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Call for new European Commission President
to prioritize press freedom

ECPMF  |  22.07.2019

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

by ECPMF

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

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Turkish think-tank report escalates harassment of journalists

ECPMF  |  09.07.2019

Turkish think-tank report escalates harassment of journalists | ECPMF

by ECPMF

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




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

ECPMF  |  01.07.2019

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

Interview by Frederic Krull

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




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

ECPMF  |  27.06.2019

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

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

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Albania: Preliminary findings of joint freedom of expression mission

ECPMF  |  20.06.2019

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

by ECPMF

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




Appeal to EU leaders ahead of the 6th South EU Summit to be held in Malta

ECPMF  |  13.06.2019

Appeal to EU leaders ahead of the 6th South EU Summit to be held in Malta | ECPMF

by ECPMF

EU leaders from Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain are urged to address the ongoing impunity in the case of assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

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Open letter concerning PACE draft report on Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination

ECPMF  |  28.05.2019

Open letter concerning PACE draft report on Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination | ECPMF

Ahead of a meeting of the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Paris, we sent this open letter to the Maltese PACE members.

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10 years European Charter on Freedom of the Press

ECPMF  |  25.05.2019

10 years European Charter on Freedom of the Press | ECPMF

by Lutz Kinkel

today is a special day, a symbolic day – in the middle of the elections for a new European Parliament (#Ivote4PressFreedom!), we celebrate the tenth anniversary of a document that is the ECPMF's guiding star: the European Charter on Freedom of the Press.

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Charging WikiLeaks founder Assange under the Espionage Act is a threat to press freedom and investigative journalism

ECPMF  |  24.05.2019

Charging WikiLeaks founder Assange under the Espionage Act is a threat to press freedom and investigative journalism | ECPMF

by ECPMF

The American Justice Department (DOJ) has charged WikilLeaks founder Julian Assange under the Espionage Act. This is alarming press freedom supporters around the globe.

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Journalistic Ethics and the Strache Affair: Interview with Tom Law (EJN) on the ethics of the Strache video

ECPMF  |  22.05.2019

Journalistic Ethics and the Strache Affair: Interview with Tom Law (EJN) on the ethics of the Strache video | ECPMF

By Daniel Leon

The ECPMF spoke this morning with Tom Law, deputy director of the London-based Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) about the Strache Affair, about the ethics of producing and disseminating the Strache video.

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Strache Affair shows the need to promote and defend press and media freedom

ECPMF  |  20.05.2019

Strache Affair shows the need to promote and defend press and media freedom | ECPMF

by ECPMF

Journalistic freedom and ethics are in the spotlight as Austria and the European political landscape are rocked by the Strache Affair.

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Open letter to President Erdoğan over the brutal attacks on journalists in Turkey

ECPMF  |  16.05.2019

Open letter to President Erdoğan over the brutal attacks on journalists in Turkey | ECPMF

After brutal attacks on journalists in Turkey during the past days, the ECPMF joins 19 other organisations in sending this open letter to President Erdoğan.

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Classical music, cartoons and courage - new ways to stand up for press freedom

ECPMF  |  06.05.2019

Classical music, cartoons and courage - new ways to stand up for press freedom | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Looking at the state of press freedom in Europe can be depressing. But the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom keeps finding new ways to motivate human rights defenders. On World Press Freedom Day in ECPMF’s home city of Leipzig, they shared some of their best ideas.

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Dimitar Stoyanov and Attila Biro win Axel Springer Award 2019

ECPMF  |  03.05.2019

Dimitar Stoyanov and Attila Biro win Axel Springer Award 2019 | ECPMF

On 2. May, the Axel Springer Prize for Young Journalists was presented for the 28th time in Berlin. This important award honors young reporters in the German-speaking regions for their excellent journalistic achievements, in the categories gold, silver and bronze. In addition, awards for 'creative implementation' as well as 'entertainment and humour' were given.

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World Press Freedom Day 2019 - Internationaler Tag der Pressefreiheit in Leipzig 2019

ECPMF  |  03.05.2019

World Press Freedom Day 2019 - Internationaler Tag der Pressefreiheit in Leipzig 2019 | ECPMF

von ECPMF

Kurz vor den Wahlen zum Europäischen Parlament und vor den drei Landtagswahlen in Ostdeutschland wollen wir mit Ihnen sprechen – über Meinungsfreiheit, „Lügen-presse“, Fakes, Rundfunkbeiträge, Uploadfilter… und über vieles mehr.

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#ivote4pressfreedom because democracy needs free media

ECPMF  |  30.04.2019

#ivote4pressfreedom because democracy needs free media | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

We live in interesting times. Interesting because politics is in turmoil, with fake news and propaganda widespread across Europe. People are uncertain whom or what to trust. That's precisely why we need free media.

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Turkey: Two years without Wikipedia

ECPMF  |  29.04.2019

Turkey: Two years without Wikipedia | ECPMF

#2yearswithoutWiki

Today marks two years since the Turkish government blocked access to the online encyclopaedia website, Wikipedia, in Turkey.  

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and seven other human rights organisations strongly condemn the ban as part of the Turkish government’s relentless campaign to silence independent media and restrict internet freedoms in the country. We call for the government to end its crackdown on free speec … read more




Serbian unions demand: end impunity for those who kill journalists

ECPMF  |  23.04.2019

Serbian unions demand: end impunity for those who kill journalists | ECPMF

by Renata Rat

Serbia is a case study in impunity for crimes against journalists. During her speech at an international conference in the capital Belgrade, ECPMF board member Ljiljana Smajlovic expressed the hope that the verdict on the killers of journalist Slavko Curuvija marks a turning point, finally breaking this vicious pattern.

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Joint statement: Lengthy judicial harassment in Turkey must stop

ECPMF  |  12.04.2019

Joint statement: Lengthy judicial harassment in Turkey must stop | ECPMF

The below-named freedom of expression organisations denounce the lengthy judicial harassment suffered by Reporters Without Borders representative and IPI member Erol Önderoğlu, Turkey’s Human Rights Foundation Chair Şebnem Korur Fincancı and journalist Ahmet Nesin, and call for their full acquittal at the hearing on 15. April 2019, when a verdict is expected.

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Julian Assange’s prosecution must observe human rights and freedom of expression principles

ECPMF  |  11.04.2019

Julian Assange’s prosecution must observe human rights and freedom of expression principles | ECPMF

by ECPMF

On Thursday, UK authorities arrested WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange after the Ecuadorian Embassy in London withdrew his asylum. He had been staying in the embassy for seven years, over fears of being extradited to Sweden and from there to the United States to be prosecuted for publishing a quarter of a million US diplomatic cables online.

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Urgent message to Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Prime Minister Ana Brnabič

ECPMF  |  05.04.2019

Urgent message to Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Prime Minister Ana Brnabič | ECPMF

Dear Mr. President, dear Ms. Prime Minister

We urge the Serbian authorities to defend the rights of journalists, editors and broadcasters to do their jobs without intimidation.  

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Open letter to Slovakia's President-elect Zuzana Čaputová

ECPMF  |  02.04.2019

Open letter to Slovakia's President-elect Zuzana Čaputová | ECPMF

After lawyer and civil rights activist Zuzana Čaputová was elected as Slovakia's first female president on 30 March 2019, several freedom of expression organisations joined the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) to send her a letter, drawing attention to the press and media freedom situation in the country.

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MEPs vote for controversial copyright reform - now let's make it work!

ECPMF  |  26.03.2019

MEPs vote for controversial copyright reform - now let's make it work! | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

MEPs have adopted the new Copyright Directive that will give more rights to creative people such as musicians, media workers, journalists, and movie-makers. 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

Slovakia:

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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| ECPMF">

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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One year after arrests of murder suspects, international NGOs condemn continued lack of justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia

ECPMF  |  04.12.2018

One year after arrests of murder suspects, international NGOs condemn continued lack of justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia | ECPMF

04.12.2018. Nine international freedom of expression, press freedom, and professional journalists’ organisations condemn the lack of justice for the assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia a full year after three arrests were made in connection with the case. Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb that detonated near her home in Bidnija, Malta on 16 October 2017.

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An open letter to the Bulgarian Construction Chamber concerning the IJ4EU Fund

ECPMF  |  19.11.2018

An open letter to the Bulgarian <span>Construction Chamber concerning the IJ4EU Fund</span> | ECPMF

Far from being “vague” or “opaque”. ECPMF and IPI react with an open letter to statements made by the Bulgarian Construction Chamber on the Investigative Journalism for EU Fund.

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UN member states raise major concerns about the deterioration of freedom of expression in Malta

ECPMF  |  14.11.2018

<span>UN member states raise major concerns about the deterioration of freedom of expression in Malta</span> | ECPMF

The coalition of five press freedom NGOs urges the Maltese Government to accept and implement UN's UPR recommendations made in relation to strengthening freedom of expression and protecting journalists in Malta.

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First stories published under IJ4EU fund

ECPMF  |  07.11.2018

First stories published under IJ4EU fund | ECPMF

Corruption, murder of journalists, and lost children. IJ4EU, investigative journalism projects in Europe supported by the inaugural IJ4EU fund are off to a strong start.

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Open letter to Malta's Justice Minister concerning the destruction of the protest memorial for Daphne Caruana Galizia

ECPMF  |  19.10.2018

Open letter to Malta's Justice Minister concerning the destruction of the protest memorial for Daphne Caruana Galizia | ECPMF

Right after hundreds of people gathered in Valletta to commemorate Daphne Caruana Galizia Caruana, and right after the Malta delegation of freedom of the press representatives met with PM Joseph Muscat, the Maltese authorities continue their fight against memory.

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Malta mission meets PM Joseph Muscat: "the campaign of harassment against Daphne and her family continues"

ECPMF  |  15.10.2018

Malta mission meets PM Joseph Muscat:

Representatives of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, the International Press Institute, PEN International, and Reporters Without Borders are in Malta because it's one year since the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder. On Monday they met with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. This is their statement. 

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Vigil in Berlin | 16/10/2017 Daphne Caruana Galizia 16/10/2018 | Schweigeminute in Berlin

ECPMF  |  12.10.2018

Vigil in Berlin | 16/10/2017 Daphne Caruana Galizia 16/10/2018 | Schweigeminute in Berlin | ECPMF

Join us! It's been one year since the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder and we want to commemorate this strong and brave journalist with a vigil in Berlin.

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A permanent state of emergency by any name is no substitute for respecting human rights

ECPMF  |  28.08.2018

A permanent state of emergency by any name is no substitute for respecting human rights | ECPMF

Joint statement

We the undersigned organizations call on Turkey's government to follow through on its promise to end the state of emergency by withdrawing recently passed legislation that replicates many of the state of emergency's special provisions.

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OPEN LETTER - Media freedom in Hungary and the case of Hir TV

ECPMF  |  07.08.2018

<span>OPEN LETTER - Media freedom in Hungary and the case of Hir TV</span> | ECPMF

To

Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President, European Commission
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner, European Commission
Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner, European Commission
Antonio Tajani, President, European Parliament

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Why we are so passionate about press freedom

ECPMF  |  12.07.2018

Why we are so passionate about press freedom | ECPMF

ECPMF's Jane Whyatt gave a stunning presentation at the TEDx in Leipzig talking about the power of attraction of press and media freedom. Here is the video!

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Fritt Ord Foundation joins IJ4EU fund as partner

ECPMF  |  11.07.2018

Fritt Ord Foundation joins IJ4EU fund as partner | ECPMF

Norway-based foundation provides additional €26,000 in support to investigative projects.

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Daphne Caruana Galizia's son on the grave situation of female activists and journalists in Malta

ECPMF  |  21.06.2018

Daphne Caruana Galizia's son on the grave situation of female activists and journalists in Malta | ECPMF

Daphne Caruana Galizia's son Andrew gave an oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council on the situation of violence against women journalists in Malta, in particular about the case of his mother. This statement was signed by twelve international media freedom NGOS.

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Attacks on Journalists in Italy ''It’s not an emergency, we have a permanent problem''

ECPMF  |  01.06.2018

Attacks on Journalists in Italy ''It’s not an emergency, we have a permanent problem'' | ECPMF

ECPMF’s partner Ossigeno celebrated the 25th World Press Freedom Day under the partronage of UNESCO in Rome. Ossigeno’s president Alberto Spampinato pleaded passionately for a comprehensive monitoring of threats and pressfreedom-violations all over Italy – comparing it with putting on the streetlights at night.

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Game Changer conference impressions: "As long as we have electricity we have hope"

ECPMF  |  29.05.2018

Game Changer conference impressions:

Journalists, academics, and media freedom activists gathered in Leipzig, Germany, to debate the impact of digital technologies on press freedom, for good and for bad. For two days they discussed the Daphne Project, citizen journalism, surveillance, blockchain, Facebook and the right to be forgotten. They also joined a hands-on workshop to learn digital self-defence.

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Freedom of expression in the Multiannual Financial Framework

ECPMF  |  25.05.2018

Freedom of expression in the Multiannual Financial Framework | ECPMF

The ECPMF and other media freedom organisations sent this letter on 24 May 2018 to the EC Commissioners Gabriel, Navracsics, Oettinger and First Vice-President Timmermanns to express our concern that freedom of expression will not be reflected in the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). We believe that it is important for media freedom and media pluralism to be given a clear priority in the EU budget for the future (2 … read more




This was a trial where the ‘crime’ was journalism, and the only ‘evidence’ was journalistic activities

ECPMF  |  26.04.2018

This was a trial where the ‘crime’ was journalism, and the only ‘evidence’ was journalistic activities | ECPMF

Joint Statement on the Cumhuriyet trial: 30 media freedom and freedom of expression organisations call on the institutions of the Council of Europe and its member states to remind Turkey of its international obligation to respect and protect human rights.

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Video comment on Cumhuriyet verdicts: Journalism itself was standing trial

ECPMF  |  26.04.2018

Video comment on Cumhuriyet verdicts: Journalism itself was standing trial | ECPMF

ECPMF's Advocacy Officer Nora Wehofsits travelled to Turkey to monitor the final hearings of the Cumhuriyet trial. 14 defendants were sentenced to up to eight years in jail - because of their journalistic activities.

 

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Nedim Türfent: 'I chose to pay this price instead of betraying my profession'

ECPMF  |  19.04.2018

Nedim Türfent: 'I chose to pay this price instead of betraying my profession' | ECPMF

Kurdish Journalist Nedim Türfent has been in prison since March 12, 2016. In solitary confinement. Now seven media freedom organisations sent him a letter. And he answered.

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17 press freedom groups condemn Turkey’s seizure of pro-Kurdish daily

ECPMF  |  30.03.2018

17 press freedom groups condemn Turkey’s seizure of pro-Kurdish daily | ECPMF

Seventeen international press freedom organisations call on the Turkish authorities to immediately release twelve printworkers and staff arrested on March 28 at the premises and print works of the newspaper Özgürlükçü Demokrasi and the further fifteen staff taken into custody after home raids on the morning of March 29, 2018.

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European Court: rulings to free two Turkish journalists urgent to carry out judgment, FoX groups say

ECPMF  |  22.03.2018

European Court: rulings to free two Turkish journalists urgent to carry out judgment, FoX groups say | ECPMF

March 22, 2018 – Turkey should immediately implement the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and release the veteran journalists Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay without delay, a coalition of nongovernmental groups said today. Furthermore, Turkey must ensure that domestic remedies for human rights violations are effective, in particular by ensuring the urgent review of all cases of journalists and writers currently pending before its Constitutional Court.

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Moving opening of exhibition on persecuted journalists in Turkey

ECPMF  |  15.03.2018

Moving opening of exhibition on persecuted journalists in Turkey | ECPMF

By Sophie Albers Ben Chamo

On Wednesday, 14 March, as part of the Leipzig Bookfair the ECPMF, MEP Rebecca Harms and the daily Leipziger Volkszeitung joined forces to shed light on the situation of media freedom in Turkey.

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"No one should fear for his or her life because of exercising fundamental democratic rights": vigil for Ján Kuciak and Daphne Caruana Galizia in Leipzig  

ECPMF  |  13.03.2018

On Monday evening, 12 March 2018, the ECPMF held a vigil for the murdered journalists Daphne Caruana Galizia and Ján Kuciak as well as his fiancée Martina at Leipzig's famous Nikolai church. Amongst 50 visitors was also the Honorary Consul of Slovakia.

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International human rights and free speech organisations express grave concerns as Cumhuriyet trial nears its close

ECPMF  |  08.03.2018

International human rights and free speech organisations express grave concerns as Cumhuriyet trial nears its close | ECPMF

Amnesty International, Article 19, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, PEN Belgium/Flanders, PEN Nederland, PEN International and Reporters Without Borders continue to follow the criminal proceedings against the reporters and other staff of Cumhuriyet newspaper with great concern. Several international observers will also be present at the sixth hearing, taking place on Friday 9 March 2018.

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Das ECPMF begrüßt die Freilassung des Journalisten Deniz Yücel - und jetzt #FreeThemAll!

ECPMF  |  16.02.2018

Das ECPMF begrüßt die Freilassung des Journalisten Deniz Yücel - und jetzt #FreeThemAll! | ECPMF

Please find here the English version

Der deutsch-türkische Journalist Deniz Yücel wird nach einem Jahr Haft ohne Anklage in der Türkei freigelassen. Zahlreiche andere Journalisten warten weiterhin auf faire Prozesse.

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Impressions of Madrid: the Newsocracy Conference on media ownership by ECPMF, PDLI and OBCT

ECPMF  |  30.01.2018

<span>Impressions of Madrid: the Newsocracy Conference on media ownership by ECPMF, PDLI and OBCT</span> | ECPMF

In case you missed our Newsocracy conference on media pluralism and media ownership please find here videos and photos of a day in Madrid full of discussions, perspectives, tools, outlooks and recommendations.

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Watch our #NEWSOCRACY conference on media ownership concentration LIVE! 

ECPMF  |  30.01.2018

Watch our #NEWSOCRACY conference on media ownership concentration LIVE!  | ECPMF

#NEWSOCRACY brings together policy makers, academics, journalists, citizens and initiatives to discuss media ownership concentration in Europe and Spain. The event is hosted by the ECPMF, PDLI and OBCT.

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ECPMF and EFJ fact-finding mission to the Baltics: no fake news but blurring lines between journalism and advertising

ECPMF  |  30.01.2018

ECPMF and EFJ fact-finding mission to the Baltics: no fake news but blurring lines between journalism and advertising | ECPMF

Journalism is under tremendous economic pressure in the Baltics. This opens the door to political influence and PR. The governments of Estonia and Lithuania answer to this with very different approaches.

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#Newsocracy: In two-thirds of the European countries less than four owners hold 80 per cent of the media

ECPMF  |  29.01.2018

#Newsocracy: In two-thirds of the European countries less than four owners hold 80 per cent of the media | ECPMF

– Experts, politicians, journalists, editors and media freedom organisations from all over Europe meet on Tuesday, 30 January, 2018 in Madrid, to discuss media ownership concentration and media pluralism

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Bulgaria: time to tackle the nightmare next door

ECPMF  |  26.01.2018

Bulgaria: time to tackle the nightmare next door | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

Emotions ran high at ECPMF’s Expert Talk on Bulgaria, held in Brussels on 25 January. There was a moving testimony from ECPMF’s Journalist-in-Residence (JiR) Dimitar Stoyanov, followed by a heated debate about the dire state of media freedom in the country.

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Bulgaria: "It’s lies, garnished with small bits of truth"

ECPMF  |  26.01.2018

Bulgaria:

By ECPMF staff

At the ECPMf's Expert Talk on Media Freedom in Bulgaria, Theodore Zachov, president of the union of Bulgarian publishers (UPB), presented a White Paper setting out the difficulties critical journalists face in his country. He has given the ECPMF an interview with further insights into the grim scenario that propelled the union's action.

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ECPMF's Expert Talk on Media Freedom in Bulgaria: three recommendations 

ECPMF  |  25.01.2018

ECPMF's Expert Talk on Media Freedom in Bulgaria: three recommendations  | ECPMF

On January 25, 2018 the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom presented an expert talk on the state of media freedom in Bulgaria, which holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first six months of 2018.

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Should we be free to hate?

ECPMF  |  23.01.2018

Should we be free to hate? | ECPMF

By Saskia Solomon, 22, University of Edinburgh (published without alterations to text)

When I was in my early teens I fell down an internet rabbit hole. At the time, I enjoyed drawing to audiobooks and lectures on youtube, absorbing big words and appropriating ideas even if I didn’t entirely understand them.

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Hate speech: should we allow it?

ECPMF  |  23.01.2018

Hate speech: should we allow it? | ECPMF

By Lorcan Crone, age 12, from London (published without alterations to text)

Hate speech seems pretty simple, right? Well from a simple view it is, from a simple view it is hating something/someone and is usually associated with racism, which is linked to right-wing groups and views, however, does hating someone like trump count as hate speech or is it just free speech?

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In 1000 words: winning essays on hate speech

ECPMF  |  23.01.2018

In 1000 words: winning essays on hate speech | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

No one wants to get hate speech, dogpile emoticons, bodyshaming photos or trolls with political paymasters in their news feeds. Journalists have to face them all the time in their daily work. How should we deal with this?

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Internationale Pressefreiheits-Delegation in Kroatien: leichte Verbesserungen, aber alte und auch neue Probleme

ECPMF  |  19.01.2018

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Am 15. und 16. Januar 2018 hat eine internationale Delegation von Vertretern von Pressefreiheits-Organisationen Zagreb besucht, um sich über den Stand der Pressefreiheit in Kroatien zu informieren. Es war der zweite Besuch dieser Art innerhalb von zwei Jahren.

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International media freedom delegation in Croatia: some improvements, old and new issues

ECPMF  |  18.01.2018

International media freedom delegation in Croatia: some improvements, old and new issues | ECPMF

On January 15 and 16, 2018, an international delegation of press freedom organisation representatives visited Zagreb to observe the state of media freedom in Croatia. This was the second such visit in two years.

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Joint Statement on Turkey to the European Union

ECPMF  |  07.12.2017

Joint Statement on Turkey to the European Union | ECPMF

PEN International, PEN Belgium/Flanders, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), Article 19, the Association of European Journalists (AEJ), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the Global Editors Network (GEN), Index on Censorship, the International Press Institute (IPI), American PEN, Danish PEN, English PEN, Norwegian PEN, Wales PEN Cymru, Reporters without Borders (RSF), and the South East Europe Media … read more




Joint statement: international press freedom groups condemn killing of Maltese investigative journalist

ECPMF  |  18.10.2017

Joint statement: international press freedom groups condemn killing of Maltese investigative journalist | ECPMF

Hier geht's zur deutschen Version

Sixteen press freedom groups condemn the killing of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and demand an immediate and independent investigation into her death.

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ECPMF at Lichtfest: celebrating freedom, tolerance and democracy 

ECPMF  |  12.10.2017

ECPMF at Lichtfest: celebrating freedom, tolerance and democracy  | ECPMF

ECPMF's Managing Director Lutz Kinkel in an interview about press freedom at the Lichtfest 2017 in Leipzig, Germany. The annual festival commemorates the protests of 1989 when people of the GDR demanded democracy and freedom.

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Hamza Yalçın: "Media freedom needs political rights, courage and solidarity"

ECPMF  |  05.10.2017

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After almost two months in Spanish extradition detention Turkish-Swedish Hamza Yalçın walks free. In this emotional letter he thanks the Freedom-of-Expression community for its solidarity. It was read out loud at ECPMF's conference "Defending journalists under threat".

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ECPMF Journalist-in-Residence Leon Menkshi on self-censorship

ECPMF  |  05.10.2017

ECPMF Journalist-in-Residence Leon Menkshi on self-censorship | ECPMF

An appeal to journalists not to self-censor by ECPMF Journalist-in-Residence Leon Menkshi – in his homeland Albania and everywhere else.

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Harlem Désir's opening statement to ECPMF's annual conference "Defending journalists under threat" 

ECPMF  |  04.10.2017

Harlem Désir's opening statement to ECPMF's annual conference

Harlem Désir, Europe’s new champion of press freedom has launched a hard-hitting call to action. He told the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom conference in Leipzig, Germany: “We urgently need a very broad coalition to protect freedom of the media”.

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

ECPMF  |  22.09.2017

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

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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Ready to fight back? ECPMF conference "Defending journalists under threat"

ECPMF  |  06.09.2017

Ready to fight back? ECPMF conference

Prosecution of journalists in Turkey, frequent attacks on media workers in Hungary, Poland and Ukraine, accreditations withdrawn at the G20 summit in Germany and daily harassment through verbal abuse and hate speech... threats to journalists and violations of media freedom are on the increase across Europe.

At ECPMF's conference "Defending journalists under threat: solidarity, support and safe houses" we want to explore practical solutions for tackling the many threats that media wo … read more




Happy birthday, Deniz Yücel!

ECPMF  |  06.09.2017

Happy birthday, Deniz Yücel! | ECPMF

For 210 days now, the German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel has been in prison in Turkey. Because he did his job. Today is his birthday.

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Video – Leon Menkshi, ECPMF Journalist-in-Residence

ECPMF  |  24.08.2017

Video – Leon Menkshi, ECPMF Journalist-in-Residence | ECPMF

The former Albanian TV host and freelance journalist on the state of press freedom in Albania and taking part in ECPMF's Journalist-in-Residence programme.

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Trial in Turkey - "This is not a book by Kafka, this is real”

ECPMF  |  04.08.2017

Trial in Turkey - 

This is the translation of the article “Prozess in der Türkei - ‘Es ist kein Kafka-Buch, sondern Realität’” published in the German news service “n-tv”. An interview with ECPMF's Advocacy Officer Nora Wehofsits on the "Cumhuriyet" trial.

 

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France: Fact-finders reveal free media face new challenges in Macron era

ECPMF  |  27.07.2017

France: Fact-finders reveal free media face new challenges in Macron era | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt and Sophie Albers Ben Chamo

Bosses who wield great economical and political power because of a concentration of media ownership, verbal threats and physical attacks on journalists are just some of the problems uncovered by the ECPMF’s fact-finding mission to France.

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Return Albania’s public broadcaster to the public!

ECPMF  |  07.07.2017

Return Albania’s public broadcaster to the public! | ECPMF

A commentary by Leon Menkshi, Journalist in Residence, ECPMF

Albania’s public broadcaster (RTSH) is at risk, and should in no way stay out of focus! They are undergoing technology transformations related to the digitalisation and the quality of content.

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Ireland: mega-merger is called off!

ECPMF  |  16.06.2017

Ireland: mega-merger is called off! | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt
Media freedom campaigners have welcomed the news that two of Ireland’s biggest companies will not be merging after all.

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Fears for freedom of French media under Macron

ECPMF  |  16.06.2017

Fears for freedom of French media under Macron | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt
French journalists and media companies are already worried that the new government of President Emanuel Macron plans curbs on their freedom.

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Why the so called "Facebook law" is the wrong tool against hate speech

ECPMF  |  02.06.2017

Why the so called

by ECPMF staff

This summer, the German parliament is deciding on nothing less but freedom of expression on the web.

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Hostwriter offers funds for international stories – and a bed for the night!

ECPMF  |  01.06.2017

Hostwriter offers funds for international stories – and a bed for the night! | ECPMF

by ECPMF staff

Hostwriter.org is partnering with the ECPMF to offer free accommodation to participants in the upcoming Leipzig conference, 13-14 June.

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War reporters bring untold stories to Byline Fest

ECPMF  |  01.06.2017

War reporters bring untold stories to Byline Fest | ECPMF

by ECPMF staff

Freelancers who daily risk their lives to cover conflict will tell their stories in the ECPMF tent at the Byline Festival, the UK's first-ever festival of independent journalism.

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650,000 ISIS accounts deleted: How social media tackle fake and hate

ECPMF  |  26.05.2017

650,000 ISIS accounts deleted: How social media tackle fake and hate | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt and Ana Ribeiro

Leaked documents published in The Guardian (UK) have revealed the rules that Facebook uses for deciding whether to block or take down fake news and hate speech. Simultaneously, the heat is being turned up on social media regulation in general.

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#iComment: Twitter a hornet’s nest for anti-Semitic speech

ECPMF  |  25.05.2017

#iComment: Twitter a hornet’s nest for anti-Semitic speech | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

In the battle against hate speech and fake news, Facebook has taken a lot of flak, especially from Germany. But watchdogs are now also turning the spotlight to promotion of anti-Semitic messages on Twitter.

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What should the EU do to protect whistleblowers?

ECPMF  |  17.05.2017

What should the EU do to protect whistleblowers? | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom has responded to the European Commission consultation on whistleblower protection. The consultation is still open and the deadline for responses is 29th May 2017.

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Truth defenders gather in Germany to challenge fake news and "lying press" smears

ECPMF  |  17.05.2017

Truth defenders gather in Germany to challenge fake news and

by Jane Whyatt

Everyone, it seems, is talking about fake news. And the ECPMF is not only talking, but taking action.

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France: How journalists fought fake news in election full of scandals

ECPMF  |  09.05.2017

France: How journalists fought fake news in election full of scandals | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

An innovative project from the American think-and-do tank First Draft News has shed light on many murky aspects of the 2017 French presidential election campaign. In the CrossCheck project, journalists from a number of different newspapers and websites worked together to verify and examine claims from all sides of the political spectrum.

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Interview: Sputnik journalist replies to fake news accusations

ECPMF  |  09.05.2017

Interview: Sputnik journalist replies to fake news accusations | ECPMF

In this so-called "post-truth" political era, Sputnik News gets a lot of heat for its connection to the Russian government (which owns its parent company, Rossiya Segodnya), and running stories deemed questionable. As they discussed quality journalism and fake news at the … read more




Interview: Journalists take charge in battle against fake news

ECPMF  |  09.05.2017

Interview: Journalists take charge in battle against fake news | ECPMF

CrossCheck is a joint effort among media workers from various outlets to spot and debunk fake news from different political sides, put to work during the latest French presidential elections. ECPMF's Jane Whyatt spoke about the initiative with participant … read more




Memnune Mayda: "Our only child is definitely not a traitor"

ECPMF  |  09.05.2017

Memnune Mayda:

Özkan Mayda, an Antalya-based photojournalist for the Zaman daily, was arrested in the wake of the 15 July attempted coup in Turkey. He is just one of the over 150 journalists currently in jail in the country.

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Learning from the Mafia means learning to be silent

ECPMF  |  03.05.2017

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by Andreas Rossmann, FAZ

An investigative journalist is bullied and abandoned by Der Freitag, a German weekly journal: the case of Petra Reski.

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Counting the dead and wounded: data journalism for increased military accountability

ECPMF  |  03.05.2017

Counting the dead and wounded: data journalism for increased military accountability | ECPMF

by Eline Westra

New technologies have enabled journalists to monitor military actions more closely, with smartphones and the internet now forming powerful "digital eyes" on the ground. And in the international air war against ISIL, these local sources reveal a much greater human cost from airstrikes than the military authorities themselves claim. An insight into the work of journalist-run monitoring group Airwars.

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"You need a human to tell you, this is faked" - UNESCO Difference Day panelist

ECPMF  |  02.05.2017

by ECPMF staff

World Press Freedom Day is marked again this May, and all the signs are that the world is getting less free. So the related events in Brussels have an added urgency in 2017.

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"This is my truth - tell me yours" - the forensics of fake news

ECPMF  |  28.04.2017

by Jane Whyatt

You probably remember the phrase, “This is my truth – tell me yours!“ Its history reminds us that fake news is not new and that politics is a battle of beliefs.

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“It is high time to stop violence against journalists!”

ECPMF  |  28.04.2017

“It is high time to stop violence against journalists!” | ECPMF

Joint ECPMF Fact-finding mission in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, 25-28 April 2017

We hereby express our deep concerns about the violent attacks on 27 April against journalists in the parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, among other media freedom violations.

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Merkel support of NetzDG brings Germany one step closer to cyberhate ban

ECPMF  |  20.04.2017

Merkel support of NetzDG brings Germany one step closer to cyberhate ban | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

Journalists' and civil rights organisations are signing and circulating a declaration against the passing of Germany’s Network Enforcement Law (NetzDG) as it is. Set to go to Parliament this summer, the law would subject social networks to up to €50 million in fines for failure to speedily curb hate speech and fake news.

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Experts discuss how data can boost media freedom

ECPMF  |  06.04.2017

Experts discuss how data can boost media freedom | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Many violations of media freedom and other journalists’ rights go unreported across Europe. Journalists don’t like to write about their own problems, and in most cases are justified to be afraid of speaking out. But we can also "listen" to the data available.

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Joint oral statement on the UN Human Rights Council on the deterioration of freedom of expression and media freedom in Turkey

ECPMF  |  15.03.2017

Joint oral statement on the UN Human Rights Council on the deterioration of freedom of expression and media freedom in Turkey | ECPMF

UN Human Rights Council 34th Special Session
Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council's attention

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#BeBoldForChange: Interview with Imane Rachidi

ECPMF  |  08.03.2017

#BeBoldForChange: Interview with Imane Rachidi | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Imane Rachidi, a reporter focusing on Europe as well as the Middle East, is based in Spain and the Netherlands and works in Arab countries. For International Women's Day, she tells the ECPMF about her painful experiences with sexism from sources and the public alike. 

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#BeBoldForChange: Interview with Alexandra Pascalidou

ECPMF  |  08.03.2017

#BeBoldForChange: Interview with Alexandra Pascalidou | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

For International Women's Day, the ECPMF has interviewed journalist Alexandra Pascalidou. She is a Swede of Greek heritage, a victim of and relentless fighter against hate speech in Sweden.

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#iComment: Verbal, written abuse as a troubling routine for women journalists

ECPMF  |  08.03.2017

#iComment: Verbal, written abuse as a troubling routine for women journalists | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro, Jonas Rusche and Jane Whyatt

Female journalists suffer a disproportionate amount of online abuse, hate speech and other harassment compared to their male colleagues. But this has only recently begun to be quantified.

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Declaration of joint international emergency press freedom mission to Turkey

ECPMF  |  07.03.2017

Declaration of joint international emergency press freedom mission to Turkey | ECPMF

Following an international press freedom mission to Turkey on 27 February to 2 March 2017, the undersigned participants, representing six international free expression watchdog organisations, express severe concern about media freedom and respect for human rights and warn that the country’s democracy is under threat.

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Pegida - now the good news

ECPMF  |  02.03.2017

Pegida - now the good news | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Journalists under attack from right wing populist groups in Germany are fighting back – with words as their weapons. Reporters in Dresden have devised a stage play to convince audiences that journalists are professionals and can be trusted.

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The ECPMF's cooperative idea as part of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage

ECPMF  |  23.02.2017

The ECPMF's cooperative idea as part of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage | ECPMF

by Katharina Mikulcak and Jane Whyatt

Germany's concept of cooperatives was included on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2016. The ECPMF is now an SCE (Societas Cooperativa Europaea), making its legal status match the values it has stood for from the start - a Europe-wide collaboration. … read more




ECPMF supports Albanian journalist facing €110,000 in damages for social media post

ECPMF  |  20.02.2017

ECPMF supports Albanian journalist facing €110,000 in damages for social media post | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

In the latest instance of persecution against his media work in Albania, Artan Rama has been hit with a civil lawsuit demanding that he pay thousands of euros over a text published on his news programme’s Facebook page.

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ECPMF financially supports case of Dutch freelancer thrown out of Turkey

ECPMF  |  09.02.2017

ECPMF financially supports case of Dutch freelancer thrown out of Turkey | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

One may think that foreign journalists working in Turkey have more protection than local ones, due to diplomatic protocols. That is not necessarily so, as Dutch freelancer Fréderike Geerdink – whose case the ECPMF is supporting – can attest.

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Ireland: time to act on media ownership

ECPMF  |  02.02.2017

Ireland: time to act on media ownership | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt and Nora Wehofsits

Europe’s media freedom campaigners have sounded a warning over the state of Irish media. At the ECPMF’s Dublin debate #newsocracy2, Dr. Roderick Flynn (Dublin City University) outlined the high-risk factors: abuse of repressive libel laws, concentration of media ownership, and lack of access for minorities to mainstream media.

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Blockchain: From Bitcoin to news

ECPMF  |  02.02.2017

Blockchain: From Bitcoin to news | ECPMF

by ECPMF staff

Blockchain, the method behind the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, allows for the transfer of data in a safe way without any central control point (like banks are for money). It might also pave new ways for journalism.

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#iComment: Journalism organisations join EU fight against hate speech

ECPMF  |  01.02.2017

#iComment: Journalism organisations join EU fight against hate speech | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

In actively putting in mechanisms to quash hate speech in the public sphere, the European Commission (EC) is now funding campaigns by media organisations to educate journalists on how to build a fairer, more ethical narrative on different groups in light of the refugee crisis.

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Balkans in the lead in access to public information

ECPMF  |  12.01.2017

Balkans in the lead in access to public information | ECPMF

Citizens in several Balkan countries have better access to public information than Germans, Danes and Austrians.

The new Danish government has promised to improve the law about access to public information. There is certainly room for improvement, as Denmark in an international benchmarking is far behind the leading countries. According to an analysis from the Canadian Centre for Law and Democracy we fi … read more




Montenegro: Jovo Martinovic finally released from prison

ECPMF  |  05.01.2017

Montenegro: Jovo Martinovic finally released from prison | ECPMF

ECPMF welcomes the release of investigative journalist Jovo Martinovic. After almost one and a half year in detention, he will appear in court on 19 January 2017.

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#iComment: Germany’s on- and offline crusade against hate speech

ECPMF  |  09.12.2016

#iComment: Germany’s on- and offline crusade against hate speech | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

After cyberhate-related raids last summer, German authorities are pressing on against hate speech, with Justice Minister Heiko Maas perhaps as their most publicly active voice. One of their main targets is Facebook, and their efforts are getting quite a bit of media attention at home and abroad.

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#iComment: Channeling the power of online masses to curb hate speech in Europe

ECPMF  |  01.12.2016

#iComment: Channeling the power of online masses to curb hate speech in Europe | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

The battle over hate speech in the public sphere has reached a new level, as an online initiative hitting British tabloids in their pockets has gone viral and started to yield results. It is one of the movements seeking to cut off supply and demand from the hate wave by mobilising internet users. ECPMF spoke to the campaign’s founder about his aims.

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Quality journalism in times of crises | South East Europe Media Forum 2016

ECPMF  |  01.12.2016

Quality journalism in times of crises | South East Europe Media Forum 2016 | ECPMF

By Anna Schmidt, SEEMO, and Michelle Trimborn

More than 400 Editors-in-Chief. media CEOs, media owners, experts and leading journalists from more than 25 countries gathered in Belgrade on 21 and 22 November to participate in this year’s South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF). The event, organised by the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), Central European Initiative (CEI), South East and Central Europe PR Organisation (SECEPRO), International Institute - Inte … read more




Turkish artist shows one day in the media landscape in Germany

ECPMF  |  28.11.2016

Turkish artist shows one day in the media landscape in Germany | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt and Ana Ribeiro

Most local newspaper publishers do not think of their papers as works of art.

But when “collected, indexed and bound,” they can be “both a unique reference library and an art object in which a day’s news is the material and the subject,” according to Turkish artist Banu Cennetoglu. Contemporary Art Dail … read more




Kaufholz on fake news: “The first job is to learn how to fight lies”

ECPMF  |  23.11.2016

Kaufholz on fake news: “The first job is to learn how to fight lies” | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt
ECPMF Chair Henrik Kaufholz has delivered a stirring call for Europe’s journalists to defend the truth. He urges them to challenge and counter the viral spread of fake news with well-researched facts.

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LuxLeaks: ECPMF provides financial support to court appeal by key whistleblower

ECPMF  |  17.11.2016

LuxLeaks: ECPMF provides financial support to court appeal by key whistleblower | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

The ECPMF will support the case of French whistleblower Antoine Deltour with €1000, as he appeals his conviction by the Correctional Tribunal of Luxembourg. Deltour is one of three major figures who exposed irregular fiscal practices implicating Luxembourgish authorities, in what became known as LuxLeaks.

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DOK Leipzig: Turkish filmmakers discuss oppression - and engaging in its combat

ECPMF  |  14.11.2016

DOK Leipzig: Turkish filmmakers discuss oppression - and engaging in its combat | ECPMF

By Ana Ribeiro

Five Turkish film experts and directors participated in one of the public “Talk Specials” at this year’s DOK Leipzig, the city’s longest-running film festival. They discussed how filmmakers tackling controversial topics suffer from and navigate the tightening censorship environment in Turkey.

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#iComment: British media tackle comments sections

ECPMF  |  04.11.2016

#iComment: British media tackle comments sections | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

The vote on whether Britain should exit the European Union (notoriously nicknamed “Brexit”) has set off a wave of hate crimes in Britain. It represents the current nadir of a trend involving outspoken discrimination that sometimes goes beyond speech into physical violence. 

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ECPMF and media freedom community demand meeting with Turkish authorities

ECPMF  |  03.11.2016

ECPMF and media freedom community demand meeting with Turkish authorities | ECPMF

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has added her weight to the protests from ECPMF and other media freedom organisations about the latest arrests in Turkey.
A coalition of fourteen independent organisations has signed a letter to the Turkish authorities demanding a meeting to urgently discuss the arrests of editors and journalists from the national newspaper Cumhuriyet.

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A tale of two Europes: Public Service Media and societies in transition

ECPMF  |  03.11.2016

A tale of two Europes: Public Service Media and societies in transition | ECPMF

by ECPMF staff

The European continent is still subdivided into two parts, due to the legacy from recent history. Experiences in some Eastern European countries today remind us of the pressing problems regarding Public Service Media (PSM) amid a transformation not yet completed.

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Turkey: State of emergency provisions violate human rights and should be revoked

ECPMF  |  24.10.2016

Turkey: State of emergency provisions violate human rights and should be revoked | ECPMF

We, the undersigned organisations, recognise that the Turkish government has the right and responsibility to investigate the violent events of the July 2016 coup attempt and to bring all those responsible to justice. We also recognise that the immediate aftermath of the attempted coup is the type of exceptional circumstance in which a government could legitimately invoke a state of emergency but still has to comply with their human rights obligations.

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The Concept of the enemy

ECPMF  |  15.12.2015

The Concept of the enemy | ECPMF

By Martin Hoffmann, ECPMF

The reproach of "lying press" echoes above right-wing demonstrations, through internet boards and publications for a year now. Parallel to the rise of right-wing populist movements that gained strong influence especially in Eastern Germany, journalists at work are attacked more and more frequently. The ECPMF Fact Finding Mission “Lying press” consisted of research into cases that happened in the last year all over Germany, in extended inter … read more




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