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

Threats  |  27.04.2017


by Ana Ribeiro

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

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

Threats  |  18.04.2017


by Ana Ribeiro

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

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

Threats  |  14.04.2017

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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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FYROM: 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 Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

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

Threats  |  28.02.2017


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

Threats  |  21.02.2017

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

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

Threats  |  14.02.2017

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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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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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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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Poles protest at new attacks on press freedom

Threats  |  20.12.2016

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Jane Whyatt

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

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Poland: Censorship as a catalyst for political filmmaking?

Threats  |  14.12.2016

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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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Media in Serbia, someone says no

Threats  |  05.12.2016



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

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

Threats  |  28.10.2016

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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

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by Sami Mawed

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

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

Threats  |  21.10.2016

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By Ingrida Milkaite

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

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The politicisation of the media over Catalonia

Threats  |  18.10.2016

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

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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

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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


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



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



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

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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

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

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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

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