disappear forever.

At least, that was the aim of launching the Press Freedom Police Codex in Paris on 22 January 2020, amid an escalation of violence against journalists by the police in France. The Codex was produce … read more




PRESS RELEASE: Launch of Press Freedom Police Codex in France

Press Releases  |  22.01.2020

PRESS RELEASE: Launch of Press Freedom Police Codex in France | ECPMF

French version below/Français ci-dessous 

 

ECPMF and the French Union of Journalists (SNJ-CGT) launch the Press Freedom Police Codex in France

Paris, 22 January 2020 – Today, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and the French Union of Journalists (Le Syndicat national des journalistes SNJ-CGT), launch … read more




How to stop SLAPPs – the intentional silencing of critical voices

Legal  |  23.12.2019

How to stop SLAPPs – the intentional silencing of critical voices | ECPMF

By ECPMF press/Faith Miyandazi

From France to Croatia, Malta to Italy, judicial harassment of journalists in the European Union is rising as more and more journalists are subjected to SLAPPs. Yes, they are called "SLAPPs", Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. Like their acronym, they are slapped onto journalists, media houses, human rights defenders and other critics, to silence them, stop investigative research or squash political dissent.

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Slovakia: Freedom of expression groups welcome start of trial in Ján Kuciak murder

ECPMF  |  17.01.2020

Slovakia: Freedom of expression groups welcome start of trial in Ján Kuciak murder | ECPMF

The undersigned international and regional press freedom and journalism groups welcome the start of the murder trial this week against the suspected killers of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová.

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Call for entries: Leipzig Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media 2020

Awards  |  14.01.2020

Call for entries: Leipzig Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media 2020 | ECPMF

Since 2001, Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig awards its Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media to individuals and institutions who have been committed to media freedom, objective reporting and pluralism of opinion in an outstanding way and often at risk for their own lives - including Anna Politkovskaya, Jafar Panahi, Can Dündar, Asli Erdogan and Deniz Yücel, among others.



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Charlie Hebdo - 5 ans aprés

Threats  |  07.01.2020

Charlie Hebdo - 5 ans aprés | ECPMF

7 January 2015 - 7 January 2020: 5 years ago today, 12 people were shot dead at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in France. We remember all journalists and cartoonists killed.

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Journalist and editor’s conviction violated human rights under Article 10

Legal  |  20.12.2019

Journalist and editor’s conviction violated human rights under Article 10 | ECPMF

By Ronan Ó Fathaigh and Dirk Voorhoof

The European Court of Human Rights has held that the conviction and imprisonment of two Azerbaijani journalists violated their freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights. 

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A look back at 2019 - ECPMF

ECPMF  |  01.01.2020

A look back at 2019 - ECPMF | ECPMF

Busy, busy – we have spent 2019 in a hive of activity and built some new features into our ongoing work. Tragically, journalists in Europe continued to suffer in a climate of hostility and impunity.

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Politicians put pressure on public service media in Bulgaria – but journalists fight back and win 

Threats  |  19.12.2019

Politicians put pressure on public service media in Bulgaria – but journalists fight back and win  | ECPMF

By Pavel Antonov/Silvia Velikova

There is a great pressure against public media in Bulgaria at the moment, with the Bulgarian National Radio holding on as a stronghold for free speech and independent journalism. Just a few weeks ago, a major attack was mounted on the independence of the BNR. An attempt was made by the management to remove a journalist from her post in order to make it easier for Ivan Geshev to be elected as Bulgaria's next Prosecutor-General.  … read more




Free expression groups call on Arron Banks to drop SLAPP lawsuit against Carole Cadwalladr

Legal  |  12.12.2019

Free expression groups call on Arron Banks to drop SLAPP lawsuit against Carole Cadwalladr | ECPMF

 

We, the undersigned organisations, welcome today’s judgment on meaning in the case of Arron Banks vs Carole Cadwalladr. The judgment clarified the context of the comments that form the basis of this lawsuit, and noted that aspects of the claimant’s argument were “far-fetched and divorced fro … read more




ECPMF and OSCE in Slovakia for solidarity and justice for Jàn and Martina

Legal  |  16.12.2019

ECPMF and OSCE in Slovakia for solidarity and justice for Jàn and Martina | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

A delegation of Europe’s top media freedom campaigners has brought together the families and employer of murdered journalist Jàn Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová. 

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Identifying best practices for journalism and press freedom in Sweden and Denmark

ECPMF  |  16.12.2019

Identifying best practices for journalism and press freedom in Sweden and Denmark | ECPMF

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT) are conducting a Fact-Finding Mission to Denmark and Sweden. This is to identify best practices and recommendations for journalism and press freedom. For three days, from 16 – 18 December 2019, the delegation will meet with journalists, politicians, scientists and representatives of media organisations.  … read more




European leaders must hold Muscat to account for political interference in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder investigation

Legal  |  11.12.2019

European leaders must hold Muscat to account for political interference in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder investigation | ECPMF

We, the undersigned organisations, urge European Union leaders to call on Prime Minister Muscat to guarantee that all investigations and legal proceedings related to the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder are conducted efficiently, transparently and without any interference from any individual potentially implicated in the case.

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