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Do we want a free press or just free stuff?

ECPMF  |  22.03.2019

Do we want a free press or just free stuff? | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

MEPs look set to agree on the new Digital Single Market Copyright Directive, which will give creative people such as musicians, media workers, journalists, and movie-makers more rights over the digital use and dissemination of their content. The directive is highly controversial. The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom welcomes the new legislation – with certain reservations.

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HRC40: Oral statement on the adoption of Malta’s UPR

ECPMF  |  15.03.2019

HRC40: Oral statement on the adoption of Malta’s UPR | ECPMF

by ECPMF

ARTICLE 19, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), PEN International, and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) raised concerns on press freedom in Malta and delivered the following joint oral statement on 15 March 2019 to the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council on the adoption of Malta’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva.

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Presse- und Medienfreiheit in der EU: Theorie und Realität

ECPMF  |  14.03.2019

Presse- und Medienfreiheit in der EU: Theorie und Realität | ECPMF

von Lutz Kinkel

Auf dem Papier ist die EU ein Paradies der Pressefreiheit. In der Realität werden Journalisten verfolgt, eingesperrt und ermordet – und in Ungarn predigt der Staatschef unverhohlen den „illiberalen Staat“. Ein Statusbericht aus dem Sammelband „Europa eine Stimme geben“, den MEP Martina Michels herausgegeben hat.  

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Turkey: Cumhuriyet convictions a further blow to the rule of law

ECPMF  |  20.02.2019

Turkey: <em>Cumhuriyet</em> convictions a further blow to the rule of law | ECPMF

Press freedom and the rule of law in Turkey suffered yet another blow yesterday. In a detrimental ruling, an appeals court in Istanbul upheld the guilty verdicts and sentencing of independent newspaper, Cumhuriyet’s journalists and staff members.

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Call for justice and accountability of state authorities on the anniversary of the murder of Ján Kuciak

ECPMF  |  20.02.2019

Call for justice and accountability of state authorities on the anniversary of the murder of Ján Kuciak | ECPMF

On behalf of the undersigned media freedom organisations, representing thousands of journalists and human rights activists across Europe, we urge the Slovak authorities to immediately start examining state responsibility in the failure to prevent the assassination of Ján Kuciak.

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Resolution on ineffective legal remedy for Turkey's journalists

ECPMF  |  14.02.2019

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

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

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Slovakia: "right of reply" legislative proposal raises concerns

ECPMF  |  08.02.2019

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by ECPMF staff

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

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Lessons learned: IJ4EU and the future of investigative journalism

ECPMF  |  06.02.2019

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

By Jane Whyatt

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

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What we need for investigative journalism to survive and thrive

ECPMF  |  05.02.2019

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

by Lutz Kinkel

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

 

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

ECPMF  |  28.01.2019

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

by Hervé Kempf

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

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Uncovering stories that matter for Europe

ECPMF  |  17.01.2019

Uncovering stories that matter for Europe | ECPMF

by Daniel Leon

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

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Montenegro: Jovo Martinović sentenced to 18 months in jail

ECPMF  |  15.01.2019

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

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Joint letter: Demand to guarantee the full independence of LRT

ECPMF  |  10.01.2019

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

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

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

ECPMF  |  20.12.2018

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

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

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NEWSOCRACY conference in Prague: why media ownership concerns us all

ECPMF  |  15.12.2018

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

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

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