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Spain has experienced an unprecedented decline in press freedom, says PDLI

Threats  |  19.09.2019

Spain has experienced an unprecedented decline in press freedom, says PDLI | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt and Frederic Krull

Hooded demonstrators have attacked TV journalists covering the Catalonia national day demonstrations which attracted more than 500,000 people in support of independence for the autonomous region.

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Smear campaign against Slovakia’s journalists by ex-Police Chief Gašpar's needs to stop

Threats  |  19.09.2019

Smear campaign against Slovakia’s journalists by ex-Police Chief Gašpar's needs to stop | ECPMF

by ECPMF

The Slovak police are currently investigating the role of former Police President of Slovakia Tibor Gašpar on suspicion of unlawfully gathering information on journalists, including Ján Kuciak, who was murdered with his fiancée in February 2018. The police extracted information, including addresses and family connections.

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"Please save my life": Julian Assange in prison

Threats  |  13.09.2019

By Annissa Warsame

Cell Number 37, ‘Britain’s Guantanamo Bay’ – a single occupancy cell, furnished sparsely with a plastic chair, metal bed and steel toilet. For over 150 days this has been Julian Assange’s residence, whether he likes it or not. And a judge has ruled today, he is to remain there even after his jail sentence is over. 

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Author speaks out after publishers pulled his critical book about the British Army

Threats  |  03.09.2019

Author speaks out after publishers pulled his critical book about the British Army | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt and Simon Akam

Journalist Simon Akam, who spent a year in the British Army before attending university, was commissioned to research and write a critical book about the evolution of the Army post 9/11. When the publisher refused to release the book, Akam suspected censorship by the British defence establishment.

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A beautiful tragedy - murdered journalist Lyra McKee's book is published posthumously

Threats  |  20.08.2019

A beautiful tragedy - murdered journalist Lyra McKee's book is published posthumously | ECPMF

Book review by Jane Whyatt

Lyra McKee was an investigative reporter who specialised in the untold stories of people caught up in Northern Ireland’s long civil war known as The Troubles. She was shot dead in Derry (also known as Londonderry) during rioting in April 2019.

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Neden oradaydım; kişisel bir anlatı

Threats  |  12.08.2019

Neden oradaydım; kişisel bir anlatı | ECPMF

by Ayse Duzkan

An English version of this article can be found here.

Onlar kendilerinden “Özgür Basın Geleneği” olarak söz ediyor ama biz onlar için genellikle Kürt medyası terimini kullanıyoruz. Avrupalı bir meslektaşımla sohbet ederken bu sözü kullanınca, Kürtçemin bu yayınları anlamaya yeterli olup olmadığını sordu.

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How I paid my debt of solidarity for Kurdish media

Threats  |  12.08.2019

How I paid my debt of solidarity for Kurdish media | ECPMF

by Ayse Duzkan

Bu makelenin Türkçe versiyonu burada bulunabilir.

They call themselves “Free Press Tradition” but we usually call them Kurdish media. When I used this term in a chat with a European colleague, he asked whether my Kurdish is sufficient to understand.

It is not. But they are not in Kurdish. We c … read more




Fighting for freedom of information on Julian Assange is a long battle for Italian journalist

Threats  |  07.08.2019

Fighting for freedom of information on Julian Assange is a long battle for Italian journalist | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

An Italian journalist faces financial hardship after her Freedom of Information requests for correspondence about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are being subjected to long legal battles.

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Deathly silence shields the killer of journalist Lyra McKee

Threats  |  02.08.2019

Deathly silence shields the killer of journalist Lyra McKee | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

More than one hundred days after investigative reporter Lyra McKee was shot dead during rioting in Northern Ireland, no-one has been charged in connection with her death.

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Finland’s press freedom under pressure from politicians and lack of transparency

 

Threats  |  26.07.2019

Finland’s press freedom under pressure from politicians and lack of transparency
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by Fred Krull

Finland holds the presidency of the council of the EU for the next six months.To find out what this means for press and media freedom in Europe, the ECPMF talked to Salla Vuorikoski, a leading Finnish journalist who reported on the  … read more




Gezi Park’s second hearing confirms lack of rule of law in Turkey

Threats  |  24.07.2019

Gezi Park’s second hearing confirms lack of rule of law in Turkey | ECPMF

by ECPMF

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) joins 19 other freedom of expression and human rights organisations in a statement on the so-called Gezi Park trial, condemning the interim judicial decision taken in the second hearing.

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Greece: New Democracy - New Press Freedom?

Threats  |  10.07.2019

Greece: New Democracy - New Press Freedom? | ECPMF

by Renata Rat

Greece’s newly-elected Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has been sworn in. From a far-left to a conservative government in the crisis-ridden country – what does it mean for press freedom?

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London conference puts UK on world press freedom map

Threats  |  10.07.2019

London conference puts UK on world press freedom map | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

An EU Member State where the murder of a journalist remains unpunished and investigative journalists have been prosecuted for refusing to reveal whistleblowers is hosting an international media freedom conference. 

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

Threats  |  25.06.2019

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

by Renata Rat

Special Rapporteur Pieter Omtzigt’s report on the rule of law in Malta is damning. Prompted
by the 2017 car bomb assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, it
finds serious deficiencies.
The report is being presented at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 26.
June 2019. Media freedom organisations including the European Centre for Press and Media
Freedom are holding a side event as the As … read more