Statement

Greece: Concern over criminal charges against investigative reporters

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Statement

Montenegro: Impunity must end for shooting of journalist Olivera Lakić

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Statement

Malta: Implementation of Public Inquiry recommendations must meet international standards

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Feature

Nineteen organisations reiterate their support for Carole Cadwalladr as she faces SLAPP trial

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Support

“In Leipzig I felt very safe. I had time to think.” – Ayşe Düzkan, ECPMF Journalist-in-Residence

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Mission

MFRR to host press freedom mission to the Netherlands

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Monitor

MFRR Monitoring Report: 272 European media freedom violations recorded in first half of 2021

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Statement

Poland: Media freedom groups urge president Duda to veto “lex-TVN”

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Statement

Serbia: Wave of lawsuits against investigative portal KRIK chills media freedom

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Legal

ECPMF and VVJ highly concerned about abusive litigation targeting EU Observer and its reporter Andrew Rettman

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IJ4EU

ECPMF LAUNCHES NEW IJ4EU PODCAST

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Statement

Malta: MFRR expresses concern at anonymisation of court judgements

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Statement

Serbia: MFRR welcomes renewed convictions for murder of Slavko Ćuruvija

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Statement

Serbia: Penal Code amendments require an open and comprehensive debate

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Statement

Poland: journalist’s criminal defamation conviction may further impair freedom of expression

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Feature

MFRR to hold press freedom mission to Greece

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Statement

Poland: Journalist must not be jailed for refusing to disclose source

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Statement

Slovenia: Concerns over controversial changes to RTV programming

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Female Journalists

Violence in the field, discrimination at the workplace: Being a woman or LGBTI+ journalist in Turkey

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Statement

Nineteen organisations condemn the lawsuits brought against Catherine Belton and HarperCollins, deeming them “SLAPPs”

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Statement

Poland: Journalists must be allowed access to Belarus border

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Statement

Greece: Answers needed over alleged state surveillance of journalist

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Statement

Kosovo: ECPMF welcomes shortlisting of new RTK Board members

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Statement

SLAPP lawsuit in Greece underscores need for swift EU directive

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Statement

Poland: Access to public information must not be constrained

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Statement

Slovenia: MFRR welcomes end to STA funding crisis

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Statement

Turkey: Global appeal marks 2000 days in prison for Nedim Türfent

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Statement

Remembering Daphne

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Statement

Statement of the joint press freedom mission to Malta

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Statement

Italy: Journalists face fresh violence covering ‘green pass’ protests

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Statement

ECPMF condemns Putin’s censorship

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IJ4EU

Nominations open for IJ4EU cross-border journalism award

The second annual IJ4EU Impact Award will honour the best transnational investigative reporting with €15,000 in prizes.

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Statement

Greece: Justice Ministry must withdraw amendment on ‘false news’

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Statement

International delegation of press freedom and free speech organisations to visit Malta 14-16 October

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Statement

Albania: MFRR urges government to scrap new Media and Information Agency

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Statement

Fifteen organisations condemn lawsuits brought by ENRC against the Financial Times, Harper Collins, and journalist Tom Burgis in London

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Statement

Fourteen organisations call on INTERPOL to clarify its involvement in arrest warrant issued against British journalist

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Statement

MFRR partners join call for justice for Martin O’Hagan

Twenty years ago today, Sunday World journalist Martin O’Hagan was shot dead in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. To this day, no one has been held to account for his brutal murder.

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Statement

Civil society recommendations: how the European Commission can improve the credibility, inclusiveness and impact of the Rule of Law Report

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Statement

MFRR partners concerned about wave of abusive legal actions against Croatian outlet

Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners are highly concerned about the wave of abusive legal actions against Croatian online news outlet Index.hr.

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Statement

Romania: Filmmakers badly beaten while shooting documentary on illegal logging

The undersigned partners of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today express serious concern over the brutal beating of two filmmakers who were shooting a documentary about illegal logging in Romania and call on the country’s prosecutor general and law enforcement authorities to ensure all those responsible are swiftly brought to justice.

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Statement

MFRR partners welcome European Commission’s Recommendation on protection, safety and empowerment of journalists

The partner organisations in the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) welcome the European Commission’s Recommendation on ensuring the protection, safety and empowerment of journalists and media professionals in the European Union, presented today.

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Statement

MFRR: EU action needed to tackle spyware abuses after Pegasus revelations

As the European Parliament today debates the Pegasus spyware scandal, the undersigned partners of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) call for an immediate investigation into the alleged use of the spyware against journalists by Hungarian authorities and urge the strong implementation of new EU rules on the export of cyber-surveillance technology around the world.

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Statement

Urgent solution needed as Slovenian Press Agency funding crisis passes 250 days

More than 250 days have now passed since the Slovenian Press Agency (STA) last received state funding for carrying out its public service mission from the government of Janez Janša, which currently presides over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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Statement

Slovenia: MFRR calls for firm response after storming of public broadcaster RTV

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and its partners in the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today strongly condemn the attack on the Slovenian public broadcaster RTV Slovenija (RTVS) by Covid-19 deniers and anti-vaccination protesters last Friday.

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Statement

Malta: Concerns over campaign of disinformation and spoof websites targeting media

The partner organisations in the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) are highly concerned about attempts to spread disinformation and discredit Maltese journalists and bloggers who write about the recently indicted murder suspect alleged to have orchestrated and funded the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017.

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Statement

Civil society and media organisations call on the G7 to protect and evacuate journalists and media workers in Afghanistan

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Statement

MFRR urges swift police action over Molotov cocktail attack on home of Dutch journalist

The organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) express serious concern over the Molotov cocktail attack on the home of journalist Willem Groeneveld in Groningen.

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Statement

Amidst escalating crackdown, international community must stand with the people of Belarus

Joint statement firmly condemning the Belarusian government’s unprecedented, rapidly escalating crackdown on Belarusian civil society and its increasingly brazen abuses of the Belarusian people’s right to freedom of expression and information.

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Statement

Poland: open letter to the Sejm in ‘lex TVN’ matter

An open letter to the Sejm by the members of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR).

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Statement

Disturbing pattern of violence and harassment at COVID-related protests across Europe

The partners in the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) are highly concerned by a barrage of attacks and harassment of journalists by protesters at demonstrations across Europe in recent weeks against new government measures taken in light of the Coronavirus-pandemic.

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Statement

Poland: Stronger U.S. and EU action required over ‘lex TVN’

The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today calls for swift and robust action by the European Union and U.S. to defend media freedom in Poland and counter the serious attack on the independence of the country’s largest private television channel TVN by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party.

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Statement

Daphne Caruana Galizia: Landmark Public Inquiry recommendations must be implemented

On 29 July 2021, the landmark Public Inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia published its conclusions, finding that “the State has to shoulder responsibility for the assassination because it created an atmosphere of impunity, generated from the highest levels in the heart of the administration of the Office of the Prime Minister and like an octopus spread to other entities like regulatory institutions and the police, leading to the collapse of the rule of law.

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Grants

“A signal of encouragement” to Belarus

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

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Monitor

147 alerts in 4 months – third MFRR Monitoring Report reveals alarming media freedom trends

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

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Statement

EU Rule of Law report: Little bark, no bite

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.

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Statement

ECPMF highly concerned about raid on home of The Insider editor-in-chief

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.

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Statement

Turkey: Concern over proposals to introduce new regulation of “fake” and “foreign-funded” news

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.

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Statement

Hungary: MFRR highly alarmed by Pegasus surveillance revelations

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.

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SLAPP

UK: New policy paper on countering legal intimidation and SLAPPs

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".

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Statement

Belarus: Joint call condemning raids on media and HRDs and demanding the release of those detained

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Statement

Georgia: ECPMF saddened by death of Alexandr Lashkarava

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.

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Statement

Albania: Concern after government ally elected to head key media regulator

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.

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Statement

Belarus: Onslaught on free press continues unabatedly

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.

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Statement

UK whistleblower Jonathan Taylor finally freed from extradition torment almost one year on

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Statement

Netherlands: Shocking attack on veteran crime reporter requires swift action

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Events

Event: The increasing Legal Risks Faced By Journalists

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Press release

Feindbild Journalist 5: Journalist as enemy stereotype

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Statement

Belarus: Call for the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Journalist Andrei Aliaksandrau

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Statement

Italy: Access to Information Law should not be used to override the protection of journalistic sources

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Mission

EU leaders urged to address media freedom in Slovenia as country takes on EU Presidency

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Mission

Press Freedom deteriorating in Slovenia under latest Janša government

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Statement

Germany: ECPMF highly concerned by police attack on media workers at Düsseldorf protest

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Statement

Slovenia’s EU Presidency must not obstruct efforts to improve media freedom in Europe

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Statement

Italy: Defamation law must be reformed

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Feature

Turkey: EU Commitment to human rights in the EU-Turkey relations must be strengthened

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SLAPP

SLAPPed but not silenced – First global analysis of SLAPPs provided by Business & Human Rights Ressource Centre

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Statement

Slovakia Supreme Court sends murder suspects back for re-trial

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Feature

Turkey: new allegations regarding the unsolved murders of investigative journalists

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Monitor

Ensure gender-justice for women journalists and media workers. MFRR submission to UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression

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Feature

Biden urged to address media freedom in Hungary and Poland during Europe visit

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Statement

Poland: PKN Orlen media purchase violates EU merger rules and media pluralism standards

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Feature

Albania: MFRR partners concerned about restrictions on access to Parliament

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Statement

Slovenia: MFRR calls on Prime Minister Jansa to stop tweeting insults

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Feature

Bulgaria: Put press freedom on interim government agenda

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SLAPP

Lawsuits brought by ENRC attempt to curb freedom of expression and anti-corruption efforts

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Statement

Serbia: Investigative outlet KRIK sued by state security agency director

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Support

IJ4EU fund opens new calls for cross-border investigative journalism

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

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Statement

Turkey: SLAPP lawsuit filed against academic over Paradise Papers tweet

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Statement

Belarus: Strong EU action needed

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Feature

Urgent letter to Croatian Minister of Justice: Do not extradite Whistleblower Jonathan Taylor

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SLAPP

European SLAPP Contest calls out worst legal bullies

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Press release

Media Freedom Rapid Response reloaded for another year

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Support

IJ4EU rebooted: €1.1M in grants for investigative journalism in Europe

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

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Press release

MFRR to hold press freedom mission to Slovenia

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Press release

Serbia: ARTICLE 19 and Media Freedom Rapid Response’s Advocacy Mission and Findings

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Statement

MFRR calls for an ambitious EU Media Freedom Act

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ECPMF

World Press Freedom Day: pandemic increases threats all over Europe

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Mission

Serbia: Media freedom and journalists must be protected. Findings from the 2021 MFRR Mission

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SLAPP

Legal threats from fossil fuel firms reinforce call for anti-SLAPP Directive

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Statement

Journalists and NGOs around the world call on Russia to stop suppression of independent media

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Statement

Poland: Editorial independence of Polska Press outlets at risk

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Press release

Wanted! Real action for media freedom in EU

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SLAPP

Romania: abusive legal action by former bishop against journalists and outlets in Romania

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Feature

MFRR calls on all state bodies in Albania to ensure journalists, media workers and sources are protected

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Statement

Concerns about safety of journalists and media workers who report on the Breton agro-business

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Feature

MFRR submission for the European Commission Recommendations on the Safety of Journalists

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Feature

MFRR submission to the UN on the impact of COVID-19 measures on safety and work of journalists

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Statement

Greek authorities must thoroughly investigate the shooting of Giorgos Karaivaz

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Statement

Demanding justice for Lyra McKee and safety for Northern Ireland journalists

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General

#Uncovered: the secrets of successful cross border journalism

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Feature

Celebrating cross-border journalism with praise and prizes

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Feature

Italy: Wiretapping of journalists reporting on migration must be investigated

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Statement

Greece: Shocking murder of TV journalist demands immediate response

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SLAPP

Coalition aims to outlaw SLAPPs in Europe

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Feature

Letter to Croatian and Monegasque governments: Protect Jonathan Taylor from being extradited

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IJ4EU

Register now for #UNCOVERED 2021 conference

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Feature

Report to Malta public inquiry into the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia

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Statement

International press freedom and journalists’ organisations condemn continued judicial persecution of Jovo Martinović after his appeal was rejected

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Statement

More than 100 calls for Council of Europe Recommendation to combat SLAPPs

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Feature

Summit shows solidarity and points to future safeguards for press freedom

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Statement

Letter to Officials members of the Working Group for the Security and Protection of Journalists

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Statement

MFRR condemns defamation lawsuit against Gazeta Wyborcza Editor-in-Chief by Polish Justice Minister

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Statement

Statement: Twenty-four organisations express solidarity with the Swedish media outlet Realtid ahead of the first hearing in their UK defamation case

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Partners

Letter to All Members of Parliament of the Czech Republic

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.

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Press release

Feindbild Journalist 5: Alliiert im Pressehass

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.

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Feature

Pressure on press freedom from protestors and police

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Feature

A year of solidarity against threats and pandemic

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Feature

New laws, SLAPPS and libel tourism threaten media freedom

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Statement

Call for justice for murdered radio presenter Hazim Özsu

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Feature

Solidarity’s the strongest theme at Media Freedom Rapid Response Summit

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Statement

Letter: Increasing Concerns for Media Freedom in Slovenia

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Statement

Hungary: Fidesz-captured media regulator blocks latest attempt by Klubrádió to return to airwaves

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Statement

Serbia: MFRR condemns dangerous and baseless smear campaign aimed at KRIK

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Press release

Op-ed: The Attack on Media Freedom in Poland Clears Way For an All-Out Assault on Fundamental EU Values

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Statement

Media Freedom in Poland, Hungary and Slovenia: letter to MEPs ahead of March 10 debate

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Statement

France: Investigation opened into attempted murder after attack on journalist

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Press release

First MFRR Summit – Locked Down: Protecting Europe’s Free Press

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Statement

European Commission must urgently address media market distortion in Hungary

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Statement

Serbia: Prison sentence for arson attack on journalist Milan Jovanovic

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IJ4EU

#IJ4EU Impact Award for cross-border journalism shortlist announced!

10 nominations shortlisted for #IJ4EU Impact Award

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Statement

Our letter to Charles Michel: time for EU Member States to act to protect journalists

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Monitor

114 alerts in 4 months – second MFRR monitoring report sheds light on media freedom violations across Europe

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Statement

Plea to Ukraine: don’t dilute whistleblower law

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Statement

Serbia: judiciary must give access to justice for journalist Milan Jovanovic

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Press release

Democracy declining in Poland, finds Media Freedom Rapid Response mission

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Statement

Massive concern over restrictions on Freedom of information

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Feature

Six months of repression since Belarus election – this calls for EU sanctions

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Statement

International Day of Solidarity with Belarus

ECPMF joins call for immediate release of all imprisoned journalists

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Statement

MFRR calls for acquittal of Swedish documentary makers

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Statement

MFRR calls for EU action as Hungary’s last independent radio is silenced

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Statement

UK: Media Freedom Rapid Response condemns harassment of journalist

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Statement

Joint statement in support of Erol Önderoğlu, facing 14 years in prison

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

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Statement

Déclaration commune en soutien à Erol Önderoğlu, qui risque 14 ans de prison

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.

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Statement

Il consorzio MFRR condanna l’assurda richiesta danni di 10 milioni di euro avanzata dall’ex cardinale nei confronti de L’Espresso

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

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Statement

MFRR condemns ‘absurd’ €10 million lawsuit against L’Espresso magazine by sacked Vatican Cardinal

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

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Statement

The Media Freedom Rapid Response calls for urgent police protection for Olivera Lakić following assassination threats made against her

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

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Statement

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

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

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Statement

Defamation action against Inès Léraud was dropped

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

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General

OSCE Representative promises to defend free media for democracy’s sake

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Statement

UK: Italian journalist continues to litigate for access to Assange information

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 […]

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Statement

Le procédure d’extradition contre Jonathan Taylor doit prendre fin

  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 […]

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Statement

Extradition proceedings against Jonathan Taylor must end!

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

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Statement

Albania: Defence Minister’s Chief of Cabinet issues legal threat against journalist

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.

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Statement

ECPMF welcomes UK court decision not to extradite Assange to USA

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

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Statement

ECPMF calls on the UK to release Julian Assange and block his extradition

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 […]

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Statement

ECPMF condemns Turkey court ruling sentencing journalist Can Dündar to over 27 years in prison

“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..."

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Threat

Albania: Private companies are not immune from press scrutiny and we condemn all attempts to use legal actions to target journalists

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.

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Statement

Legal threats brought against Polityka journalist to muzzle investigative reporting

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

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Statement

Turkey: ECPMF highly concerned about arrests of Mezopotamya Agency reporters

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

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Statement

Malta: Threats to the independence of the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia must stop

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

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Press release

Montenegro: the new government must prioritise and uphold press and media freedom

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.

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Statement

Maltese court fails to protect press freedom: Gafà acquitted for threats to journalist

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.

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Monitor

Briefing für politische Entscheidungsträger zu der sich verschlechternden Situation der Pressefreiheit bei Demonstrationen in Deutschland

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.

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General

Croatia: Smear campaign against journalist Anja Kožul, protection needed

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.

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Statement

SLAPP lawsuit suing Swedish online magazine Realtid filed in London

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.

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Statement

MFRR partners raise serious concerns over suspension of funding to Slovenian Press Agency

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.

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Statement

Anniversary of the public inquiry into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

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

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Team

New faces at the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom

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.

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General

The European Democracy Action Plan

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

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SLAPP

Proposal for an EU Anti-SLAPP law

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

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Monitor

Mission Report: Turkey’s journalists on the ropes

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Statement

France tramples on press freedom

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Partners

Country factsheet: Hungary

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Statement

MFRR calls for an investigation into the targeting of journalists by the UK Government

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.

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SLAPP

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

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

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Statement

Germany: attacks on journalists and media workers at protests impede coverage

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Support

Journalist-in-Residence programme in Milan kicks off

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

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Statement

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

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

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Statement

The Czech Republic: MFRR partners concerned over side-lining of critical media outlets during the government press conferences

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.

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SLAPP

Europske organizacije protiv SLAPP-a

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.

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SLAPP

People from across the EU need to be protected from SLAPPs

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Statement

MFRR partners condemn violence after series of physical attacks and threats in Italy

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General

A call on UK authorities to intervene on behalf of whistleblower Jonathan Taylor, stuck in Croatia

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. 

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General

Concern over German documentary crew detained in Greece

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Statement

France: concerns about new draft law that would make it illegal to publish images of police and gendarmes at work

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.

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Statement

France : inquiétudes après une proposition de loi qui rendrait illégale la diffusion d’images des forces de l’ordre

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.

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Statement

MFRR partners EFJ and ECPMF condemn the attempts to prevent journalists and media workers from carrying out their work at a recent protest in Leipzig against the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Statement

Malta: MFRR partners and freedom of expression organisations concerned about attempt to bribe a journalist

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General

22 Slovene editors write joint public letter

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General

Albania: ECPMF condemns bomb attack and calls for effective investigation

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.

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Statement

Statement of urgent concern on the risks to safety and undue restrictions facing journalists in Nagorno Karabakh

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SLAPP

Time to take action against SLAPPs

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Statement

Action required on threats against journalist Patricia Devlin and her family

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Statement

Belarus: Authorities designate Telegram channel NEXTA as “extremist” in further crackdown on independent media

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Statement

ECPMF calls for the release of four journalists of pro-Kurdish news agency Mezopotamya Ajansı

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Statement

We welcome the decision of the Supreme Court of Croatia to revoke the decision to extradite whistleblower Jonathan Taylor to Monaco

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Feature

Khadija Ismayilova donates prize money to fund Azeri journalists

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Statement

Three years after her assassination, still no justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia

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Feature

Justice delayed is justice denied – Virtual vigil for Daphne Caruana Galizia

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Statement

Compromised independence of Turkey’s institutions chokes press freedom

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SLAPP

ECPMF supports Slovenian investigative news outlet financially

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Feature

MFRR calls on EU countries to protect Hungarian Journalists in Europe from state monitoring

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Press release

To go where it hurts – Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media 2020

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

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Statement

MFRR partners and media freedom organisations condemn conviction of journalist Jovo Martinovic by High Court of Montenegro

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

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Support

ECPMF launches €15,000 IJ4EU Impact Award

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.

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Press release

International coalition starts Turkey press freedom mission

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.

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Statement

Does Montenegro choose the European Union or jailing a top journalist?

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.

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General

ECPMF condemns insults against Nello Scavo outside the courthouse

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

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General

ECPMF urges action upon publication of the first EU Annual Rule of Law Report

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. 

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Statement

Hands off Slovenia’s ‘Uncensored’ magazine

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.

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Statement

ECPMF joins 18 civil society organisations to express full support to Vice-President Jourová after attacks by Hungarian government

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

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Statement

ECPMF calls on the UK to release Julian Assange and block his extradition

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.

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Statement

ECPMF and partner organisations write letter of concern to Malta PM over apparent interference in the Daphne Caruana Galizia assassination public inquiry

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.

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Statement

ECPMF and partner organisations call on Turkish authorities to amend laws which have led to arrests of many journalists

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.

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Statement

MFRR partners express concern over recent attacks on journalists and media workers to North Macedonian Prime Minister

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

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Statement

Belarus: Criminal defamation case against editor-in-chief of Nasha Niva Yahor Martsinovich must be dropped

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.

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Statement

Police violence and press restrictions raise further red flags in Bulgaria

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.

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FFM

Dangerzone Demonstrations

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.

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Statement

MFRR calls on Turkey to immediately stop the judicial harassment of Can Dündar and to drop all charges against him

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Press release

Report It campaign to highlight threats against journalists and media workers and encourage everyone to speak up and speak out

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.

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Statement

ECPMF and MFRR partners write letter to the Greek authorities voicing concern over restricted access for media workers to Moria refugee camp

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

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Statement

MFRR partners write letter of concern to Albanian government regarding the plan to amend the country’s audio visual laws

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.

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Statement

ECPMF sign joint statement issuing 5 demands for an ambitious European Democracy Action Plan

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.

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Press release

Wegen wiederholter Zusammenstöße: ECPMF veröffentlicht Codex, um Verhältnis zwischen Polizei und Presse in Deutschland zu verbessern

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.

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Statement

ECPMF calls on Turkey drop the charges against journalist Oktay Candemir and return his confiscated property

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.

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Statement

ECPMF and fellow organisations write letter of concern over SLAPP case to the Irish government

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.

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Statement

MFRR calls for thorough investigation into use of force against journalists during anti-government protests in Bulgaria

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

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Statement

Slovakia: A travesty of justice in the case of investigative journalist, Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová as alleged masterminds are acquitted

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.

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Statement

MFRR partners raise concerns about smear campaign directed at journalists in Montenegro

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

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Statement

I partner di MFRR richiedono ai governi maltese e italiano di indagare sulle minacce fatte ai giornalisti

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.

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Statement

MFRR partners call on Maltese and Italian governments to investigate threats made to journalist

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

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Statement

Protection des lanceurs d’alerte: annulez le mandat d’arrêt de Jonathan Taylor!

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

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Journalists in Residence

Türkiye’de penguenleşme

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.

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Journalists in Residence

Social media law in Turkey: a new stage of penguinisation

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.

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Statement

Ukraine: Investigative journalists face arson attacks and surveillance

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

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Feature

Letter calling for EU leaders’ support for Georgian journalist Georgi Gabunia

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

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Statement

Runder Tisch in Prag: “Die Medien sollten die Politik kontrollieren und nicht umgekehrt”, sagt Senator Smoljak

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.

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Statement

Kulatý stůl v Praze: Média mají kontrolovat politiky a nikoli naopak, říká senátor Smoljak

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.

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Statement

ECPMF and other international organisations call on Belarusian authorities to stop their oppression of journalists and media freedom

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

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Statement

MFRR partners call on Monaco to withdraw arrest warrant on oil industry whistleblower Jonathan Taylor

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.

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Statement

IJ4EU launches the second call of its Investigation Support Scheme

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

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Monitor

Media in Turkey: a testing ground of censorship and control

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.

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General

Malta: report from Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination public inquiry

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

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Statement

Slovakia: MFRR renews call for justice in Kuciak murder ahead of verdict

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

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Press release

Gazeta Wyborcza’s Piotr Stasiński: “They want to bury us under an avalanche of lawsuits”

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.

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Monitor

126 alerts in 4 months – first MFRR-report documents severe threats to media freedom across Europe

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Threat

MFRR Open Letter: Dismissal and resignations at Hungary’s largest news site after EU Summit create a moment of alarming symbolism

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.

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Monitor

MPM2020: Media in Europe face multiple threats, new Media Pluralism Monitor shows

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

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Statement

EU Summit compromise: economy first, rule of law second?

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.

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Statement

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

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

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Statement

ECPMF and partner organisations write letter to Serbian government urging them to defend press and media freedom following protests

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

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Legal Support

European Commission replies to open letter regarding SLAPPs

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Statement

HRC44: intervención oral para la adopción del Examen Periódico Universal de España

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.

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Statement

Slovenia: proposed changes to public service media raise serious concern by MFRR partners

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.

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Statement

MFRR partners raise concerns over proposed low funding for opposition media outlets in Greece

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.

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Legal

Malta: five media outlets threatened by lawyers of British-Azeri business owner

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.

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Statement

Malta: Renewed call for justice 1,000 days after the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

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

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Statement

Statement in support of the mandate of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

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

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Statement

Media Freedom Rapid Response wspiera Gazetę Wyborczą

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

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Statement

The Media Freedom Rapid Response supports Gazeta Wyborcza in Poland

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

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General

Open Letter to the U.K government to free Julian Assange

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.

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Statement

Fresh attacks worsen climate of hostility against journalists covering protests across Europe

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Threat

Montenegro: retrial of investigative journalist Jovo Martinović – all charges must be dropped

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

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Threat

Bulgarian media owner is threatened with prison term for expressing opinion

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.

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Advocacy

Protecting Journalists and Media Workers: Good Practice

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.

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Press release

Dahin gehen, wo es weh tut – Preis für die Freiheit und Zukunft der Medien 2020

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

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Threat

Stop use of SLAPPs: International organisations and journalist bodies express concern about legal threats against EUobserver

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.

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Statement

Open letter ahead of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

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.

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Statement

Hungary’s two pandemics: COVID-19 and attacks on media freedom

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.

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Feature

Joint statement on Kurdish journalist Nedim Türfent

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.

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Support

ECPMF supports media professionals under threat and in exile in Germany

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

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Support

Das ECPMF unterstützt bedrohte und exilierte Medienschaffende in Deutschland

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

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Statement

Press Cartoonists in Europe must be protected

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.

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Statement

MFRR partners welcome the step forward by Italian Constitutional Court to abolish prison sentences for criminal defamation

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.

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Statement

Ending Gag Lawsuits in Europe – Protecting Democracy and Fundamental Rights

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

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Threat

MFRR call on Italian Constitutional Court to abolish prison sentences for criminal defamation as part of wider legislative reform

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.

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Threat

Open letter to the Public Advertising Agency (BIK) in Turkey on concerns regarding public advertisement and bans implemented on newspapers

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.

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Statement

Joint call on EU Member States to adopt an ambitious Multiannual Financial Framework

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

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Threat

Czech Republic: Follow Up to Request to Preserve Freedom and Independence of Public Service TV

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.

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Statement

MFRR call on the UK Government to act in a transparent manner that respects press and media freedom in the UK

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.

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Threat

Threats against journalists in Northern Ireland must stop

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.

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Legal Support

Open letter to the European Commission concerning the threat of vexatious litigation against journalists…

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.

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General

Attacks against journalists in Germany: facts and trends

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.

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Threat

Journalists and media workers need to be protected when covering demonstrations and protests!

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.

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Press release

Media freedom made in Scandinavia – examples of best practice

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

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General

No Lockdown for Press Freedom! Virtual talk illustrates effects of Covid-19 measures across Europe

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.

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Press release

Press Freedom Police Codex

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.

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Statement

Threats to journalists: The ’new normal’ in Germany

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.

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Projects

IJ4EU fund opens new calls for cross-border investigative journalism

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

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Statement

Joint call on Attorney General to ask Europol for joint investigation team on Daphne Caruana Galizia murder

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.

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Statement

ECPMF joins GFMD emergency appeal for support to journalism and media

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.

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FFM

COVID19 and World Press Freedom Day: Denmark provides a survival kit for media outlets

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.

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Press release

Attacks on media in Europe must not become a new normal

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

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General

Letter to Jourová and Reynders on the situation in Slovenia – the case of Blaz Zgaga

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.

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Advocacy

From blueprint to footprint: Safeguarding media freedom and pluralism through the European Rule of Law Mechanism

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.

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Statement

Open letter: EU must not sit idly by while democracy is in jeopardy

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.

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Statement

Op-ed former EU ambassador: FREE PRISONERS OF OPINION IN TURKEY

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

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Statement

Coalition to make whistleblowing safe during COVID-19

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.

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Statement

Hak örgütleri Türkiye’yi COVID-19 riskiyle karşı karşıya olan mahpus gazeteciler, insan hakları savunucuları ve diğer kişileri bir an önce serbest bırakmaya çağırıyor

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.

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Statement

Turkey: Call for urgent release of imprisoned journalists, human rights defenders and others, now at risk of Covid-19

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.

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Statement

Seven organisations call on the Slovenian government to stop harassing an investigative journalist

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.

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General

Jailed journalist Mukhtarli starts his battle for justice

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Statement

Malta: ECPMF offers legal support to Times of Malta and Manuel Delia

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Statement

Turkey: Call for Action to Protect Prisoners from COVID19 Pandemic

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Statement

Call for Europe’s leaders to protect free flow of information to tackle COVID-19

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.

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Statement

ECPMF urges European leaders to respect freedom of expression during the corona crisis

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.

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Press release

Endlich frei: Investigativer Journalist Afgan Mukhtarli aus dem Gefängnis in Aserbaidschan entlassen

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

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Press release

Free at last: Investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarlì freed from prison in Azerbaijan

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.

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Statement

Turkey: Call to end advertising ban on Evrensel

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.

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Statement

Joint request to all Members of Parliament of the Czech Republic to Preserve Freedom and Independence of Public Service TV

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.

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Press release

Feindbild Journalist IV: Bedrohung als Normalzustand

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.

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Women's Reporting Point

Women journalists and the threats they face: A look across Europe

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.

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Statement

EU and Member States must create safe environment for journalists reporting on the humanitarian situation in Greece

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.

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Support

IJ4EU relaunches: 1 million euros for investigative journalism in Europe

The Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) fund will distribute 1 million euros to cross-border investigative journalism projects in EU member states and candidate countries in 2020, the organisations managing the fund announced today.

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Support

Rapid response mechanism marks a new start for press freedom

ECPMF and partners start Rapid Response Mechanism to support journalists under threat/ European Commission Co-funds the programme with 1.4 Million Euro

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Statement

Media freedom campaigners and journalists unite for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom has signed a petition calling for Assange to be released. He is wanted in the United States, where the authorities intend to put him on trial in the state of Virginia, charged with facilitating the leak of military secrets.

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Advocacy

Remembering Ján and Martina

Two years after the deaths of investigative reporter Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírova, we invited supporters of press freedom to join us in a short ceremony of remembrance in Leipzig.

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Jobs

Internship | Press and Communications

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Journalists in Residence

Blaž Zgaga

“I am freelance investigative journalist based in Slovenia, who writes for the Croatian weekly magazine Nacional and works with European Investigative Collaborations (EIC). After I disclosed that the most powerful […]

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Threat

Turkey: The re-arrest of novelist Ahmet Altan is arbitrary and cruel

20.11.2019 Turkish authorities have re-arrested the internationally-known Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan just one week after his release from over three years in detention. ECPMF and the undersigned organisations said that […]

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Statement

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

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.

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Statement

Letter to EC VP Věra Jourová on Anti-SLAPP legislation

With more than 20 international organisations we have written a joint letter to European Commissioner Vice President Věra Jourová calling on her to include everyone who has been impacted by […]

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Press release

PRESS RELEASE: Launch of Press Freedom Police Codex in France

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Threat

Slovakia: Freedom of expression groups welcome start of trial in Ján Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova murders

17.01.2020 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 […]

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ECPMF

A look back at 2019 – ECPMF

01.01.2020 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 […]

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Campaigns

How to stop SLAPPs – the intentional silencing of critical voices

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Threat

Albanian authorities pursue highly problematic media laws despite public outcry

We, the undersigned organisations, call on the Albanian parliament not to approve the draft media laws known as the “defamation package.” Should the draft laws enter into force, they would […]

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Advocacy

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

16.12.2019 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 […]

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Threat

CONCLUSIONS OF THE JOINT INTERNATIONAL PRESS FREEDOM MISSION TO HUNGARY

03.12.2019 Hungary dismantles media freedom and pluralism These conclusions reflect the initial findings of the joint mission to Hungary carried out by the International Press Institute (IPI), Article 19, the […]

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Threat

Malta: International organisations concerned by appearance of political interference into the investigation of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

26.11.2019 We, the undersigned organisations, reiterate that the investigation into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia must be independent and impartial. We remind Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat that there must […]

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Statement

Assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia: International organisations cautiously welcome improved terms of the public inquiry

15 November 2019 We, the undersigned organisations, cautiously welcome today’s announcement by the Maltese Government that they will update terms of reference and the composition of the Board of Inquiry […]

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Threat

Statement on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

02.11.2019 On International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, twelve partner organisations of the Council of Europe Platform to Promote the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists call on […]

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Threat

Poland: Ruling Law and Justice party and public broadcaster TVP must drop SLAPP defamation lawsuits against Law Professor Sadurski

28.11.2019 ARTICLE 19 and the undersigned organisations call for the governing party in Poland, the Law and Justice party (PiS), and public broadcaster TVP to immediately drop their criminal and […]

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Helpdesk

Unsere erste Stipendiatin – Eine Initiative des Helpdesk

Über die Funktionsweise des Helpdesk: Der Helpdesk hat das Ziel Journalist*Innen im Exil in Deutschland zu unterstützen und sie darin zu befähigen ihrer journalistischen Arbeit nachzugehen. Der Helpdesk reagiert damit auf […]

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Helpdesk

Our first scholar – The Helpdesk initiative

What is the Helpdesk?  The Helpdesk responds to some of the challenges exiled journalists in Germany are facing – with the goal to empower them and to support them to continue  […]

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Legal

Victory for ECPMF-backed case at the European Court of Human Rights

By Jane Whyatt – 06.11.2019 A Hungarian journalist has won a major legal victory and test case with support from the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF). Illés […]

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Threat

Joint call for Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and other journalists to be released

03.11.2019 Free speech and human rights organisations call for Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and other journalists to be released. Ahead of the second hearing in the retrial of […]

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Campaigns

Expert Talk on Anti SLAPP Solutions

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Threat

Turkey: Altan & others still in jail as retrial commences on new bogus terrorism charges

18.10.2019 On 8 October, the retrial of journalists, writers and media workers Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak, Yakup Şimşek, Fevzi Yazıcı and Şükrü Tuğrul Özşengül on terrorism charges began […]

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Threat

International organisations demand an end to impunity two years after the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta

16.10.2019 Two years after the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta, on 16 October 2019, we, the undersigned international free expression, anti-corruption, and journalists’ organisations, once again demand […]

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Threat

Joint statement Gezi trial: Osman Kavala must be released!

10.10.2019 On Tuesday, 8. October, the third hearing of the Gezi Park trial has been held at İstanbul 30th Heavy Penal Court in Silivri. The court ruled that leading civil […]

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Threat

Neuer Anlauf für die Medienfreiheit: Vier internationale Organisationen formulieren Forderungen an neue Regierung Österreichs 

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Threat

23.09.2019 share on  Daphne Caruana Galizia: Why there are concerns over the public inquiry into her assassination By Renata Rat – 23.09.2019 86 days. It took the Maltese government 86 […]

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Threat

Human Rights Council: Hold Malta to establish a public inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination

19.09.2019 On behalf of 10 organisations, including the ECPMF, ARTICLE 19 responds to the Secretary General’s report on reprisals for cooperation with the UN in the field of human rights […]

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Threat

Joint statement on freedom of expression crisis in Turkey in front of the UN Human Rights Council

18.09.2019 At the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council, ARTICLE 19  delivered a joint statement on behalf of a group of civil society organisations, including the ECPMF. Item 4: […]

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Threat

“Please save my life”: Julian Assange in prison

By Annissa Warsame Cell Number 37, ‘Britain’s Guantanamo Bay’ – a single occupancy cell, furnished sparsely with a plastic chair, metal bed and steel toilet. For over 150 days this […]

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Threat

Montenegro: Joint call on the authorities to acquit Jovo Martinovic

09.09.2019 The ECPMF and the undersigned organisations call on the Montenegrin authorities to acquit investigative journalist Jovo Martinović, convicted for marijuana smuggling and criminal association and sentenced to 18 months […]

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Threat

Media freedom and journalists’ organisations call on Russia to provide an enabling environment for journalists covering the Moscow protests

22.08.2019 A coalition of eight media freedom and journalists’ organisations are calling on Russian authorities to immediately stop the harassment of journalists who have been covering the recent protests in […]

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General

#ichwähleFakten – und Du?

Anlässlich der Landtagswahl am 1. September 2019 in Sachsen führt das ECPMF seine Kampagne #ichwähleFakten für Pressefreiheit und gegen Desinformation durch.

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Threat

Open letter: Rights organisations call on UK authorities to protect press freedom

After the recent attack on The Guardian columnist Owen Jones, the ECPMF has joined Scottish PEN, ARTICLE 19, English PEN, Index on Censorship, National Union of Journalists Scotland and Reporters […]

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Threat

Turkey: Leading coalition of free expression organisations highlight unprecedented crackdown on freedom of expression in report to UN

02.08.2019 More than two years since the attempted coup in 2016 and one year after its state of emergency measures were lifted, the government of Turkey continues its relentless and […]

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Threat

Spain: submission to UN Human Rights Council on threats to freedom of expression

01.08.2019 The ECPMF and Article 19  have made a Universal Periodic Review submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the situation of freedom of expression in Spain for […]

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Threat

Albania: Government should withdraw “anti-defamation” legislative package introducing state regulation of online media outlets

29.07.2019 Along with four other media freedom organisations, the ECPMF co-signed a statement, raising concern over the amendments of the “anti-defamation” package and calling the Albanian government to withdraw two […]

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Legal

A week full of inconsistencies in Turkey – Erol Önderoğlu acquitted but many others still detained

By ECPMF – 24.07.2019 In a busy week for Turkey’s courts, the ECPMF sent two representatives to Turkey in order to monitor court hearings and to meet with journalists, defendants, […]

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Threat

Call for new European Commission President to prioritise press freedom

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 […]

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ECPMF

Greece: New Democracy – New Press Freedom?

By Renata Rat – 10.07.2019 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 […]

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Statement

Defend Media Freedom: New pledges not credible without action

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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Statement

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

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.

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Threat

Albania: Preliminary findings of joint freedom of expression mission

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Women's Reporting Point

Female sport reporters face floods of sexist insults over World Cup coverage

By Renata Rat – 13.06.2019 When Claudia Neumann, a German sports journalist, commentated on a World Cup football match as the first female reporter ever in 2018, she experienced a […]

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Threat

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

By Renata Rat – 25.06.2019 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 […]

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Campaigns

#ivote4pressfreedom because democracy needs free media

Here at the ECPMF, we are urging all Europeans to vote for press freedom. That's why we are creating a hashtag, campaign and special online tool - #ivote4pressfreedom.

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Legal

Court decides police were wrong to refuse journalist accreditation for political event

By Jane Whyatt – 16.04.2019 The High Court in London has ruled that police wrongly classed a political reporter as a security risk because he was present when activists released […]

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ECPMF

Serbia: conference on impunity for crimes against journalists aims to calm protests and achieve justice

By Renata Rat – 10.04.2019 The Journalists’ Association of Serbia (UNS) and Serbian public broadcaster Radio Televizija Srbije (RTS) are organising an international conference to commemorate the bombing of RTS […]

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Threat

Twenty years after the murder of Serbian journalist Slavko Ćuruvija, the trial ends

By Renata Rat – 04.04.2019 It was Easter Sunday April 11th, 1999. The NATO bombs started falling on Serbia a month ago. Slavko Ćuruvija and his partner return home from Easter […]

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Women's Reporting Point

Women investigative journalists battle sexism to do it their own way

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Legal

Victory! EU directive finally protects whistleblowers

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Campaigns

SLAPP: the background of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation

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Legal

ECPMF legal aid in 2017: from Turkey to Azerbaijan and Italy

20.03.2018 The ECPMF offers and coordinates legal support on matters related to free speech for individuals and organisations working in countries located in Europe. Threats to the life, safety, wellbeing […]

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Statement

Media freedom organisations and MEPs back new anti-SLAPP law

By Emil Weber – 06.03.2018 Six members of the European Parliament have called on the European Commission (EC) to swiftly initiate legislation to protect investigative journalism in Europe. The cross […]

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Threat

MPs deplore jail term of Afgan Mukhtarli

On 12 January, the Balakan Regional Court in Azerbaijan sentenced investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli to six years in prison. Members of the UK Parliament are calling for more humane treatment of the jailed journalist.

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Threat

Conflicting stories at trial of Afgan Mukhtarli

At the Balakan District Court, Afgan Mukhtarli’s trial on 28 December started with a scandal. Court officials blocked journalists from filming outside, and then prohibited them from entering the courtroom.

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Legal

Albanian Journalist: “Hopefully the wheels of justice will grind fine in the end”

By Emil Weber – 03.01.2018 Every month, Albanian investigative journalists Mr. Besar Likmeta and Ms. Aleksandra Bogdani appear in court in a defamation case initiated by a powerful judge and […]

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Threat

Journalist Afgan Mukhtarli in court amid concerns for human rights

On 14 December, the trial of journalist Afgan Mukhtarli continued at the Balakan District Court. In May this year, Mukhtarli had mysteriously disappeared from Georgia, where he was living, and later resurfaced in Baku - under arrest.

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Threat

EU and UK politicians voice concerns about journalist Afgan Mukhtarli

Politicians in the European and British parliament are publicly calling for fair treatment of the Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, who was abducted in Georgia and is facing trial in Azerbaijan.

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Legal

“Someone took ten years of my life” – Montenegrin journalist

By Emil Weber – 13.12.2017 The Montenegrin investigative journalist, Mr Tufik Softić, has recently been awarded 7,000 euros by the Constitutional Court of Montenegro for the moral harm caused by […]

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Women's Reporting Point

Almost half of all women journalists endure harassment – here you find help

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Legal

Romania: ECPMF helps Active Watch to oppose new draft law

By Mira Swaminathan – 06.11.2017 A new draft law was introduced in Romania in October 2017 that threatens the independence of the national news agency, Agerpres. The ECPMF is supporting ActiveWatch […]

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Legal

Why we need a EU framework for the protection of whistleblowers

By Marzia Bona – 02.11.2017 On October 24th, 2017, the European Parliament voted an important – although not binding – report on the need for a EU framework for the protection […]

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Statement

An open letter from Henrik Kaufholz, ECPMF Chairman, to all parliamentarians in the Council of Europe

Dear Member of the Parliamentary Assembly, Azerbaijan’s human rights record is shameful. Europe’s elected representatives should insist on improvements before ANY further co-operation is proposed or deals are signed with Azerbaijan - by individuals, state-backed companies, nations or European institutions.

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Threat

Jailed journalist accuses government of “revenge”

Reporter Afgan Mukhtarli has made a defiant speech in court, claiming he is being punished as “revenge“ for his investigations of alleged corruption involving Azerbaijan’s ruling family, the Aliyevs.

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Threat

MEPs demand Afgan Mukhtarli’s release, but EU’s Hahn courts Baku regime

The European Parliament has denounced the state kidnapping of journalist Afghan Mukhtarli. The roles of Azerbaijan and Georgia are both highlighted in a three-page, strongly-worded condemnation.

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Threat

Protests against Azeri journalist’s “extraordinary rendition” and detention

Demonstrators have gathered in the Georgian capital Tbilisi in support of Afghan Mukhtarli, the exiled journalist who was taken by unknown persons to Azerbaijan where he is now on trial.

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Statement

ECPMF chairman Henrik Kaufholz: “Georgia’s failure to protect exiled journalists contradicts country’s commitments under EU Association Agreement”

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) strongly condemns the abduction of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli from his Tbilisi, Georgia exile on 29 May 2017.

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Women's Reporting Point

Not just banter: Women journalists speak out against sexual harassment

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