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Ireland: mega-merger is called off!

ECPMF  |  16.06.2017

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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

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

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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

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

ECPMF  |  23.02.2017

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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




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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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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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




Montenegro: Jovo Martinovic finally released from prison

ECPMF  |  05.01.2017

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

ECPMF  |  01.12.2016

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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

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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

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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




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

ECPMF  |  23.11.2016

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

ECPMF  |  17.11.2016

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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

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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

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

ECPMF  |  24.10.2016

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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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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




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