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The two-faced approach to a journalist murder

Threats  |  19.09.2018

The two-faced approach to a journalist murder | ECPMF

A commentary by Iris Rohmann

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

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Why two journalists investigating EU funds fraud were arrested in Bulgaria

Threats  |  14.09.2018

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

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

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Copyright? It’s complicated...

Legal  |  12.09.2018

Copyright? It’s complicated... | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

Strong views and heated debate greeted the new EU Copyright Directive. Journalists, publishers, musicians and film-makers are celebrating. But internet libertarians and Big Tech  giants on the other hand denounce the new measure, and especially Clause 13, as a so-called “censorship machine“.

 

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Press freedom violations under scrutiny as MEPs vote on Hungary

Threats  |  12.09.2018

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

By Jane Whyatt

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

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"Hungary's a graveyard for press freedom"

Press Releases  |  12.09.2018

(deutsche Version weiter unten)

(Leipzig) The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom urges the European Parliament to vote for initiating the section 7 mechanism against Hungary. The reasons are many – one of them is the hostile environment for journalists created by the Fidesz government.

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EU's top court rules photographer must consent to each new publication of photo

Legal  |  10.09.2018

EU's top court rules photographer must consent to each new publication of photo | ECPMF

By Emil Weber 

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has issued an important judgment, protecting the right of a photographer to communicate his or her work to the public. The ruling on 7 August 2018 further clarifies intellectual property rights in relation to digitally published and freely accessible work in the European Union.

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

Threats  |  06.09.2018

Words matter -

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

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Chemnitz: "Lying press' is a term of abuse not a criticism of the media"

Press Releases  |  03.09.2018

Chemnitz:

(Die deutsche Version finden Sie weiter unten)

At the Chemnitz demonstrations aggression against journalists has reached a new intensity. The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) condemns most strongly every single one of the attacks.

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

Threats  |  31.08.2018

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

by Jane Whyatt

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




A permanent state of emergency by any name is no substitute for respecting human rights

ECPMF  |  28.08.2018

A permanent state of emergency by any name is no substitute for respecting human rights | ECPMF

Joint statement

We the undersigned organizations call on Turkey's government to follow through on its promise to end the state of emergency by withdrawing recently passed legislation that replicates many of the state of emergency's special provisions.

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Daphne's death: demands grow for public inquiry

Threats  |  28.08.2018

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

by Jane Whyatt

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

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Turkey: Applications are now open for the ECPMF Journalists-in-Residence Programme

Press Releases  |  24.08.2018

Turkey: Applications are now open for the ECPMF Journalists-in-Residence Programme | ECPMF

(LEIPZIG) The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) offers practical solidarity to journalists resident in Turkey. It extends its Journalists-in-Residence programme to up to three more journalists from Turkey and is now accepting applications. (Deadline: 23 September 2018)

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Censoring Turkey one tweet at a time

Threats  |  23.08.2018

Censoring Turkey one tweet at a time | ECPMF

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

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




Police chief: Kuciak murder will be solved

Threats  |  20.08.2018

Police chief: Kuciak murder will be solved | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt and Lucie Sykorovà

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

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re:start democratic discourse – ECPMF and RPDI launch a new media literacy training project for rural Ukraine

Press Releases  |  17.08.2018

re:start democratic discourse – ECPMF and RPDI launch a new media literacy training project for rural Ukraine | ECPMF

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and the Regional Press Development Institute (RPDI) in Kyiv are launching the project 're:start democratic discourse' in the Southeast of Ukraine. Its main purpose is to improve the professional skills of media workers and the media literacy of the population.

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