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Czech people demand resignation of Prime Minister and media owner Babiš

Threats  |  07.05.2019

Czech people demand resignation of Prime Minister and media owner Babiš | ECPMF

by Renata Rat

Tens of thousands of people in the Czech Republic have been protesting against Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his newly appointed Justice Minister Marie Benesova.

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Special prize for IJ4EU investigative reporters from Bulgaria and Romania

Threats  |  03.05.2019

Special prize for IJ4EU investigative reporters from Bulgaria and Romania | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

The bravery of a cross-border team of investigative reporters supported by the IJ4EU grant has been rewarded with a special prize at the 2019 Axel Springer Academy Awards.

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

Threats  |  10.04.2019

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

by Renata R.

The Journalists' Association of Serbia (UNS) and Serbian public broadcaster Radio Televizija Srbija (RTS) are organising an international conference to commemorate the bombing of RTS by NATO airplanes during the Kosovo War in 1999.

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Guilty verdicts in the long-running trial of four men for the assassination of publisher Slavko Curuvija

Threats  |  05.04.2019

Guilty verdicts in the long-running trial of four men for the assassination of publisher Slavko Curuvija | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

A court in the Serbian capital Belgrade has convicted three men of the 1999 assassination of the journalist, editor and publisher Slavko Curuvija. A fourth man, who is still at large, was also convicted in his absence. Together they must serve jail terms totalling 100 years.

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Murder of a journalist - personal testimony by Ljiljana Smajlovic  

Threats  |  04.04.2019

Murder of a journalist - personal testimony by Ljiljana Smajlovic   | ECPMF

Ljiljana Smajlovic was the International Editor of Evropljanin magazine in 1999 when the magazine’s publisher Slavko Curuvija was shot dead. On 5. April 2019 the trial of three men accused of the killing comes to an end in Belgrade. 

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

Threats  |  04.04.2019

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

by Renata R.

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 lunch. In front of their home two masked men approach Ćuruvija and shoot him dead.

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Turkey: British journalist released from detention and election results offer hope to jailed journalists as opposition parties win in Ankara and Istanbul

Threats  |  03.04.2019

Turkey: British journalist released from detention and election results offer hope to jailed journalists as opposition parties win in Ankara and Istanbul | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

Wins for opposition parties in the Ankara and Istanbul local elections are a cause for optimism, according to journalist Pelin Ünker. She faces a jail sentence of thirteen months for alleged ’defamation’ after reporting on the Paradise Papers.

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Interview with Turkish journalist Pelin Ünker

Threats  |  03.04.2019

Interview with Turkish journalist Pelin Ünker | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

Turkish jouralist Pelin Ünker cannot celebrate the fact that a court has ended proceedings against her on charges of defamation arising from her coverage of the Paradise Papers investigation. That’s because she has already been convicted on other charges and faces 13 months in jail, just for doing her job.

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Interview with award-winning Montenegrin reporter Jovo Martinovic

Threats  |  20.03.2019

Interview with award-winning Montenegrin reporter Jovo Martinovic | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Journalist Jovo Martinović has won the prestigious Press Freedom Prize from Reporters Without Borders in Austria. He gives an interview to the ECPMF as his country, Montenegro, backslides on the rule of law and he faces an 18-month sentence on charges linked to his investigative reporting.

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EU warns Serbia and Montenegro are backsliding on rule of law as media freedom violations continue

Threats  |  20.03.2019

EU warns Serbia and Montenegro are backsliding on rule of law as media freedom violations continue | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

MEPs have warned the so-called ’frontrunners’ for EU accession in the Western Balkans - Serbia and Montenegro - that the rule of law must be respected if they are ever to achieve membership of the European Union.

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Women investigative journalists battle sexism to do it their own way

Threats  |  13.03.2019

Women investigative journalists battle sexism to do it their own way | ECPMF

By Masha Durkalic

Sexism, difficulties balancing family and professional life, and threats both on and off line are a reality for women journalists around the world. They revealed their struggles and triumphs at the ECPMF UNCOVERED conference in Berlin, Germany, where the results were presented of the IJ4EU grants for cross-border investigative journalism focussed on EU funding fraud.

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Turkey needs to respect foreign media outlets’ independence

Threats  |  12.03.2019

Turkey needs to respect foreign media outlets’ independence | ECPMF

Pressure on international media in Turkey is increasing. German journalists have been expelled from the country as their press accreditations were not renewed. International freedom of expression organisations urge Turkey’s authorities in a joint alert to revoke the decisions, to stop the expulsion of international journalists, to renew press cards to foreign media outlets, and to respect their independence.

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Slovakia promises justice for Ján as journalists complete his work; businessman charged with ordering murder

Threats  |  14.03.2019

Slovakia promises justice for Ján as journalists complete his work; businessman charged with ordering murder | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Slovakia’s Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini has promised the European Parliament (EP) that he will uncover and punish the perpetrators responsible for the assassination of Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová. A major positive step has been taken in the case, as Slovak businessman Marian Kočner is now charged with ordering the murders. He remains in police custody. 

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Fears for press freedom as Slovakia debates new media law

Threats  |  07.03.2019

Fears for press freedom as Slovakia debates new media law | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

One year after the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová, Slovakia’s National Council (parliament) is debating controversial amendments to the Press Act of 2008.

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Don't hack the messenger

Threats  |  28.02.2019

Don't hack the messenger | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Cyber attacks against media outlets and individual journalists are prompting many to use encrypted channels and take training courses in digital self-defence. How can journalists best protect themselves, and what are some of the threats and obstacles they are being confronted with in that regard?

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