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Three strikes and you're out, Malta!

Threats  |  05.12.2018

Three strikes and you're out, Malta! | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Malta's government must hold a public inquiry into the killing of investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia – or answer to the European Court of Human Rights. That's the expert opinion of lawyers who have investigated the local murder inquiry and found a number of failings

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Turkey media, between European solidarity and tolerance

Threats  |  29.11.2018

Turkey media, between European solidarity and tolerance | ECPMF

By Fazila Mat, OBCT, the article was first published here

The difficult situation of Turkey's press told by well-known journalists, the effects of European solidarity initiatives, and the prospects for the future. A report on the IPI event "Turkey's Media Under Siege".

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Malta: doubts about reports on investigation success in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder case

Threats  |  19.11.2018

Malta: doubts about reports on investigation success in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder case | ECPMF

By Iris Rohmann

Maltese investigators say they are closing in on the masterminds of the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder. But there are contradictory reports.

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Ireland repeals blasphemy law - who's next?

Threats  |  12.11.2018

Ireland repeals blasphemy law - who's next? | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt and Ronan Fahy

Oh my God! OMG is such a common utterance in social media that no-one even notices it any more. But taking in vain the name of God – anyone’s God – is still a crime in many European countries. 

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Demonising the media: Threats to journalists in Europe

Threats  |  09.11.2018

Demonising the media: Threats to journalists in Europe | ECPMF

Burned in effigy. Insulted. Spat at. Discredited by their nation’s leaders. Assaulted. Sued. Death threats. Assassinations. This is the landscape faced by journalists throughout Europe over the past four years. ECPMF partner Mapping Media Freedom presents its new report.

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Matthew Caruana Galizia: "ever since then it’s just been like one long day"

Threats  |  01.11.2018

Matthew Caruana Galizia: ever since then it’s just been like one long day" | ECPMF">

One year after the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder the investigation in Malta is stalled. This is an in-depth interview with her son the journalist Matthew Caruana Galizia speaking about the toxic price of impunity, the day of the murder and the future of his home country.

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Ján Kuciak's father: 'journalists should not be afraid to write'

Threats  |  01.11.2018

Ján Kuciak's father: 'journalists should not be afraid to write' | ECPMF

By ECPMF

It’s almost nine months since the assassination of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee in Slovakia. ECPMF’s Legal Advisor Flutura Kusari travelled to Bratislava again to monitor the state of the murder investigations. She also met Ján Kuciak’s parents. This is the interview.

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Slovakia: where do the Ján Kuciak murder investigations stand?

Threats  |  30.10.2018

Slovakia: where do the Ján Kuciak murder investigations stand? | ECPMF

By ECPMF

Almost nine months after the murders of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee, there’s a new link to Hungary, there are charges against four people, and ECPMF’s fact-finder is back in Bratislava again.

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A Daphne Caruana Galizia portrait for the European Parliament in Strasbourg

Threats  |  24.10.2018

A Daphne Caruana Galizia portrait for the European Parliament in Strasbourg | ECPMF

"I wanted to not only honour this fearless journalist but also to keep her memory alive," says Scandinavian artist Marie Louise Kold whose portrait of Daphne Caruana Galizia was just hung in the European Parliament (EP) press room in Strasbourg.

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CoE probes murder investigation of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Threats  |  22.10.2018

CoE probes murder investigation of Daphne Caruana Galizia | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

A Special Rapporteur appointed by the Council of Europe is travelling to Malta to scrutinise the investigation into how and why an investigative journalist was murdered. 

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Daphne Caruana Galizia: recommendations of the Malta Mission

Threats  |  17.10.2018

Daphne Caruana Galizia: recommendations of the Malta Mission | ECPMF

In the morning after the great vigil for Daphne Caruana Galizia in Valletta with about 2000 attendees, the representatives of five freedom of expression organisations  - ECPMF, CPJ, PEN and RSF, held a press conference to present the findings of their mission. They have travelled to Malta to mark the one-year-anniversary of the Caruana Galizia assassination.

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Malta: Prime Minister refuses to commit to public inquiry on Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination

Threats  |  16.10.2018

Malta: Prime Minister refuses to commit to public inquiry on Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination | ECPMF

By Emil Weber and ECPMF

A delegation of five press freedom organisations travelled to Malta to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and to call out the fact that little has been done to find those behind the killing. 

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Danish broadcaster in stranglehold with 500 jobs cut 

Threats  |  16.10.2018

Danish broadcaster in stranglehold with 500 jobs cut  | ECPMF

by Henrik Kaufholz in Copenhagen

My hairdresser – a nice guy with only a little grey hair left – is also a jazz musician. Before he opens the salon in the early morning he will practise on his trumpet. During the day he will also tune his DAB radio to P8 Jazz.

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Masked attackers beat up camera crew

Threats  |  10.10.2018

Masked attackers beat up camera crew | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

Investigative reporters filming a car showroom at Wuppertal in western Germany have been attacked and beaten up by two masked men.

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Viktoria Marinova: Bulgaria promises probe into alleged EU funds fraud and there has been an arrest in Germany

Threats  |  09.10.2018

<span>Viktoria Marinova: Bulgaria promises probe into alleged EU funds fraud and there has been an arrest in Germany</span> | ECPMF

Three days after the murder of Bulgarian TV journalist Viktoria Marinova the Bulgarian police have arrested and released a suspect. Since Tuesday evening Bulgarian media is reporting on an arrest in Germany. The local police haven't confirmed it yet.

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Tomasz Piątek: "what happens to press freedom in Eastern Europe influences the West"

Threats  |  08.10.2018

Tomasz Piątek:

This year’s winner of the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig’s Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media is Polish journalist Tomasz Piątek. At the press conference on 8 October 2018, he sketched a dark portrait of press freedom in his home country. But he ended with a more hopeful message.

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Tomasz Piątek: "Was in Osteuropa mit der Pressefreiheit passiert, hat Einfluss auf den Westen" 

Threats  |  08.10.2018

Tomasz Piątek:

Der polnische Journalist Tomasz Piątek ist der diesjährige Gewinner des Preises für die Freiheit und Zukunft der Medien der Medienstiftung der Sparkasse Leipzig. Auf der Pressekonferenz am 8. Oktober zeichnete er ein düsteres Bild der Pressefreiheit in seiner Heimat. Doch es bestehe Hoffnung.

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TV journalist murdered in EU Member State Bulgaria

Threats  |  07.10.2018

TV journalist murdered in EU Member State Bulgaria | ECPMF

On Saturday, Bulgarian TV journalist Viktoria Marinova was murdered in the Nothern town of Ruse. Her last aired report was about an EU funds fraud investigation in Bulgaria. International attention obviously intensifies Bulgaria's focus on the investigation. 

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Slovakia: 70.000 euros for a journalist murder

Threats  |  01.10.2018

Slovakia: 70.000 euros for a journalist murder | ECPMF

By Emil Weber

On Sunday, 30 September 2018, the Special Justice Court in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, ordered the detention of four suspects in the murder case of Slovak investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová. Three men and a woman were arrested between Thursday and Friday on the charges of executing, assisting or ordering the assassination in February 2018.

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Free Turkey Media rally in Berlin: "We will not go away as long as our Turkish colleagues need us!"

Threats  |  28.09.2018

Free Turkey Media rally in Berlin:

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Turkish President Erdoğan is on a state visit in Berlin, Germany. On Friday, the ECPMF, Reporters Without Borders, Amnesty International and the German journalists’ unions DJV and DJU held a rally at Berlin central station within sight of the chancellery where he met chancellor Angela Merkel for lunch.

About 200 people came to protest against the anti-freedom politics of the Turkish adminis … read more




Bulgaria: protect journalists instead of harassing them

Threats  |  25.09.2018

Bulgaria: protect journalists instead of harassing them | ECPMF

The ECPMF and its five partners urge the Prime Minister of Bulgaria to come to terms with his country's stance on press and media freedom. After the unrightful detention of two journalists investigating EU funds fraud the EU Member State is at a loss to explain itself.

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The two-faced approach to a journalist murder

Threats  |  19.09.2018

The two-faced approach to a journalist murder | ECPMF

A commentary by Iris Rohmann

Iris Rohmann, winner of the German Reporter Forum’s Daphne Caruana Galizia grant, is travelling between Germany and Malta to investigate the circumstances of the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder. This is her update after a week of talks with citizens, journalists and activists in Malta.

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Why two journalists investigating EU funds fraud were arrested in Bulgaria

Threats  |  14.09.2018

Why two journalists investigating EU funds fraud were arrested in Bulgaria | ECPMF

In the evening of September 13, 2018 IJ4EU grantees and journalists Dimitar Stoyanov of Bivol and Attila Biro of Rise Romania were arrested in Bulgaria where they are investigating EU funds fraud. 5 questions to the Atanas Tchobanov, editor-in-chief of Bivol.bg.

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Press freedom violations under scrutiny as MEPs vote on Hungary

Threats  |  12.09.2018

Press freedom violations under scrutiny as MEPs vote on Hungary | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

MEPs have voted for an Article 7 procedure against Hungary because of human rights abuses including political interference in press and media freedom.

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Words matter - "Free European Media 2018" the book is out

Threats  |  06.09.2018

Words matter -

Media freedom is under threat, also in Europe. State leaders and politicians in the frontline must  unconditionally support freedom of the media as a prerequisite for free speech. After the Gdansk Free European Media conference this book was born, telling the story of why words matter. Free download!

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'Be careful out there' German union warns journalists at demonstrations

Threats  |  31.08.2018

'Be careful out there' German union warns journalists at demonstrations | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

The national head of the German Journalists Union (DJV) Frank Überall has sent a message to all members on 31. August 2018: “Be extra careful when reporting on right-wing demonstrations.” It comes after a TV camera crew was prevented from filming at a demonstration in Dresden and journalists faced abuse … read more




Daphne's death: demands grow for public inquiry

Threats  |  28.08.2018

Daphne's death: demands grow for public inquiry | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Daphne Caruana Galizia’s sister Corinne Vella is calling for a public inquiry into who ordered the killing of the investigative journalist. She made it at the UK’s Byline Festival of independent journalism. The family has already formally made the request in writing to Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. The response has been promised by the end of August 2018.

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Censoring Turkey one tweet at a time

Threats  |  23.08.2018

Censoring Turkey one tweet at a time | ECPMF

By Ahmed Zidan, Committee for the Protection of Journalist’s digital manager

On June 19, Abdülhamit Bilici, the last editor-in-chief of the now-shuttered Turkish paper Zaman,tweeted about the decline of press freedom in his home country. If you can see  … read more




Police chief: Kuciak murder will be solved

Threats  |  20.08.2018

Police chief: Kuciak murder will be solved | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt and Lucie Sykorovà

Six months to the day since reporter Jàn Kuciak and his fiancée were murdered in Slovakia, many questions remain unanswered.

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Romania: riot police under fire for attacking journalists and protestors

Threats  |  16.08.2018

Romania: riot police under fire for attacking journalists and protestors | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

EU officials and media freedom campaigners are condemning the actions of Romanian police during anti-corruption demonstrations in Bucharest.

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How Czech journalists survive in Babisistan

Threats  |  13.08.2018

How Czech journalists survive in Babisistan | ECPMF

by Lucie Sykorova

 “Journalists are dung, faeces and cesspits, hyenas and stupid people who try to  brainwash us and they should be liquidated.“ Czech people have already heard such public statements for years from the president Milos Zeman. As Reporters Without Borders notes,  President Milos Zeman brandished a dummy Kalashnikov rifle inscribed with the word … read more




Forbes Russia: staff revolts against removal of article

Threats  |  03.08.2018

Forbes Russia: staff revolts against removal of article | ECPMF

The ECPMF is concerned about the editorial independence at Forbes magazine Russia. Editors are protesting against their own publisher as they accuse him of removing a critical article from the print version.

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Malta: anti-corruption activist defies 'government-backed' online hate campaign

Threats  |  18.07.2018

Malta: anti-corruption activist defies 'government-backed' online hate campaign | ECPMF

By Emil Weber

Maltese anti-corruption activist, Tina Urso, feels she has been targeted by a government- backed name-and-shame online campaign in recent months. She, her lawyer and media and human rights activists criticise the authorities responsible for investigating the threats.

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Good news from Turkey: partial acquittal for Erdem Gül

Threats  |  16.07.2018

Good news from Turkey: partial acquittal for Erdem Gül | ECPMF

Turkish journalist Erdem Gül has been acquitted of charges of 'publishing state secrets,' Turkish media reported on July 16. Yet, another trial is still pending.

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Austria in EU hotseat with broadcasters in uproar over ’political muzzle’

Threats  |  10.07.2018

Austria in EU hotseat with broadcasters in uproar over ’political muzzle’ | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

As Austria assumes the Presidency of the European Council, its own public service broadcasters are protesting about alleged ’political censorship’. And opposition politicians fear the TV licence fee may be used as a financial weapon to attack the broadcaster’s political neutrality.

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Bots 'are enemies of press freedom'

Threats  |  10.07.2018

Bots 'are enemies of press freedom' | ECPMF

by Emma Hattstein

In times when most of the people are consuming news online, the profession of the journalist had to become digital as well. And the answer to that are bots. For good and for bad.

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'Murders of journalists cannot be tolerated in the EU' - Justice Commissioner

Threats  |  04.07.2018

'Murders of journalists cannot be tolerated in the EU' - Justice Commissioner | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

The Justice Commissioner of the European Union is offering support to police investigating the murders of journalists Daphne Caruana Galizia and Jan Kuciak. Commissioner Vera Jourová has been to Slovakia and Malta to pay respects to the investigative journalists who were killed for doing their jobs, and to bring the full weight of the European Commission to bear on the authorities responsible. 

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Hands off female football reporters!

 

Threats  |  03.07.2018

Hands off female football reporters!
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by Jane Whyatt

Media freedom campaigners are urging newsrooms to show ’zero tolerance’ to football hooligans who grope, harass or insult female reporters during the World Cup in Russia

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Bots - friends or enemies of press freedom?

Threats  |  02.07.2018

Bots - friends or enemies of press freedom? | ECPMF

by Emma Hattstein

In times when most of the people are consuming news online, the profession of the journalist has become digital as well. And the answer to that are bots. Bots seem to be the solution to everything lately: online shopping, financial transactions, falling in love, organisational systems - and also the news business

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Turkey elections: report of OSCE observers finds "undue advantage, including in media"

Threats  |  25.06.2018

Turkey elections: report of OSCE observers finds

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is taking on extensive new executive powers following his election win on Sunday. On Monday, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) presented its ODIHR report of the election observation mission.

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Being a whistleblower: 'I wouldn't do it again'

Threats  |  20.06.2018

Being a whistleblower: 'I wouldn't do it again' | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

Blowing the whistle on wrongdoings at work can make you an international cult hero. Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning are world famous. Many Europeans also know Antoine Deltour. But Maria Bamieh has yet to become a household name. The fifty-nine year old is still fighting through the courts to defend her reputation. 

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What if there were a World Cup for press freedom?

Threats  |  14.06.2018

What if there were a World Cup for press freedom? | ECPMF

With Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup, journalists at the Manchester Evening News were inspired to work out what would happen if, instead of competing at football, the countries were judged on their record of defending press freedom and freedom of speech.

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Türkei: "In diesem Land kann sich alles jederzeit ändern"

Threats  |  14.06.2018

Türkei:

For the English version please click here

Mehr als sieben Monate lang saß die deutsche Journalistin Meşale Tolu mit ihrem kleinen Sohn in türkischer Untersuchungshaft. Mitte Dezember 2017 wurde sie unter Auflagen freigelassen. Am 26. April 2018 wurde die Ausreisesperre verlängert. Das ECPMF hat Tolu in Istanbul getroffen und mit ihr über die anstehenden Wahlen in der Türk … read more




Turkey: "In this country everything can change at any time"

Threats  |  14.06.2018

Turkey: 

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For more than seven months German journalist Meşale Tolu was held in pre-trial detention in Turkey together with her son, a toddler. In Mid-December 2017 she was conditionally released. On April 26, 2018, her travel ban was extended. The ECPMF met her in Istanbul to talk about the upcoming Turkish elections, the case of Deniz Y … read more




EU Parliament Malta report: shocking lack of follow-up on leads into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Threats  |  12.06.2018

EU Parliament Malta report: shocking lack of follow-up on leads into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia | ECPMF

Following the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia the MEPs Ana Gomes, Sven Giegold and David Casa went on an ad hoc mission on the rule of law in Malta in November and December 2017. This is the report. 

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MEPs discuss Cambridge Analytica's role in Brexit

Threats  |  05.06.2018

MEPs discuss Cambridge Analytica's role in Brexit | ECPMF

By Mary Honeyball MEP 

This article first appeared on The Honeyball Buzz, the personal blog of Mary Honeyball, MEP for London and is reproduced with her permission.

Following Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony in the European Parliament two weeks ago, a conference was held on 4 June 2018 with influential speakers, some of whom were directly involved in breaking the Cambridge Analytica news story, in which delegates were told … read more




Malta: "Who will be next?"

Threats  |  31.05.2018

Malta:

Iris Rohmann, winner of the Daphne Caruana Galizia grant from the German Reporter Forum, just got back from Malta, where she is investigating the circumstances of the Caruana Galizia murder on 16 October 2017. She gave us a short roundup of what she found out in just one week.

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Daphne Caruana Galizia: we want the truth. The Whole Truth

Threats  |  24.05.2018

Daphne Caruana Galizia: we want the truth. The Whole Truth | ECPMF

"We want the truth", is the title of a hypnotising video installation by German artist Joanna Vortmann on the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. A split screen shows the streets of Malta, beautiful architecture and nature, and again and again signs put up by people demanding a full independent investigation of the still unresolved murder.

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Journalism is not a crime: protest against Erdoğan in London

Threats  |  15.05.2018

Journalism is not a crime: protest against Erdoğan in London | ECPMF

British, Turkish and European groups joined forces to urge the UK government to raise the issue of press freedom and human rights with President Erdoğan who was in London to meet prime minister Theresa May.

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OBCT's Bulgaria Dossier on the EU's worst country when it comes to press freedom

Threats  |  14.05.2018

OBCT's Bulgaria Dossier on the EU's worst country when it comes to press freedom | ECPMF

By Nicola Pedrazzi, Fazıla Mat and Valentina Vivona, OBCT

Bulgaria's first Presidency of the Council of the European Union is coming to an end soon. Its ranking in the press freedom index is the lowest in the EU. This OBCT dossier discusses the reasons for the contiuous decline.

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Sarah Harrison: "It's not the journalist's role to decide what the public can see"

Threats  |  08.05.2018

Sarah Harrison:

An exclusive interview with former Wikileaks editor Sarah Harrison

GAME CHANGER is the annual conference of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom on 28 -29 May 2018 in Leipzig. Its theme is the controversial role of new technology in the future of media freedom. To inform debate, ECPMF is publishing several articles. In an interview with former WikiLeaks editor Sarah Harrison, who helped whistleblower Edward Snowden to escape to Russia, ECPMF discu … read more




How AI will define the future of news

Threats  |  18.05.2018

How AI will define the future of news | ECPMF

By James Ball, this article was first published by the Ethical Journalism Network

There are two paths ahead in the future of journalism, and both of them are shaped by artificial intelligence.

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Resolution: EU Commission to fight harder for press freedom and pluralism 

Threats  |  04.05.2018

Resolution: EU Commission to fight harder for press freedom and pluralism  | ECPMF

SAL with the press release by Maja Orel Schwarz, EU Parliament 

Right on World Press Freedom Day MEPs in Brussels urged, that EU member states should “create and maintain, in law and in practice, a safe and secure environment for journalists”. The resolution was approved by an overwhelming majority. 

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Free-to-share-movie "Courage": everything you need to know about press freedom

Threats  |  04.05.2018

Free-to-share-movie

"Courage - journalism is not a crime" is a film everyone should see. It tells the story of three journalists working under repressive regimes, three men who chose press freedom despite harassment, imprisonment and torture. "The Post" meets today's reality.

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Cumhuriyet trial: the verdicts are out

Threats  |  23.04.2018

Cumhuriyet trial: the verdicts are out | ECPMF

Unexpectedly, the hearings already ended on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, with the verdicts. The sentences are less high than the charges. But high enough to give a clear signal to those believing in a free press. ECPMF's Nora Wehofsits is on-site monitoring the trial.

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Murder of Ján Kuciak: MEPs urge action to protect journalists across the EU

Threats  |  20.04.2018

Murder of Ján Kuciak: MEPs urge action to protect journalists across the EU | ECPMF

European Pariliament press release by Ján Jakubov

Resolution: The EU must better protect journalists and whistle-blowers and Slovakia must ensure thorough, independent and international investigation into the murder of Ján Kuciak.

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Just two days after Orbán's electoral win, two news outlets are closing down 

Threats  |  10.04.2018

Just two days after Orbán's electoral win, two news outlets are closing down  | ECPMF

Hungary faces the third consecutive term of Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz party and probably even worse crackdowns on media than already before. ECPMF spoke with investigative journalist Anita Kőműves about the future of independent media in Hungary.

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Montenegro: "There is no point in police protection for journalists"

Threats  |  05.04.2018

Montenegro:

In Montenegro, police are investigating an explosion that destroyed a hired car parked outside the home of TV journalist Sead Sakinović. Two men have been arrested. ECPMF spoke to the journalist.

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Motion lodged in Scottish Parliament based on Index's media freedom research

Threats  |  29.03.2018

Motion lodged in Scottish Parliament based on Index's media freedom research | ECPMF

Great success for ECPMF's partner Index on Censorship: A Scottish politician lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament on 27 March on media freedom following Index on Censorship’s annual Mapping Media Freedom report, crediting its authors for “their continued endeavours to defend media freedom and protect journalists”.

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Lithuania: free speech vs. fee speech 

Threats  |  20.03.2018

Lithuania: free speech vs. fee speech  | ECPMF

By Sarunas Cerniauskas

Lithuania doesn‘t face the kind of challenges to the freedom of speech that are very much visible in the examples of Poland or Hungary. However, several attempts to tamper with the legislation were recently undertaken. 

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Poland: tracking the shrinking space for press and media freedom

Threats  |  20.03.2018

Poland: tracking the shrinking space for press and media freedom | ECPMF

By Wojciech Gąsior and Magdalena Wnuk

Since 1989, Poland’s open parliament (Sejm) was supposed to stand for open democracy. It has been one of more transparent legislatures in Europe, rivalled only by the European Parliament and the Swedish Riksdag. Journalists enjoyed almost unlimited freedom: only the plenary room was off-limits during the sessions. The media would then take up their positions in the gallery overlooking the assembly. Many politicians c … read more




Albanian media and investigative journalism

Threats  |  19.03.2018

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By Mercan Daci

Different reports have considered Albania's media as being free from censorship but not free from the influences of the government, politics and economic interests of media owners.

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Slovakia: protesters demand new elections, Kuciak family lawyer worries about “absurd statements” by authorities

Threats  |  16.03.2018

Slovakia: protesters demand new elections, Kuciak family lawyer worries about “absurd statements” by authorities | ECPMF

By Emil Weber

Organisers of the civil protest in Slovakia are calling for snap elections despite Prime Minister Robert Fico’s resignation on Thursday, following the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak.

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MEPs debate fact-finding mission to Slovakia: more initiatives at the European level to come, says Benedek Jávor

Threats  |  14.03.2018

MEPs debate fact-finding mission to Slovakia: more initiatives at the European level to come, says Benedek Jávor | ECPMF

Benedek Jávor was one of six MEPs traveling to Slovakia in an ad hoc delegation by the European Parliament to make their presence felt after the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak. The mission's report is out now. There was a debate in Strasbourg. ECPMF spoke with Jávor about what's next.

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Outrage as Czech president abuses journalists

Threats  |  13.03.2018

Outrage as Czech president abuses journalists | ECPMF

by European Federation of Journalists

Media freedom campaigners and the European Federation of journalists condemn remarks made by the Czech Republic's newly re-elected President Milos Zeman.

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MEPs urge action on women’s equality in media

Threats  |  13.03.2018

MEPs urge action on women’s equality in media | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

A damning report commissioned by MEPs on gender equality in Europe’s media has prompted  calls for action. 

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The final report of the High Level Expert Group on fake news is out

Threats  |  13.03.2018

The final report of the High Level Expert Group on fake news is out | ECPMF

By the European Commission

In January 2018, the European Commission set up a high-level group of experts (HLEG) to advise on policy initiatives to counter fake news and disinformation spread online. The HLEG report is out as well as five recommendations.

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Call for EU to protect journalists

Threats  |  06.03.2018

Call for EU to protect journalists | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom with fifteen other campaign groups is calling on the European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to protect journalists against rising deadly threats. It follows the murders of Jàn Kuciak and his fiancée at their home. Jàn Kuciak was a data journalist working for the news website Aktuality.sk in Slovakia and investigating alleged corruption involving EU funds. Thier deaths come only a few months aft … read more




Journalists are wary as Slovak government declares investigation of Ján Kuciak murder a priority

Threats  |  02.03.2018

Journalists are wary as Slovak government declares investigation of Ján Kuciak murder a priority | ECPMF

By Emil Weber

Journalists in Slovakia are doubtful as to whether there will be an independent investigation of the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak, despite Prime Minister Robert Fico declaring it his priority. The slain journalist’s recent investigations and writings did involve the names of associates of current top Slovak government officials.

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NoBillag – a threat to media plurality?

Threats  |  28.02.2018

NoBillag – a threat to media plurality? | ECPMF

By Nadia Bellardi

Radio and TV studios across Switzerland recently opened their doors to the public to explain how they work, and why they believe it is important to reject the upcoming NoBillag initiative. On March 4th Swiss citizens will decide through a national vote whether to abolish the media licence fee, previously collected through the company Billag (hence the initiative’s name “NoBillag”). Should the initiative pass, it would make Switzerland the only Eu … read more




NoBillag - a threat to Europe's public broadcasting?

Threats  |  27.02.2018

NoBillag - a threat to Europe's public broadcasting? | ECPMF

by Stephan Russ-Mohl 

In Switzerland, friendships are being threatened by divisive debate surrounding the so-called ‘No Billag’ referendum. No Billag calls for the abolition of Switzerland’s annual compulsory licence fee for public service broadcasting – the bureaucracy that collects the fee is known as Billag – which currently costs every Swiss household 451 francs (385 euro) each year.

 

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Media freedom community condemns murders of journalist and partner

Threats  |  26.02.2018

Media freedom community condemns murders of journalist and partner | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

The fatal shooting of an investigative reporter and his fiancée at their home in Slovakia has shocked and outraged media freedom campaigners.

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ORF: Battle cry from the Vice-Chancellor

Threats  |  25.02.2018

ORF: Battle cry from the Vice-Chancellor | ECPMF

By Martin Hoffmann

Austria is in discussion about the “fake news” demonisations from Vice-Chancellor Strache against the ORF moderator, Armin Wolf. More than a personal feud is behind this: the independence of the public broadcaster is at stake.

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Regulator reacts with “weary cynicism“ as UK acts on social media

Threats  |  21.02.2018

Regulator reacts with “weary cynicism“ as UK acts on social media | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May has set up a special government department to tackle fake news. The National Security Communications Unit is based in the Cabinet Office. It is backed by Artificial Intelligence power to spot any online mention of terrorism, and Home Secretary Amber Rudd has travelled to Silicon Valley in the USA to ask internet companies for co-operation in removing suspect content from social media and search engine listings.

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Jailed journalist’s appeals rejected as Georgians demand inquiry into his capture

Threats  |  21.02.2018

Jailed journalist’s appeals rejected as Georgians demand inquiry into his capture | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt, Meydan TV

A court hearing has rejected requests from defence lawyers representing Afgan Mukhtarli, the investigative reporter serving a six-year jail term in Azerbaijan.

Mukhtarli was seized and taken to Azerbaijan from the Georgian capital Tblisi, and thirty-five civil society organisations are demanding an independent, internati … read more




Free European Media conference: "While we look into the future we also have to look to the past"

Threats  |  14.02.2018

Free European Media conference:

By Jane Whyatt

Europe’s media freedom community is meeting on February 15th and 16th in the historic setting of Gdansk’s European Solidarity Centre for the Free European Media conference, to build support for critical journalists under threat. In an interview with ECPMF the President of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) outlines the challenges and hopes.

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Deniz Yücel: 365 days in Turkish prison

Threats  |  13.02.2018

Deniz Yücel: 365 days in Turkish prison | ECPMF

One year to the day, since German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel was sent to jail in Turkey. He has still not being indicted. 

 

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"There is much more at stake than justice for one family" - witnesses heard as Daphne Caruana Galizia murder case continues

Threats  |  07.02.2018

By Emil Weber

On 7 February 2018, the Court of Magistrates in Valletta continued to listen to evidence given in the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder case. Nine witnesses - including police officers who arrived first at the crime scene - provided details on the circumstances of the assassination.

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Media in Slovenia: among criminals, politicians and "the barbarians"

Threats  |  05.02.2018

Media in Slovenia: among criminals, politicians and

By Blaž Zgaga

Once praised as a role model country for the Balkans, Slovenia as the most developed part of former Yugoslavia, an EU and Nato member today, is facing many challenges in its media landscape. The transition from a former socialist republic to a parliamentary democracy brought some successes and failures where the media ownership structure seems to remain one of the major blunders, as media owners openly or covertly control editorial policies.

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Senior UK politician’s concern for jailed journalist Afghan Mukhtarli

Threats  |  02.02.2018

Senior UK politician’s concern for jailed journalist Afghan Mukhtarli | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

British Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan has expressed conern over the imprisoned investigative journalist Afghan Mukhtarli, in a written answer published on the House of Commons website. Sir Alan is Number Two at the Foreign Office, second in command to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. He is the Minister of State for Europe and the Americas.

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Caruana Galizia family brings Constitutional Court case with NGOs support

Threats  |  01.02.2018

Caruana Galizia family brings Constitutional Court case with NGOs support | ECPMF

By Emil Weber

A Constitutional Court proceeding has been taking place since 22 November 2017. The family of Ms. Daphne Caruana Galizia has requested the removal of the Deputy Police Commissioner Silvio Valletta from the investigation of her murder. 

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ECPMF monitors Daphne Caruana Galizia murder case in Malta - court receives new evidence

Threats  |  01.02.2018

ECPMF monitors Daphne Caruana Galizia murder case in Malta - court receives new evidence | ECPMF

By Emil Weber

The Valletta Magistrates Court heard fresh evidence on 1 February 2018 against three men suspected of the murder of Ms. Daphne Caruana Galizia. Neighbours and other witnesses provided further details on the circumstances of the murder. The late journalist’s husband, sister and parents were also present in the audience.

 

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Top journalists take Germany's secret service to court over surveillance

Threats  |  31.01.2018

Top journalists take Germany's secret service to court over surveillance | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

A group of seven international journalists - including Azerbaijan's award-winning Khadija Ismayilova, Slovenia's Blaz Zgaga and veteran British journalist Richard Norton-Taylor - have joined forces with six trade unions and human rights campaign groups to take the German secret service (BND) to court.

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#WhoKilledDaphne: joint demand to send special rapporteur for murder investigation to Malta

Threats  |  22.01.2018

#WhoKilledDaphne: joint demand to send special rapporteur for murder investigation to Malta | ECPMF

In a joint open letter to the members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, 14 international media freedom organisations call for a PACE Special Rapporteur on Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and the crimes she exposed.

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Turkey defies justice and European values

Threats  |  18.01.2018

Turkey defies justice and European values | ECPMF

by ECPMF staff

Political pressure is building on Turkey’s President Tayyip Recep Erdoğan after a series of decisions that cast doubt on the state of Turkey’s system of justice. In defiance of rulings by its own Constitutional Court, Turkey has refused to release jailed journalists. New judgements from the European Court of Human Rights have found the country in breach of Article 10, the right to freedom of expression. 

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Cypriot newspaper banned from publishing leaked emails 

Threats  |  16.01.2018

Cypriot newspaper banned from publishing leaked emails  | ECPMF

By Emil Weber

On 10th January, a Cypriot court issued a decree that prohibits the Politis newspaper from publishing or republishing emails of the Deputy Attorney General Ms. Eleni Lοizidou. Politis said it will appeal the decree. During late 2017 Politis published stories resulting from leaked emails of top legal officials, revealing their connections to Russia. 

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MPs deplore jail term of Afgan Mukhtarli

Threats  |  15.01.2018

MPs deplore jail term of Afgan Mukhtarli | ECPMF

By Meydan TV, additional reporting by Jane Whyatt

On 12 January, the Balakan Regional Court in Azerbaijan sentenced investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli to six years in prison, concluding a trial which has been widely criticised internationally.

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Poles in hate speech campaign against German TV reporter and MEP

Threats  |  12.01.2018

Poles in hate speech campaign against German TV reporter and MEP | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

TV reporter Anne Dittert has been subjected to hate speech from senior Polish figures, including a vice president of  the European Parliament, Ryszard Czarnecki, after making a documentary about the ruling PiS (Law and Justice) party and its attitude to criticism.

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Turkey: Constitutional Court rules in favour of jailed journalists - but they are still in jail

Threats  |  12.01.2018

Turkey: Constitutional Court rules in favour of jailed journalists - but they are still in jail | ECPMF

Turkey’s Constitutional Court (AYM) has ruled that the journalists Şahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan were detained in violation of their rights. However, penal courts stalled the decision. International media freedom campaigners are urging the lower courts to respect the ruling and set the journalists free.

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Afgan Mukhtarli denied right to attend funeral of three family members

Threats  |  10.01.2018

Afgan Mukhtarli denied right to attend funeral of three family members | ECPMF

by Meydan TV

On 5 January, at the latest hearing in the trial of Afgan Mukhtarli, the journalist was denied the right to attend the funeral of three family members and to be released under house arrest.

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When press freedom made it to Hollywood

Threats  |  07.01.2018

When press freedom made it to Hollywood | ECPMF

by Sophie Albers Ben Chamo

Press Freedom is the hero of Steven Spielberg's new movie "The Post". The Golden Globes just awarded two investigative journalism NGOs with one million dollars each. ECPMF talked to Liz Hannah, author of the "Post" script, about press freedom's past and future and its great hope.

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Conflicting stories at trial of Afgan Mukhtarli

Threats  |  05.01.2018

Conflicting stories at trial of Afgan Mukhtarli | ECPMF

by Meydan TV reporter

At the Balakan District Court, Afgan Mukhtarli’s trial on 28 December started with a scandal. Court officials blocked journalists from filming outside, and then prohibited them from entering the courtroom. People who were allowed in to the courtroom had their names recorded.

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The words the Turkish government is afraid of: Ahmet Şık's blocked defence speech

Threats  |  26.12.2017

The words the Turkish government is afraid of: <span>Ahmet Şık's</span> blocked defence speech | ECPMF

One day after the latest Cumhuriyet trial in Turkey Ahmet Şık's blocked defence speech was published. These are the words the judge didn't want to hear. The trial is supposed to resume in March.

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Greece: hooded assailants attack journalists' union and media workers

Threats  |  21.12.2017

Greece: hooded assailants attack journalists' union and media workers | ECPMF

This article was first published by EFJ

Greek journalists’ union ESIEMTH and two municipal media offices attacked by intruders in Thessaloniki.

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Turkey: keeping the pressure on

Threats  |  21.12.2017

Turkey: keeping the pressure on | ECPMF

by Steven M Ellis (This article was first published in the British Journalism Review)

Amid increasing repression, international groups can play a vital role in fighting the state’s attack on media freedom.

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ECPMF on Paradise Papers legal action: "Acid test for the existence of investigative journalism"

Threats  |  19.12.2017

ECPMF on Paradise Papers legal action:

Offshore firm Appleby, company at the core of the story of the Paradise Papers, has launched breach-of-confidence proceedings against the Guardian and the BBC.

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Journalist Afgan Mukhtarli in court amid concerns for human rights

Threats  |  15.12.2017

Journalist Afgan Mukhtarli in court amid concerns for human rights | ECPMF

by Meydan TV

On 14 December, the trial of journalist Afgan Mukhtarli continued at the Balakan District Court. In May this year, Mukhtarli had mysteriously disappeared from Georgia, where he was living, and later resurfaced in Baku - under arrest. The journalist says he was abducted, tortured, and forcefully brought to Azerbaijan, with 10,000 Euro planted in his pockets.

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EU and UK politicians voice concerns about journalist Afgan Mukhtarli

Threats  |  14.12.2017

EU and UK politicians voice concerns about journalist Afgan Mukhtarli | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

Politicians in the European and British parliament are publicly calling for fair treatment of the Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, who was abducted in Georgia and is facing trial in Azerbaijan.

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“Free reporting risks losing battle with propaganda and cronyism in Albania”

Threats  |  08.12.2017

“Free reporting risks losing battle with propaganda and cronyism in Albania” | ECPMF

By Emil Weber

The Tirana Court dismissed on 1st December 2017 a high damage compensation application from a company against Albanian investigative journalist, Artan Rama.

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UK MPs demand fair trial for kidnapped journalist

Threats  |  07.12.2017

UK MPs demand fair trial for kidnapped journalist | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

Eleven British Members of Parliament from almost all the different political parties are backing a motion in support of kidnapped journalist Afgan Mukhtarli.

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Almost half of all women journalists endure harassment - here you find help

Threats  |  05.12.2017

Almost half of all women journalists endure harassment - here you find help | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

According to latest research  by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) almost half of all female media workers surveyed (48%) have endured some kind of gender-based harassment at work. This ranges from physical violence and sexual abuse such as groping through verbal harassment and cybermobbing. 

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British MPs back Afgan Mukhtarli

Threats  |  04.12.2017

British MPs back Afgan Mukhtarli | ECPMF

by Andy McSmith in London

The plight of the imprisoned Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli has been raised in the UK Parliament.

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Malta: Three men charged with murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

Threats  |  04.12.2017

Malta: Three men charged with murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia | ECPMF

by Sophie Albers Ben Chamo

Maltese Police investigating the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia have arrested ten suspects in connection with the case earlier this week. Now three men are charged with her assassination. 

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Jailed journalist Deniz Yücel no longer in solitary confinement 

Threats  |  04.12.2017

Jailed journalist Deniz Yücel no longer in solitary confinement  | ECPMF

by Sophie Albers Ben Chamo

After 294 days, almost ten months in solitary confinement German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel who is jailed in Turkey was transferred to another cell complex in Silivri prison near Istanbul.

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Catalonia crisis threatens independence of Spain’s public TV crews

Threats  |  27.11.2017

Catalonia crisis threatens independence of Spain’s public TV crews | ECPMF

"The situation in Spain is very polarised but it is a mistake to blame the media for that. The media is just reflecting what is happening in society," says Ricardo Gutiérrez, secretary general of the European Federation of Journalists. An interview on the Catalonian crisis.

 

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Still no justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia and MEPs demand action on Malta

Threats  |  15.11.2017

Still no justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia and MEPs demand action on Malta | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt, research by Mira Swaminathan

New tributes continue for journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, one month after she was assassinated in a car bomb. And the corruption allegations she was investigating are now the subject of an official European Parliament resolution, following a debate on the Rule of Law in Malta.

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Defence kicked out in Altans' trial

Threats  |  15.11.2017

Defence kicked out in Altans' trial | ECPMF

By Bianet

The third hearing of the media trial in connection with the  July 15 2016 coup attempt with 17 defendants including Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak was held at İstanbul 26th Heavy Penal Court in Çağlayan on November 13.

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Death threats against exiled Ukrainian reporter

Threats  |  15.11.2017

Death threats against exiled Ukrainian reporter | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt and Hamburg Foundation

Even in exile, with the support of the media freedom community, some critical independent journalists cannot rest easy. Aleksei Bobrovnikov fled Ukraine to escape death threats. But they have followed him on Facebook.

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Long road ahead of Macedonian media workers

Threats  |  30.10.2017

Long road ahead of Macedonian media workers | ECPMF

by Ilcho Cvetanoski

Mass media, as one of the pillars and watchdog of democracy, were heavily influenced and crippled during the eight years ruling of the previous VMRO–DPMNE-DUI government in the Republic of Macedonia. With the new government in power the media sector is expecting major changes.

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#EndImpunity: The investigation that killed my brother Giovanni

Threats  |  27.10.2017

#EndImpunity: The investigation that killed my brother Giovanni | ECPMF

by Alberto Spampinato

Alberto Spampinato is the founder of Ossigeno per l’informazione (oxygen through information), a Rome-based observatory that monitors violations of press and media freedom in Italy. Ossigeno is a partner organisation of the EPMF. This is the story of his journalist brother who was murdered on this day 45 years ago.

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Joint letter to MEPs on behalf of "Daphne Caruana Galizia prize"

Threats  |  25.10.2017

Joint letter to MEPs on behalf of

Following the assassination of the Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, the ECPMF and Transparency International EU, along with other media freedom groups, call on the European Union to create a special prize in her name to promote and support independent investigative journalism around Europe.

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Why Greek journalists are on strike - and hunger strike

Threats  |  24.10.2017

<span>Why Greek journalists are on strike - and hunger strike</span> | ECPMF

No news today. In Greece retired as well as working journalists find themselves ineligible of their pensions and health care. The Greek journalists unions decided a 48 hours strike on Tuesday and Wednesday. Four women have been on hunger strike for more than ten days.

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’End impunity for those who kill journalists’ – Italy unites with jazz

Threats  |  23.10.2017

’End impunity for those who kill journalists’ – Italy unites with jazz | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt and Alberto Spampinato

Just one week after Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in Malta, the media freedom community, with United Nations backing, is meeting in Rome to call for an end to impunity for those who murder journalists. With music.

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Article 13 – scrap it!

Threats  |  20.10.2017

Article 13 – scrap it! | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

The number thirteen is ’unlucky for some’ according to an old English superstition. And Article 13 of the new Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (DSMD) law currently under consideration will bring unlucky consequences, according to legal experts and media freedom campaigners.

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"A black day for freedom of expression"

Threats  |  20.10.2017

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by Petra Reski

The investigative journalist and author Petra Reski protests in her blog that the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights represents an attack on freedom of expression. Its ruling hinges on the fact that she used internal documents from the Criminal Investigator’s Office as the source for her story. And Europe’s highest court has now decided – with one dissenting judge – that that is not good enough and a journalist must do his or he … read more




Gemeinsame Erklärung: Internationale Pressefreiheits-Organisationen verurteilen den Mord an maltesischer Journalistin

Threats  |  19.10.2017

Gemeinsame Erklärung: Internationale Pressefreiheits-Organisationen verurteilen den Mord an maltesischer Journalistin | ECPMF

Please find the English version here

16 Pressefreiheits-Organisationen verurteilen den Mord an der investigativen Journalistin Daphne Caruana Galizia und fordern eine sofortige, unabhängige Untersuchung der Umstände ihres Todes.

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Daphne Caruana Galizia murder: ECPMF urges Maltese government to launch independent inquiry

Threats  |  17.10.2017

Daphne Caruana Galizia murder: ECPMF urges Maltese government to launch independent inquiry | ECPMF

ECPMF strongly condemns the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The Maltese investigative journalist who was part of the investigative team researching the Panama Papers, was killed by a car bomb on Monday afternoon.

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Conference review: "Defending journalists under threat"

Threats  |  16.10.2017

Conference review:

This article was published first by JW Christie, Netopia

The contemporary threats to journalists extend to all reaches in media, and in some cases, threaten media freedom – reports "Netopia" from the ECPMF conference “Defending journalists under threat” in Leipzig, Germany.

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Hope and despair: moral injury in media workers

Threats  |  11.10.2017

Hope and despair: moral injury in media workers | ECPMF

In 2015 Canadian-Greek journalist Will Vassilopoulos was reporting on the refugee crisis at Lesbos and Idomeni for AFP. At ECPMF's 2017 conference "Defending journalists under threat" he talked about how what he witnessed caused 'moral injury' in him and his colleagues. Part of his impressive presentation was this film.

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Cyprus journalists make peace glossary

Threats  |  11.10.2017

Cyprus journalists make peace glossary | ECPMF

by Ethical Journalism Network

Journalists in Cyprus have launched a ground-breaking programme to help break an information impasse that has been in place since Turkish military action in the north led to the division of the country in 1974.

Leaders of journalists’ unions and the two media councils, responsible for self-regulation of media on both sides of the divide, met in the demilitarised buffer zone that separates the country’s Greek and Turkish-speaking … read more




Romania: let the press reach readers!

Threats  |  10.10.2017

Romania: let the press reach readers! | ECPMF

By Sever Voinescu, the article was originally published by ECPMF's partner Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa

Starting from Bucharest newsstands, the closing down of distribution channels of newspapers and magazines represents one of the main threats agains press freedom in Romania. A comment.

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Croatia pressure on science writers

Threats  |  06.10.2017

Croatia pressure on science writers | ECPMF

By Jessica Jacques

Journalists criticising Croatian science and higher education institutions, namely declining performance at most of them, are facing abuse and being accused of ’destroying the national order’.

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#iComment Catalonia: free speech takes a beating

Threats  |  06.10.2017

#iComment Catalonia: free speech takes a beating | ECPMF

by Jaz Allen- Sutton

ECPMF’s correspondent Jaz Allen Sutton is daily witnessing the violence and repression of press freedom surrounding the Catalonia independence referendum and has written this personal account...

Under Franco there was no freedom of speech. There was no media freedom and no protection of human rights. Despite the popular assumption that Spain has left its authoritarian past well behind, recent events in Catalonia suggest … read more




Catalonia: journalists beaten and TV accused of bias in referendum clashes

Threats  |  02.10.2017

Catalonia: journalists beaten and TV accused of bias in referendum clashes | ECPMF

By Jessica Jacques

Reporters have been beaten along with people attempting to vote in Catalonia’s independence referendum, which had been declared illegal by the Spanish government.

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Hamza Yalçın: “Freedom of expression doesn’t exist anywhere at the moment”

Threats  |  30.09.2017

Hamza Yalçın: “Freedom of expression doesn’t exist anywhere at the moment” | ECPMF

By Jaz Allen-Sutton

Hamza Yalçın is free. After two months in Spanish prison the government decided against extraditing the Turkish-Swedish journalist to Turkey. How does he feel? What are his plans?

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Hamza Yalçin – free, but not yet safe

Threats  |  28.09.2017

Hamza Yalçin – free, but not yet safe | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Europe’s media freedom community is celebrating the release from jail of Turkish-Swedish journalist Hamza Yalçin. The fifty-nine year old Swedish-Turkish citizen has been held in the Brians prison near Barcelona since he was arrested on August 3rd at the airport.

 

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Serbs mourn 'death of independent media' and call for solidarity from press freedom community

Threats  |  28.09.2017

Serbs mourn 'death of independent media' and call for solidarity from press freedom community | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Marking the closure of the independent newspaper Vranjske novine, twenty eight Serbian campaign groups are making 28th September a day of “official mourning“ with a temporary media blackout.

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Abdulhamit Bilici: how Turkey lost its largest newspaper

Threats  |  27.09.2017

Abdulhamit Bilici: how Turkey lost its largest newspaper | ECPMF

This article by Claire Callahan, Amanda Ghiloni, and Cami Santa Anna was published first in the "WPWire" 

Abdulhamit Bilici was the editor-in-chief of "Zaman", the largest newspaper in Turkey, before it was taken over by the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Fired and receiving threats of imprisonment, he fled to Northe … read more




Bodyguard for BBC editor facing threats

 

Threats  |  27.09.2017

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by Jessica Jacques

BBC Political Editor Laura Kuennsberg has been allocated a bodyguard by the Corporation while she is reporting from the 2017 Labour Conference in Brighton, UK, because of threats from online trolls. They threaten her with gender-based violence and accuse her of “unfair coverage“ of the party and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn. The Times has published a photo of Kuenssberg, the BBC’s first female political editor, with a man who is a former soldier an … read more




"As an observer, the hardest thing is witnessing the lack of justice"

Threats  |  27.09.2017

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Turkey Programme Officer Georgia Nash of London-based human rights campaign Article 19 has been present at a lot of trials against journalists in Turkey. In an interview with the ECPMF she talks about the lack of justice, sleepy soldiers and strong defendants.

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Khadija Ismayililova wins ’Alternative Nobel Prize’

Threats  |  26.09.2017

Khadija Ismayililova wins ’Alternative Nobel Prize’ | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

From a prison cell in Azerbaijan to a multi-award-winning journalist, Ms Ismayilova has come a long way. The Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reporter was jailed for seven and a half years after using the Panama Papers leaks to identify corrupt practices in her country’s government. The investigation became kn … read more




Small win in 'Cumhuriyet' trial: Kadri Gürsel released

Threats  |  26.09.2017

Small win in 'Cumhuriyet' trial: Kadri Gürsel released | ECPMF

By Jessica Jacques

A Turkish court has ruled to release "Cumhuriyet" journalist Kadri Gürsel pending trial on October 31st 2017. This is a small win in the long battle for the freedom of the 17 Cumhuriyet journalists and executives. Four of them remain in custody.

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Poland: now the good news

Threats  |  25.09.2017

Poland: now the good news | ECPMF

By Jessica Jacques

The legal assistance and support offered by the ECPMF to three Polish journalists has produced a positive result. Two journalists, Wojciech Dorosz and Marcin Majchrowski, officially restarted their work at Polish Radio on Thursday 21st September after a settlement was reached in court.

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Catalonia: severe press freedom violations in clashes over independence referedum

Threats  |  25.09.2017

Catalonia: severe press freedom violations in clashes over independence referedum | ECPMF

By Jessica Jacques

Tensions are running high in the Spanish region of Catalonia, as plans for a referendum on independence are being challenged by the state authorities. Reports are also emerging of press freedom violations: Police confiscated the phone of a journalist who was reporting on a referendum event.

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Dilek Yücel: "We are fighting an invisible monster"

Threats  |  25.09.2017

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For seven and a half months now, the German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel is held in solitary confinement in a Turkish prison. In a very personal interview his wife Dilek Mayatürk-Yücel talks about her visits, letters to her husband and her outlook for the future.

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International observer denounces Turkey’s "show trials"

Threats  |  21.09.2017

International observer denounces Turkey’s

By Jane Whyatt

In a court room inside Istanbul’s Silivri prison two hearings have been held of journalists accused of “supporting terrorism“ this week, as in supporting the former AKP associate Fetö, now fallen from grace.

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Top Spanish lawyer offers pro bono defence to save journalist from extradition to Turkey

Threats  |  19.09.2017

Top Spanish lawyer offers pro bono defence to save journalist from extradition to Turkey | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

There’s new development in the case of Turkish-Swedish journalist Hamza Yalçin. He is behind bars at Brians prison near Barcelona as the Spanish government is deciding on his future. The Turkish government demands his extradition on charges of “supporting terrorism“ and "insulting the president". Now the famous Spanish human rights lawyer, Baltasar Garzón, has offered to defend … read more




Global journalist's death toll rises – again

Threats  |  14.09.2017

Global journalist's death toll rises – again | ECPMF

By Henrik Kaufholz

2,294 journalists have been killed worldwide during the period 2000 – 2016, and the trend is increasing. That’s according to a whole new study from the Media Governance and Industries Research Lab at Vienna University, which is larger than in all previous overviews by non governmental organisations (NGOs) working with journalists.

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Second 'Cumhuriyet' hearing: no release brings no relief

Threats  |  12.09.2017

Second 'Cumhuriyet' hearing: no release brings no relief | ECPMF

By ECPMF

The second hearing in the 'Cumhuriyet' trial against members of Turkey's newspaper 'Cumhuriyet was held on Monday in a small courtroom at Silivri prison. Less space for observers, no phones, and no release.

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Interview with Klaus Davi: “Calabria is a gold mine and only I am digging”

Threats  |  12.09.2017

Interview with Klaus Davi: “Calabria is a gold mine and only I am digging” | ECPMF

This article first appeared on the website of ECPMF's partner Ossigeno per l'informazione, edited by Jessica Jacques, ECPMF 

Klaus Davi is a renowned journalist and media expert in Italy. ECPMF’s partner Ossigeno per l’informazione has interviewed him about his work in the mafia hotspot and home of the ‘Ndrangheta, Calabria, Souther … read more




Russia: critical journalist collects prize, then flees the country

Threats  |  11.09.2017

Russia: critical journalist collects prize, then flees the country | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

Threats against vocal Putin critic and journalist Yulia Latynina have been building up for months. Now they have come to a head, and she has fled her homeland of Russia. In a tweet she cited ’death threats’ and used the hashtag #Putin.

 

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What next for Hamza Yalçin?

Threats  |  11.09.2017

What next for Hamza Yalçin? | ECPMF

Turkish-Swedish journalist Hamza Yalçin is still in jail in Spain awaiting the Spanish government's decision whether to extradite him to Turkey or not.

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Happy birthday, Deniz Yücel!

Threats  |  10.09.2017

Happy birthday, Deniz Yücel! | ECPMF

By ECPMF staff

For 209 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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Journalism on trial: 'Cumhuriyet' case continues

Threats  |  08.09.2017

Journalism on trial: 'Cumhuriyet' case continues | ECPMF

By Gülsin Harman, a freelance journalist and International Press Institute (IPI) member in Turkey

The case against 'Cumhuriyet' newspaper represents a persistent crackdown on press freedom in Turkey, undermining the rule of law and an exhausting injustice. It has become in itself a completely accurate representation the of current state of affairs in Turkey for any adequate opposition or eagerness to pursue journalism.

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The "Cumhuriyet" trial: background and resources

Threats  |  05.09.2017

The

This article was first published at the website of ECPMF's partner the International Press Institute

On Monday, 11th September, the trial of journalists from the independent daily newspaper "Cumhuriyet" is set to resume in Turkey. The defendants face up to 43 years in prison on charges over paper's news coverage and criticism of the government policy. 

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An open letter by Deniz Yücel's wife: "Open the door, it’s me!"

Threats  |  01.09.2017

An open letter by Deniz Yücel's wife:

by Dilek Mayatürk Yücel

Deniz Yücel, the Turkey correspondent of national German newspaper "Die Welt", has been held in solitary confinement for 200 days now at Istanbul’s Silivri jail. He is accused of “belonging to a terrorist organisation“, “misuse of data“ and “terrorist propaganda“. His wife Dilek Mayatürk Yücel is allowed to visit him only once a week, on Mondays. She has written an open letter urging the media freedom community, an … read more




Bulgaria: outrage as journalist loses job after revealing secret arms trade to Syria

Threats  |  01.09.2017

Bulgaria: outrage as journalist loses job after revealing secret arms trade to Syria | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

Investigative journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva is not at work today. She’s posting her investigation into illegal Bulgarian arms smuggling on Facebook and YouTube instead of in the pages of "Trud", the newspaper that used to employ her.

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Journalist Deniz Yücel: 200 days in Turkish prison - every single day is one too many

Threats  |  01.09.2017

Journalist Deniz Yücel: 200 days in Turkish prison - every single day is one too many | ECPMF

German-Turkish Journalist Deniz Yücel has been imprisoned in solitary confinement for 200 days now, charged with "belonging to a terrorist organisation" and "terrorist propaganda" - without a trial.

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Ukraine deports and bans Russian journalist, causing outrage

Threats  |  31.08.2017

Ukraine deports and bans Russian journalist, causing outrage | ECPMF

By Jessica Jacques

Anna Kurbatova, a reporter for Russia’s Channel 1 news who was working in Ukraine, was detained and quickly deported to Russia by the Ukranian Security Service (SBU). She is accused of anti-Ukrainian propaganda and a ‘smear campaign’ against the country.

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“Interpol must not be misused to detain critical writers” – EP Chair warns Turkey

Threats  |  30.08.2017

“Interpol must not be misused to detain critical writers” – EP Chair warns Turkey | ECPMF

By Jessica Jacques

Turkish-Swedish writer Hamza Yalçın is still in jail in Spain waiting for his case to be heard. He is due to be extradited to Turkey where he will face trial on "terrorism" charges" and “insulting President Erdoğan“. But he has won important political backing.

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Balkans: Police react promptly when camera crews attacked in Skopje and Croatia

Threats  |  30.08.2017

Balkans: Police react promptly when camera crews attacked in Skopje and Croatia | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

A man has physically attacked and insulted two journalists at Slavonski Brod in Croatia, where they were reporting on a shooting that had left one person seriously injured. Visnja Ruzojcic from the public service broadcaster HRT and local news portal SB Plus reporter Aleksandra Primorac were beaten and insulted, and the man also tried to grab Ruzojc … read more




EU calls time on Poland's Rule of Law

Threats  |  28.08.2017

EU calls time on Poland's Rule of Law | ECPMF

By Jessica Jacques

The deadline has passed on the European Commission’s final warning to Poland, in an effort to preserve the Rule of Law in the country. The clock is now ticking on whether the Commission will now trigger the so-called "nuclear option" – Article 7.

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Georgia: German embassy should speed up visa process

Threats  |  25.08.2017

Georgia: German embassy should speed up visa process | ECPMF

(This article was first published in German on the website of Reporters Without Borders Germany)

UPDATE: Meanwhile, due to the lack of progress in their visa applications to the German embassy in Tbilisi, Javid Abdullajev and Fatima Karimova have withdrawn their requests.

Reporters Without Borders and the … read more




Wrap-up: on the trail of media freedom in Europe - “We must feel worried“

Threats  |  25.08.2017

Wrap-up: on the trail of media freedom in Europe - “We must feel worried“ | ECPMF

(Hier geht es zur deutschen Version)

In July, Daniel Bouhs and Jörg Wagner have driven 7500 kilometres in their search for press freedom in Europe. Guided by the annual rankings published by Reporters Without Borders they chose their target destinations: Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary an … read more




"The most dangerous are the threats from politicians” - press freedom in Poland

Threats  |  24.08.2017

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by Jessica Jacques, ECPMF

The ECPMF is investigating reports of hate speech and disrespect towards journalists at broadcaster Polish Television TVP. The TV network has been the subject of intense discussions about its political agenda since the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party came to power in 2015. 

 

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Fazit: Medienfreiheit in Europa - "Wir müssen beunruhigt sein"

Threats  |  24.08.2017

Fazit: Medienfreiheit in Europa -

(Please find here the English version)

Die deutschen Reporter Daniel Bouhs und Jörg Wagner sind im Juli 7500 Kilometer kreuz und quer durch Europa gefahren auf der Suche nach der Pressefreiheit. Inspiriert vom "Reporter ohne Grenzen"-Ranking haben sie sich die Schlusslicht … read more




Istanbul: nine more journalists arrested

Threats  |  23.08.2017

Istanbul: nine more journalists arrested | ECPMF

By Antonella Napoli/ translated from Italian by Jessica Jacques

(Please find here the Italian version)

In recent days Istanbul’s public prosecutor has issued new arrest warrants. Among these are eleven journalists, only two of which have been released on bail. As they are considered to be supporters of Gülen, they risk p … read more




Repression without borders 2: Second writer with Turkish roots arrested in Spain

Threats  |  21.08.2017

Repression without borders 2: Second writer with Turkish roots arrested in Spain | ECPMF

by Sophie Albers Ben Chamo

With writer Dogan Akhanli a second critic of Turkey's government has been arrested in Spain - at Turkey's request. But unlike journalist Hamza Yalçin, Akhanli has been granted conditional release.

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Jailed journalist accuses govt of "revenge"

Threats  |  18.08.2017

Jailed journalist accuses govt of

by Jane Whyatt 

Reporter Afgan Mukhtarli has made a defiant speech in court, claiming he is being punished as “revenge“ for his investigations of alleged corruption involving Azerbaijan’s ruling family, the Aliyevs.

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Barcelona: support builds for Swedish-Turkish writer facing extradition

Threats  |  18.08.2017

Barcelona: support builds for Swedish-Turkish writer facing extradition | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt and Jessica Jacques

The clock is ticking for journalist Hamza Yalçin. On 11th September he is due to be extradited from Spain to Turkey, charged with “supporting terrorism and insulting President Erdogan.“ But with each passing day, international support for him is growing - despite the fact that Barcelona is on high alert following the deadly attack on the Ramblas.

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Serbian media group files 150 lawsuits, claiming "repression"

Threats  |  17.08.2017

Serbian media group files 150 lawsuits, claiming

by Maja Zivanovic BIRN Belgrade

“All employees at the Adria Media Group and at the daily [newspaper] Kurir are working in scandalous conditions of repression by the authorities,” Adria Media Group’s chief of corporate communications, Zelimir Bojovic, alleged in comments to BIRN, explaining the large-scale legal actions launched by the company.

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'It's like a bruise on the soul': how covering the refugee crisis damaged journalists' health

Threats  |  14.08.2017

'It's like a bruise on the soul': how covering the refugee crisis damaged journalists' health | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt and Jessica Jacques

As a reporter, what should you do when, while covering the refugee crisis in Lesbos for example, you find yourself confronted with people in desperate need of everything? How deeply do you get involved? Do you give money? Do you help finding a new home? Actually, do you put down your camera or carry on filming, so that the pictures might provoke a political solution? Daily dilemmas such as this take a toll on journalis … read more




Turkey: warrants out for 35 people 'because they use encryption'

Threats  |  10.08.2017

Turkey: warrants out for 35 people 'because they use encryption' | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Turkish police have carried out early morning raids at the homes of 35 opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The reason: they use an encryption service called ByLock to protect their sources’ identity and keep their journalistic material confidential. Thirty-five warrants were issued. Nine journalists have been detained.

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Repression without borders: Turks order arrest of exiled writer on holiday in Spain

Threats  |  09.08.2017

Repression without borders: Turks order arrest of exiled writer on holiday in Spain | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Journalist Hamza Yalçin, who has dual Turkish and Swedish nationality, is behind bars in Spain after being arrested at an airport in Barcelona. The Turkish government is seeking to extradite Yalçin, and put his name on the Interpol list of wanted people. As he presented his passport at the airport, ready to board a flight to London, the authorities handed him over to the police. He was detained and later appeared before the national court (Audienca Naci … read more




"Die Welt" newspaper takes Turkey to court over jailed journalist

Threats  |  08.08.2017

by Jane Whyatt

A German newspaper whose Turkey correspondent has been jailed and accused is taking the Turkish government to the European Court of Human Rights.

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“Lying press“: prosecutors to probe attacks researched by ECPMF

Threats  |  08.08.2017

“Lying press“: prosecutors to probe attacks researched by ECPMF | ECPMF

by Martin Hoffman

The Green Party of Saxony, Germany, urges judiciary and police to do more to protect journalists. The Interior Ministry of the State will order the investigation of more cases of attacks on journalists.

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Turkish TV journalists use Periscope to build their own independent channel

Threats  |  07.08.2017

Turkish TV journalists use Periscope to build their own independent channel | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

In today’s Turkey it takes a lot of courage to create a new independent media channel. More than 160 journalists who were critical of the government of President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan are in jail. So to set up Medyascope is a risky enterprise. This online TV news portal was launched on a shoestring with volunteer reporters using the Periscope free app to broadcast live. The channel aims to provide an independent news service, not aligned to any politica … read more




"Accusations are absurd, evidence is flimsy" – ECPMF's Advocacy Officer Nora Wehofsits on observing the "Cumhuriyet" trial 

Threats  |  04.08.2017

For one week, ECPMF's Advocacy Officer Nora Wehofsits was part of an international freedom of expression delegation to observe and monitor the trial against 17 media workers of the Turkish newspaper "Cumhuriyet". She wrote a live blog of what was happening in the stuffy court room. This is her personal review.

 

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Men bite watchdogs, media clean-up in Romania continues

Threats  |  04.08.2017

Men bite watchdogs, media clean-up in Romania continues | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

The media landscape in Romania is becoming as rocky as the Transylvanian mountains, as owners face corruption charges and outlets close. ECPMF’s local member organisation Active Watch is monitoring the situation and Răzvan Martin gives an update in his interview below.

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"Cumhuriyet" trial: The powerful "manifesto" of cartoonist Musa Kart

Threats  |  03.08.2017

by OBCT

"Those opposed to democracy do not like humorists". The statement of "Cumhuriyet"'s cartoonist in the trial accusing him and other journalists of "terrorism" becomes a "manifesto" on the role of journalism and satire in nowadays Turkey.

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International watchdogs probe Pavel Sheremet’s death, one year on

Threats  |  03.08.2017

International watchdogs probe Pavel Sheremet’s death, one year on | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Human rights defenders including Rebecca Harms MEP and Alan Rusbridger, former editor of the British newspaper “The Guardian”,  are urging the Ukrainian authorities to properly investigate the death of a journalist who was murdered in a car bomb attack in July 2016.

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Serbia: True stability needs media freedom

Threats  |  01.08.2017

Serbia: True stability needs media freedom | ECPMF

By Dragan Janjić, OBCT

I do not know whether it will be possible, one day, for all countries of the region to formally become part of the European Union exclusively owing to the pragmatic readiness to preserve regional stability, but it is quite certain that this will not truly happen without a sincere, not only verbal, embracing of European standards, and unless the field of media freedoms in them is expanded.

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Joint Statement by International Observers of Proceedings in the Cumhuriyet Trial 

Threats  |  28.07.2017

Joint Statement by International Observers of Proceedings in the Cumhuriyet Trial  | ECPMF

Representatives from international free expression groups and professional journalist organizations observed proceedings in Istanbul this week in the criminal trial of 17 journalists and executives from the newspaper Cumhuriyet. 

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Italy: Female journalists attacked with hate speech for writing about sexism

Threats  |  27.07.2017

Italy: Female journalists attacked with hate speech for writing about sexism | ECPMF

By DB, Ossigeno per l'informazione

Nine journalists and authors who signed  magazine articles that describe episodes of gender-based and sexual violence  have been attacked via email and on Facebook.

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MPs call on UK government to restore press freedom and human rights in Turkey

Threats  |  26.07.2017

MPs call on UK government to restore press freedom and human rights in Turkey | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

A senior British Conservative former Cabinet Minister, Sir Peter Bottomley, is backing a parliamentary motion that strongly criticises Turkey over the trial of 19 journalists. The court case started in Istanbul on 24th July of staff at the newspaper, “Cumhuriyet” (Republic). Sir Peter, who was a Minister in Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government in the 1980s, is co-sponsoring an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons.

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“Gülen connection“ cited as newspaper accountant is jailed in Azerbaijan

Threats  |  26.07.2017

“Gülen connection“ cited as newspaper accountant is jailed in Azerbaijan | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

A court in Azerbaijan has sentenced Faiq Amarli, the financial director of daily “Azadliq”, to three years and three months in jail. “Azadliq” is a business-focussed national newspaper that is the Azeri equivalent of the “Financial Times”. It has published a number of articles that are critical of President Aliyev and his government.

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Russia: skunk gas attack on radio host

Threats  |  24.07.2017

Russia: skunk gas attack on radio host | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Unknown attackers have sprayed a foul-smelling liquid into the family home of one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s vocal critics. Julia Latynina, a host on Echo of Moscow radio station said she would not report the attack to the police because she did not believe it would be taken seriously. “I am not going to take part in a farce,“ she said. 

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Poland relents on two out of three reforms

Threats  |  24.07.2017

Poland relents on two out of three reforms | ECPMF

Poland’s president Andrzej Duda has responded to three days of demonstrations against proposed changes to the court system. He has blocked two out of three of them. The ruling conservative PiS (Law and Justice) party introduced the reforms. They would have involved the dismissal of Supreme Court judges, with new appointments made by the parliament.

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"This is about putting journalism on trial and we are defending the truth here”

Threats  |  24.07.2017

By ECPMF, Sophie Albers Ben Chamo

Today of all days, on Turkish Press Day the trial against 17 media workers of the Turkish daily newspaper “Cumhuriyet” starts in Istanbul. It was originally a celebration of the day when media censorship was removed in 1908. Now it seems the free press itself is on trial. We met Can Dündar, “Cumhuriyet”’s former editor-in-chief, who is being tried in absentia. The curtains in his office are open for the first time, he says … read more




Media freedom organisations urge Polish Minister of Defence to drop legal complaint against investigative journalist

Threats  |  19.07.2017

Media freedom organisations urge Polish Minister of Defence to drop legal complaint against investigative journalist | ECPMF

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European Magazine Media Association (EMMA), the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA), Freedom house, Global Editors Network (GEN), Index on Censorship, International Press Institute (IPI), Reporters Without Borders (RSF), and South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) have written to Polish defence minister Antoni Macierewicz urging him to withdraw his crim … read more




Two journalists travel six thousand kilometers on the trail of press freedom in Europe

Threats  |  17.07.2017

Two journalists travel six thousand kilometers on the trail of press freedom in Europe | ECPMF

Fact checking is a no-brainer in journalism. Or is it? Two German journalists, Jörg Wagner und Daniel Bouhs from the public service broadcasters NDR and RBB are checking on the state of press freedom in five EU countries. They call their safari of 6000 kilometers - from Italy to Poland to Hungary to Greece and to Bulgaria - the EU press freedom check (#EUPressefreiheitsCheck). An interview.

 

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Serbia: questions over break-in at reporter’s home

Threats  |  12.07.2017

Serbia: questions over break-in at reporter’s home | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

Media freedom campaigners are concerned about a burglary at a Belgrade apartment. It was ransacked but apparently nothing was stolen. The apartment is home to investigative reporter Dragana Peco.

 

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Press freedom violations at the G20 summit: "Journalists are reporters, not rioters"

Threats  |  10.07.2017

Press freedom violations at the G20 summit:

By Sophie Albers Ben Chamo, ECPMF staff

Journalists and their organisations condemn severe press freedom violations at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. The ECPMF is counting the cost.

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"Words must not lead to imprisonment" - press freedom campaigns at the G20 summit

Threats  |  07.07.2017

By ECPMF staff

Normally protesters have to come to the world's movers and shakers, hoping their message will be heard. However it's different in Hamburg these days, where the protest is welcoming the powerful. Germany's media capital is fully committed to confronting the enemies of media freedom at the G20 summit. As presidents Erdogan, Trump, Xi, and Putin arrive on the banks of the river Elbe, representatives of the German press are showing their op … read more




MEPs demand Afgan Mukhtarli’s release, but EU’s Hahn courts Baku regime

Threats  |  20.06.2017

MEPs demand Afgan Mukhtarli’s release, but EU’s Hahn courts Baku regime | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt
The European Parliament has denounced the state kidnapping of journalist Afghan Mukhtarli. The roles of Azerbaijan, (where he is now in pre-trial detention) and of Georgia, (where he was snatched in the street and taken by force to the Azeri capital Baku), are both highlighted in a three-page, strongly-worded condemnation.

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Solidarity with Mukhtarli as international concern grows for jailed journalist

Threats  |  16.06.2017

Solidarity with Mukhtarli as international concern grows for jailed journalist | ECPMF

by ECPMF staff
Europe's media freedom campaigners, gathered in Leipzig for the EPMCF ’Truth’ conferned, have worn bags on their heads in a symbolic act of solidarity with jailed journalist Afghan Mukhtarli.

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“You can arrest one reporter, but a dozen others will take their place“

Threats  |  10.06.2017

“You can arrest one reporter, but a dozen others will take their place“ | ECPMF

ECPMF

Journalists have worn bags on their heads in parliament and on TV as a silent protest and mark of solidarity with Afghan Mukhtarli. The Azeri reporter - who had sought refuge in Tbilisi with his wife and young daughter - was abducted  by persons unknown. He was taken to the Azeri capital Baku, charged with smuggling currency and illegally crossing the border and placed in … read more




Albania: Propaganda suffocates the news, just weeks before the general election

Threats  |  10.06.2017

Albania: Propaganda suffocates the news, just weeks before the general election | ECPMF

by Leon Menkshi

Albania ranks 76th in the Media Freedom Index 2017, published by Reporters Without Borders, while the Freedom House in its annual report designates the Albanian media as "partially free". Fake news and propaganda have always been present in the Albanian media landscape, and by being re-invented and justified in the ‘spirit’ of new media and reporting freedom, they are sadly growing and suffocating the real news.

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Serbia's journalists fear the worst

Threats  |  02.06.2017

Serbia's journalists fear the worst | ECPMF

by ECPMF staff

Several journalists were attacked in protests against nationalist politician Aleksandar Vučić during his inauguration as the new President of Serbia on Wednesday.

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Protests against Azeri journalist's "extraordinary rendition" and detention

Threats  |  02.06.2017

Protests against Azeri journalist's

by ECPMF staff

Demonstrators have gathered in the Georgian capital Tbilisi in support of Afghan Mukhtarli, the exiled journalist who was taken by unknown persons to Azerbaijan where he is now on trial.

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Chaos, danger and attacks on journalism in the Macedonian parliament

Threats  |  02.06.2017

Chaos, danger and attacks on journalism in the Macedonian parliament | ECPMF

protocoll by Dimitar Tanurov, as told to Ilcho Cvetanoski (guest contributor)

Thursday, 27 April. Just another regular working day. While I am sipping coffee and thinking about the daily workload, there is one place that I know I will have to pass by: the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia* in Skopje.

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Ongoing violations against journalists in the Republic of Macedonia

Threats  |  02.06.2017

Ongoing violations against journalists in the Republic of Macedonia | ECPMF

by Ilcho Cvetanoski (guest contributor)

Two journalists were injured whilst 21 more were assaulted, threatened, and barred, or their equipment seized, during the storming of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia. The incidents took place in the capital, Skopje, on Thursday, 27 April 2017.

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Russian journalist Dmitry Popkov shot dead in Siberia

Threats  |  01.06.2017

Russian journalist Dmitry Popkov shot dead in Siberia | ECPMF

by ECPMF staff

Russian journalist and anti-corruption activist Dmitry Popkov was reportedly found dead close to his home in the Siberian town of Minusinsk on the night of 24 May.

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ECPMF chairman Henrik Kaufholz: "Georgia's failure to protect exiled journalists contradicts country’s commitments under EU Association Agreement"

Threats  |  31.05.2017

ECPMF chairman Henrik Kaufholz:

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) strongly condemns the abduction of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli from his Tbilisi, Georgia exile on 29 May 2017. Mukhtarli, a long-time critic of the Azerbaijani government, is currently detained in that country’s capital, Baku, according to his lawyer Elchin Sadiqov. 

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Swedish journalist beaten up by intruder

Threats  |  18.05.2017

Swedish journalist beaten up by intruder | ECPMF

by Christian Schult and Jane Whyatt

Freelance journalist Håkan Slagbrand woke up early on Monday morning, 15 May, to find an intruder in his home in Västeras, Sweden. The man attacked and beat him. It is believed the motive for the attack may be connected to Slagbrand’s investigation into suspected financial crimes in late 2016.

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Warning on Turkey after new arrests and magazine closure

Threats  |  18.05.2017

Warning on Turkey after new arrests and magazine closure | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Turkey's press freedom crisis continues. A German radio reporter and a Turkish national newspaper journalist are the latest media workers to be detained.

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Ukraine: Song contest glitz gives way to government censorship

Threats  |  18.05.2017

Ukraine: Song contest glitz gives way to government censorship | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

After the fireworks came the crackdown. Kiev as host of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest showed her friendliest face to the world’s TV viewers. "Celebrate diversity" was the slogan above the main stage where Portugal's Salvador Sobral emerged as the winner.

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#WPFD2017: Wake-up call to Europe's journalists

Threats  |  03.05.2017

#WPFD2017: Wake-up call to Europe's journalists | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

A wake-up call is going out to Europe's journalists and press freedom campaigners. Frans Timmermans, the European Commission's first Vice President, marked World Press Freedom Day in Brussels by denouncing fake news and urging the media to re-connect with the wider public.

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Whistleblowing to the press: Discrimination for exposing wrongdoing and making information public

Threats  |  03.05.2017

Whistleblowing to the press: Discrimination for exposing wrongdoing and making information public | ECPMF

by Abit Hoxha

Arben Hajrullahu has never done things the easy way. As a professor at the Political Science Department at the University of Prishtina, he is known for his attempts to expose institutional wrongdoings and has faced various difficulties with his employers over the years as a result.

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CoE report: A decade of attacks on journalists from member states

Threats  |  27.04.2017

CoE report: A decade of attacks on journalists from member states | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

Over the past 10 years, violence and abuse have skyrocketed against media workers and whistle-blowers from the 47 Council of Europe (CoE) member countries and Belarus – threatening their role as public watchdogs. Problems have multiplied and also diversified with the growing reach of the internet.

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Erdoğan: Yücel extradition denied indefinitely, while referendum for more power passes

Threats  |  18.04.2017

Erdoğan: Yücel extradition denied indefinitely, while referendum for more power passes | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

The ECPMF demands the immediate release of Deniz Yücel, held in a Turkish jail since last February, and condemns President Erdoğan’s affirmation that the Die Welt correspondent will not be returned to Germany for as long as he is in power. Considering the impending change to the Turkish Constitution, that could be a long time.

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France: Petition demands reforms to media law after pre-election death threats

Threats  |  14.04.2017

France: Petition demands reforms to media law after pre-election death threats | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

As French voters prepare to hit the polls, a petition is urging the next government to pass legal measures tackling the issue of press freedom. The campaign comes on the heels of politically-motivated death threats against journalists and magistrates.

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Mapping Media Freedom: Heartbreaking stories of violence

Threats  |  12.04.2017

Mapping Media Freedom: Heartbreaking stories of violence | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

Index for Censorship’s Mapping Media Freedom paints a grim map of Europe in its latest annual report. The monitoring platform in 2016 verified 1,387 instances of violence, threats and other violations of journalists’ rights in the EU and enlargement countries.

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Republic of Macedonia: Political-motivated violence a threat to journalists

Threats  |  05.04.2017

Republic of Macedonia: Political-motivated violence a threat to journalists | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro and Jane Whyatt

Journalists have been under attack in the Republic of Macedonia.

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UK: Is media dinosaur trying to swallow too much prey at once?

Threats  |  21.03.2017

UK: Is media dinosaur trying to swallow too much prey at once? | ECPMF

by Jonas Rusche

Ofcom, the United Kingdom’s media regulator, is set to investigate Rupert Murdoch’s bid to buy out Sky plc. It will assess whether this would endanger news plurality in the country.

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Paul Lashmar on UK: "They want to close down journalistic access to intelligence and security sources"

Threats  |  17.03.2017

Paul Lashmar on UK:

by Jane Whyatt

In light of the UK Law Commission’s proposal for legislation that would treat whistleblowers as foreign spies and put convicted reporters in prison possibly for 14 years – among other rights violations – the ECPMF has interviewed University of Sussex’s Paul Lashmar at length.

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Azeri journos, exiles and families threatened amid crushing of independent media

Threats  |  13.03.2017

Azeri journos, exiles and families threatened amid crushing of independent media | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

Rights violations in Azerbaijan – including against dissidents living in exile and their relatives at home – are intensifying and setting off loud alarm bells among the international community. It’s feared that the regime’s actions threaten the fragile state of independent media in the former Soviet country.

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Arrest of German Die Welt correspondent in Turkey causes alarm and outrage

Threats  |  28.02.2017

Arrest of German Die Welt correspondent in Turkey causes alarm and outrage | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt and Ana Ribeiro

Europe’s media freedom community is united in condemning the arrest of Deniz Yücel, Turkey correspondent for the German national daily Die Welt. His reporting related to a minister's hacked e-mails has led to charges of “spreading propaganda in support of a terrorist organisation and inciting the public to violence.”

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Croatia: Petition aims to close down Serb minority publication

Threats  |  24.02.2017

Croatia: Petition aims to close down Serb minority publication | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

A right-wing group called “In the Name of the Family (INF)” has started a petition aiming to close down Novosti, a weekly magazine in Croatia. Novosti receives a state subsidy to serve the Serbian ethnic minority, but is widely read by all sections of society.

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In Croatia, journalists and citizens have a hard time accessing information which should be of public domain

Threats  |  21.02.2017

In Croatia, journalists and citizens have a hard time accessing information which should be of public domain | ECPMF

by Toni Gabrić, Zagreb | OSSERVATORIO BALCANI E CAUCASO TRANSEUROPA

How does the "right to know" work in Croatia? Exactly three years ago we asked for information on a number of cases involving the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) without any result.

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IFJ partners with “Insurance for Journalists” for new worldwide coverage plan

Threats  |  14.02.2017

IFJ partners with “Insurance for Journalists” for new worldwide coverage plan  | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has thrown its support behind an insurance scheme for journalists it says is more affordable and inclusive than others previously on the market.

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Media ownership concentration and crisis in Romania

Threats  |  19.01.2017

Media ownership concentration and crisis in Romania | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

Despite appearing diverse with its hundreds of news outlets, Romania’s media landscape is actually controlled by a handful of magnates. With many of them facing criminal charges, the future of journalism in this EU country becomes even more uncertain.

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Turkey gets head of Kurdish news agency arrested in Belgium

Threats  |  11.01.2017

Turkey gets head of Kurdish news agency arrested in Belgium | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

After restricting a German comedian’s freedom of speech over a satirical poem on President Erdoğan, the Turkish state's hand has reached even more firmly into the EU against the media - with the arrest of a Kurd in Belgium.

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Poles protest at new attacks on press freedom

Threats  |  20.12.2016

Poles protest at new attacks on press freedom | ECPMF

Jane Whyatt

Polish journalists have been banned from entering the national parliament for two days after protestors on the streets of Warsaw, Wroclaw and other Polish cities. They were demonstrating against new rules limiting journalists’ access to the parliament (Sejm). In Warsaw the demonstrators blocked the street in front of the parliament building. Inside, Opposition MPs staged a sit-in.

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Poland: Censorship as a catalyst for political filmmaking?

Threats  |  14.12.2016

Poland: Censorship as a catalyst for political filmmaking? | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

The tightening control of the Polish government on the media is likely to affect filmmaking, as experts discussed in the most recent DOK Leipzig festival. But precisely how this will play out is yet to be seen, and while some are fearful, others say there is nothing really new or surprising about the situation.

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"Turkey Purge" watch group keeps finger on crackdown pulse

Threats  |  14.12.2016

by Ana Ribeiro

The hashtag #TurkeyPurge continues to trend internationally five months after the attempted coup in Turkey. One watch group with an online presence actually calls itself "Turkey Purge", dedicating its work to monitoring and exposing threats and human rights abuses reported in the country.

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Media in Serbia, someone says no

Threats  |  05.12.2016

Media in Serbia, someone says no | ECPMF

by Luka Zanoni, Belgrade | OSSERVATORIO BALCANI E CAUCASO TRANSEUROPA

Media lynchings, physical assaults, threats. This is what investigative journalists face in Vučić's Serbia. An interview with Branko Čečen, director of the Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS).

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Kosovo: Documentary on war crimes leads to death threats against newspaper editor

Threats  |  28.10.2016

Kosovo: Documentary on war crimes leads to death threats against newspaper editor | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

Leonard Kerquki, editor of Kosovar newspaper Gazeta Express, has allegedly received hundreds of death threats after screening a documentary he co-produced on an underreported aspect of the Kosovo War of the 1990s.

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Hungary: Opposition newspaper closed, then sold

Threats  |  27.10.2016

Hungary: Opposition newspaper closed, then sold | ECPMF

by Sami Mawed

Nepszabadsag, one of the main political opposition newspapers in Hungary, has been sold just two weeks after its publication was unexpectedly suspended. The actions have left Hungarians in fear for the future of press freedom in the country.

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UK: Reporter faces threats as regulator fails to protect her from hijab criticism

Threats  |  21.10.2016

UK: Reporter faces threats as regulator fails to protect her from hijab criticism<strong><br /></strong> | ECPMF

By Ingrida Milkaite

TV reporter Fatima Manji, a speaker at the ECPMF's 2016 conference in Leipzig, fears further threats after Britain’s press regulator threw out her complaint against The Sun newspaper. Manji, a Muslim woman, reported for Channel 4 News on the deadly terror attacks in Nice, which led to criticism by a commentator in the British newspaper this summer.

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The politicisation of the media over Catalonia

Threats  |  18.10.2016

The politicisation of the media over Catalonia | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

As the Parliament of Catalonia adamantly presses on to pull out of Spain – among other political shakeups in the Iberian country – journalism organisations fear politicians have obtained the power to interfere in the media in a systemic manner.

 

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Not just banter: Women journalists speak out against sexual harassment

Threats  |  26.09.2016

Not just banter: Women journalists speak out against sexual harassment | ECPMF

by Daria Sukharcuk

"Sexual attacks against journalists have the effect of silencing the messenger and blocking the dissemination of news and information," the Committee to Protect Journalists concluded in its 2011 report. Not much has changed since then; but more women are standing up for the right to do their jobs without being physically or verbally assaulted. … read more




Khadija Ismayilova: not free, but not silent

Threats  |  23.09.2016

Khadija Ismayilova: not free, but not silent | ECPMF

After 538 days in prison, Azeri investigative journalist Kahdija Ismayilova was freed, but is still facing a probation sentence and a travel ban. The legal actions against the journalists are widely seen as politically motivated. ECPMF supports her case.

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Turkey: Court hears five cases against journalists during one morning in Istanbul

Threats  |  23.09.2016

Turkey: Court hears five cases against journalists during one morning in Istanbul | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro and Michelle Trimborn

The ECPMF condemns the re-arrest of journalist Ahmet Altan and stresses the importance of fair trials. Altan's case was one of several media-related ones heard in an Istanbul court on a recent morning.

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Journalism in Turkey: my days in jail after the coup

Threats  |  15.09.2016

Journalism in Turkey: my days in jail after the coup | ECPMF

by Bülent Mumay, Istanbul | OSSERVATORIO BALCANI E CAUCASO

The attempted coup of July 15 had a harsh impact on Turkish media and journalists. Via an editorial piece, we hear from Bulent Mumay, one of the journalists arrested in those days and later released.

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Ukraine: freedom of the press jeopardized

Threats  |  09.09.2016

Ukraine: freedom of the press jeopardized | ECPMF

by Danilo Elia, Ukraine | OSSERVATORIO BALCANI E CAUCASO

One month after the car bomb that killed journalist Pavel Sheremet, the discovery of Alexander Shchetinin's death. These casualties mark a climate of rising pressure against the Ukrainian press.

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LuxLeaks Whistleblower to Appeal the Guilty Verdict

Threats  |  09.08.2016

LuxLeaks Whistleblower to Appeal the Guilty Verdict | ECPMF

Antoine Deltour successfully avoided jail but was found guilty of theft by a court in Luxemburg following the case known as LuxLeaks. This case related to the prosecution of two whistleblowers and a journalist for disclosing confidential documents from auditing firm PwC. The files showed how 340 multinational companies used secret tax deals to avoid paying into the public coffers.

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Greece: journalist in court for calling a Nazi ’a Nazi’

Threats  |  29.07.2016

Greece: journalist in court for calling a Nazi ’a Nazi’ | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt, research by Prof. George Pleios
Veteran Greek journalist Stratis Balastas has been sued for using the word ’Nazi’ to describe a teacher who boasted on his blog that he is “.proud to be a national socialist“. The teacher Mr Makripulios supports Greece’s banned Golden Dawn far-right party. He had posted an article by Rudolf Hess, who was Hitler’s deputy in World War 2. Makripulios is a teacher at the 6th Gymnasium school on … read more




Turkey: Stop the purge, restore human rights!

Threats  |  28.07.2016

Turkey: Stop the purge, restore human rights! | ECPMF

by Michelle Trimborn

The latest press freedom violation news coming from Turkey has journalists' passports being seized "as a precaution" against suspects. Turkish journalist Yavuz Baydar reports that now in Turkey, the rule is that a journalist is guilty until proven innocent, instead of innocent until proven guilty.

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A month after the fall of the government, right-wing parties remain in control of the Croatian public service, with layoffs and cancellations

Threats  |  26.07.2016

A month after the fall of the government, right-wing parties remain in control of the Croatian public service, with layoffs and cancellations | ECPMF

by Sven Milekić, Zagreb | OSSERVATORIO BALCANI E CAUCASO
Although the government fell over a month ago (after the main ruling party, the Croatian Democratic Union – HDZ, voted no confidence for Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković), it holds on to its influence on Croatia's public service broadcasting (HRT). Meanwhile, the ideological and politically motivated clean sweep in HRT by HDZ officials is in full swi … read more




LuxLeaks verdict gives the wrong signal for potential whistleblowers

Archive  |  29.06.2016

LuxLeaks verdict gives the wrong signal for potential whistleblowers | ECPMF

Suspended jail sentences for whistleblowers (12 months and 1.500 EUR penalty for Antoine Deltour and 9 months and 1.000 EUR penalty for Raphaël Halet) and acquittal for the investigative journalist (Edouard Perrin), that’s the verdict of Luxembourg court in the LuxLeaks case.

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#FreeErol: Joint protest in Berlin to support imprisoned Turkish activists

Archive  |  28.06.2016

#FreeErol: Joint protest in Berlin to support imprisoned Turkish activists | ECPMF

by Katharina Mikulcak
On Monday, 27 June, the ECPMF protested in front of the Turkish Embassy in Berlin together with Reporters without Borders (RSF), Amnesty International and other human rights organisations for the immediate release of the journalist and staff member of RSF, Erol Önderoğlu and his two colleagues, Şebnem Korur Fincancı, pathologist and chairman of the Turkish Human Rights Foundation, and the author Ahmet Nesin.

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ECPMF condemns arrest of media freedom activists in Turkey

Archive  |  21.06.2016

ECPMF condemns arrest of media freedom activists in Turkey | ECPMF

by Michelle Trimborn
The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom strongly condemns the arrests of journalists and human rights defenders in Turkey today, 20 June.
Ahmet Nesin (author and journalist), Şebnem Korur Fincancı (President of the Turkey Human Rights Foundation TİHV and Erol Önderoğlu (journalist and media freedom activist) have been taken in pre-trial detention on the grounds of terror propaganda.

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Extreme job cuts at Serbian regional broadcaster: “The citizen’s majority is disengaged”

Archive  |  15.06.2016

Extreme job cuts at Serbian regional broadcaster: “The citizen’s majority is disengaged” | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt
Senior editors have been replaced at Serbia’s public service broadcaster in the region of Vojvodina, RTV. The move prompted demonstrations in Novi Sad, the regional capital, as the dismissals are believed to be politically motivated.

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Threats to journalist after Panama Papers leaks

Archive  |  13.06.2016

Threats to journalist after Panama Papers leaks | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt
A team of Finnish journalists who published and broadcast details of politicians’ and celebrities’ offshore banking have been warned by the tax authorities that they should reveal their sources. Those sources come from the Panama Papers – with 11.5 million documents it is the biggest leak of confidential information in history.

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"Europe shouldn’t be two faced" – Khadija campaigners keep up pressure on Aliyev regime

Archive  |  10.06.2016

by Miranda Patrucic, Jane Whyatt and Michelle Trimborn
Award-winning investigative journalist Miranda Patrucic is calling on media freedom campaigners to keep up the pressure on the government of Azerbaijan, following the release from jail of her colleague Khadija Ismayilova.

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Khadija is free – Free Khadija!

Archive  |  30.05.2016

Khadija is free – Free Khadija! | ECPMF

by Michelle Trimborn
The media freedom community gave a sigh of relief when the message was spread: Azeri journalist Khadija Ismayilova was released from prison. However, this is not yet a victory as the charges are upheld.

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Journalists risk their lives in rebel-held east Ukraine

Archive  |  27.05.2016

Journalists risk their lives in rebel-held east Ukraine | ECPMF

Interview with Evgen Schibalov, a Ukrainian journalist formerly based in Donetsk by Kira Kirschbach
Over the past two years the pro Russian insurgents in the self-styled People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine have created an infrastructure that operates in isolation from the rest of Ukraine.

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Ukrainian journalism in the war: Whom can one believe? - photo Mstyslav Chernov (A Russia-backed rebel armored fighting vehicles convoy near Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine, May 30, 2015) Archive  |  23.05.2016
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SPECIAL: Ukrainian journalism in the war: Whom can one believe?

by Kira Kirschbach, translation Michelle Trimborn
Dubious information during the war undermine trust in Ukrainian media as much as the Russian propaganda.

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Ukraine: TV-host Savik Shuster on hunger strike

Archive  |  27.04.2016

Ukraine: TV-host Savik Shuster on hunger strike | ECPMF

by Kira Kirschbach
Journalist and TV-presenter Savik Shuster declared to be on hunger strike until Ukrainian authorities will allow him to work. Before, his work permission was annulled.

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Ukraine: Attacks on media freedom in Crimea

Archive  |  21.04.2016

Ukraine: Attacks on media freedom in Crimea | ECPMF

By Kira Kirschbach
On Tuesday, journalist Nikolay Semena was intimidated and detained. In addition, a newswebsite run by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is to be blocked.

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Germany: Comedian cancels broadcast after satirical poem about Turkish President

Archive  |  12.04.2016

Germany: Comedian cancels broadcast after satirical poem about Turkish President | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro and Michelle Trimborn

German comedian Jan Böhmermann has announced that the next issue of his TV-programme Neo Magazin Royale will not be produced due to public pressure. Turkey’s ambassador in Berlin has asked for Germany to prosecute Böhmermann over insulting Turkish President Erdoğan with a poem on air.

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Croatia: Attack on journalist causes more trouble

Archive  |  07.04.2016

Croatia: Attack on journalist causes more trouble | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

ECPMF condemns the latest violent attack on Croatian journalist Ante Tomić. The "Jutarnji list" columnist is known for his satirical writing. 

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ECPMF in Greece: Press freedom violations in the refugee crisis

Archive  |  05.04.2016

ECPMF in Greece: Press freedom violations in the refugee crisis | ECPMF

by Ola Aljari

ECPMF’s reporter on the refugee crisis, Ola Aljari - a refugee herself from Syria - travelled to Greece to speak to both refugees and journalists who are struggling with the current refugee crisis, which seems to have gotten worse as the EU and Turkey agreed upon a questionable deal.

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Turkish President Erdoğan tries to violate media freedom in Germany

Archive  |  30.03.2016

Turkish President Erdoğan tries to violate media freedom in Germany | ECPMF

by Michelle Trimborn

With his latest move, it seems Turkish President Erdoğan has shot himself in the foot: when German political satire programme "extra 3" criticised his restrictions on media freedom in a video, he summoned the German ambassador – and allegedly asked to stop the publication of the audiovisual material.

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Trial of Cumhuriyet-journalists: “What we saw was a farce“

Archive  |  25.03.2016

Trial of Cumhuriyet-journalists: “What we saw was a farce“ | ECPMF

Michelle Trimborn
On the first day of the court hearing of Erdem Gül and Can Dündar only one thing became clear: The process against the two journalists will neither be objective nor free of political motivation.

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ECPMF supports Dündar and Gül in Istanbul: “We are not defending ourselves, but journalism”

Archive  |  25.03.2016

ECPMF supports Dündar and Gül in Istanbul: “We are not defending ourselves, but journalism” | ECPMF

by Michelle Trimborn
On 24 March, the evening before the trial against Turkish journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, ECPMF joined forces with Turkish and international media organisations to show solidarity and stand up for a free press in Turkey. The journalists thanked for the international support.

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Turkey: Follow-up on Zaman, Cumhuriyet and media blackout

Archive  |  22.03.2016

Turkey: Follow-up on Zaman, Cumhuriyet and media blackout | ECPMF

by Michelle Trimborn

Press freedom violations in Turkey continue. During the last weeks we reported on the state influence executed over the Zaman newspaper group and the pending trial of Erdem Gül and Can Dündar from Cumhuriyet newspaper. Read … read more




Kosovo: Investigative journalist threatened and insulted by Prime Minister

Archive  |  22.03.2016

Kosovo: Investigative journalist threatened and insulted by Prime Minister | ECPMF

by Michelle Trimborn

A journalist has been directly called and threatened by Kosovan Prime Minister Isa Mustafa after publishing an article on Mustafa's brother who left the country to seek asylum in the EU. The journalist takes the threat seriously.

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UK: Authorities to get more power to spy out communication data

Archive  |  22.03.2016

UK: Authorities to get more power to spy out communication data | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Britain is fast-tracking a new law to give police and secret services extra powers to collect and keep personal data. Phone calls, conversations over the internet (e.g. skype, hangouts), SMS messages and web searches will all be included. The National Union of Journalists and civil liberty groups fear it will restrict journalists’ work by exposing their confidential sources and whistleblowers.

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Portuguese “Diário Económico” ceases print edition

Archive  |  21.03.2016

Portuguese “Diário Económico” ceases print edition | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

The Portuguese newspaper Diário Económico published its last print edition on Friday, 18 March. The daily paper was founded in 1989 but will now only be published online, at least until further notice.

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‘Most refugees are women, yet media ignore them’

Archive  |  18.03.2016

‘Most refugees are women, yet media ignore them’ | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt, research by Ola Aljari

The latest statistics on refugees fleeing to Europe show that most of them are women. From last year’s 41 percent, the number rose to 55 percent. According to the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, Filipo Grandi, “nearly two-thirds are women and children”. Yet a hard-hitting … read more




FYROM/Macedonia: Journalists detained during March of Hope

Archive  |  15.03.2016

FYROM/Macedonia: Journalists detained during March of Hope | ECPMF

by Philipp Filipovski and Michelle Trimborn

Around 30 to 50 journalists have been forced to stay in police stations for many hours after they were arrested because of illegally crossing the border between Greece and Macedonia/the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Many journalists reported that security forces were explicitly watching out for journalists.

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Russian Federation: Journalists and activists beaten up – call for quick investigation

Archive  |  11.03.2016

Russian Federation: Journalists and activists beaten up – call for quick investigation | ECPMF

by Michelle Trimborn

In the Ingushetia region in Russia, a group of journalists and human rights activists got beaten up by unknown attackers. The risk that the incident, which also involved arson, will not be followed up on by authorities seems high, as often such cases are not properly investigated.

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Has the Czech Republic its own “Berlusconi”?

Archive  |  11.03.2016

Has the Czech Republic its own “Berlusconi”? | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt, research by Lucie Sykorová

The EU’S OLAF anti-fraud unit is investigating a company founded by one of the Czech Republic’s main newspaper owners. Andrej Babiš is also the Minister of Finance. His dual role in both media and government has led to comparisons with the former Italian leader and media magnate Silvio Berlusconi.

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Turkey: 21 months in prison for journalist calling president a thief

Archive  |  11.03.2016

Turkey: 21 months in prison for journalist calling president a thief | ECPMF

by Michelle Trimborn

Dark times for press freedom in Turkey continue with the conviction of another journalist. Barış İnce has been sentenced to 21 months in jail. He was found guilty of defamation of the Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdoğan.

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Corbyn Media Watch: How to Challenge British News Coverage

Archive  |  08.03.2016

Corbyn Media Watch: How to Challenge British News Coverage | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt
The English press is under fire from supporters of the new leader of the opposition, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn. A veteran left-wing MP, he has been accused in newspapers including the Sun and the Daily Mail of extremism, disrespect to the Queen and scruffy appearance.

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’A shameful day’ as Turkish court seizes Zaman-newspapers

Archive  |  08.03.2016

’A shameful day’ as Turkish court seizes Zaman-newspapers | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt
On Friday, court officials were granted control of two newspapers that are critical of the Turkish government of President Erdogan. On Sunday, the first issue under new management was published – with the President’s picture on the front page.

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'Hoaxmap' hits back at newspaper myths about refugees

Archive  |  07.03.2016

'Hoaxmap' hits back at newspaper myths about refugees | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt
In Germany online readers who spot misleading articles are creating their own coverage on social media. A Twitter user named only as ‘Karolin’ is creating a ‘hoaxmap’ of inaccurate reports about refugees and asylum seekers being involved in crimes such as rape and shoplifting. A hoax is a deliberately misleading or false news report, created and placed in order to suit a particular political viewpoint.

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Poland’s ruling party sues opposition newspaper Gazeta wyborcza

Archive  |  04.03.2016

Poland’s ruling party sues opposition newspaper Gazeta wyborcza | ECPMF

by Beata Walczakiewicz
Gazeta Wyborcka, Poland’s leading left-liberal newspaper, faces a libel action from the government’s ruling party over its commentary on the controversial pardon of a state official who was convicted of abuse of power.

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Women’s Day: ECPMF launches Alarm Centre for Female Journalists under Threat

Archive  |  04.03.2016

Women’s Day: ECPMF launches Alarm Centre for Female Journalists under Threat | ECPMF

Faced with growing evidence that more and more women journalists are menaced with gender-based violence and online threats, ECPMF has created a special Women’s Reporting Point to respond to this. It will be officially launched on 8 March 2016, the date that marks the International Women’s Day.

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Turkey: independent TV shut down as Cumhuriyet editors released

Archive  |  04.03.2016

Turkey: independent TV shut down as Cumhuriyet editors released | ECPMF

Turkish journalists Erdem Gül and Can Dündar have been released from jail. The editors from the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet had been arrested 3 months earlier accused of spying and intentionally revealing state secrets after they alleged that the Erdogan-government tried to ship arms to Syria to support of Islamist fighters.

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Finnish editors speak out against defamatory 'fake media'

Archive  |  04.03.2016

Finnish editors speak out against defamatory 'fake media' | ECPMF

by Michelle Trimborn
Twenty-one editors-in-chief of the main Finnish media outlets have released a joint statement against so-called fake media. On first of March, the statement was released all over Finland in the name of "media we can trust", including the most important newspapers and broadcasters like YLE, Helsingin Sanomat and Hufvudstadsbladet.

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Closing of “The Independent” - UK press shifts even further to the right

Archive  |  23.02.2016

Closing of “The Independent” - UK press shifts even further to the right | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt
The British press, already shown by independent researchers to be the most right wing in Europe, has lost again two of its left-liberal titles, The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. And a new print newspaper, The New Day, launches on February 29th with a "politically neutral" stance.

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"Defamed whistleblowers need protection" – UN Geneva expert

Archive  |  19.02.2016

by Jane Whyatt
United Nations Geneva expert Alfred de Zayas is calling on the British and Swedish governments to let Wikileaks Editor Julian Assange go free. Mr de Zayas has been campaigning on behalf of Assange since they met three years ago at the Ecuador embassy in London, where he is claiming diplomatic sanctuary.

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Ban on using polls to lead BBC Brexit bulletins

Archive  |  19.02.2016

Ban on using polls to lead BBC Brexit bulletins | ECPMF

In or out? As Britain prepares for a referendum on whether or not to leave the European Union, BBC journalists have been banned from using opinion polls as the lead story on their news bulletins.

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United Nations back Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

Archive  |  05.02.2016

United Nations back Wikileaks founder Julian Assange | ECPMF

An Expert Panel of the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights has comdemned as “arbitrary” the detention of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Assange, the Australian activist who created the whistleblowers’ portal, is wanted in Sweden on charges of sexual misconduct. And he has been living in the Ecuador embassy in London for the past three years for fear he will be arrested and extradited. Since Wikileaks has exposed alleged war crimes and embarrassing military and diplomatic i … read more




Support for Turkish journalists in jail and under curfew

Archive  |  05.02.2016

Support for Turkish journalists in jail and under curfew | ECPMF

Leading academics from Hong Kong, New Zealand, Mozambique and the USA have written to Turkey’s Prime Minister demanding the release of jailed journalist Mehmet Haransu.

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Projekt N proves Slovaks value real journalism

Archive  |  05.02.2016

Projekt N proves Slovaks value real journalism | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt, research Dr Petra Gausti
When a new owner bought Slovakia’s SME newspaper group and announced his intention of running it for his commercial interests, something snapped in the newsroom.

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"If I have helped journalists, I have achieved my goal" – Dunja Mijatović ends her OSCE term

Archive  |  03.02.2016

by Jane Whyatt
Campaigners for press and media freedom need stamina and endurance, and in her two consecutive terms as the High Representative at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Dunja Mijatović has proved she has both.

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'Baby steps' welcomed for new UK press regulator

Archive  |  22.01.2016

'Baby steps' welcomed for new UK press regulator | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Britain’s newspapers, still policing themselves even after the phone hacking scandal and Leveson inquiry, now have an alternative regulator.

IMPRESS, a crowd-funded regulation system, has announced the first titles that will be governed by its regime. They include the left-liberal New Internationalist magazine and a handful of hyperlocal news websites.

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Bulgarian beaten up  - ECPMF calls for inquiry

Archive  |  20.01.2016

Bulgarian beaten up  - ECPMF calls for inquiry | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt. Research by Vesselin Dimitrov

Nursing his injuries in hospital after being beaten with baseball bats by two men, local government reporter Stoyan Tonchev has posted defiant messages on Facebook. Photos taken in hospital of his battered face accompany the posts.

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Assault on TV crews in follow-up to Paris terror attacks

Archive  |  20.01.2016

Assault on TV crews in follow-up to Paris terror attacks | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

Two TV crews have been assaulted as they tried to interview family members of  a suicide bomber involved in the Paris attacks on December 13th 2015... which left 39 people dead.  

The crews, from  RTL-TV1 and France 3, were reporting at the home address in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Belgium, of Chakib Akrouh. He has been identified as one of three terrorists who opened fire on bars and restaurants in the  French capital before blowing himself up. … read more




Achtung! Press freedom on the agenda as Germany leads OSCE

Archive  |  19.01.2016

Achtung! Press freedom on the agenda as Germany leads OSCE | ECPMF

by Katharina Mikulčak

It is Germany's turn to chair the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2016 and its mandate includes press and media freedom. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier made a strong speech in Berlin.

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Back to the 1980s’ for Polish broadcasting?

Archive  |  08.01.2016

Back to the 1980s’ for Polish broadcasting? | ECPMF

New law means journalists report direct to government

Interview by Jane Whyatt, research by Christian Schult
A new law signed on 7th January by Polish President Andrzej Duda puts the Treasury Minister in charge of appointing the governing bodies of public service broadcasters TVP and Radio Poland.

 

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Italy. The most dangerous news of december 2015

Archive  |  08.01.2016

Italy. The most dangerous news of december 2015 | ECPMF

Reported by Ossigeno | Raffaella Della Morte

There have been 521 acts of intimidation in 2015 in Italy, reported by Ossigeno. For some journalists a police protection scheme has been arranged. Th ere have been threats, lawsuits, discrimination and a violation of professional secrecy

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Tackling "censorship in disguise"

Archive  |  16.12.2015

Tackling

Jane Whyatt

It is assumed by many that journalists in Europe are not censored and the existence of a free press is a matter of fact in democracies, where no official censoring institutions exist. But there are sneaky methods of control – besides open censorship – that creep in to daily work in every newsroom and affect freelancers, too.

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Journalists speak up for colleagues in Turkey

Archive  |  11.12.2015

Journalists speak up for colleagues in Turkey | ECPMF

Jane Whyatt

Europe's journalists are uniting to support colleagues under threat and in jail in Turkey. Amongst others, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), representing 320.000 people, the Committee to Protect Journalists(CPJ) and Reporters without Borders (RSF) are challenging the EU to "stop the double standards" with a debate in Brussels, open to all.

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Turkey: Dündar and Gül muzzled for investigative journalism

Archive  |  02.12.2015

Turkey: Dündar and Gül muzzled for investigative journalism | ECPMF

Philipp Filipovski

The editor in chief Can Dündar and his bureau chief  Erdem Gül from the oppositional and secular newspaper Cumhurriyet were sentenced to jail by a court in Istanbul for spying and "divulging state secrets".

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Greece: Journalists arrested, accused of taking photos in court

Archive  |  27.11.2015

Greece: Journalists arrested, accused of taking photos in court | ECPMF

Michelle Trimborn

Two journalists from Italy and the USA have been arrested in the city of Polygyros and accused of taking photos of a trial inside a court room without permission, which is prohibited according to Greek law. ECPMF was informed directly about the case.

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"Whether to report or not is a personal choice"

Archive  |  25.11.2015

Gavin Rees, director of Dart Centre Europe, the research centre that helps journalists and media workers who cover traumatic events, talks to the ECPMF about the effects reporting on tragedies might have on journalists, ethical conflicts and the importance of tragedy reporting.

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Paris attacks: journalists 'may suffer trauma'

Archive  |  25.11.2015

Paris attacks: journalists 'may suffer trauma' | ECPMF

Reporters and camera crews who covered the terrorist attacks in Paris may suffer Post Traumatic Shock Disorder (PTSD). The warning comes from the Dart Center Europe’s Gavin Rees.

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Refugees: ‘Tell the whole story’

Archive  |  13.11.2015

Refugees: ‘Tell the whole story’ | ECPMF

Reporters discuss difficulties in making full and fair coverage of the crisis

Jane Whyatt

When journalists and media policy-makers get together, the stories behind the stories emerge. So it was at the 2015 South East Europe Media Policy Commission in Bucharest. They heard about the photographer who took ”that picture” – the close-up shots of three-year-old Aylan (or Alan) Kurdi lying dead on a Turkish beach. They listened to the ECPMF report its ongoing … read more




Nedim Şener tells ECPMF "Turkish media are ..."

Archive  |  11.11.2015

Nedim Şener tells ECPMF

The prize-winning journalist and author Nedim Sener who won a case for wrongful imprisonment against the Turkish government gives ECPMF his insights into the state of the media in Turkey.

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Media Forum in Bucharest: Romanians blame ‘corrupt’ media for cover-ups

Archive  |  06.11.2015

Media Forum in Bucharest: Romanians blame ‘corrupt’ media for cover-ups | ECPMF

European media experts meeting in Bucharest have clashed over claims that some TV stations and newspapers are covering-up corruption. Meanwhile fifty thousand demonstrators in the Romanian capital are demanding more political changes after the Prime Minister resigned.

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UN calls to end impunity for killers of journalists

Archive  |  03.11.2015

UN calls to end impunity for killers of journalists | ECPMF

Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, has saluted the work of journalists who are killed because of their work and called for an end to impunity for the killers.

On the second annual awareness day for this global issue, UNESCO, the section of the UN devoted to freedom of the media, reports these chilling facts:

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Reporters accused ahead of Capital Mafia trial in Rome

Archive  |  03.11.2015

Reporters accused ahead of Capital Mafia trial in Rome | ECPMF

Alberto Spampinato

Attacks on journalists who inform readers about an alleged unprecedented scandal have multiplied on the eve of a mega-trial in Rome.
A few days away from the start of the „Capital Mafia” trial in Rome  which will start on November 5, some positions have revealed an intolerance for the role of the press and of the reporters who have duly and extensively informed the public on the prosecution stance and the charges pressed against the individu … read more




Police take over Turkish news media as election campaign turns nasty

Archive  |  30.10.2015

Police take over Turkish news media as election campaign turns nasty | ECPMF

Violent scenes, a fired the Editor- in-Chief, a changed the editorial policy and the holding back of a EU progress report on Turkey.

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Spotlight on South East Europe

Archive  |  21.10.2015

Spotlight on South East Europe | ECPMF

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom’s partner organisation, the South East Europe Media Organisation, monitors breaches of media freedom across Turkey, Greece and the Balkan states of former Yugoslavia. The partnership is supported by the European Commission. The map shows just some of the recent abuses of media freedom across the region.

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Serbia’s public media sold off at high prices

Archive  |  21.10.2015

Serbia’s public media sold off at high prices | ECPMF

Dragan Janjić

Serbia's first phase of media privatisation was met by few prospective buyers, and by a dramatic surge of the price of some local broadcasters.

Radio Šid and Belgrade's Radio-Television Studio B went to private buyers for almost the same amount, some 530,000 Euros. However, Šid is a town of about 40,000 inhabitants on the border with Croatia, while RTV Studio B covers an area of several million citizens in Belgrade and surroundings a … read more




Europe’s campaign against hate speech

Archive  |  21.10.2015

Europe’s campaign against hate speech | ECPMF

cartadiroma.org and the European Federation of Journalists launched the European campaign #nohatespeech, with a petition banning the promoters of online hate speech.

Banning the promoters of online hate speech and preventing broadcast thereof are not simply acts of civic responsibility. For journalists, this is the fulfil … read more




Press freedom at risk as EU struggles to match action with values.

Archive  |  21.10.2015

Press freedom at risk as EU struggles to match action with values. | ECPMF

The European Union is struggling to balance its ideals as a global leader in press freedom with its member states’ criminal defamation and blasphemy laws and counterterrorism measures.

 

Despite an outward commitment to press freedom, in many cases the EU lacks a robust mechanism to hold member states accountable when they renege on their commitments. In this video Jean-Paul Marthoz, CPJ’s EU correspondent, discusses the main findings of Balancing Act: Press Freedom at Ri … read more




Tweeting the war - Ukraine’s social media at the frontline

Archive  |  16.10.2015

Tweeting the war - Ukraine’s social media at the frontline | ECPMF

17th-20th November 2015

Journalists and students from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and Germany  will meet and tweet together in Berlin at a workshop to analyse the role of social media in war reporting.

They will compare mainstream media and social networks’ coverage in the conflict zones with western reports and assess the trustworthiness of new media.

All travel and accommodation costs will be paid by the organisers and the workshop will be held in English on 17th-2 … read more




Edward Snowden calls on Pope and UN to protect sources

Archive  |  05.10.2015

Edward Snowden calls on Pope and UN to protect sources | ECPMF

The ex-contractor who blew the whistle on American and British mass spying on citizens is speaking out again. Edward Snowden - who was forced to seek asylum in Russia after he revealed himself as the source of the leak - has launched a Privacy Treaty.

 

It calls on the newly appointed United Nations Privacy Rapporteur Joseph Canatacci to protect privacy worldwide as a human right. The Treaty campaign was launched in New York, to coincide with the UN General Assembly … read more




Derry journalists demonstrate for Saudi blogger as Europe honours him

Archive  |  14.09.2015

Derry journalists demonstrate for Saudi blogger as Europe honours him | ECPMF

In a small town in Northern Ireland, journalists and supporters of the jailed blogger Raif Badawi gathered in the autumn rain for a third time, to urge the Saudi Arabian government not to flog him again and to release him for his ten year jail term. They have good reasons to stand up for press freedom…

Meanwhile the blogger’s wife Ensaf Haidar has collected on his behalf the Deutsche Welle Freedom of Speech Award, a nomination for the prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of … read more




President Aliyev gets mail

Archive  |  14.09.2015

President Aliyev gets mail | ECPMF

European Centre for Press and Media Freedom launches Khadija petition at Newsweek conference

“Unbelievable and totally unacceptable.” That’s how Lutz Mükke described the jailing of Azeri journalist Khadija Ismayilova, protesting on behalf of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF). With the ECMPF Board Chairman Henrik Kaufholz at the Newsweek Media Freedom Conference in Belgrade last week, they immediately launched a petition calling on Ilham Aliyev … read more




Call to ban photos of children as refugees put media freedom to the test

Archive  |  14.09.2015

Call to ban photos of children as refugees put media freedom to the test | ECPMF

Photographs of children fleeing civil war in Syria have provoked a stormy debate on press freedom.

Hungarian journalists working for the state news channel M1 were told in a memo not to show any more pictures of refugees’ children. The memo was leaked to the UK’s Guardian newspaper. News website reported.ly responded by posting an album of refugees’ children, curated from Getty Images and news footage.

Defending the ‘don’t publish’ instruction, the … read more




Antimafia MP speaks out against "silent journalism"

Archive  |  25.08.2015

Antimafia MP speaks out against

Claudio Fava has worked as a journalist and film-maker in one of the most dangerous countries of the world: Italy. His father, the founding-editor of a Sicilian magazine, was murdered by the Mafia in 1984 and now Fava is a politician, fighting the mafia with words. As vice-president of the Italian Parliament’s Antimafia Commission, he believes it is a fight that they are slowly winning. In an interview with the ECPMF’s reporter at the 2015 Rome conference on press freedom, Fava assessed t … read more




Journalists’ Safety, Media Freedom and Pluralism in Times of Conflict

Archive  |  09.08.2015

Journalists’ Safety, Media Freedom and Pluralism in Times of Conflict | ECPMF

On the 15th and16th June 2015, OSCE organizes the conference “Journalists' Safety, Media Freedom and Pluralism in Times of Conflict”

Journalists’ safety is deteriorating rapidly throughout the OSCE region, members of the media covering conflicts is particularly exposed. The statistics say it all: 1,200 journalists have been killed since 1992 and nearly 40% of these victims covered conflicts around the world.

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Media in South East Europe: poor journalists

Archive  |  09.08.2015

Media in South East Europe: poor journalists | ECPMF

A Regional report on the Employment Conditions of Journalists in SEE countries highlights the poor conditions of those working in the media sector.

A crowded and rather poor media market, unable to secure the sustainability of media operations, a high level of job insecurity making the journalists vulnerable to political and economic pressures and – more often than not – leading to self-censorship – are some of the conclusions of the Regional report on … read more




ElectricYerevan: journalists targeted

Archive  |  08.08.2015

ElectricYerevan: journalists targeted | ECPMF

A rally in the Armenian capital against yet another electricity price increase triggers the police. Beatings, insults, and even violence against journalists

Journalists and camera people were arrested, abused, and beaten, their materials seized and destroyed. It happened a few days ago in Yerevan, where the media present were targeted for covering the violent eviction of Baghramyan street, near the residence of P … read more




Exposed: The hidden threats to Italy's journalists

Archive  |  13.07.2015

Exposed: The hidden threats to Italy's journalists | ECPMF

It seems surprising that journalists in an EU member state face daily threats and that up to 50 of them live under 24-h our police protection www.repubblica.it. In the last month, a blogger has been shot dead and three journalists’ cars have been wrecked by arsonists. Death threats and Facebook trolls attempted to intimidate others. The police take these threats seriously, since assassins have killed eleven journalists in recent years… … read more




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