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End of state of emergency must be end of crack down on journalists, President Erdoğan!

Press Releases  |  18.07.2018

End of state of emergency must be end of crack down on journalists, President Erdoğan! | ECPMF

On Wednesday night, 18 July 2018, Turkey's two-year-long state of emergency comes to an end. But there is no relief. There is just ongoing oppression, says ECPMF's Managing Director Lutz Kinkel.

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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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Politkovskaya murder inquiry ‘inadequate and violated human rights’ – top court says

Legal  |  17.07.2018

Politkovskaya murder inquiry ‘inadequate and violated human rights’ – top court says | ECPMF

By Emil Weber

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled on 17 July 2018 that the investigation into the murder of prominent Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya violated the European Convention on Human Rights and was characterised by procedural inadequacies.

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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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Why we are so passionate about press freedom

ECPMF  |  12.07.2018

Why we are so passionate about press freedom | ECPMF

ECPMF's Jane Whyatt gave a stunning presentation at the TEDx in Leipzig talking about the power of attraction of press and media freedom. Here is the video!

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Fritt Ord Foundation joins IJ4EU fund as partner

ECPMF  |  11.07.2018

Fritt Ord Foundation joins IJ4EU fund as partner | ECPMF

Norway-based foundation provides additional €26,000 in support to investigative projects.

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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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ECPMF Fact-Finding Mission to Bulgaria: a toxic environment for free press?

Press Releases  |  03.07.2018

ECPMF Fact-Finding Mission to Bulgaria: a toxic environment for free press? | ECPMF

In between all the international applause for the outgoing Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the European Union, we urge the EU institutions to press Bulgaria to uphold the rule of law. Bulgarian authorities must restore freedom of expression and a free press.

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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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Europe's top court backs Germany: murderers have no right to be forgotten

Legal  |  03.07.2018

Europe's top court backs Germany: murderers have no right to be forgotten | ECPMF

by Michael J. Oghia 

German courts were right to refuse permission for two convicted murderers to have their names and crimes deleted from media archives and search engine indexes. This is a crucial case for press and media freedom....

            

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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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Top court rewards Romanian journalist for publishing leaked military files

Legal  |  02.07.2018

Top court rewards Romanian journalist for publishing leaked military files | ECPMF

By Emil Weber

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued a judgement on June 26thprotecting an investigative journalist’s right to access, distribute and discuss leaked military files related to the activities of a Romanian unit in Afghanistan. 

 

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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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