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Article 13 – scrap it!

Threats  |  20.10.2017

Article 13 - scrap it!

by Jane Whyatt

The number thirteen is ’unlucky for some’ according to an old English superstition. And Article 13 of the new Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (DSMD) law currently under consideration will bring unlucky consequences, according to legal experts and media freedom campaigners.

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"A black day for freedom of expression"

Threats  |  20.10.2017

Petra Reski_2

by Petra Reski

The investigative journalist and author Petra Reski protests in her blog that the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights represents an attack on freedom of expression. Its ruling hinges on the fact that she used internal documents from the Criminal Investigator’s Office as the source for her story. And Europe’s highest court has now decided – with one dissenting judge – that that is not good enough and a journalist must do his or he … read more




Gemeinsame Erklärung: Internationale Pressefreiheits-Organisationen verurteilen den Mord an maltesischer Journalistin

Threats  |  19.10.2017

Daphne Caruana Galizia

Please find the English version here

16 Pressefreiheits-Organisationen verurteilen den Mord an der investigativen Journalistin Daphne Caruana Galizia und fordern eine sofortige, unabhängige Untersuchung der Umstände ihres Todes.

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Daphne Caruana Galizia murder: ECPMF urges Maltese government to launch independent inquiry

Threats  |  17.10.2017

Daphne Caruana Galizia

ECPMF strongly condemns the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The Maltese investigative journalist who was part of the investigative team researching the Panama Papers, was killed by a car bomb on Monday afternoon.

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Conference review: "Defending journalists under threat"

Threats  |  16.10.2017

ECPMF conference Defending journalists under threat

The contemporary threats to journalists extend to all reaches in media, and in some cases, threaten media freedom – reports "Netopia" from the ECPMF conference “Defending journalists under threat” in Le … read more




Hope and despair: moral injury in media workers

Threats  |  11.10.2017

Hope and despair, Will Vassilopoulos

In 2015 Canadian-Greek journalist Will Vassilopoulos was reporting on the refugee crisis at Lesbos and Idomeni for AFP. At ECPMF's 2017 conference "Defending journalists under threat" he talked about how what he witnessed caused 'moral injury' in him and his colleagues. Part of his impressive presentation was this film.

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Cyprus journalists make peace glossary

Threats  |  11.10.2017

Cyprus journalists make peace glossary

by Ethical Journalism Network

Journalists in Cyprus have launched a ground-breaking programme to help break an information impasse that has been in place since Turkish military action in the north led to the division of the country in 1974.

Leaders of journalists’ unions and the two media councils, responsible for self-regulation of media on both sides of the divide, met in the demilitarised buffer zone that separates the country’s Greek and Turkish-speaking … read more




Romania: let the press reach readers!

Threats  |  10.10.2017

Bucharest

By Sever Voinescu, the article was originally published by ECPMF's partner Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa

Starting from Bucharest newsstands, the closing down of distribution channels of newspapers and magazines represents one of the main threats agains press freedom in Romania. A comment.

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Croatia pressure on science writers

Threats  |  06.10.2017

Mićo Tatalović

By Jessica Jacques

Journalists criticising Croatian science and higher education institutions, namely declining performance at most of them, are facing abuse and being accused of ’destroying the national order’.

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#iComment Catalonia: free speech takes a beating

Threats  |  06.10.2017

iComment Catalonia

by Jaz Allen- Sutton

ECPMF’s correspondent Jaz Allen Sutton is daily witnessing the violence and repression of press freedom surrounding the Catalonia independence referendum and has written this personal account...

Under Franco there was no freedom of speech. There was no media freedom and no protection of human rights. Despite the popular assumption that Spain has left its authoritarian past well behind, recent events in Catalonia suggest … read more




Catalonia: journalists beaten and TV accused of bias in referendum clashes

Threats  |  02.10.2017

Catalonian mural

By Jessica Jacques

Reporters have been beaten along with people attempting to vote in Catalonia’s independence referendum, which had been declared illegal by the Spanish government.

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Hamza Yalçın: “Freedom of expression doesn’t exist anywhere at the moment”

Threats  |  30.09.2017

Hamza Yalçin

By Jaz Allen-Sutton

Hamza Yalçın is free. After two months in Spanish prison the government decided against extraditing the Turkish-Swedish journalist to Turkey. How does he feel? What are his plans?

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Hamza Yalçin – free, but not yet safe

Threats  |  28.09.2017

Hamza Yalcin

by Jane Whyatt

Europe’s media freedom community is celebrating the release from jail of Turkish-Swedish journalist Hamza Yalçin. The fifty-nine year old Swedish-Turkish citizen has been held in the Brians prison near Barcelona since he was arrested on August 3rd at the airport.

 

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Serbs mourn 'death of independent media' and call for solidarity from press freedom community

Threats  |  28.09.2017

Serbian media in blackout protest

by Jane Whyatt

Marking the closure of the independent newspaper Vranjske novine, twenty eight Serbian campaign groups are making 28th September a day of “official mourning“ with a temporary media blackout.

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Abdulhamit Bilici: how Turkey lost its largest newspaper

Threats  |  27.09.2017

Abdulhamit Bilici at his newspaper before it was closed down

This article by Claire Callahan, Amanda Ghiloni, and Cami Santa Anna was published first in the "WPWire" 

Abdulhamit Bilici was the editor-in-chief of "Zaman", the largest newspaper in Turkey, before it was taken over by the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Fired and receiving threats of imprisonment … read more




Bodyguard for BBC editor facing threats

 

Threats  |  27.09.2017

Laura Kuenssberg

by Jessica Jacques

BBC Political Editor Laura Kuennsberg has been allocated a bodyguard by the Corporation while she is reporting from the 2017 Labour Conference in Brighton, UK, because of threats from online trolls. They threaten her with gender-based violence and accuse her of “unfair coverage“ of the party and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn. The Times has published a photo of Kuenssberg, the BBC’s first female political editor, with a man who is a former soldier an … read more




"As an observer, the hardest thing is witnessing the lack of justice"

Threats  |  27.09.2017

Silivri prison

Turkey Programme Officer Georgia Nash of London-based human rights campaign Article 19 has been present at a lot of trials against journalists in Turkey. In an interview with the ECPMF she talks about the lack of justice, sleepy soldiers and strong defendants.

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Khadija Ismayililova wins ’Alternative Nobel Prize’

Threats  |  26.09.2017

Khadija Ismayililova

By Jane Whyatt

From a prison cell in Azerbaijan to a multi-award-winning journalist, Ms Ismayilova has come a long way. The Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reporter was jailed for seven and a half years after using the Panama Papers leaks to identify corrupt practices in her country’s government. The investigation became kn … read more




Small win in 'Cumhuriyet' trial: Kadri Gürsel released

Threats  |  26.09.2017

Kadri Gürsel, Ahmet Sik and Murat Sabuncu

By Jessica Jacques

A Turkish court has ruled to release "Cumhuriyet" journalist Kadri Gürsel pending trial on October 31st 2017. This is a small win in the long battle for the freedom of the 17 Cumhuriyet journalists and executives. Four of them remain in custody.

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Poland: now the good news

Threats  |  25.09.2017

Poland: and now te good news

By Jessica Jacques

The legal assistance and support offered by the ECPMF to three Polish journalists has produced a positive result. Two journalists, Wojciech Dorosz and Marcin Majchrowski, officially restarted their work at Polish Radio on Thursday 21st September after a settlement was reached in court.

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Catalonia: severe press freedom violations in clashes over independence referedum

Threats  |  25.09.2017

Catalonian mural

By Jessica Jacques

Tensions are running high in the Spanish region of Catalonia, as plans for a referendum on independence are being challenged by the state authorities. Reports are also emerging of press freedom violations: Police confiscated the phone of a journalist who was reporting on a referendum event.

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Dilek Yücel: "We are fighting an invisible monster"

Threats  |  25.09.2017

Dilek and Deniz Yücel

For seven and a half months now, the German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel is held in solitary confinement in a Turkish prison. In a very personal interview his wife Dilek Mayatürk-Yücel talks about her visits, letters to her husband and her outlook for the future.

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International observer denounces Turkey’s "show trials"

Threats  |  21.09.2017

Silivri prison

By Jane Whyatt

In a court room inside Istanbul’s Silivri prison two hearings have been held of journalists accused of “supporting terrorism“ this week, as in supporting the former AKP associate Fetö, now fallen from grace.

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Top Spanish lawyer offers pro bono defence to save journalist from extradition to Turkey

Threats  |  19.09.2017

Lawyer Baltasar Garzón

By Jane Whyatt

There’s new development in the case of Turkish-Swedish journalist Hamza Yalçin. He is behind bars at Brians prison near Barcelona as the Spanish government is deciding on his future. The Turkish government demands his extradition on charges of “supporting terrorism“ and "insulting the president". Now the famous Spanish human rights lawyer, Baltasar Garzón, has offered to defend … read more




Global journalist's death toll rises – again

Threats  |  14.09.2017

Report Killed journalists

By Henrik Kaufholz

2,294 journalists have been killed worldwide during the period 2000 – 2016, and the trend is increasing. That’s according to a whole new study from the Media Governance and Industries Research Lab at Vienna University, which is larger than in all previous overviews by non governmental organisations (NGOs) working with journalists.

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Second 'Cumhuriyet' hearing: no release brings no relief

Threats  |  12.09.2017

Cumhuriyet trial, 2nd hearing

By ECPMF

The second hearing in the 'Cumhuriyet' trial against members of Turkey's newspaper 'Cumhuriyet was held on Monday in a small courtroom at Silivri prison. Less space for observers, no phones, and no release.

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Interview with Klaus Davi: “Calabria is a gold mine and only I am digging”

Threats  |  12.09.2017

Klaus Davi

This article first appeared on the website of ECPMF's partner Ossigeno per l'informazione, edited by Jessica Jacques, ECPMF 

Klaus Davi is a renowned journalist and media expert in Italy. ECPMF’s partner Ossigeno per l’informazione has interviewed him about his work in the mafia hotspot and home of the ‘Ndrangheta, Calabria, Souther … read more




Russia: critical journalist collects prize, then flees the country

Threats  |  11.09.2017

Yulia Latynina

By Jane Whyatt

Threats against vocal Putin critic and journalist Yulia Latynina have been building up for months. Now they have come to a head, and she has fled her homeland of Russia. In a tweet she cited ’death threats’ and used the hashtag #Putin.

 

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What next for Hamza Yalçin?

Threats  |  11.09.2017

Hamza Yalcin

Turkish-Swedish journalist Hamza Yalçin is still in jail in Spain awaiting the Spanish government's decision whether to extradite him to Turkey or not.

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Happy birthday, Deniz Yücel!

Threats  |  10.09.2017

Happy birthday, Deniz Yücel

By ECPMF staff

For 209 days now, the German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel has been in prison in Turkey. Because he did his job. Today is his birthday.

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Journalism on trial: 'Cumhuriyet' case continues

Threats  |  08.09.2017

Musa Kart

By Gülsin Harman, a freelance journalist and International Press Institute (IPI) member in Turkey

The case against 'Cumhuriyet' newspaper represents a persistent crackdown on press freedom in Turkey, undermining the rule of law and an exhausting injustice. It has become in itself a completely accurate representation the of current state of affairs in Turkey for any adequate opposition or eagerness to pursue journalism.

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The "Cumhuriyet" trial: background and resources

Threats  |  05.09.2017

Scene from the "Cumhuriyet" trial

This article was first published at the website of ECPMF's partner the International Press Institute

On Monday, 11th September, the trial of journalists from the independent daily newspaper "Cumhuriyet" is set to resume in Turkey. The defendants face up to 43 years in prison on charges over paper's news coverage and criticism of the government policy. 

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An open letter by Deniz Yücel's wife: "Open the door, it’s me!"

Threats  |  01.09.2017

Dilek and Deniz Yücel

by Dilek Mayatürk Yücel

Deniz Yücel, the Turkey correspondent of national German newspaper "Die Welt", has been held in solitary confinement for 200 days now at Istanbul’s Silivri jail. He is accused of “belonging to a terrorist organisation“, “misuse of data“ and “terrorist propaganda“. His wife Dilek Mayatürk Yücel is allowed to visit him only once a week, on Mondays. She has written an open letter urging the media freedom community, an … read more




Bulgaria: outrage as journalist loses job after revealing secret arms trade to Syria

Threats  |  01.09.2017

Dilyana Gaytandzhieva

By Jane Whyatt

Investigative journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva is not at work today. She’s posting her investigation into illegal Bulgarian arms smuggling on Facebook and YouTube instead of in the pages of "Trud", the newspaper that used to employ her.

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Journalist Deniz Yücel: 200 days in Turkish prison - every single day is one too many

Threats  |  01.09.2017

Deniz Yücel: 200 days in Turkish prison

German-Turkish Journalist Deniz Yücel has been imprisoned in solitary confinement for 200 days now, charged with "belonging to a terrorist organisation" and "terrorist propaganda" - without a trial.

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Ukraine deports and bans Russian journalist, causing outrage

Threats  |  31.08.2017

Anna Kurbatova, russian journalist

By Jessica Jacques

Anna Kurbatova, a reporter for Russia’s Channel 1 news who was working in Ukraine, was detained and quickly deported to Russia by the Ukranian Security Service (SBU). She is accused of anti-Ukrainian propaganda and a ‘smear campaign’ against the country.

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“Interpol must not be misused to detain critical writers” – EP Chair warns Turkey

Threats  |  30.08.2017

Can Brians Prison, Spain

By Jessica Jacques

Turkish-Swedish writer Hamza Yalçın is still in jail in Spain waiting for his case to be heard. He is due to be extradited to Turkey where he will face trial on "terrorism" charges" and “insulting President Erdoğan“. But he has won important political backing.

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Balkans: Police react promptly when camera crews attacked in Skopje and Croatia

Threats  |  30.08.2017

Balkans: police act promptly on attacks

by Jane Whyatt

A man has physically attacked and insulted two journalists at Slavonski Brod in Croatia, where they were reporting on a shooting that had left one person seriously injured. Visnja Ruzojcic from the public service broadcaster HRT and local news portal SB Plus reporter Aleksandra Primorac were beaten and insulted, and the man also tried to grab Ruzojc … read more




EU calls time on Poland's Rule of Law

Threats  |  28.08.2017

map of Poland

By Jessica Jacques

The deadline has passed on the European Commission’s final warning to Poland, in an effort to preserve the Rule of Law in the country. The clock is now ticking on whether the Commission will now trigger the so-called "nuclear option" – Article 7.

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Georgia: German embassy should speed up visa process

Threats  |  25.08.2017

Javid Abdullajew

(This article was first published in German on the website of Reporters Without Borders Germany)

UPDATE: Meanwhile, due to the lack of progress in their visa applications to the German embassy in Tbilisi, Javid Abdullajev and Fatima Karimova have withdrawn their requests.

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Wrap-up: on the trail of media freedom in Europe - “We must feel worried“

Threats  |  25.08.2017

Daniel Bouhs and Jörg Wagner

(Hier geht es zur deutschen Version)

In July, Daniel Bouhs and Jörg Wagner have driven 7500 kilometres in their search for press freedom in Europe. Guided by the annual rankings published by Reporters Without Borders they chose their target destinations: Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary an … read more




"The most dangerous are the threats from politicians” - press freedom in Poland

Threats  |  24.08.2017

Protests against journalists in Poland

by Jessica Jacques, ECPMF

The ECPMF is investigating reports of hate speech and disrespect towards journalists at broadcaster Polish Television TVP. The TV network has been the subject of intense discussions about its political agenda since the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party came to power in 2015. 

 

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Fazit: Medienfreiheit in Europa - "Wir müssen beunruhigt sein"

Threats  |  24.08.2017

Daniel Bouhs and Jörg Wagner

(Please find here the English version)

Die deutschen Reporter Daniel Bouhs und Jörg Wagner sind im Juli 7500 Kilometer kreuz und quer durch Europa gefahren auf der Suche nach der Pressefreiheit. Inspiriert vom "Reporter o … read more




Istanbul: nine more journalists arrested

Threats  |  23.08.2017

ByLock Logo

By Antonella Napoli/ translated from Italian by Jessica Jacques

(Please find here the Italian version)

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 p … read more




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 refugee crisis damaged journalists' health

Threats  |  14.08.2017

Hannah Storm

by Jane Whyatt and Jessica Jacques

As a reporter, what should you do when, while covering the refugee crisis in Lesbos for example, you find yourself confronted with people in desperate need of everything? How deeply do you get involved? Do you give money? Do you help finding a new home? Actually, do you put down your camera or carry on filming, so that the pictures might provoke a political solution? Daily dilemmas such as this take a toll on journalis … 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




"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

Serbian Flag

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

statement

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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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

Yulia 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

Logos NGOs

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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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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"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




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

Threats  |  10.06.2017

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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#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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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




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