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ECPMF: Draft "Trade Secret Protection Act" in Germany threatens whistleblowers and press freedom

Press Releases  |  18.02.2019

ECPMF: Draft

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) hereby criticises draft Federal Law 19/4724, which is currently being debated in the German Parliament. If passed without amendment, it endangers the ability of investigative journalists to uncover illegal or unethical corporate practices.

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More children, fewer media outlets - Viktor Orbán's plan for Hungary

Threats  |  14.02.2019

More children, fewer media outlets - Viktor Orbán's plan for Hungary | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán continues to defy the European Union’s attempts to curb the political takeover of independent media.

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How Hungary shrunk the media

Threats  |  14.02.2019

How Hungary shrunk the media | ECPMF

by Gabor Polyak, MERTEK Media Monitor

Through its transformation of the media system and dissemination of hateful and scare-mongering propaganda, the Fidesz government in Hungary created a situation in which opposition views could not even reach significant portions of the electorate. 

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CoE and partners: Threat level to media freedom highest since Cold War

Threats  |  13.02.2019

CoE and partners: Threat level to media freedom highest since Cold War | ECPMF

by Cassiano Gobbet 

Authoritarian governments, media ownership concentration and the weakening of public broadcast companies are making the activity of journalists harder and societies less transparent.

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Making Whistleblowing Work for Europe

Legal  |  12.02.2019

Making Whistleblowing Work for Europe | ECPMF

The EU is poised to take a momentous step and adopt a new directive to protect whistleblowers across Europe. This could have a dramatic impact on the capacity and ability of whistleblowing to work in all our interests. We know that protecting those who speak up in the public interest saves lives, protects our environment, reveals and stops corruption, and stems the huge financial losses to business and governments that result from failures to address wrongdoing.

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Resolution on ineffective legal remedy for Turkey's journalists

ECPMF  |  14.02.2019

Resolution on ineffective legal remedy for Turkey's journalists | ECPMF

The lack of visible improvements in freedom of the media in Turkey since the state of emergency was lifted on 18 July 2018 is of great concern. The mass arrests, detention and sentencing of Turkey’s journalists continue to be used as methods to stifle dissenting voices across society. 

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Slovakia: "right of reply" legislative proposal raises concerns

ECPMF  |  08.02.2019

Slovakia:

by ECPMF staff

Almost one year after the killing of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak, which still remains unsolved, we are concerned about the planned proposal, introduced by Slovakia's ruling Smer party, to reintroduce a "right of reply" to media content politicians don't approve.

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Police plan to drop guard on Italian investigative reporter despite mafia threats

Threats  |  06.02.2019

Police plan to drop guard on Italian investigative reporter despite mafia threats | ECPMF

By Alberto Spampinato

The Italian Government is under pressure to reverse the decision to revoke, from 15.February, the armed escort granted in 2015 to the well-known journalist Sandro Ruotolo. This protection was granted to protect him from the Camorra clan Casalesi, whose boss had planned to kill him. 

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"This story has its origins in a love for football"

Threats  |  06.02.2019

By Rafael Buschmann, Michael Wulzinger, and Christoph Winterbach

Last week 30-year-old Portuguese national Rui Pinto was arrested in Budapest following the release of a European arrest warrant by the Portuguese law enforcement authorities.

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Lessons learned: IJ4EU and the future of investigative journalism

ECPMF  |  06.02.2019

Lessons learned: IJ4EU and the future of investigative journalism | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

It was Hungarian Green MEP Benedek Jávor who summed up the success of the long fundraising campaign for investigative journalism in the EU: “This is an emotional moment for me.” More than 350,000 euros had been invested in 12 cross-border teams, and at the UNCOVERED conference they presented their results.

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What we need for investigative journalism to survive and thrive

ECPMF  |  05.02.2019

What we need for investigative journalism to survive and thrive | ECPMF

by Lutz Kinkel

The establishment of the IJ4EU grant was a great initiative by the European Parliament and the European Commission to support investigative journalism. But a lot remains to be done. 

 

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Solidarity with Turkish journalists as jail terms stretch before them

Threats  |  05.02.2019

Solidarity with Turkish journalists as jail terms stretch before them | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Trials in Turkey continue, with jail terms facing more journalists who were just doing their jobs. Long stretches behind bars are likely. Nedim Türfent of the pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA) has just notched up one thousand days, prompting a soldarity action.

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Turkish journalists jailed for stepping up on behalf of pro-Kurdish daily newspaper

Threats  |  29.01.2019

Turkish journalists jailed for stepping up on behalf of pro-Kurdish daily newspaper | ECPMF

by Daniel Leon

Today, 29. January 2019, Ayşe Düzkan starts to serve her prison sentence. She is one of 56 Turkish journalists and civil society activists who took part in a media solidarity action from May to August 2016.

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Reporterre: A French online daily highlighting the plight of our environment

ECPMF  |  28.01.2019

Reporterre: A French online daily highlighting the plight of our environment | ECPMF

by Hervé Kempf

Reporterre came into existence in 2007, as we entered a historic and life-altering environmental crisis. The environmental issue is the essential one dominating this early 21st century.

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Fake news - is media literacy the answer?

Threats  |  23.01.2019

Fake news - is media literacy the answer? | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Across Europe, media freedom campaigners continue to call for quality journalism and against fake news. Trust in the media took a knock when Spiegel correspondent Claas Relotius's reporting was revealed as largely fictitious. But the German news magazine’s prompt response to the revelations show how seriously  the issue is taken.

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