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Uncovering stories that matter for Europe

ECPMF  |  17.01.2019

Uncovering stories that matter for Europe | ECPMF

by Daniel Leon

Over 10,000 migrant children have fallen off the radar of European authorities, European Union funds have supported far-right Eurosceptic political parties, and criminal organizations have siphoned off EU taxpayer money in Romania and Bulgaria. These are the kinds of stories that fall through the cracks and are only picked up by dedicated investigative journalists.

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#iComment: Ljiljana Smajlovic responds to attacks in Serbia

Threats  |  16.01.2019

#iComment: Ljiljana Smajlovic responds to attacks in Serbia | ECPMF

by Ljiljana Smajlovic

I like to think the murder of Slavko Curuvija in 1999 was a tragedy, but that the campaign Politika’s publishing house is presently conducting against me, under the same pretext it used when it targeted Curuvija twenty years ago, is nothing but a farce.

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Serbian journalists under pressure as protests swell

Threats  |  16.01.2019

Serbian journalists under pressure as protests swell | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Thousands of Serbs have been out on the streets again for the seventh Saturday running. They are protesting against propaganda, pressure on independent journalists and President Aleksandar Vucic’s strongman style of government.

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Montenegro: Jovo Martinović sentenced to 18 months in jail

ECPMF  |  15.01.2019

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A court in Montenegro today sentenced the independent journalist Jovo Martinović to 18 months in jail. The ECPMF and its partners are appalled by the verdict and condemn Martinović's conviction in a joint statement.

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Azerbaijan failed to protect journalist’s privacy and the right to freedom of expression

Legal  |  11.01.2019

Azerbaijan failed to protect journalist’s privacy and the right to freedom of expression | ECPMF

by Emil Weber

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled on 10. January 2019 that Azerbaijan’s failure to protect journalist Khadija Ismayilova from public humiliation and unjustified invasion of her privacy amounted to a violation of her privacy and of the right to freedom of expression granted by the European Convention.

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Joint letter: Demand to guarantee the full independence of LRT

ECPMF  |  10.01.2019

Joint letter: Demand to guarantee the full independence of LRT | ECPMF

10.01.19. The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have jointly sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Lithuania and the Speaker of the Seimas (Parliament). In it, they demand that the government ensure the independence of the Lithuanian public broadcaster, as proposed changes to the law threaten to curtail it.

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Romania: how GDPR is used to threaten investigative journalists

Threats  |  07.01.2019

Romania: how GDPR is used to threaten investigative journalists | ECPMF

by Dr Raluca Radu

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was meant to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy. It wasn’t meant to be used as a tool to abuse journalists. However, this is exactly what seems to have happened in Romania. 

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Interview: Storms ahead for Romania's Council of EU presidency

Threats  |  07.01.2019

Interview: Storms ahead for Romania's Council of EU presidency | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

If the next six months were a flight, the pilot would be warning now of turbulence ahead. Romania holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU – the first time ever that the South East European nation has held this rotating office. On a warning from Strasbourg, with politicians accused of corruption clamouring for amnesty and press freedom under threat, Romania must steer the EU through Brexit and the parliamentary elections. 

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Request to drop initiative on amendment of media laws in Albania

Legal  |  26.12.2018

Request to drop initiative on amendment of media laws in Albania | ECPMF

The ECPMF, supported by three other FoX organisations, requests the Albanian government to drop its initiative on an amendment of media laws that raises serious concerns on the media freedom situation in the country. Read the joint letter to Prime Minister Edi Rama

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Massive support for investigative journalist accused of 'betraying trade secrets'

Threats  |  19.12.2018

Massive support for investigative journalist accused of 'betraying trade secrets' | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

German investigative reporter Oliver Schröm faces a possible three years in jail just for doing his job by exposing wrongdoing on a massive scale. 

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2018 - what a year that was for the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom!

ECPMF  |  20.12.2018

2018 - what a year that was for the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom! | ECPMF

This year was not an easy one for media freedom in Europe. We met with deadly aggression, power-hungry oligarchs and corrupt politicians. Yet we were also proud to defend journalists under threat, to stand with our partners and supporters in the media freedom community to make some noise - and to shine a light. Because democracy dies in darkness.

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Hungary must pay damages for claiming defamation via hyperlink to YouTube

Legal  |  17.12.2018

Hungary must pay damages for claiming defamation via hyperlink to YouTube | ECPMF

by Emil Weber

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on 4. December 2018 backed a Hungarian news portal for hyperlinking a Youtube video which, according to the domestic courts, contained “defamatory” remarks about an anti-Roma political party.

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NEWSOCRACY conference in Prague: why media ownership concerns us all

ECPMF  |  15.12.2018

NEWSOCRACY conference in Prague: why media ownership concerns us all | ECPMF

ECPMF's Prague conference on media ownership structures in the Czech Republic and Europe strechted from alarms, to outrage, up to hope ... in case you missed it here are a summary and impressions of the day.

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Blinkered in Budapest: government-friendly media gang up to control markets

Threats  |  12.12.2018

Blinkered in Budapest: government-friendly media gang up to control markets | ECPMF

A commentary by Pal Daniel Reyni 

It only took a few hours to create the biggest ever media conglomerate in the history of free Hungarian media. On 28th November 2018, most media owners who support the Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz party simultaneously gifted (!) all their assets to a newly-formed foundation, led by Gábor Liszkay.

 

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Maltese state official verbally abuses human rights advocate at the UN in part of a growing trend of harassment of human rights defenders

Threats  |  11.12.2018

<strong>Maltese state official verbally abuses human rights advocate at the UN in part of a growing trend of harassment of human rights defenders</strong> | ECPMF

Representatives of the Maltese government failed to save the life of Daphne Caruana Galizia, they are blocking a public inquiry into her assassination and keep intimidating her family. Now they are verbally abusing international civil society representatives.

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