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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




Turkey‘s state-run media system – crumbling over the local elections?

Threats  |  20.06.2019

Turkey‘s state-run media system – crumbling over the local elections? | ECPMF

By Frederic Krull

After Turkey's Supreme Election Council (YSK) announced the re-run of the greater Istanbul municipal elections from 31 March 2019, a lot of voices proclaimed the end of Turkish democracy. However, this goes far beyond dishonoring the results at the ballots. 

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UK court: Boris Johnson has no case to answer over ‘Brexit fake news’

Threats  |  13.06.2019

UK court: Boris Johnson has no case to answer over ‘Brexit fake news’ | ECPMF

By Frederic Krull

The High Court in London has blocked a private prosecution against Boris Johnson, a candidate for Prime Minister on charges of misconduct in public office – namely telling lies during the Brexit referendum campaign.

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Female sport reporters face floods of sexist insults over World Cup coverage

Threats  |  13.06.2019

Female sport reporters face floods of sexist insults over World Cup coverage | ECPMF

By Renata Rat

When Claudia Neumann, a German sports journalist, commentated on a World Cup football match as the first female reporter ever in 2018, she experienced a flood of heavy sexist insults via social media.

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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 Rat

The Journalists' Association of Serbia (UNS) and Serbian public broadcaster Radio Televizija Srbije (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 Rat

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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