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Istanbul: nine more journalists arrested

Threats  |  23.08.2017

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By Antonella Napoli/ translated from Italian by Jessica Jacques

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 penalties up to life imprisonment.

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

Threats  |  21.08.2017

Dogan Akhanli

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

Afgan Mukhtarli

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

Gunnar Ardelius

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

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 refugees damaged journalists' health

Threats  |  14.08.2017

Hanna Storm

by Jane Whyatt and Jessica Jacques

As a reporter, what should you do when a drowning refugee child reaches out to you? Put down the camera and rescue him?  Or carry on filming, so that the pictures might provoke a political solution? Daily dilemmas such as this take a toll on journalists’ emotions. They can lead to feelings of guilt and helplessness, and an inability to carry on with normal life. The reporter’s moral compass is knocked out of kilte … read more




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

Threats  |  10.08.2017

Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

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

Hamza Yalçin

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

Deniz Yücel

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

The Concept of the enemy

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

Cem Öner

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




Trial in Turkey - "This is not a book by Kafka, this is real”

ECPMF  |  04.08.2017

Ahmet Sik - Cumhuriyet trial

This is the translation of the article “Prozess in der Türkei - ‘Es ist kein Kafka-Buch, sondern Realität’” published in the German news service “n-tv”. An interview with ECPMF's Advocacy Officer Nora Wehofsits on the "Cumhuriyet" trial.

 

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

Threats  |  04.08.2017

Nora Wehofsits

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

Răzvan Martin of Active Watch

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

Musa Kart

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

Pavel Sheremet

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

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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

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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

L'Espresso and Machismo

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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France: Fact-finders reveal free media face new challenges in Macron era

ECPMF  |  27.07.2017

French Media

by Jane Whyatt and Sophie Albers Ben Chamo

Bosses who wield great economical and political power because of a concentration of media ownership, verbal threats and physical attacks on journalists are just some of the problems uncovered by the ECPMF’s fact-finding mission to France.

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Publication of a picture of a 3-year-old, representing him as an orphan, violates article 8 ECHR

By Ingrida Milkaite, Ghent University 

Legal  |  26.07.2017

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The case of Bogomolova v. Russia concerns the use of an unauthorised photograph of a minor’s face on the front page of a booklet promoting adoption and help for orphans. It proves that the publication of pictures of children without parental consent may have a significant social impact on the family and may violate article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), protecting the right to pri … read more




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

Threats  |  26.07.2017

Sir Peter Bottomley MP

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

Newspaper accountant jailed in Azerbaijan

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

Julia Latynina

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

Poles protest in Berlin against court reform

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

Can Dündar
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 ab … read more




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

Threats  |  19.07.2017

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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

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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French and UK publishers form alliances against Google and Facebook

Legal  |  12.07.2017

Margrethe Vestager

by Jane Whyatt

France’s biggest newspapers and media groups have formed advertising alliances to take on the commercial might of Google and Facebook. And in the UK, a campaign called Duopoly has gathered almost 200 signatures for a petition to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Duopoly has also won the verbal backing of Conservative Culture Minister Matt Hancock.

 

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

Threats  |  12.07.2017

Dragana Peco

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

G20 summit, Hamburg

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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ECPMF ECtHR Conference e-book: introduction, presentations and conclusions

Legal  |  08.07.2017

conference ebook

On March 24, 2017 the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom with the support of Council of the Europe (CoE) organised the conference “Promoting dialogue between the European Court of Human Rights and the media freedom community. Freedom of expression and the role and case law of the European Court of Human Rights: developments and challenges”. The conference took place in Strasbourg.

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Return Albania’s public broadcaster to the public!

ECPMF  |  07.07.2017

Rtsh Broadcaster, Tirana

A commentary by Leon Menkshi, Journalist in Residence, ECPMF

Albania’s public broadcaster (RTSH) is at risk, and should in no way stay out of focus! They are undergoing technology transformations related to the digitalisation and the quality of content.

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

Threats  |  07.07.2017

G20 summit Gruner und Jahr press freedom campaign

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




A symbol of solidarity – Two more Turks honoured with Leipzig’s freedom of the press award

Awards  |  06.07.2017

Deniz Yücel and Asli Erdoğan winner Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media 2017

Deniz Yücel and Asli Erdoğan will be awarded the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig’s “Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media” 2017

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Alice Weidel vs "Extra 3": Is it legally OK to call a right-wing politician a "nazi slut"?

Legal  |  26.06.2017

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By Global Freedom of Expression

Case Summary and Outcome

The Landgericht Hamburg, Germany, a court of first instance, held that there was no violation of the personality rights of a right-wing politician who was called a "Nazi slut" during a satirical television show. In its decision, the Landgericht Hamburg recognised that the statement amounted to a form of political satire. It went on to acknowledge that a viewer would not interpret the term "Nazi slut" lit … read more




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

Threats  |  20.06.2017

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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The Oxford Moot: Welcome to the “Universal Court of Freedom of Expression”

Legal  |  16.06.2017

Oxford

By ECPMF staff
For the last decade, the University of Oxford has been nourishing a unique undertaking, the Price International Media Moot Court, one of the world’s largest moots and an intense tool to spread instruction in the role of speech in society and the building of values in an emerging generation of leaders across the world.

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Ireland: mega-merger is called off!

ECPMF  |  16.06.2017

newsocracy2_Dublin

by Jane Whyatt
Media freedom campaigners have welcomed the news that two of Ireland’s biggest companies will not be merging after all.

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Fears for freedom of French media under Macron

ECPMF  |  16.06.2017

Emmanuel Macron

by Jane Whyatt
French journalists and media companies are already worried that the new government of President Emanuel Macron plans curbs on their freedom.

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Solidarity with Mukhtarli as international concern grows for jailed journalist

Threats  |  16.06.2017

Afghan Mukhtarli - action

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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The ECPMF supports Albanian journalists charged with defamation lawsuits

Legal  |  16.06.2017

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ECPMF
Albanian journalists have been charged with defamation lawsuits launched by Gjin Gjoni – a member of the High Council of Justice, HJC – targeting two media outlets and four journalists. The ECPMF is supporting them financially to prepare their defense.

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New report tracks changes in law that impact media freedom

Legal  |  12.06.2017

EMR-Report

Editors across Europe make difficult decisions all the time. Is it OK to buy a gun without a licence, to expose lax laws? What about smuggling a knife onto an aeroplane, to highlight poor security? Or secretly filming a meeting to expose corruption allegations?

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

Threats  |  10.06.2017

Afghan Mukhtarli

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

Kamera

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

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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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Why the so called "Facebook law" is the wrong tool against hate speech

ECPMF  |  02.06.2017

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by ECPMF staff

This summer, the German parliament is deciding on nothing less but freedom of expression on the web.

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

Threats  |  02.06.2017

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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

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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

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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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Hostwriter offers funds for international stories – and a bed for the night!

ECPMF  |  01.06.2017

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by ECPMF staff

Hostwriter.org is partnering with the ECPMF to offer free accommodation to participants in the upcoming Leipzig conference, 13-14 June.

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Russian journalist Dmitry Popkov shot dead in Siberia

Threats  |  01.06.2017

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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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War reporters bring untold stories to Byline Fest

ECPMF  |  01.06.2017

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by ECPMF staff

Freelancers who daily risk their lives to cover conflict will tell their stories in the ECPMF tent at the Byline Festival, the UK's first-ever festival of independent journalism.

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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

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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650,000 ISIS accounts deleted: How social media tackle fake and hate

ECPMF  |  26.05.2017

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by Jane Whyatt and Ana Ribeiro

Leaked documents published in The Guardian (UK) have revealed the rules that Facebook uses for deciding whether to block or take down fake news and hate speech. Simultaneously, the heat is being turned up on social media regulation in general.

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#iComment: Twitter a hornet’s nest for anti-Semitic speech

ECPMF  |  25.05.2017

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by Ana Ribeiro

In the battle against hate speech and fake news, Facebook has taken a lot of flak, especially from Germany. But watchdogs are now also turning the spotlight to promotion of anti-Semitic messages on Twitter.

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Swedish journalist beaten up by intruder

Threats  |  18.05.2017

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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

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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

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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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What should the EU do to protect whistleblowers?

ECPMF  |  17.05.2017

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by Jane Whyatt

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom has responded to the European Commission consultation on whistleblower protection. The consultation is still open and the deadline for responses is 29th May 2017.

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Truth defenders gather in Germany to challenge fake news and "lying press" smears

ECPMF  |  17.05.2017

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by Jane Whyatt

Everyone, it seems, is talking about fake news. And the ECPMF is not only talking, but taking action.

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Germany: Right to information for journalists about the financing of political blogs

Legal  |  16.05.2017

by Ingo Beckendorf

A journalist can assert a right to information of the press against an incorporated company for general public services which are controlled by the public hand. That was decided by the first civil division of the German Federal Court, the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), on 16 of March 2017 (judgment rn.: I ZR 13/16).

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Reduced sentences in LuxLeaks trial after application of ECHR case law

Legal  |  16.05.2017

Antoine Deltour

by Annelies Vandendriessche

After re-examining the case in its entirety, the Court of Appeal of Luxembourg has reached a verdict in the LuxLeaks Trial. All three defendants requested acquittal based on Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) concerning freedom of expression.

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Russia: Putin satire as "extremist material" on prohibition list

Legal  |  11.05.2017

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by Ingo Beckendorf

A Russian central district court has forbidden a cartoon showing President Vladimir Putin as a drag queen. Together with 4,000 other pieces of content, the picture is now on a list of supposedly extremist material. This means further censorship on Russian platforms.

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UK: Supreme Court dismisses newspapers' Article 10 CFA appeals

Legal  |  11.05.2017

by Tobias Raab

The UK Supreme Court has dismissed three appeals based on Article 10 CFA on 11 April 2017 (Times Newspapers Limited v Flood (Case No. A2/2014/0120), Miller v Associated Newspapers Limited (Case No. HQ09X04347) and Frost and others v MGN Limited ([2016] EWHC 855).

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DE: OLG Stuttgart confirms legitimacy of an identifying report related to the "Panama Papers"

Legal  |  11.05.2017

Panama Papers

by Tobias Raab

On 8 March 2017, the Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht, OLG) of Stuttgart decided that an article about the so called "Panama Papers", which had been published by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung in 2016, was permissible (Case no. 4 U 166/16).

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France: How journalists fought fake news in election full of scandals

ECPMF  |  09.05.2017

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by Jane Whyatt

An innovative project from the American think-and-do tank First Draft News has shed light on many murky aspects of the 2017 French presidential election campaign. In the CrossCheck project, journalists from a number of different newspapers and websites worked together to verify and examine claims from all sides of the political spectrum.

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Interview: Sputnik journalist replies to fake news accusations

ECPMF  |  09.05.2017

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In this so-called "post-truth" political era, Sputnik News gets a lot of heat for its connection to the Russian government (which owns its parent company, Rossiya Segodnya), and running stories deemed questionable. As they discussed quality journalism and fake news at the … read more




Interview: Journalists take charge in battle against fake news

ECPMF  |  09.05.2017

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CrossCheck is a joint effort among media workers from various outlets to spot and debunk fake news from different political sides, put to work during the latest French presidential elections. ECPMF's Jane Whyatt spoke about the initiative with participant … read more




Memnune Mayda: "Our only child is definitely not a traitor"

ECPMF  |  09.05.2017

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Özkan Mayda, an Antalya-based photojournalist for the Zaman daily, was arrested in the wake of the 15 July attempted coup in Turkey. He is just one of the over 150 journalists currently in jail in the country.

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

Threats  |  03.05.2017

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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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Learning from the Mafia means learning to be silent

ECPMF  |  03.05.2017

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by Andreas Rossmann, FAZ

An investigative journalist is bullied and abandoned by Der Freitag, a German weekly journal: the case of Petra Reski.

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Counting the dead and wounded: data journalism for increased military accountability

ECPMF  |  03.05.2017

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by Eline Westra

New technologies have enabled journalists to monitor military actions more closely, with smartphones and the internet now forming powerful "digital eyes" on the ground. And in the international air war against ISIL, these local sources reveal a much greater human cost from airstrikes than the military authorities themselves claim. An insight into the work of journalist-run monitoring group Airwars.

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

Threats  |  03.05.2017

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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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"You need a human to tell you, this is faked" - UNESCO Difference Day panelist

ECPMF  |  02.05.2017

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by ECPMF staff

World Press Freedom Day is marked again this May, and all the signs are that the world is getting less free. So the related events in Brussels have an added urgency in 2017.

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"This is my truth - tell me yours" - the forensics of fake news

ECPMF  |  28.04.2017

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by Jane Whyatt

You probably remember the phrase, “This is my truth – tell me yours!“ Its history reminds us that fake news is not new and that politics is a battle of beliefs.

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“It is high time to stop violence against journalists!”

ECPMF  |  28.04.2017

Joint ECPMF Fact-finding mission in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, 25-28 April 2017

We hereby express our deep concerns about the violent attacks on 27 April against journalists in the parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, among other media freedom violations.

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

Threats  |  27.04.2017

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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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Turkey Blocks: Censorship monitoring app nabs Digital Activism Award

Awards  |  25.04.2017

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by Jane Whyatt

An app deisgned by the Turkish-British Alp Toker has been honoured with a Freedom of Expression prize. It aims to beat back censorship and the online blocking of critical journalists in Turkey.

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Merkel support of NetzDG brings Germany one step closer to cyberhate ban

ECPMF  |  20.04.2017

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by Ana Ribeiro

Journalists' and civil rights organisations are signing and circulating a declaration against the passing of Germany’s Network Enforcement Law (NetzDG) as it is. Set to go to Parliament this summer, the law would subject social networks to up to €50 million in fines for failure to speedily curb hate speech and fake news.

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

Threats  |  18.04.2017

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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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EU copyright directive: Licensing and remuneration of journalists

Legal  |  18.04.2017

Fair Contract

This article was originally published by EFJ | European Federation of Journalists

Better contracts, more transparency in payments and a fair share of remuneration for journalists: these are on top of the agenda for the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) in the latest consultation on the EU copyright directive. The EFJ is putting forward important … read more




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

Threats  |  14.04.2017

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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

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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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Experts discuss how data can boost media freedom

ECPMF  |  06.04.2017

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by Jane Whyatt

Many violations of media freedom and other journalists’ rights go unreported across Europe. Journalists don’t like to write about their own problems, and in most cases are justified to be afraid of speaking out. But we can also "listen" to the data available.

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

Threats  |  05.04.2017

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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

Murdoch announces bid for Sky

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

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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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LuxLeaks appeal: Fine upheld, suspended jail sentence reduced for key whistleblower   

Legal  |  16.03.2017

LuxLeaks Whistleblower to Appeal the Guilty Verdict

by Ana Ribeiro

The Appeal Court of Luxembourg has halved the suspended jail sentence imposed in June 2016 on French whistleblower Antoine Deltour. The ECPMF supported Deltour’s appeal with €1,000, amid what became known as the LuxLeaks trial.

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Joint oral statement on the UN Human Rights Council on the deterioration of freedom of expression and media freedom in Turkey

ECPMF  |  15.03.2017

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND MEDIA FREEDOM IN TURKEY

UN Human Rights Council 34th Special Session
Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council's attention

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European Commission approves three-month ban of Russian TV station “RTR Planeta”

Legal  |  14.03.2017

by Jonas Rusche

The Lithuanian radio and television commission (RTLC) suspended the Russian language channel “RTR Planeta” for three months, from 21November 2016 to 21 February 2017. Four days before the suspension period was over, the European Commission (EC) decided that this action was in line … read more




TK: We are free

Legal  |  13.03.2017

Gianna Iacino

Since 27 January 2017, the Turkish Authority for Information Technology (BTK) blocks the access to a not yet operational website.

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DE: Higher Administrative Court affirms right to information versus Foreign Office

Legal  |  13.03.2017

Tobias Raab

On 30 December 2016, the Higher Administrative Court (Oberverwaltungsgericht, OVG) of Berlin-Brandenburg decided that, the German newspaper Tagesspiegel does have a right to access of information of the Federal Foreign Office regarding the legal assessment of the so called “Schmähgedicht“ (case no. OVG 6 S 29.16).

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DE: Duty to publish counterstatements on a blog

Legal  |  13.03.2017

Ingo Beckendorf

On 28 November 2016, the Higher Regional Court of Berlin (Kammergericht Berlin) decided, that articles published in a blog can be categorised as journalistic-editorial content and therefore, the party concerned can have a right to reply (10 W 173/16).

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DE: Lawful seizure of press-products

Legal  |  13.03.2017

Ingo Beckendorf

On 15 December 2016, the German Federal Court (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH) decided that, a publisher has no right to demand compensation for the seizure of a journal with reprinted Nazi-propaganda, when he himself contributed to the initiation of preliminary proceedings with his risky behaviour (case no.: III ZR 387/14).

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DE: Federal Supreme Court decides on statements on a satire show

Legal  |  13.03.2017

Ingo Beckendorf

On 10 January 2017, the German Federal Court (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH) has rejected the libel actions of two journalists of the German weekly newspaper “Die Zeit” against the public service broadcaster „Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen” (ZDF).

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CoE: The right to report about parliamentary sessions

Legal  |  13.03.2017

Gianna Iacino

On 9 February 2017, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) decided that the forcible removal of journalists from a parliamentary press gallery constitutes a violation of art. 10 European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

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CoE: Right of access to the internet

Legal  |  13.03.2017

Gianna Iacino

On 17 January 2017, the European Court for Human Rights (ECtHR) decided that, the right of access to information according to art. 10 European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) does not include a general right of access to the internet (application no: 21575/08).

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EU: ECtHR on elected officials and their right of free speech

Legal  |  13.03.2017

Tobias Raab

On 12 January 2017, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) decided that in an Ukrainian case of defamation proceedings, domestic courts had disregarded the high requirements of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to restrict political speech (case no. 19382/08)

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CoE: "Completely unknown“ actress

Legal  |  13.03.2017

Gianna Iacino

On 19 January 2017, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) decided that a newspaper does not need to pay damages for calling an actress "completely unknown“ (application no. 52137/12).

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BA: Commercial contracts for collection of RTV tax?

Legal  |  13.03.2017

Radenko Udovičić

On 20 December 2016, the Journalists Association and the Transportation and Communication Committee of the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly held a conference in the Parliament building on ways of providing a sustainable system of funding for the Public Broadcasting System.

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

Threats  |  13.03.2017

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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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#BeBoldForChange: Interview with Imane Rachidi

ECPMF  |  08.03.2017

Threats against women

by Jane Whyatt

Imane Rachidi, a reporter focusing on Europe as well as the Middle East, is based in Spain and the Netherlands and works in Arab countries. For International Women's Day, she tells the ECPMF about her painful experiences with sexism from sources and the public alike. 

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#BeBoldForChange: Interview with Alexandra Pascalidou

ECPMF  |  08.03.2017

Threats against women

by Jane Whyatt

For International Women's Day, the ECPMF has interviewed journalist Alexandra Pascalidou. She is a Swede of Greek heritage, a victim of and relentless fighter against hate speech in Sweden.

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#iComment: Verbal, written abuse as a troubling routine for women journalists

ECPMF  |  08.03.2017

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by Ana Ribeiro, Jonas Rusche and Jane Whyatt

Female journalists suffer a disproportionate amount of online abuse, hate speech and other harassment compared to their male colleagues. But this has only recently begun to be quantified.

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Declaration of joint international emergency press freedom mission to Turkey

ECPMF  |  07.03.2017

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Following an international press freedom mission to Turkey on 27 February to 2 March 2017, the undersigned participants, representing six international free expression watchdog organisations, express severe concern about media freedom and respect for human rights and warn that the country’s democracy is under threat.

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Pegida - now the good news

ECPMF  |  02.03.2017

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by Jane Whyatt

Journalists under attack from right wing populist groups in Germany are fighting back – with words as their weapons. Reporters in Dresden have devised a stage play to convince audiences that journalists are professionals and can be trusted.

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

Threats  |  28.02.2017

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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

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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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The ECPMF's cooperative idea as part of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage

ECPMF  |  23.02.2017

Map of Europe

by Katharina Mikulcak and Jane Whyatt

Germany's concept of cooperatives was included on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2016. The ECPMF is now an SCE (Societas Cooperativa Europaea), making its legal status match the values it has stood for from the start - a Europe-wide collaboration. … read more




Malta: “One-woman WikiLeaks” prevails in libel lawsuit by controversial local developer

Legal  |  22.02.2017

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by Ana Ribeiro

A Malta magistrate has dismissed a libel lawsuit against blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia. The judge argued that her June 2015 post linking a suspected drug operation to a local entrepreneur was in the public’s interest, and based on evidence rather than defamatory.

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UK plans law that could mean 14 years in jail for leakers

Legal  |  22.02.2017

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by Jane Whyatt

Britain’s Law Commission proposes a new law that could lead to long jail terms for leakers, journalists and whistleblowers accused of endangering national security. 

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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

Archives Croatia

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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ECPMF supports Albanian journalist facing €110,000 in damages for social media post

ECPMF  |  20.02.2017

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by Ana Ribeiro

In the latest instance of persecution against his media work in Albania, Artan Rama has been hit with a civil lawsuit demanding that he pay thousands of euros over a text published on his news programme’s Facebook page.

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

Threats  |  14.02.2017

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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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ECtHR rules in favour of journalists expelled from Macedonian parliament

Legal  |  13.02.2017

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by Ana Ribeiro

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled that forcibly removing journalists from the Macedonian parliament while they were covering a debate violated their freedom of expression. The court also decided the journalists’ right to a fair trial in the case had been breached.

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ECPMF financially supports case of Dutch freelancer thrown out of Turkey

ECPMF  |  09.02.2017

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by Ana Ribeiro

One may think that foreign journalists working in Turkey have more protection than local ones, due to diplomatic protocols. That is not necessarily so, as Dutch freelancer Fréderike Geerdink – whose case the ECPMF is supporting – can attest.

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Ireland: time to act on media ownership

ECPMF  |  02.02.2017

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by Jane Whyatt and Nora Wehofsits

Europe’s media freedom campaigners have sounded a warning over the state of Irish media. At the ECPMF’s Dublin debate #newsocracy2, Dr. Roderick Flynn (Dublin City University) outlined the high-risk factors: abuse of repressive libel laws, concentration of media ownership, and lack of access for minorities to mainstream media.

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Blockchain: From Bitcoin to news

ECPMF  |  02.02.2017

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by ECPMF staff

Blockchain, the method behind the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, allows for the transfer of data in a safe way without any central control point (like banks are for money). It might also pave new ways for journalism.

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#iComment: Journalism organisations join EU fight against hate speech

ECPMF  |  01.02.2017

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by Ana Ribeiro

In actively putting in mechanisms to quash hate speech in the public sphere, the European Commission (EC) is now funding campaigns by media organisations to educate journalists on how to build a fairer, more ethical narrative on different groups in light of the refugee crisis.

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Media ownership concentration and crisis in Romania

Threats  |  19.01.2017

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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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UK: BBC successfully defends itself against libel claims of an imam

Legal  |  12.01.2017

by Ingo Beckendorf

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the public service broadcaster in the United Kingdom, has won a libel lawsuit against an imam from London.

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Balkans in the lead in access to public information

ECPMF  |  12.01.2017

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Citizens in several Balkan countries have better access to public information than Germans, Danes and Austrians.

The new Danish government has promised to improve the law about access to public information. There is certainly room for improvement, as Denmark in an international benchmarking is far behind the leading countries. According to an analysis from the Canadian Centre for Law and Democracy we fi … read more




Turkey gets head of Kurdish news agency arrested in Belgium

Threats  |  11.01.2017

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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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Montenegro: Jovo Martinovic finally released from prison

ECPMF  |  05.01.2017

Jovo Martinovic

ECPMF welcomes the release of investigative journalist Jovo Martinovic. After almost one and a half year in detention, he will appear in court on 19 January 2017.

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Poles protest at new attacks on press freedom

Threats  |  20.12.2016

Protest Poland

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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UN: Resolution on the safety of Journalists

Legal  |  19.12.2016

Gianna Iacino

On 29 September 2016, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations has adopted unanimously a new 20-points Resolution on the safety of Journalists calling upon States not to interfere with the right to confidentiality of sources by interfering with encryption technology.

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RO: President challenges the cut of the radio- and TV fee

Legal  |  19.12.2016

Eugen Cojocariu

On 15 November 2016, the Romanian President Klaus Iohannis filed a motion with the Constitutional Court in Romania to declare unconstitutional the Law adopted on 25 October 2016 by the Romanian Chamber of Deputies (Lower chamber of the Parliament). The Law slashes 102 non-fiscal taxes and duties, among them the public radio and TV fees and the Environment Fee. The draft law, introduced by Social Democrats, had been adopted by the Romanian Senate … read more




LV: Association condemns criminal proceedings against a journalist

Legal  |  19.12.2016

Ieva Andersone

On 15 November 2016, the Latvian Association of Journalists published an announcement condemning the recently concluded criminal proceedings against a journalist for her investigative journalism activities.

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DE: „Tagesschau-App“ violates Interstate Broadcasting Treaty

Legal  |  19.12.2016

Tobias Raab

On 30 September 2016, the Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht, OLG) of Cologne decided that the so called „Tagesschau-App“ of the Public Service Broadcaster ARD, as it was available online on 15 June 2011, violates the Interstate Broadcasting Treaty (Case no. 6 U 188/12).

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CoE: Relevant, but not sufficient: Austria violates publisher’s rights

Legal  |  19.12.2016

Gianna Iacino,

On 25 October 2016, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) decided that the arguments of the Austrian Supreme Court (Oberster Gerichtshof, OGH) for the conviction of a publisher for identifying reporting, are relevant, but not sufficient (Appl. no. 60818/10). Therefore, the conviction of the publisher violates the freedom of expression according to art. 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

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Latvia: Association condemns criminal proceedings against a journalist

Legal  |  15.12.2016

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by Ieva Andersone

On 15 November 2016, the Latvian Association of Journalists published an announcement condemning the recently concluded criminal proceedings against a journalist for her investigative journalism activities.

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Poland: Censorship as a catalyst for political filmmaking?

Threats  |  14.12.2016

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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

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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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ECJ: Operator of public Wi-Fi not liable for copyright infringements

Legal  |  09.12.2016

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by Ingrida Milkaite

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that the owner of a shop offering the public a free Wi-Fi network is not liable for copyright infringements committed by users of that network.

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#iComment: Germany’s on- and offline crusade against hate speech

ECPMF  |  09.12.2016

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by Ana Ribeiro

After cyberhate-related raids last summer, German authorities are pressing on against hate speech, with Justice Minister Heiko Maas perhaps as their most publicly active voice. One of their main targets is Facebook, and their efforts are getting quite a bit of media attention at home and abroad.

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Football Leaks: Spanish judge requests to block revelations involving Real Madrid stars

Legal  |  08.12.2016

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by Ana Ribeiro

A Spanish judge is trying to get 12 European media outlets to stop publishing any information related to Football Leaks. The gigantic leak points to tax evasion and other alleged irregular financial practices and deals involving stars from Real Madrid, FC Chelsea and other European football clubs.

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Media in Serbia, someone says no

Threats  |  05.12.2016

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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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#iComment: Channeling the power of online masses to curb hate speech in Europe

ECPMF  |  01.12.2016

Stop funding Hate

by Ana Ribeiro

The battle over hate speech in the public sphere has reached a new level, as an online initiative hitting British tabloids in their pockets has gone viral and started to yield results. It is one of the movements seeking to cut off supply and demand from the hate wave by mobilising internet users. ECPMF spoke to the campaign’s founder about his aims.

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Quality journalism in times of crises | South East Europe Media Forum 2016

ECPMF  |  01.12.2016

South East Europe Media Forum 2016

By Anna Schmidt, SEEMO, and Michelle Trimborn

More than 400 Editors-in-Chief. media CEOs, media owners, experts and leading journalists from more than 25 countries gathered in Belgrade on 21 and 22 November to participate in this year’s South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF). The event, organised by the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), Central European Initiative (CEI), South East and Central Europe PR Organisation (SECEPRO), International Institute - Inte … read more




Turkish artist shows one day in the media landscape in Germany

ECPMF  |  28.11.2016

Banu Cennetoglu

by Jane Whyatt and Ana Ribeiro

Most local newspaper publishers do not think of their papers as works of art.

But when “collected, indexed and bound,” they can be “both a unique reference library and an art object in which a day’s news is the material and the subject,” according to Turkish artist Banu Cennetoglu. Contemporary Art Dail … read more




The European Court of Human Rights and Access to Information: Clarifying the Status, with Room for Improvement

Legal  |  23.11.2016

Building of the European Court of Human Rights

Nani Jansen Reventlow and Jonathan McCully*
On 8 November 2016, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights handed down a much-anticipated judgment on the right of access to information. While the Court was clearer and firmer than it had ever been before on the status of the right to access information as part of the right to freedom of expression guaranteed by Article 10 of the … read more




Kaufholz on fake news: “The first job is to learn how to fight lies”

ECPMF  |  23.11.2016

Kaufholz in Belgrad

by Jane Whyatt
ECPMF Chair Henrik Kaufholz has delivered a stirring call for Europe’s journalists to defend the truth. He urges them to challenge and counter the viral spread of fake news with well-researched facts.

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Apply for: The awards for excellence in journalism

Awards  |  18.11.2016

European Press Prize

The European Press Prize will welcome entries for the 2017 edition from the 1st of November until the 16th of December.

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LuxLeaks: ECPMF provides financial support to court appeal by key whistleblower

ECPMF  |  17.11.2016

Antoine Deltour

by Ana Ribeiro

The ECPMF will support the case of French whistleblower Antoine Deltour with €1000, as he appeals his conviction by the Correctional Tribunal of Luxembourg. Deltour is one of three major figures who exposed irregular fiscal practices implicating Luxembourgish authorities, in what became known as LuxLeaks.

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DOK Leipzig: Turkish filmmakers discuss oppression - and engaging in its combat

ECPMF  |  14.11.2016

Protest Turkey Filmmaker at DokLeipzig

By Ana Ribeiro

Five Turkish film experts and directors participated in one of the public “Talk Specials” at this year’s DOK Leipzig, the city’s longest-running film festival. They discussed how filmmakers tackling controversial topics suffer from and navigate the tightening censorship environment in Turkey.

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#iComment: British media tackle comments sections

ECPMF  |  04.11.2016

iComment_GB

by Ana Ribeiro

The vote on whether Britain should exit the European Union (notoriously nicknamed “Brexit”) has set off a wave of hate crimes in Britain. It represents the current nadir of a trend involving outspoken discrimination that sometimes goes beyond speech into physical violence. 

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ECPMF and media freedom community demand meeting with Turkish authorities

ECPMF  |  03.11.2016

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Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has added her weight to the protests from ECPMF and other media freedom organisations about the latest arrests in Turkey.
A coalition of fourteen independent organisations has signed a letter to the Turkish authorities demanding a meeting to urgently discuss the arrests of editors and journalists from the national newspaper Cumhuriyet.

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A tale of two Europes: Public Service Media and societies in transition

ECPMF  |  03.11.2016

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by ECPMF staff

The European continent is still subdivided into two parts, due to the legacy from recent history. Experiences in some Eastern European countries today remind us of the pressing problems regarding Public Service Media (PSM) amid a transformation not yet completed.

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DE: Republishing is a less serious infringement of fundamental rights than first publication

Legal  |  01.11.2016

by Christina Etteldorf
The German Federal Constitution Court (FCC) decided on July 28 2016 (1 BvR 335/14) that reporting on information, which is already known to a large audience, violates the general right of personality less than a new publication about the same theme. Thereby the court established new criteria, which will have meaning for the balancing between freedom of the press and protection of privacy in the future.

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UK: First practical application of the new public interest defence

Legal  |  01.11.2016

by Gianna Iacino
On 27 July 2016, the England and Wales High Court decided a libel case based on the new public interest defence, placing an emphasis on whether the defendant “reasonably believed” the matter was in the public interest (Case no.: HQ15D01507).

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LU: LuxLeaks, the Sequel

Legal  |  01.11.2016

by Annelies Vandendriessche
On 29 June 2016, the Correctional Tribunal of Luxembourg found Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet guilty of domestic theft, fraudulent access to a database, breach of professional secrecy, violation of trade secrets, and laundering and possession of illegally obtained material in the so-called LuxLeaks Trial. The trial concerned the large-scale leaking of confidential documents revealing tax deals concluded between large multination … read more




IT: Highest Court applies right to be forgotten directly to online-article

Legal  |  01.11.2016

by Tobias Raab
The Highest Court of Italy has decided that media have to delete older articles from their online archives in order to secure the right to privacy. The decision was based on a case about media coverage about a lawsuit against an owner of a restaurant on the website PrimaDaNoi.

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DE: Public interest justifies impairments of a trial by photographers

Legal  |  01.11.2016

by Ingo Beckendorf
The press is allowed to take photos of judges who take part in a criminal case in more then three hearings. As well, the defendants can be photographed, even if they show their discomfort to the press members. However, the presiding judge can order an anonymisation by the press as far as some of the defendants are concerned. That was decided by the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) on 9 September 2016 (case numbe … read more




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

Threats  |  28.10.2016

Leonard Kerquki

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

Nepszabadsag - front page

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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Turkey: State of emergency provisions violate human rights and should be revoked

ECPMF  |  24.10.2016

Erdogan

We, the undersigned organisations, recognise that the Turkish government has the right and responsibility to investigate the violent events of the July 2016 coup attempt and to bring all those responsible to justice. We also recognise that the immediate aftermath of the attempted coup is the type of exceptional circumstance in which a government could legitimately invoke a state of emergency but still has to comply with their human rights obligations.

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

Threats  |  21.10.2016

Fatima Manji

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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FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

Awards  |  20.10.2016

Mads Haahr

by Mads Haahr – An Essay
They wanted the Young European Federalists Denmark to write about freedom of the press. Yet they did not give them overall freedom to describe freedom of the press. They were therefore confined to a mere one thousand words in their description. So the eternally cantankerous youth pondered how you could ask for a description of freedom of the press and at th … read more




The politicisation of the media over Catalonia

Threats  |  18.10.2016

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

sexual harassment

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

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

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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

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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

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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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Rio Olympics: German reporter gets police protection after doping revelations

Threats  |  16.08.2016

Screenshot_Hajo Seppelt

By Ana Ribeiro

Hajo Seppelt’s continuing investigation into athletes’ doping practices has posed a potential danger to him during the Olympics in Brazil. The journalist, who works for German broadcaster ARD, has confirmed to Deutsche Welle … read more




Crowdfunding 101: "You need to get the PR machine going way before you launch"

Funding  |  12.08.2016

Jaruslav Vanuch

Interview by Ana Ribeiro

In light of its recent launch and freshly funded projects, ECPMF has caught up with Press Start Project Leader Jaroslav Valuch to talk about what makes a successful crowdfunding campaign, how journalists from around the world can make use of Press Start, and a few other related topics.

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Press Start: The first victories in a journalism crowdfunding platform

Funding  |  12.08.2016

Press start

By Ana Ribeiro

After a longer gestation time than expected, Press Start is now up and running. In the first round of crowdfunding via the platform, three out of five journalists - from Macedonia, Armenia and Congo - reached their funding goals within the initial period. 

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LuxLeaks Whistleblower to Appeal the Guilty Verdict

Threats  |  09.08.2016

LuxLeaks Whistleblower to Appeal the Guilty Verdict

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

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

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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

Sloboda trećima

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




Hostwriter offers prizes – and a bed for the night!

Awards  |  15.07.2016

Hostwriter website

by Jane Whyatt
Tracing the transnational journey of a gram of heroin from the field where the poppy grows to the end-user in an European capital is a difficult and dangerous task. It makes a great story. And it shows the power of collaborative journalism – even on a tiny budget.

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Dündar and Gül receive Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media

Awards  |  27.06.2016

Nikolai Säule

by Michelle Trimborn
This year’s “Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media” is awarded to Can Dündar and Erdem Gül. The award is sponsored by the Sparkasse Leipzig Media Foundation, ECPMF’s lead partner. The ECPMF has supported both laureates for months in their fight for media freedom in Turkey.

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FoX-Grant: Tell your story about violations of freedom of expression

Funding  |  17.06.2016

In cooperation with its partner organisation Journalismfund.eu, the ECPMF is happy to announce the second call for applications for the FoX-Grant. With € 15.000 in total, the grant wants to enable European journalists to tell their stories about violations of freedom of expression.

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Absolutely Swedish takes top TV prize

Awards  |  24.05.2016

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by Jane Whyatt in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
A Kurdish comedian has helped Sweden’s SVT to win the Prix CIRCOM 2016 - Europe’s top prize for television journalism – with ‘Absolut Svensk’.

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Investigative journalism: new comparative study on legal regulations across Europe

Legal  |  17.05.2016

Comparative Study on Investigative Journalism_EMR

As part of the work of ECPMF, its consortium partner EMR, the Institute of European Media Law, has conducted a study on the state of press and media freedom in Europe. It describes and analyses media freedom at the European and at the national level, and compares the different legal frameworks that are relevant for investigative journalism, for example state and trade secrets, surveillance and secret recording. Countries included in the study rank from shining examples of press freedom like F … read more




onthousandwords

Awards  |  29.04.2016

ECPMF Young Writers Contest

“One thousand words for freedom“

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Apply: CEI SEEMO Award for young and professional journalists from SEE

Awards  |  22.04.2016

The Central European Initiative (CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), in special partnership with the Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), have opened the Call for Applications 2016 of the CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism. The Call is divided into two categories:

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Call for the Busek SEEMO Award 2016

Awards  |  22.04.2016

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by SEEMO
The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) calls for nominations for the 2016 Dr Erhard Busek-SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe. Eligible to be nominated are journalists, editors, media executives, media experts, writers or journalism trainers in South, East and Central Europe who have contributed to promoting better understanding in the region and have worked towards ending minority-related problems, ethn … read more




#MakeAthensLive: “Getting paid as a journalist in Greece is innovative”

Funding  |  19.04.2016

Make Athens Live

A team of young journalists and photographers is building a new online news service called “AthensLive” to be a good example of independent journalism in Greece. After years of negative headlines about the Greek crisis, they finally want to tell their own story. With a recently launched crowdfunding campaign they want to reach the international audience and make their idea of an independent journalism network come to life. Already they have achieved pledges of almost fifteen thousand euro … read more




Warren Richardson wins World Press Photo of the Year Award

Awards  |  19.02.2016

Prize for photographer who was beaten up by Hungarian police – ECPMF investigates

by Balazs Nagy Navarro, leader of the ECPMF fact finding mission in Hungary
The black and white image of a small baby being passed by refugees under a razor-wire fence on the Hungary-Serbia border at Röszke won the prestigious World Press Photo award for 2015 as the Photo of 2015.

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The first FoX Grant Project is online!

Funding  |  13.01.2016

Screenshot Special Branch Files klein

by Jane Whyatt &  Jennifer Rauch

13th January 2016 marks the launch of the Special Branch Files Project – the first of the projects funded by ECPMF’s Freedom of Expression (Fox) grant offered by the Journalismfund. The website publishes declassified files c … read more




Awards for all - but watch out for the deadlines

Awards  |  08.01.2016

by Philllip Filipovski
The New Year brings a long list of new opportunities to win fame and fortune through journalism, investigations, or even social media. Many of the top prizes have deadlines in January and February. Here are some highlights, and there are many more at the website of our partner organisation www.journalismfund.eu

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Press Start: Crowdfunding to crowdfund

Funding  |  16.12.2015

Press Start Campaign web

Michelle Trimborn

Crowdfunding for journalists is not a new invention – but Press Start will give the concept a new twist. Instead of supporting single articles or a whole media outlet, the platform launched by Press Start will give donors the possibility to support single journalists for a series of articles and a period of around four months.

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The Concept of the enemy

ECPMF  |  15.12.2015

The Concept of the enemy

By Martin Hoffmann, ECPMF

The reproach of "lying press" echoes above right-wing demonstrations, through internet boards and publications for a year now. Parallel to the rise of right-wing populist movements that gained strong influence especially in Eastern Germany, journalists at work are attacked more and more frequently. The ECPMF Fact Finding Mission “Lying press” consisted of research into cases that happened in the last year all over Germany, in extended inter … read more




Money for Media: Crowdfunding as panacea?

Funding  |  11.12.2015

Michelle Trimborn

Journalism needs new ways of funding – not only to survive, but also to stay independent. In a new series of articles, the ECPMF will present projects of journalists and their way to fund independent news making.

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Extra application call for by-subject grants

Funding  |  16.10.2015

Extra application

We are pleased to announce an extra application call for 2015. It is a by-subject call, so only applications on specific topics are eligible. The deadline is Wednesday 25 November.

 

In addition to our regular European cross-border grants, we also have special, by-subject cross-border grants. These are grants reserved for journalism stories on a specific topic. The eligible topics this time around are:

He never wanted to be an activist – the system forced him into it

Awards  |  05.10.2015

Jafar Panahi-teaser

Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi is one of the winners of the 2014 Prize for Freedom and Future of the Media, awarded by the Media Foundation of the Sparkasse Leipzig. Panahi is not allowed to give interviews, make films, write screenplays or leave the country since he was sentenced to six years imprisonment for propaganda against the government.

 

So Jafar Panahi’s representative in Germany Nooshafarin Doostri-Lübbe answers ECPMF’s questions.

 

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FoX grant – a tough choice for the jury

Funding  |  16.09.2015

Picture for FoX grant story

Eighteen teams of investigative journalists have applied for the Freedom of Expression grant offered by the Journalismfund as part of the ECPMF’s 2015-16 project. They come from thirteen different countries, and they are bidding for a total of 72,007 euros from the fund.

 

The grant aims to enable teams of reporters working across national borders to document and expose cases where media freedom has been violated, or journalists have been prevented from doing their jobs by … read more




German prize for Poitras – Edward Snowden film-maker wins award for international understanding

Awards  |  15.09.2015

Laura Poitras

The award-winning American documentary film-maker Laura Poitras has been voted the winner of this year’s Marion Donhoff prize, decided by the readers of Die Zeit, Germany’s liberal weekly newspaper.

This latest award from German readers is given annually in memory of Countess Donhoff, one of the founders of Die Zeit. It not a prize for journalism, but for increasing international understanding and reconciliation.

 

Poitras, who lived until recently in Berlin, film … read more




‘Truth cannot be jailed’

Awards  |  14.09.2015

Leipzig Media Award 2015 - Jafar Panahi and Nedim Sener Muzaffer Kantarci

Leipzig honours independent filmmaker from Iran and investigative journalist from Turkey

Two courageous men from countries where media freedom is severely restricted – Iran and Turkey - are honoured with this year’s Prize for the Freedom and future of the Media, awarded by the Media Foundation of the Sparkasse Leipzig.

Details will be announced on 8th October during the first annual European Media Freedom Conference held by the European Centre for Pr … read more




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