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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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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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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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'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




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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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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Romania: riot police under fire for attacking journalists and protestors

Threats  |  16.08.2018

Romania: riot police under fire for attacking journalists and protestors | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

EU officials and media freedom campaigners are condemning the actions of Romanian police during anti-corruption demonstrations in Bucharest.

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How Czech journalists survive in Babisistan

Threats  |  13.08.2018

How Czech journalists survive in Babisistan | ECPMF

by Lucie Sykorova

 “Journalists are dung, faeces and cesspits, hyenas and stupid people who try to  brainwash us and they should be liquidated.“ Czech people have already heard such public statements for years from the president Milos Zeman. As Reporters Without Borders notes,  President Milos Zeman brandished a dummy Kalashnikov rifle inscribed with the word … read more




Forbes Russia: staff revolts against removal of article

Threats  |  03.08.2018

Forbes Russia: staff revolts against removal of article | ECPMF

The ECPMF is concerned about the editorial independence at Forbes magazine Russia. Editors are protesting against their own publisher as they accuse him of removing a critical article from the print version.

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Malta: anti-corruption activist defies 'government-backed' online hate campaign

Threats  |  18.07.2018

Malta: anti-corruption activist defies 'government-backed' online hate campaign | ECPMF

By Emil Weber

Maltese anti-corruption activist, Tina Urso, feels she has been targeted by a government- backed name-and-shame online campaign in recent months. She, her lawyer and media and human rights activists criticise the authorities responsible for investigating the threats.

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Good news from Turkey: partial acquittal for Erdem Gül

Threats  |  16.07.2018

Good news from Turkey: partial acquittal for Erdem Gül | ECPMF

Turkish journalist Erdem Gül has been acquitted of charges of 'publishing state secrets,' Turkish media reported on July 16. Yet, another trial is still pending.

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Austria in EU hotseat with broadcasters in uproar over ’political muzzle’

Threats  |  10.07.2018

Austria in EU hotseat with broadcasters in uproar over ’political muzzle’ | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

As Austria assumes the Presidency of the European Council, its own public service broadcasters are protesting about alleged ’political censorship’. And opposition politicians fear the TV licence fee may be used as a financial weapon to attack the broadcaster’s political neutrality.

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