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The Belarusian journalists Katsyaryna Bahvalava and Darya Chultsova will be awarded the Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media 2021

The end of 2020 and beginning of 2021 were not easy on press and media freedom, the third MFRR Monitoring Report shows.

On 20 July, the European Commission published the 2021 Rule of Law Report. The document can be a valuable tool that empowers civil society, the EU institutions and Member State governments who care about the rule of law in the Union.
However, for it to live up to the high expectations and truly become a critical tool that can contribute to the promotion and safeguarding of EU values, we believe several fundamental changes are needed in future iterations of the report.

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) is highly concerned about the raid this morning on the home of investigative journalist Roman Dobrokhotov. We call on the Russian authorities to immediately halt its intensifying crackdown on independent media in the run-up to the legislative elections in September.

The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) and undersigned partner organisations are concerned about and condemn recent statements by Turkish President Erdoğan and other government officials pertaining to the introduction of new regulation of so-called fake news and “foreign-funded” news in the country.

The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) is highly alarmed by the revelations by a consortium led by French NGO Forbidden Stories about the surveillance of journalists, human rights defenders, lawyers and others through the Pegasus spyware program developed by Israeli company NSO Group.

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) supports a new policy paper by the UK Anti-SLAPP Coalition, titled “Countering Legal Intimidation and SLAPPs”.

15 July 2021 The raids and detentions conducted by Belarusian authorities on independent media outlets, human rights organizations and think tanks are a harsh escalation of attacks against human rights [...]

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECMPF) is saddened by the death of Georgian TV camera operator Alexandr Lashkarava. Last week, far-right assailants severely beat him while he was covering attacks on LGBTQI+ activists in Tbilisi. A few days later, on 10 July, he was found dead at his home by his mother.

The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today expresses deep concern about the future impartiality and independence of Albania’s Audiovisual Media Authority (AMA) following the election of a close associate of the ruling Socialist Party to head the media regulator.

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) remains highly concerned by the continuing onslaught on independent media in Belarus, which appears to have taken yet another turn for the worse this week. We reiterate our call on the authorities of Belarus to immediately and unconditionally release all arrested journalists, media workers and political prisoners.

July 8, 2021 We are delighted to announce that on Wednesday 7 July 2021, Croatian Justice Minister Ivan Malenica formally rejected the request by Monaco to extradite UK whistleblower Jonathan [...]
6 July 2021 The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) as part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) is appalled by the attack on veteran Dutch crime [...]

Apply now for the JiR-Programme 2021 – Three fellowship, each for up to six months. Applications can be sent directly by media workers who are under threat, or they can come from referrals of suitable cases.

About this event Thu, 15 July 2021 18:00 – 19:00 CEST Register for this online event here Explore the main legal risks that journalists should be aware of while reporting [...]
Key findings of the study Negative record: Sixty-nine physical attacks on journalists were recorded in 2020. This is the highest number since our records began in 2015. Most dangerous workplace: [...]
2 July 2021   Index on Censorship and 11 other human rights, freedom of expression, media freedom, and journalists’ organisations unreservedly condemn the arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of human [...]
On 18 June 2021, the Administrative Court of Lazio (TAR Lazio) ordered the Italian Media Public Broadcaster (RAI) to release documents held by TV Program Report following an access to [...]
His Excellency Charles Michel President of the European Council Her Excellency Ursula von der Leyen President of the European Commission His Excellency David Maria Sassoli President of the European Parliament [...]
The Slovenian government of Prime Minister Janez Janša is overseeing an increasingly systematic effort to undermine critical media, a coalition of press freedom organisations and journalism groups warn today in [...]
The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), as part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response, is highly concerned about reported attacks on journalists by the police during a [...]
Prime Minister Janez Janša and his government have repeatedly shown disregard for media freedom. Organisations defending press freedom and journalists call on the Slovenian government to commit to refraining from [...]
A year after the Constitutional Court ruled on the unconstitutionality of prison sentences in cases of defamation through the press, on 22 June 2021 the Court issued a follow-up decision [...]
His Excellency Mr. Charles Michel President of the European Council   Her Excellency Ms. Ursula von der Leyen President of the European Commission   23.06.2021 Your Excellencies, In advance of [...]
In June 2021, Business & Human Rights Ressource Centre launched a report analysing the use of SLAPPs globally: “SLAPPed but not silenced: Defending human rights in the face of legal [...]
updated June 22, 2021 On June 15 the Slovak Supreme Court ruled on the appeal brought by prosecutors against last summer’s not guilty verdict in the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and [...]
18 press freedom groups, including ECPMF signed open letters to Justice Ministry & political parties to request thorough investigations, sent by the International Press Institute, to urge Turkish authorities to [...]
Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression Irene Khan to inform her thematic report on gender justice Across Europe, online and offline verbal abuse, threats [...]
Dear President Biden, On the occasion of your visit to Brussels to meet with the European Union and NATO partners, the Media Freedom Rapid Response wants to draw your attention [...]
MFRR supports ARTICLE 19 legal opinion submitted to Warsaw competition court The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today said that allowing the acquisition of regional newspaper publisher Polska Press by [...]
11 June 2021 To:  Speaker of the Parliament of Albania, Gramoz Ruçi   CC:  European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja [...]
9 June 2021 The partners in the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) are dismayed by Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša’s disparaging tweet about Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, [...]
Dear, Stefan Yanev, Prime Minister Boyko Rashkov, Minister of Interior and Deputy Prime Minister Velislav Minekov, Minister of Culture cc. Diana Kovacheva, head of the Ombudsman of the Republic of [...]
June 7, 2021   A legal case currently before the UK courts highlights the egregious tactics being used by Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited (ENRC), a privately-owned Kazakh multinational mining [...]
The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) is deeply concerned by the lawsuit targeted at a journalist and the editor-in-chief of the Network for Investigation of Crime and Corruption (KRIK) by [...]

€1.1 million for projects in Europe in 2021, plus a new scheme for freelancers

NGOs and journalists’ organisations call for the dropping of a lawsuit launched against the academic Prof Yaman Akdeniz by Serhat Albayrak, seeking 100,000 Turkish lira (€9,600) in damages for his [...]
The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) condemns in the strongest possible terms the arrest of journalist Raman Pratasevich and his girlfriend Sofia Sapega in Belarus, after their [...]
URGENT  Open Letter sent electronically   Mr. Ivan Malenica Minister of Justice Ulica grada Vukovara 49 Maksimirska 63 10 000 Zagreb Republic of Croatia   Tuesday 18 May 2021   [...]
If there are two things that Europe does well, it’s cheesy pop music… and SLAPPs.  Across Europe, the rich and powerful are increasingly turning to abusive lawsuits - also known [...]
14 May 2021 14 May 2021 ”A win for journalists and journalism”/ ECPMF and partners continue Media Freedom Rapid Response  We are proud to announce that the consortium running the [...]

The Investigative Journalism for Europe fund is back — bigger, better and with extra assistance for freelancers.

The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) will hold an online mission to Slovenia at the end of May and beginning of June 2021 to assess growing concerns about the deteriorating [...]
ARTICLE 19 and the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) will present the findings of  its recent online fact-finding mission to Serbia at a webinar on Tuesday, 11th May at h.12:00-13:30 [...]
Media Freedom Rapid Response calls for an ambitious European Media Freedom Act  The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) welcomes the idea of a European Media Freedom Act, advanced by European [...]
In 2020 there were 69 violent attacks on journalists in Germany – and a deterioration of press freedom in Poland, Czech, Hungary and across Europe. How to proceed? The European [...]
MFRR Report: Concerns about safety of journalists and media workers in Serbia predate Covid-19 outbreak Article 19 led report summarises findings of international press freedom mission While minimal progress such [...]
Vice President Jourová European Commission Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 200 1049 Brussels CC: Commissioner Reynders 04 May 2021 Re: Eni’s abuse of SLAPPs, the latest example of fossil fuel [...]
Suppression of Russian Media On this World Press Freedom Day, we call on the Russian government to uphold its responsibility to protect and defend freedom of the press. In 1998, [...]
Poland: Purge of editors begins despite court ruling suspending purchase of Polska Press over media pluralism concerns The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today calls on Poland’s state-controlled oil giant [...]
Launch of the 2021 Annual Report of the Council of Europe Platform to Promote the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists Register here for the online press conference on [...]
Civil society coalition concerned about abusive legal action by former bishop against journalists and outlets in Romania The undersigned civil society organisations are concerned about the legal action taken by [...]
To: Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania Erion Veliaj, Mayor of Tirana   CC: Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Věra Jourová, European Commission, Vice-President for Values and [...]
22  April 2021 Media Freedom Rapid Response concerned about attacks and threats to journalists reporting on agro-business in Brittany The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) is concerned about repeated attacks, [...]
The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) submitted information and recommendations to the European Commission concerning the safety of journalists and media workers. The submission will feed into a recommendation by [...]
On 16 April 2021, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) together with ARTICLE 19, Free Press Unlimited and OBC Transeuropa as part of the Media Freedom Rapid [...]
To: Minister for Citizen Protection, Michalis Chrisochoidis Minister of Justice, Kostas Tsiaras Chief of the Hellenic Police, Police Lieutenant General Michail Karamalakis   CC: Věra Jourová, European Commission, Vice-President for [...]
16 April 2021   MFRR calls for justice for Lyra McKee Sunday 18 April 2021 marks two years since Lyra McKee was shot dead while reporting on riots in Derry. [...]
By Jane Whyatt Day 2 of the #UNCOVERED 2021 online conference took participants behind the scenes of some of the most important stories of the decade. The themes of collaboration [...]
There were sad and sombre moments at the #UNCOVERED 2021 online conference, remembering murdered journalists Giorgios Kavaitaz  Daphne Caruana Galizia and Jàn Kuciak. Yet the atmosphere was mostly one of [...]
To: Marta Cartabia, Minister of Justice Luciana Lamorgese, Minister of the Interior   CC: Věra Jourová, European Commission, Vice-President for Values and Transparency Antonio Parenti, Head of the European Commission [...]
The Media Freedom Rapid Response expresses horror at the fatal shooting of Greek crime reporter Giorgos Karaivaz outside his house in Athens this afternoon (9 April) and urges investigators to [...]
CASE is a coalition of civil society from across Europe representing a range of organisations acting in the public interest who are united in recognition of the threat posed to [...]
8 April 2021 {{ vc_btn: title=Download+letter+here+%28Croatia%29&color=sky&i_icon_fontawesome=fa+fa-file-pdf-o&add_icon=true&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.ecpmf.eu%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2021%252F04%252FCopy-of-Croatia_-Jonathan-Taylor-UPDATE-MOJA.pdf%7C%7C%7C }}{{ vc_btn: title=Download+letter+here+%28Monaco%29&color=sky&i_icon_fontawesome=fa+fa-file-pdf-o&add_icon=true&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.ecpmf.eu%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2021%252F04%252FCopy-of-Monaco_-Jonathan-Taylor-UPDATE-MOJ.pdf%7C%7C%7C }} The Media Freedom Rapid Response, partner organisations and leading experts call on the Monegasque government to revoke the extradition request [...]
Supporting cross-border investigative journalism #UNCOVERED is the annual conference of the Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) programme. Organised by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), the conference [...]
Coordinated by the Media Freedom Rapid Response, this submission to the ongoing public inquiry details Malta’s relevant international obligations to uphold freedom of expression, the threats Daphne Caruana Galizia faced [...]
Tuesday 30th March 2021 Leading press freedom and journalists’ organisations, including ​Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners,​ strongly condemn the decision by the Court of Appeals to reject Jovo Martinović’s [...]
Statement on  the need for a Council of Europe Recommendation on combatting SLAPPs The undersigned groups, representing a range of different public watchdogs (including journalists, activists, NGOs, lawyers, trade unions, [...]
by Nik Williams The COVID-19 pandemic transformed Europe, in the same month when the Media Freedom Rapid Response started its first year. It pushed the inaugural MFRR Summit online and  [...]
Aleksandar Vučić, President of Serbia Ana Brnabić, Prime Minister of Serbia   CC: Officials members of the Working Group for the Security and Protection of Journalists: Dejan Stojanović, Ministry of [...]
The partners of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today strongly condemn the civil defamation lawsuit launched against the editor-in-chief of Poland’s biggest daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza by the serving [...]
23 March 2021   Twenty-four organisations express their solidarity with the Swedish business and finance publication, Realtid, its editor, and the two journalists being sued for defamation in London. Realtid [...]

The MFRR partners ask for de-politicisation of the Council of the Czech TV regarding citizens’ access to pluralistic public service media in the Czech Republic.

69 tätliche Angriffe ereigneten sich im Jahr 2020. Nie zuvor in den sechs Jahren seit Beginn der Erhebung erfasste das Europäische Zentrum für Presse- und Medienfreiheit (ECPMF) mehr Angriffe.

By Jane Whyatt One of the most high-risk assignments for a journalist or camera crew in Europe is to cover a protest. In 2020, more than 1 in every 4 [...]
By Jane Whyatt Nothing could be more frightening than a threat of sexual violence against a newborn baby. Yet this unspeakable horror is only one of the many acts of [...]
By Jane Whyatt New laws and decrees in the name of battling the COVID-19 pandemic or terrorism threaten press freedom in Europe. At the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) Summit [...]
19 March 2021   The MFRR condemns the murder of radio presenter Hazim Özsu in Turkey and calls for a swift and thorough investigation and prosecution that leads to justice [...]
By Jane Whyatt High profile speakers Irene Khan and Věra Jourová set the tone for the inaugural Media Freedom Rapid Response: solidarity. The online keynote session on 17th March, featured [...]
16/03/2021   Dear Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission,   CC: Vera Jourova, European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency, CC: MEPs of the European Parliament Media [...]
The decision on Thursday by the Hungarian media regulator to again deny the bid by Klubrádió to return to the airwaves is yet another afront to press freedom which must [...]
Wednesday 10th March 2021 The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) condemns the smear campaign aimed at the Network for Investigation of Crime and Corruption (KRIK) by pro-government media outlets that [...]
This opinion piece by Adam Michnik was originally published by Gazeta Wyborcza on March 8 2021, 20:32 here. The assault on free media is only one of the many fronts [...]
Dear Members of the European Parliament, Article 11 of the European Union’s Charter on Fundamental Rights is under threat as media freedom and media pluralism deteriorates alarmingly in Hungary and [...]
A photographer for the regional daily L’Union, Christian Lantenois, was seriously injured on Saturday 27 February while covering tensions in the Croix-Rouge district of Reims. Lantenois is currently in the intensive [...]
The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) announces the first MFRR Summit, taking place online between 17th and 20th March. Locked Down: Protecting Europe’s Free Press will feature keynote speeches by [...]
The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) joined partners of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) and other media freedom groups and associations in again urging the EU’s [...]
The Media Freedom Rapid Response coalition (MFRR) welcomes the verdict in the criminal case concerning the arson attack against Serbian journalist Milan Jovanovic, rendered on 23 February by the Second [...]

10 nominations shortlisted for #IJ4EU Impact Award

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) joined partners of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) in expressing serious concern about the sharp decline in freedom of the [...]
From July to October 2020, attacks on media freedom in Europe took many forms, as the Media Freedom Rapid Response’s second monitoring report documents. Besides anti-lockdown demonstrations and online harassment, [...]
OPEN LETTER SENT BY EMAIL TO AND POST TO:    Mr. Zelensky, President of Ukraine 16 February 2021 Dear President Zelensky,    We, the undersigned organisations join our voices to [...]
10 February 2021 The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) urges the Second Basic Court in Belgrade to ensure access to justice in the case of Serbian journalist Milan Jovanovic, who [...]
11 February 2021 MFRR Report: Erosion of Media Freedom Gathers Pace in Poland IPI-led report summarises findings of international press freedom mission Media freedom in Poland now faces its greatest [...]
Many media freedom campaigns and campaigners fear the British government is abusing the Freedom of Information (FOI) system, using delaying tactics and prioritising FOI requests from government-friendly journalists and media [...]
Since August 2020, demonstrators and opposition politicians have been contesting the result of the national election that saw Alexander Lukashenko returned to power again. He has been President of Belarus [...]

ECPMF joins call for immediate release of all imprisoned journalists

05 February 2021 On Monday 8 February, a Gothenburg court will deliver its verdict in the trial of journalist Henrik Evertsson and camera operator Linus Andersson for their documentary about [...]
04 February 2021 We, the undersigned partners of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) express our serious concern over today’s decision by a court in Budapest to reject the temporary [...]
3 February 2021 The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) has written a strongly-worded letter to Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, after the Huffington Post's UK Race correspondent Nadine White received [...]

ECPMF and 16 other organisations have issued a joint statement in support of Erol Önderoğlu, who is facing a possible 14-year prison sentence.

A la veille de l’ouverture du procès du représentant de RSF en Turquie, Erol Önderoğlu, 17 organisations de défense de la liberté de la presse et des droits humains publient une déclaration commune pour soutenir ce journaliste et défenseur du droit d’informer en Turquie, qui risque 14 ans de prison.

Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) condanna l’assurda richiesta danni di 10 milioni di euro avanzata dall’ex cardinale nei confronti de L’Espresso.

MFRR expresses serious concern over the €10 million euro lawsuit launched against Italian news magazine L’Espresso by a former Vatican Cardinal.

Olivera Lakić is an investigative journalist who covers organised crime and corruption.

Poziv organizacije Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) za hitnu policijsku zaštitu Olivere Lakić nakon prijetnje atentatom na nju

The MFRR welcomes the dropping of the defamation action against Inès Léraud but vexatious legal threats continue to threaten media freedom across Europe

by Jane Whyatt Protecting the safety of journalists - and especially the thousands of media workers who identify as women and face online threats and harassment - is important to [...]

On 26 January 2021, Italian investigative journalist Stefania Maurizi appeared before the First-Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) in London. The hearing is the latest development in her long-running, multi-jurisdictional litigation effort […]

  Nous, partenaires de la Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), organisations de défense des droits humains, de lanceurs d’alerte, de journalistes et pour la transparence, sommes alarmés par la procédure […]

Numerous organisations call on the Croatian and Monegasque authorities to immediately and unconditionally end the extradition proceedings against whistleblower Jonathan Taylor.

ECPMF, as part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), is concerned about legal proceedings initiated by Belioza Çoku, the Chief of Cabinet of the Minister of Defence, against journalist Juljana Ristani, who published a story on undue interference with lists of nominees for educational bursaries in the context of a public competition held by the Ministry of Defence.

ECPMF welcomes today’s decision not to extradite Julian Assange to the United States of America.

ECPMF calls on the UK to release Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and block his extradition, as the hearings enter the final day. We are gravely concerned about the implications of […]

“We are appalled by this ruling, but not surprised. Turkish authorities have been relentless in their harassment of Can Dündar and his family for more than five years now…”

The continued use of legal threats in Albania against journalists and media workers further threatens media and press freedom and the ability to report on issues in the public interest.

ECPMF calls for the dismissal of these civil and criminal cases, which are connected to his investigative reporting.

The ECPMF is highly concerned over the detention and arrest of four reporters in the southeast of Turkey, on 17 December 2020.

Today marks 38 months since Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in Malta, yet barriers to justice remain

As Montenegro’s new coalition government under the leadership of Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić was formally approved by the Montenegrin Parliament on 4 December, the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) and key partners, urge it to put press and media freedom high on its agenda.

ECPMF as part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) condemns today’s court ruling in the criminal proceedings against Neville Gafà for threats he made on Twitter against Italian journalist Nello Scavo.

Während der Corona Proteste in Deutschland hat das ECPMF zahlreiche Verletzungen der Presse- und Medienfreiheit durch Demonstrierende aber auch der Polizei verzeichnet. Die Situation der Pressefreiheit wird durch die Corona Proteste gefährdet, während die Zusammenarbeit zwischen Presse und Polizei verbessert werden muss.

As part of the MFRR, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the International Press Institute (IPI) and the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) condemn the smear campaign against Croatian journalist Anja Kožul and call for her protection.

Press freedom organisations strongly condemn the legal action that has been filed at the London High Court against the Swedish business and finance publication, Realtid, in connection with their investigation on the financing of energy projects involving a Swedish businessman.

The undersigned partners of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today raise serious concerns over the recent decision by the Government Communication Office (UKOM) in Slovenia to suspend financing of the country’s press agency.

The Independent public inquiry into the Assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia began 1 year ago, on 6 December 2019, after a two-year campaign.

At the first-ever online Annual General Meeting of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), new faces were elected to steer its governing bodies through the challenges to come and enrich the organisation with their specialist skills and networks.

Democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights are the foundations on which the European Union is based.

Protecting public watchdogs across the EU: non-governmental organisations drafted a proposal for a an EU-wide anti-SLAPP directive.

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As the vote on the first reading of the "Global Security" law achieved a majority in the French National Assembly on Tuesday 24 November, the International and European Federations of [...]
Prepared by Maria Francesca Rita Media Freedom Resource Centre - OBC Transeuropa Latest rankings and data As reported by the Reuters Institute in the Digital News Report 2019, attacks against [...]

ECPMF, as part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), calls for a robust and independent investigation into the potentially unlawful manipulation of Freedom of Information requests by the UK Government.

OKO.press of Poland bears huge financial burden for legal threats against it.

Only two weeks after the numerous attacks on journalists during the "Querdenken" demonstration in Leipzig on 7 November, we are once again witnessing attacks on media workers during today's demonstration [...]

MFRR Journalist-in-Residence (JiR) programme in Milan has officially starts

MFRR condemns the arson attack on the publisher of The Digger and other acts to intimidate those selling the Glasgow-based weekly

MFRR write to express their disappointment over the lack of communication with the media by the Government of the Czech Republic and the repeated denial of access for certain outlets to COVID-19 press conferences.

Jednog vrućeg proljetnog poslijepodneva na Malti, novinarka se dovezla do svoje kuće kako bi pronašla sudskog maršala kako objepljuje duck-tapeom stotine listova papira na njezina ulazna vrata. Iako ometan s dva obiteljska psa čuvara koji su nekontrolirano lajali i nasrtali prema maršalu kroz rešetke vrata, bio je odlučan. Sud je naredio da novinarki Daphne Caruana Galizia, mora biti dostavljeno 19 tužbi za klevetu, koje su sve odjednom protiv nje pokrenute od strane bogate i moćne poslovna figure. Nekoliko mjeseci kasnije bila je mrtva, ubijena daljinski aktiviranom automobilskom bombom.

This opinion piece has been co-authored by 99 organisations, including ECPMF and the MFRR partners, as well as Greenpeace, Reporters Without Borders, Amnesty International, and Transparency International (full list of [...]
The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today expresses our serious concern over the string of physical attacks, death threats and acts of intimidation against journalists and media workers covering issues [...]

Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners, whistleblowing, human rights and transparency organisations, are concerned that without intervention by the government of the United Kingdom, whistleblower and British citizen Jonathan Taylor may be stuck in Croatia fighting extradition to Monaco for many more months. 

11 November 2020 The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) have sent a letter to the Greek Authorities, seeking an urgent explanation for the recent detention [...]

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), as part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), with French unions SNJ, SNJ-CGT, CFDT-Journalistes, are concerned about a legislative proposal currently pending in the French parliament, which would make it illegal to disseminate images of law enforcement officers of the national police and gendarmerie. We call on the members of Parliament to delete the proposed text.

Le Centre européen pour la liberté de la presse et des médias (ECPMF) et la Fédération européenne des journalistes (FEJ), dans le cadre du MFRR (Rapid Response Media Freedom), avec les syndicats français le Syndicat national des journalistes (SNJ), SNJ-CGT, CFDT-Journalistes, s’inquiètent d’une proposition législative actuellement en discussion au Parlement français, qui rendrait illégale la diffusion d’images de fonctionnaires de police et de gendarmerie. Nous appelons les parlementaires français à supprimer le texte proposé.

At least, 43 journalists were prevented from carrying out their work by protesters and police officers at the "Querdenken" demonstration in the eastern German city of Leipzig on Saturday, 7 [...]
Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners and freedom of expression organisations are concerned about the alleged attempt to bribe a journalist by a member of Yorgen Fenech’s legal team. We [...]
22 Editors-in-Chief of Slovene media outlets co-signed a public letter condemning the attacks, scapegoating and intimidation directed at media outlets during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Working with the Društvo Novinarjev [...]

MFRR condemns the bomb attack on the home of Albanian journalist Elidon Ndreka, earlier in the morning of 30 October. We call for a swift, thorough and effective investigation into the attack, which Ndreka believes may be linked to his work as a reporter, that ensures those behind it are brought to justice.

28 October 2020   We undersigned partner organisations of the Council of Europe Platform for the promotion of journalism and the safety of journalists express our urgent and deep concern about [...]
This article was first published as a Human Rights Comment of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. By Dunja Mijatović Free speech is a cherished right in Europe. [...]
Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Simon Byrne Chief Constable of Police Scotland, Iain Livingstone   CC: Naomi Long MLA, Northern Ireland Minister of Justice CC: Humza [...]
We, the undersigned organisations, strongly condemn the ruling by a Belarusian court to include the popular Telegram channel NEXTA in the list of “extremist” materials under Article 17.11 of the [...]
Arrested for reporting torture The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR),  is highly concerned by the arrest of four journalists [...]
  Coordinated by   The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners, whistleblowing, human rights and transparency organisations, and international jurists welcome the decision of the Supreme Court of Croatia to [...]
Photo Credit: Aziz Karimov   Azerbaijani investigative reporter pledges 10,000 euros to fund independent journalism for Nagorno Karabakh. Second prize winner Benjamin Best talked to ECPMF about the risks facing [...]
On 16 October 2017, journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in Malta. Three years later we, the undersigned 19 international free expression, anti-corruption, civic participation, and journalists’ organisations, once again [...]
By ECPMF staff Three years ago on 16 October 2017, a car bomb killed the Maltese investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia. Those responsible have still not been brought to justice. [...]
Eleven international rights groups conclude press freedom mission to Turkey Turkey’s press freedom crisis is worsening amid growing state capture of media, the lack of independence of regulatory institutions, and [...]
As part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) is supporting journalists from the investigative news outlet Necenzurirano who have been targeted [...]
On 25 September 2020, the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) wrote to the EU countries’ Ministries of Foreign Affairs to express our deep concern about a letter sent by the [...]

Khadija Ismayilova and Benjamin Best are awarded this year’s “Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media” by the Media Foundation of the Sparkasse Leipzig

MFRR partners strongly condemn sentencing of Jovo Martinovic​ to one year in prison for allegedly participating in drug trafficking despite the evidence that he was working as an undercover journalist

Nominations have opened for a new award, celebrating the best of European cross-border investigative journalism award since January 2019. The winners will receive prizes of €5,000 each, and be invited to an awards ceremony in Spring 2021.

A coalition of 11 international press freedom, freedom of expression and journalists‘ organisations are leading a joint press freedom mission to Turkey this week from 6 to 9 October amid the country’s continued press freedom crisis, which has further worsened under the coronavirus pandemic.

On 8 October 2020, the verdict in the retrial of the Montenegrin journalist Jovo Martinović will be pronounced. Ahead of the decision, we, the undersigned organisations, call on the High Court of Montenegro to take full account of the overwhelming evidence of the reporter’s innocence and acquit him.

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom condemns the insults faced by Italian journalist Nello Scavo as he left the court in Valletta

ECPMF as part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response, welcomes the publication of the first EU Annual Rule of Law Report, and we appreciate that a number of the concerns we raised in the preparatory phase have been taken into account. 

We, the undersigned organisations, today express our grave concern over the barrage of vexatious defamation lawsuits targeting journalists working for the investigative news website Necenzurirano in Slovenia over the last two months.

ECPMF and partner organisations have written a letter of support for Věra Jourová after she was attacked by Victor Orbán and the Hungarian government

ECPMF calls on the UK to release Assange and block his extradition, as the hearings enter the final stretch. We are gravely concerned about the implications of the US government’s indictment for investigative journalism.

We are writing to express our grave concern about your Government’s apparent interference with the activities of the independent public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, in relation to the timeframe for the fulfilment of its terms of reference.

We call on Turkey to immediately amend counter-terrorism laws in line with international standards, ensuring “terrorist acts” are defined in a precise and narrow manner.

Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) wish to express our concern about several recent attacks on journalists and media workers in North Macedonia.

The undersigned organisations call for the Belarusian authorities to drop their criminal defamation lawsuit against editor-in-chief of Nasha Niva, Yahor Martsinovich and to immediately release him from custody.

The letter to the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Interior Minister Hristo Terziyski and the Speaker of the National Assembly Tsveta Karayancheva, condemned recent police violence and intimidation towards journalists and media workers reporting on recent anti-government protests.

Launch of the German Press Freedom Police Codex in Leipzig: On 15 September ECPMF presented the German version of the press freedom police codex in Leipzig. In a panel discussion between journalists and representatives of the police a controversial debate took place.

21 September 2020 The Media Freedom Rapid Response condemns the decision of the Istanbul 14th Heavy Penal Court on 17 September ruling that journalist Can Dündar, who lives in exile [...]

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), which coordinates the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) has today launched the ‘Report It’ campaign amid increased threats to journalists and media workers across Europe. In addition to creating awareness about different threats to press and media freedom, the Report It campaign encourages everyone to speak up and speak out against violations that they witness or experience in this regard.

The Greek authorities are undermining press freedom and threatening the public’s right to know by restricting access for media workers to sites where refugees and asylum seekers are held following the fire that destroyed the Moria camp

We are writing to express our grave concern about the apparent plans of the Parliament of Albania to ignore the issues raised in Venice Commission Opinion No. 980/2020 of 19 June 2020, further threatening press freedom and the right to freedom of expression and to information in Albania.

Democracies in Europe have been faced with numerous challenges over the past decade, including increasing political polarisation, closing democratic space, increased mass surveillance, popular disillusionment with representative politics and democratic institutions, and increasingly assertive authoritarian global players. There is widespread recognition of the fact that democracy is under pressure across the world.

Das Verhältnis von Polizei und Journalist:innen ist angespannt. Medienschaffende beklagen ungerechtfertigte Behinderungen ihrer Arbeit, die zu Lasten der Pressefreiheit gingen. Zugleich kritisieren Polizist:innen, dass ihre Arbeit medial verzerrt dargestellt wird. Das ECPMF und Partnerhaben ein Codex entwickelt, um einen Dialog zu starten.

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, as part of  Media Freedom Rapid Response calls on the Turkish authorities to immediately and unconditionally drop the charges against freelance journalist Oktay Candemir and to return his confiscated property in full and without delay.

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), alongside the undersigned press freedom organisations, are writing to raise our concern about legal action that is being taken against the independent news outlet, the Dublin Inquirer, its co-founder Sam Tranum, and its reporter Laoise Neylon.

The MFRR calls for robust and transparent investigations into the excessive use of force against journalists during anti-government protests in Bulgaria

Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners today call for the fight for justice for Slovak investigative journalist, Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová to continue, after the Specialized Criminal Court in Pezinok returned a not-guilty verdict for alleged mastermind of their murder, Marian Kočner.

Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners and press and media freedom organisations raise concerns about an online smear campaign directed at journalists in Montenegro

Il 7 agosto l’ECPMF ha inviato una lettera privata alle autorità di Malta e in Italia, chiedendo un’indagine approfondita e trasparente sulle minacce fatte contro il giornalista Nello Scavo. Al momento non abbiamo ricevuto risposta dalle autorità. Pertanto rendiamo pubblica la lettera per dimostrare l’apparente rifiuto delle autorità maltesi di indagare sul caso.

Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners and freedom of expression organisations call on the Maltese and Italian governments to ensure a robust, thorough and transparent investigation into Neville Gafà for threats made against journalist, Nello Scavo

Nous réitérons notre appel aux autorités de Monaco d’abandonner les poursuites à l’encontre de Jonathan Taylor, et de l’autoriser à rentrer chez lui sans délai

CNNTurk, Gezi Parkı’nda inşaat için ağaçların kesilmesi üzerine protestoların görüntülerini göstermek yerine penguenler üzerine bir belgesel yayınladığından beri penguenler Türkiye’de medyaya müdahale sembolü haline geldi. Bu, sosyal medyanın Türk halkı için öneminin arttığına işaret etti.

In Turkey, many police violence cases only came to light through social media. Similarly, many murders of women that were unsolved or unpunished were made public due to pressure from the social media and the perpetrators were put on trial and prosecuted. With the new socila media law, these will all become impossible.

ECPMF condemns the recent arson attack on investigative journalists in Ukraine and we urge the authorities to launch a thorough investigation into the intimidation and attacks aimed at muzzling the investigations of a group of journalists in the country

We call on all European institutions to monitor the threats made against Georgian journalist, Giorgi Gabunia and work to support all journalists and media workers in Georgia

Der Medienausschuss des tschechischen Senats ist besorgt über die Zukunft der öffentlichen-rechtlichen Medien, nachdem scharfe Kritiker des Systems in den Aufsichtsgremium gewählt wurden. ECPMF und IPI stellten mehrere ausgewiesene Experten für ein Fachgespräch am Runden Tisch.

Stálá komise Senátu ČR pro sdělovací prostředky má obavy o budoucnost veřejnoprávních médií. ECPMF a IPI poskytly několik mediálních expertů do odborné diskuse u kulatého stolu.

We call on Belarusian authorities to stop attacking, detaining and demonising journalists and media workers and work towards meaningful protections for media freedom

Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners, media protection, human rights, transparency and whistleblowing support organisations, alongside international jurists call on Monaco to immediately withdraw the arrest warrant that led to SBM Offshore whistleblower Jonathan Taylor being arrested in Dubrovnik airport.

IJ4EU launches the second call of its Investigation Support Scheme, offering grants of up to €50,000.

Turkey is currently the largest prison for journalists in the world, with over 80 media workers in detention. The Turkish parliament has now passed a law that gives the government more control over social networks. This article analyses the situation of the Turkish media.

Our Media Freedom Rapid Response Project Coordinator Nik Williams travelled to Malta last week to observe the situation of press and media freedom on the ground in the country and to attend the criminal hearing and the public inquiry into the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

MFRR has once again called for justice in the murder trial of journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfirend Martina Kušnírová in Slovakia

The Polish government seeks to control the public discourse. Gazeta Wyborcza is a flagship for independent quality journalism – and because of that smeared as “anti-state” and “pro-European”. ECPMF talked to former deputy editor-in-chief Piotr Stasiński about SLAPPS, physical threats, “re-polonisation” and what keeps him going.

The year 2020 seems to add another sad chapter on the decline of media freedom in Europe. Main reasons were the impact of the Covid-19 crisis, police violence and online [...]

Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners are profoundly concerned about the latest media freedom attacks in Hungary, which follow only days after the EU Summit, where Prime Minister Viktor Orbán praised the rule of law situation in his country.

The 2020 Media Pluralism Monitor confirms mounting harassment against journalists, media outlets face increasing economic uncertainty, as online media sphere fails to reinforce pluralism.

On 21 July 2020, the European Council adopted conclusions on the recovery plan and multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027. The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) asks for an efficient regime of conditionality for the allocation of EU funds to be introduced to establish an effective instrument against non-compliance with rule of law principles, including media freedom.

ЕЦПМФ и партнерске организације написале су писмо српској влади позивајући их да бране слободу штампе и медија након протеста.

ECPMF and partner organisations have written a letter to the Serbian government urging them to defend press and media freedom following following days of violent protests accross the country where many journalists were attacked

In May 2020, a group of twenty-six NGOs sent an open letter to the European Commission. The letter raised concerns about Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) and offered suggestions [...]

SPAIN: ECPMF, Article19, PDLI, Access Info, la Federación de Sindicatos de Periodistas (FeSP), el Grupo de Estudios de Política Criminal (GEPC) and Universidad Complutense of Madrid were giving oral evidence on 16 July 2020 on the situation of freedom of expression in the country at the UN Periodic Review HRC44.

Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) raises serious concerns about the proposed changes to the funding of public service media in Slovenia and the unacceptably short amount of time that was allocated for public debate and consultation on the matter, which in the meantime has been extended.

The undersigned partners of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), have expressed serious concerns over the recent exclusion and side-lining of critical media outlets during a recent government support package in Greece.

Between 1 May and 26 June 2020, a US-based law firm, Lambert Worldwide and a UK-based law firm, Atkins Thomson sent legal letters to Times of Malta, MaltaToday, Malta Independent, Lovin Malta and The Shift News in relation to their reporting and journalistic enquiries.

There has been a renewed call for justice 1,000 days after the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta

Global organisations sign statement in support of the mandate of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

Media Freedom Rapid Response wspiera Gazetę Wyborczą, przeciwko której toczy się ponad 55 postępowań sądowych

The Media Freedom Rapid Response supports Gazeta Wyborcza in Poland who has received over 55 threats of legal action

Over forty press freedom, human rights, and privacy rights organizations co-signed an open letter to the U.K government asking for the immediate release of Julian Assange. Assange faces up to 175 years in prison if he is convicted under the Espionage Act in the U.S due to his involvement in the Wikileaks Publications in 2010-11.

Media Freedom Rapid Response partners renew call for increased protection of all journalists covering demonstrations. Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners raise further concerns about continued violence against journalists covering [...]

Retrial of Jovo Martinović continuing on 6 July – all charges must be dropped. ECPMF expresses renewed concern about situation of media freedom in Montenegro

Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partner, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), is concerned about the on-going legal harassment of Bulgarian media owner and businessman, Ivo Prokopiev and his media group Economedia, ahead of an expected court verdict on Sunday 28 June 2020.

ECPMF as part of MFRR outlines good practice from EU Member States and Candidate Countries to protect journalists and media workers that can inform the UK Government’s work to establish the National Committee for the Safety of Journalists.

Khadija Ismayilova und Benjamin Best werden von der Leipziger Medienstiftung mit dem diesjährigen dem „Preis fürdie Freiheit und Zukunft der Medien“ ausgezeichnet

Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners, journalist bodies, free expression and journalist support organisations are concerned about the legal threats made against EUobserver in Luxembourg and Belgium and call to stop the use of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) actions across Europe. Left unreformed, such legal threats will be sufficient to silence media workers and outlets. We stand in solidarity with EUobserver and will continue to monitor developments around the case.

The German Presidency of the Council of the European Union begins at a difficult time, in which concerted efforts from across the social, economical and political spectrum are required. We urge Germany to proactively lead the Member States in the Council towards effective solutions that will bring about real progress and overcome challenges, to press and media freedom in Europe.

A legal opinion commissioned by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) finds that the Hungarian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic fails to live up to domestic or European legal standards and entrenches the country’s attacks on independent media outlets, journalists and media workers.

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), the International Press Institute (IPI), PEN International, Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) and other undersigned organisations mark the 1,500th day of Kurdish journalist Nedim Türfent’s imprisonment with a renewed call for his immediate and unconditional release.

ECPMF offers a broad variety of support programmes for threatened and exiled journalists in Germany.

Das ECPMF bietet auch weiterhin eine große Auswahl an Unterstützungsangeboten für in Deutschland lebende, exilierte Journalist:innen an.

Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners call for press cartoonists to be protected to ensure they can realise their right to free expression across Europe.

The organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) welcome the decision by the Italian Constitutional Court to refer a decision on whether to abolish prison sentences for criminal defamation in relation to journalists and media workers to the Italian Parliament.

The EU must end gag lawsuits used to silence individuals and organisations that hold those in positions of power to account.

On 9 June, the Constitutional Court will hold a public hearing into the legitimacy of laws that allow for jail sentences for journalists convicted of defamation. Ahead of the hearing, MediaFreedomRR partners urge for reform.

20 international and local press freedom organisations and signatories are writing to the Public Advertising Agency (BIK) in Turkey in order to repeat our concerns about BIK’s criteria regarding the distribution of public advertisement and bans implemented on newspapers.

Press freedom, media development, and journalists’ organisations call on Member States to adopt ambitious EU budget for independent journalism and recovery of the media sector

Ahead of the planned election in March we urged you to choose from candidates for the Council of Czech TV (Česká televize) independently from any political interference or alleged attempts of influence. We are concerned that the composition of the Council cannot be considered impartial or balanced between political groups no longer.

MFRR partners sent this letter to UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson raising their concerns regarding the decline in press freedom in the UK and attempts of the UK Government to restrict media scrutiny of its policies and discredit critical reporting.

Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners, press freedom and freedom of expression organisations, journalists’ organisations, journalists and media workers condemn threats against journalists in Northern Ireland.

The undersigned NGOs welcome the Commission’s commitment to address the threat of vexatious litigation against journalists, activists and others. The weaponization of the law by powerful economic actors has for too long resulted in the suppression of scrutiny and the consequent weakening of the rule of law in the European Union.

A spate of assaults on media workers in Germany shows how the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing a new kind of violence onto the streets and endangering journalists at work.

Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners are concerned about the increased violence against media professionals at protests and demonstrations across EU Member States and Candidate Countries in the last months and call for increased protection.

ECPMF and partners launch the promising final report on the fact-finding mission “Best Practice” to Denmark in Sweden, conducted in December 2019.

Defying the restrictions to press freedom imposed by the corona virus pandemic, an online webinar succeeded in amplifying the voices calling for protection for media in the crisis.

The Press Freedom Police Codex formulates in eight clauses how the police and journalists can work amicably together. The clauses are based on research into areas of conflict between the two professions from all over Europe. It addresses issues of police violence, surveillance, accreditation, protection of sources and confiscation of journalistic materials.

The first month of 2020 shows that journalists continue to face violent attacks against members of their profession. In January alone, media workers were attacked in five different incidents.

The IJ4EU fund today, May 5, opened two new calls for cross-border investigative journalism projects in the EU and EU candidate countries.

Nine international press freedom organisations have appealed to Attorney General Peter Grech to request Europol to immediately set up a joint investigation team to support the judicial proceedings linked to the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

To mark World Press Freedom Day 2020, ECPMF joined the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) and numerous civil society organisations to launch an emergency appeal for journalism and media support in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

This World Press Freedom Day is even more difficult than usual for media outlets and journalists. Yet Denmark is leading the way to a stable future for quality journalism and media plurality – even in these circumstances.

Launch of the 2020 Annual Report by the partner organisations to the Council of Europe Platform to Promote the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists

Mr. Zgaga has received death threats following a freedom of information request made to the Secretary-General of the Government regarding the operations and structure of the newly-founded Crisis Headquarters of the Republic of Slovenia (Krizni štab Republike Slovenije), which is in charge of combatting the Covid-19 pandemic.

Together with 23 other civil society and press freedom organisations, we give recommendations to the European Commission. These outline how to make the Rule of Law strong, timely, inclusive and representative of the challenges faced by journalists and the media sector.

ECPMF co-signs open letter to the European Commission: the EU must not sit idly by while a Member State’s democracy is in jeopardy.

Marc Pierini, former EU Ambassador to Turkey, initiated an op-ed on the draft amnesty law affecting political prisoners including journalists in Turkey.

The ECPMF as well as other signatories of this letter call on all public authorities and institutions to protect those who report or expose the harms, abuses and serious wrongdoing that arise during this period of crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aşağıda imzası bulunan kuruluşlar Türkiye yetkililerini, sadece haklarını kullandıkları için tutuklanan ya da hüküm giyen gazeteciler, insan hakları savunucuları ve diğer kişileri derhal ve koşulsuz olarak serbest bırakmaya çağırmaktadır.

The undersigned organisations call on the Turkish authorities to immediately and unconditionally release journalists, human rights defenders and others who have been charged or convicted simply for exercising their rights.

In a letter addressed to the Slovenian Minister of Interior Aleš Hojs on Monday 23 March, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), RSF and five other organisations voice their concern regarding the security of the journalist Blaž Zaga.

By Jane Whyatt Freed from jail in Azerbaijan, investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli is taking his case to the European Court of Human Rights, demanding justice. He is also asking critical questions of [...]
By Faith Miyandazi The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) is giving legal support to the Times of Malta and the Maltese blogger Manuel Delia. Both have been sued for [...]
On March 11, the World Health Organisation (WHO) characterized the outbreak of COVID-19 a “global pandemic”. Looking at the confirmed infection rates we are seeing, it is obvious that this [...]

We are writing to express our profound concerns about the dangers of governments taking advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to punish independent and critical media and to introduce restrictions on the access of media to government decision making and action.

We, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), call on European leaders not to exploit emergency measures to legitimise restrictions on press and media freedom during the crisis caused by Covid-19 in any way.

Der investigative Journalist Afgan Mukhtarli wurde nach drei Jahren willkürlicher Inhaftierung aus dem Gefängnis 16 in Aserbaidschan entlassen.

Investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli has been released from Prison 16 in Azerbaijan after three years of arbitrary detention. His release comes after a court pronounced him free on Tuesday afternoon. On 12 January 2018, Mukhtarli was sentenced to six years in prison by the Belakani District Court of Azerbaijan.

Turkey’s independent media outlet Evrensel risks losing public advertising funds due to 6-month indefinite ban imposed by state Ad Agency BIK. Evrensel has been target of continuous judicial & financial harassment for its critical reporting.

Today, as Members of Parliament are going to elect six new Council members of Czech TV (Česká televize), we ask you to choose from the 18 candidates independently from any political interference or attempts to exert influence.

Der erste Monat des Jahres 2020 zeigt, dass Journalistinnen und Journalisten weiterhin mit Gewalt gegen ihren Berufsstand rechnen müssen. In fünf Fällen wurden Medienschaffende allein im Januar angegriffen.

The murders of women journalists Lyra McKee, Daphne Caruana Galizia, Viktoria Marinova and Kim Wall, and of Jan Kuciak’s fiancée Martina Kusnirova, are a grim reminder that women are at risk when they speak out against corruption or speak up for people who are marginalised in society.

Physical attacks, online harassment and censorship: In recent days, media freedom organisations have shed light on threats against journalists reporting on the arrival of migrants into Greece.