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Call for new European Commission President
to prioritize press freedom

ECPMF  |  22.07.2019

Call for new European Commission President<br />to prioritize press freedom | ECPMF

by ECPMF

On 16 July 2019, the German conservative politician Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) was elected as the new President of the European Commission. Along with other press freedom organisations, the ECPMF signed a letter, urging Ms Von der Leyen to prioritize press freedom.

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Finland - land of the free press - is new president of the Council of the EU

Legal  |  16.07.2019

Finland - land of the free press - is new president of the Council of the EU | ECPMF

by Frederic Krull

Finland, the self-proclaimed country of press freedom, holds the presidency of the Council of the EU for the next six months. On the occasion of the summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in July 2018 in Helsinki, the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat launched a campaign to tell the US President that he had arrived in the  … read more




Greece: New Democracy - New Press Freedom?

Threats  |  10.07.2019

Greece: New Democracy - New Press Freedom? | ECPMF

by Renata Rat

Greece’s newly-elected Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has been sworn in. From a far-left to a conservative government in the crisis-ridden country – what does it mean for press freedom?

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London conference puts UK on world press freedom map

Threats  |  10.07.2019

London conference puts UK on world press freedom map | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

An EU Member State where the murder of a journalist remains unpunished and investigative journalists have been prosecuted for refusing to reveal whistleblowers is hosting an international media freedom conference. 

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Defend Media Freedom: New pledges not credible without action

Press Releases  |  09.07.2019

Defend Media Freedom: New pledges not credible without action | ECPMF

by ECPMF

The ECPMF joined a group of press freedom and media development organisations who signed up to a media statement and list of eleven commitments that we're seeking from States attending the Global Media Freedom Conference.

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Turkish think-tank report escalates harassment of journalists

ECPMF  |  09.07.2019

Turkish think-tank report escalates harassment of journalists | ECPMF

by ECPMF

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and 20 other human rights and freedom of expression organisations condemn a Turkish pro-government think-tank’s report that accuses leading international media of being biased against the government and singles out their correspondents for attack. The organisations regard the report as a dangerous escalation in the harassment of journalist … read more




Turkey’s democratic challenges beyond the election – What to expect for Press and Media Freedom?

ECPMF  |  01.07.2019

Turkey’s democratic challenges beyond the election – What to expect for Press and Media Freedom? | ECPMF

Interview by Frederic Krull

One week after the decisive victory of the opposition party CHP over the ruling government’s party AKP in the Istanbul mayoral elections on 23 June, the ECPMF’ journalists in residence Nasan Öscan and Murat Bay are speaking out about Turkey’s democratic challenge and whether we can expect a po … read more




Albanian Prime Minister must respect press freedom

Press Releases  |  28.06.2019

Albanian Prime Minister must respect press freedom | ECPMF

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemn the behaviour of Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama, who has threatened the Chief Political Reporter of the BILD newspaper, Peter Tiede, with legal action.

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Albanischer Regierungschef muss Pressefreiheit achten

Press Releases  |  28.06.2019

Albanischer Regierungschef muss Pressefreiheit achten | ECPMF

Das Europäische Zentrum für Presse- und Medienfreiheit (ECPMF) und Reporter ohne Grenzen (ROG) verurteilen das Verhalten des albanischen Premierministers Edi Rama, der dem Chefreporter Politik der Bild Zeitung, Peter Tiede, mit juristischen Konsequenzen gedroht hat. Die Zeitung hatte am 5. Juni einen Artikel online gestellt, der dem Regierungschef vorwirft, bei der Wahl 2017 Stimmen mit Mafia-Geld gekauft zu haben.

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International freedom of expression organisations welcome crucial PACE resolution on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and rule of law in Malta

ECPMF  |  27.06.2019

International freedom of expression organisations welcome crucial PACE resolution on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and rule of law in Malta | ECPMF

We, the undersigned international freedom of expression organisations, welcome the resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted on 26 June, condemning the continued impunity for the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and broader systemic rule of law shortcomings in Malta, and inter alia, calling for the launch of an independent public inquiry within three months.

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Prize for “independent journalism with the gloves off”

Press Releases  |  25.06.2019

Prize for “independent journalism with the gloves off” | ECPMF

by ECPMF/Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig

Austrian TV presenter Armin Wolf and the German journalists Arndt Ginzel and Gerald Gerber receive the 'Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media' 2019 of the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig.

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Checks and balances? Peter Omtzigt’s report on the situation in Malta

Threats  |  25.06.2019

Checks and balances? Peter Omtzigt’s report on the situation in Malta | ECPMF

by Renata Rat

Special Rapporteur Pieter Omtzigt’s report on the rule of law in Malta is damning. Prompted
by the 2017 car bomb assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, it
finds serious deficiencies.
The report is being presented at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 26.
June 2019. Media freedom organisations including the European Centre for Press and Media
Freedom are holding a side event as the As … read more




Albania: Preliminary findings of joint freedom of expression mission

ECPMF  |  20.06.2019

Albania: Preliminary findings of joint freedom of expression mission | ECPMF

by ECPMF

From 18-21 June 2019, we undertook an international freedom of expression mission to Albania, comprised of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the International Press Institute (IPI), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO). The mission sought to gather information about challenges to freedom of … read more




Turkey‘s state-run media system – crumbling over the local elections?

Threats  |  20.06.2019

Turkey‘s state-run media system – crumbling over the local elections? | ECPMF

By Frederic Krull

After Turkey's Supreme Election Council (YSK) announced the re-run of the greater Istanbul municipal elections from 31 March 2019, a lot of voices proclaimed the end of Turkish democracy. However, this goes far beyond dishonoring the results at the ballots. 

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