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Press freedom in Turkey remains in crisis, despite some room for very cautious optimism

Press Releases  |  13.09.2019

Press freedom in Turkey remains in crisis, despite some room for very cautious optimism | ECPMF

The ECPMF joined 7 other freedom of expression organisations on a joint mission to Turkey, led by the International Press Insitute. Despite some glimmers of hope, press freedom in the country remains in crisis.

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ECPMF joins the Platform to Protect Journalists

Press Releases  |  11.09.2019

ECPMF joins the Platform to Protect Journalists | ECPMF

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and Free Press Unlimited join the Council of Europe Platform to Protect Journalists.

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Press Release

A New Model Ethical Funding Policy for NGOs

Press Releases  |  02.09.2019

Press Release
A New Model Ethical Funding Policy for NGOs | ECPMF

Released by: ECPMF

Berlin/Leipzig, 2 September 2019 - How do NGOs accept funding from the corporate sector? What are the best practices with unsolicited donations? How could/should NGOs handle funds arriving from foundations, public or unknown sources?

These were the first questions raised when in 2018 two organisations, the Digital Freedom Fund (DFF) and the Civil Liberties … read more




Defend Media Freedom: New pledges not credible without action

Press Releases  |  09.07.2019

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

by ECPMF

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

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Albanian Prime Minister must respect press freedom

Press Releases  |  28.06.2019

Albanian Prime Minister must respect press freedom | ECPMF

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

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Albanischer Regierungschef muss Pressefreiheit achten

Press Releases  |  28.06.2019

Albanischer Regierungschef muss Pressefreiheit achten | ECPMF

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

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Prize for “independent journalism with the gloves off”

Press Releases  |  25.06.2019

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

by ECPMF/Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig

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

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MEDIA ADVISORY | Joint International Mission to Albania

Press Releases  |  18.06.2019

MEDIA ADVISORY | Joint International Mission to Albania | ECPMF

From 18 to 21 June 2019 a coalition of seven international press freedom organisations will carry out a joint advocacy mission to Albania, focusing on improving the situation of press freedom and the safety of journalists.

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Press Release: Defending Daphne’s legacy

Press Releases  |  14.05.2019

Press Release: Defending Daphne’s legacy | ECPMF

Funding for the Caruana Galizia family’s court battles

A grieving family should not have to pay to defend in court the reputation of their mother, who was assassinated in order to silence her investigative reporting. Therefore, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom is delighted to announce that, thanks to Free Press Unlimited, 50,000 euros made available to support litigation in the case of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The fund will be used towards legal cost … read more




Concept of the enemy: in 2018 the ECPMF registered 26 attacks on journalists in Germany

Press Releases  |  04.03.2019

Concept of the enemy: in 2018 the ECPMF registered 26 attacks on journalists in Germany | ECPMF

By ECPMF staff

The campaign of the German political right against the 'lying press' ('Lügenpresse') has alarming consequences: The more frequent and the bigger the right-wing protests become, the greater the number of physical attacks against journalists. Here are some highlights from the ECPMF's latest report.

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ECPMF: Draft "Trade Secret Protection Act" in Germany threatens whistleblowers and press freedom

Press Releases  |  18.02.2019

ECPMF: Draft

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) hereby criticises draft Federal Law 19/4724, which is currently being debated in the German Parliament. If passed without amendment, it endangers the ability of investigative journalists to uncover illegal or unethical corporate practices.

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Media freedom in Hungary is no more

Press Releases  |  29.11.2018

Media freedom in Hungary is no more | ECPMF

The word 'Gleichschaltung' comes to mind given the recent developments in Hungary’s media landscape.

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Slovakia: stop interrogating activists!

Press Releases  |  14.11.2018

Slovakia: stop interrogating activists! | ECPMF

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom and Reporters Without Borders urge the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic, the National Criminal Agency and the Police Force not to proceed further with the interrogation of ‘For a Decent Slovakia’ organisers and protesters.

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The final statement of the Malta mission

Press Releases  |  19.10.2018

The final statement of the Malta mission | ECPMF

For the one-year-anniversary of the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder an international freedom of expression delegation travelled to Malta to confront the authorities with the fact that the investigation is stalled. This is their findings and recommendations.

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Appeal to establish a public inquiry into the assassination of Ms. Daphne Caruana Galizia

Press Releases  |  08.10.2018

Appeal to establish a public inquiry into the assassination of Ms. Daphne Caruana Galizia | ECPMF

(Prime Minister Muscat answered on 9 October, please scroll down)

24 international press freedom and freedom of expression organisations have signed ECPMF's letter to Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat demanding a public inquiry into the assassination of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

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Joint mission to Malta: one year since the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder | 16 October 2017 - 16 October 2018

Press Releases  |  04.10.2018

Joint mission to Malta: one year since the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder | 16 October 2017 - 16 October 2018 | ECPMF

On 16 October 2018 it's been one year since Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated with a car bomb. Five international press freedom and freedom of expression organisations are travelling to Malta to support the cause of a thorough investigation that still hasn't happened.

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"Hungary's a graveyard for press freedom"

Press Releases  |  12.09.2018

(deutsche Version weiter unten)

(Leipzig) The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom urges the European Parliament to vote for initiating the section 7 mechanism against Hungary. The reasons are many – one of them is the hostile environment for journalists created by the Fidesz government.

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Chemnitz: "Lying press' is a term of abuse not a criticism of the media"

Press Releases  |  03.09.2018

Chemnitz:

(Die deutsche Version finden Sie weiter unten)

At the Chemnitz demonstrations aggression against journalists has reached a new intensity. The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) condemns most strongly every single one of the attacks.

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Turkey: Applications are now open for the ECPMF Journalists-in-Residence Programme

Press Releases  |  24.08.2018

Turkey: Applications are now open for the ECPMF Journalists-in-Residence Programme | ECPMF

(LEIPZIG) The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) offers practical solidarity to journalists resident in Turkey. It extends its Journalists-in-Residence programme to up to three more journalists from Turkey and is now accepting applications. (Deadline: 23 September 2018)

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re:start democratic discourse – ECPMF and RPDI launch a new media literacy training project for rural Ukraine

Press Releases  |  17.08.2018

re:start democratic discourse – ECPMF and RPDI launch a new media literacy training project for rural Ukraine | ECPMF

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and the Regional Press Development Institute (RPDI) in Kyiv are launching the project 're:start democratic discourse' in the Southeast of Ukraine. Its main purpose is to improve the professional skills of media workers and the media literacy of the population.

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Providing shelter for Turkish journalists at risk: extra places in ECPMF's Journalists-in-Residence programme 2018/19

Press Releases  |  06.08.2018

Providing shelter for Turkish journalists at risk: extra places in ECPMF's Journalists-in-Residence programme 2018/19 | ECPMF

The ECPMF is delighted to announce the expansion of its Journalists-in-Residence programme to include up to three more journalists from Turkey.

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End of state of emergency must be end of crack down on journalists, President Erdoğan!

Press Releases  |  18.07.2018

End of state of emergency must be end of crack down on journalists, President Erdoğan! | ECPMF

On Wednesday night, 18 July 2018, Turkey's two-year-long state of emergency comes to an end. But there is no relief. There is just ongoing oppression, says ECPMF's Managing Director Lutz Kinkel.

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ECPMF Fact-Finding Mission to Bulgaria: a toxic environment for free press?

Press Releases  |  03.07.2018

ECPMF Fact-Finding Mission to Bulgaria: a toxic environment for free press? | ECPMF

In between all the international applause for the outgoing Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the European Union, we urge the EU institutions to press Bulgaria to uphold the rule of law. Bulgarian authorities must restore freedom of expression and a free press.

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An open letter for the attention of the future President of the Republic of Turkey

Press Releases  |  20.06.2018

An open letter for the attention of the future President of the Republic of Turkey | ECPMF

Please scroll down for the Turkish version

Nineteen international freedom of expression organisations have sent a joint letter with their demands for how to protect and strengthen media freedom and independent journalism in Turkey to all candidates in the upcoming presidential elections.

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“We hope this marks a new era of collaborative journalism in Europe”

Press Releases  |  18.06.2018

“We hope this marks a new era of collaborative journalism in Europe” | ECPMF

An independent jury has selected twelve investigative journalism projects for funding under the inaugural round of the IJ4EU fund. More than sixty teams of EU-based journalists had presented projects worth more than three million euros as part of the call.

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I Subscribe – to support independent journalism in Turkey

Press Releases  |  05.06.2018

I Subscribe – to support independent journalism in Turkey | ECPMF

Global campaign launches with call to subscribe to secular daily Cumhuriyet

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Croatia: hate speech on the rise but hope for change

Press Releases  |  01.06.2018

Croatia: hate speech on the rise but hope for change | ECPMF

In January 2018 an international delegation of press freedom organisation representatives visited Zagreb for the second time in two years to observe the state of media freedom in Croatia. Now, the report is out, and these are the recommendations.

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Change the game!

Press Releases  |  24.05.2018

Change the game! | ECPMF

Don't miss our conference and workshop on the dangers and opportunities of digital technology. How to work under political pressure? What can social bots do against hate speech? How to use blockchain? And what are the liabilities of intermediaries? Join us in Leipzig for GAME CHANGER.

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Media freedom in Europe: CODE RED

Press Releases  |  17.05.2018

Media freedom in Europe: CODE RED | ECPMF

Declaration of the participants in the conference “Media Freedom and Pluralism: How to reboot an essential EU pillar”

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Montenegro: impunity must stop, now!

Press Releases  |  09.05.2018

Montenegro: impunity must stop, now! | ECPMF

ECPMF and SEEMO strongly condemn the attack on Vjiesti investigative journalist Olivera Lakić in Montenegro. This is the second attack in just over a month.

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Successful start for investigative journalism fund #IJ4EU

Press Releases  |  09.05.2018

Successful start for investigative journalism fund #IJ4EU | ECPMF

More than sixty cross-border journalism teams applied for funding to support investigative projects throughout Europe.

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ECPMF on 2018 World Press Freedom Index: state of emergency in Europe

Press Releases  |  25.04.2018

ECPMF on 2018 World Press Freedom Index: state of emergency in Europe | ECPMF

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom is warning against the dismantlement of freedom rights and the increasing threat against journalists in the EU. 

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ECPMF welcomes EU whistleblowing directive proposal

Press Releases  |  23.04.2018

ECPMF welcomes EU whistleblowing directive proposal | ECPMF

After at least two years of negotiations the EU Commission finally decided to strengthen legal protection for whistleblowers.

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Joint Statement: six months on, justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia

Press Releases  |  16.04.2018

Joint Statement: six months on, justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia | ECPMF

(bitte scrollen für die deutsche Version)

The 16 April 2018 marks six months since the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Vigils held worldwide call on justice for Daphne. Four freedom of expression organisations gathered in Berlin. 

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Panama Papers’ editor to head #IJ4EU fund jury

Press Releases  |  05.04.2018

Panama Papers’ editor to head #IJ4EU fund jury | ECPMF

Süddeutsche Zeitung's Wolfgang Krach will oversee selection of cross-border investigative projects.

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Fact-finding mission Baltics report is out: "journalism is journalism, and media is media"

Press Releases  |  09.04.2018

Fact-finding mission Baltics report is out:

End of January 2018, EFJ and ECPMF went on a joint fact-finding mission to the Baltics. In Lithuania and Estonia, representatives of the media freedom organisations met with journalists, business people and the authorities. The mission was triggered by the question if disinformation and fake news could destabilise the region.

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Open letter to diplomats in Malta regarding the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder

Press Releases  |  23.03.2018

Open letter to diplomats in Malta regarding the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder | ECPMF

Eight international freedom of expression organisations have signed an open letter urging diplomats in Malta to make their presence felt concerning the investigation of the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder. "Your engagement in this case is setting a standard and precedent for what is permissible in the European Union".

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New fund to support EU investigative journalism launched

Press Releases  |  19.03.2018

New fund to support EU investigative journalism launched | ECPMF

(Vienna, March 19, 2018) A fund of up to €450,000 to support cross-border investigative journalism in the European Union is being launched today by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and the International Press Institute (IPI).

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Joint statement: Life sentences in the landmark case on journalists at the heart of the Constitutional Crisis in Turkey

Press Releases  |  16.02.2018

<span>Joint statement: Life sentences in the landmark case on journalists at the heart of the Constitutional Crisis in Turkey</span> | ECPMF

ECPMF strongly condemns the draconian and unfounded verdicts against Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan and Nazli Ilicak. This is the joint statement by nine media freedom organisations on the cases.

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The ECPMF welcomes the release of journalist Deniz Yücel - and now #FreeThemAll!

Press Releases  |  16.02.2018

The ECPMF welcomes the release of journalist Deniz Yücel - and now #FreeThemAll! | ECPMF

Hier geht es zur deutschen Version

German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel will be released after being held in Turkish prison for one year without being indicted. Scores of other journalists in Turkish jails still wait for proper proceedings.

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