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#iComment: Ljiljana Smajlovic responds to attacks in Serbia

Threats  |  16.01.2019

#iComment: Ljiljana Smajlovic responds to attacks in Serbia | ECPMF

by Ljiljana Smajlovic

I like to think the murder of Slavko Curuvija in 1999 was a tragedy, but that the campaign Politika’s publishing house is presently conducting against me, under the same pretext it used when it targeted Curuvija twenty years ago, is nothing but a farce.

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Serbian journalists under pressure as protests swell

Threats  |  16.01.2019

Serbian journalists under pressure as protests swell | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Thousands of Serbs have been out on the streets again for the seventh Saturday running. They are protesting against propaganda, pressure on independent journalists and President Aleksandar Vucic’s strongman style of government.

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Romania: how GDPR is used to threaten investigative journalists

Threats  |  07.01.2019

Romania: how GDPR is used to threaten investigative journalists | ECPMF

by Dr Raluca Radu

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was meant to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy. It wasn’t meant to be used as a tool to abuse journalists. However, this is exactly what seems to have happened in Romania. 

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Interview: Storms ahead for Romania's Council of EU presidency

Threats  |  07.01.2019

Interview: Storms ahead for Romania's Council of EU presidency | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

If the next six months were a flight, the pilot would be warning now of turbulence ahead. Romania holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU – the first time ever that the South East European nation has held this rotating office. On a warning from Strasbourg, with politicians accused of corruption clamouring for amnesty and press freedom under threat, Romania must steer the EU through Brexit and the parliamentary elections. 

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Massive support for investigative journalist accused of 'betraying trade secrets'

Threats  |  19.12.2018

Massive support for investigative journalist accused of 'betraying trade secrets' | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

German investigative reporter Oliver Schröm faces a possible three years in jail just for doing his job by exposing wrongdoing on a massive scale. 

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Blinkered in Budapest: government-friendly media gang up to control markets

Threats  |  12.12.2018

Blinkered in Budapest: government-friendly media gang up to control markets | ECPMF

A commentary by Pal Daniel Reyni 

It only took a few hours to create the biggest ever media conglomerate in the history of free Hungarian media. On 28th November 2018, most media owners who support the Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz party simultaneously gifted (!) all their assets to a newly-formed foundation, led by Gábor Liszkay.

 

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Maltese state official verbally abuses human rights advocate at the UN in part of a growing trend of harassment of human rights defenders

Threats  |  11.12.2018

<strong>Maltese state official verbally abuses human rights advocate at the UN in part of a growing trend of harassment of human rights defenders</strong> | ECPMF

Representatives of the Maltese government failed to save the life of Daphne Caruana Galizia, they are blocking a public inquiry into her assassination and keep intimidating her family. Now they are verbally abusing international civil society representatives.

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Camera crews in the firing line as France’s ’yellow vests’ clash with police

Threats  |  11.12.2018

Camera crews in the firing line as France’s ’yellow vests’ clash with police | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

As demonstrators in yellow vests have clashed with police across France a number of photojournalists have been attacked and injured as they tried to cover the protests. CPJ offers safety guidelines for journalists.

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Azerbaijani journalist detained for five months ‘without justification’

Threats  |  10.12.2018

Azerbaijani journalist detained for five months ‘without justification’ | ECPMF

By Emil Weber 

Award-winning journalist Seymur Mashgul oglu Haziyev was deprived of freedom for nearly five months between 2014 and 2015 without justification, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled on 6. December 2018. 

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Three strikes and you're out, Malta!

Threats  |  05.12.2018

Three strikes and you're out, Malta! | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Malta's government must hold a public inquiry into the killing of investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia – or answer to the European Court of Human Rights. That's the expert opinion of lawyers who have investigated the local murder inquiry and found a number of failings

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Turkey media, between European solidarity and tolerance

Threats  |  29.11.2018

Turkey media, between European solidarity and tolerance | ECPMF

By Fazila Mat, OBCT, the article was first published here

The difficult situation of Turkey's press told by well-known journalists, the effects of European solidarity initiatives, and the prospects for the future. A report on the IPI event "Turkey's Media Under Siege".

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Malta: doubts about reports on investigation success in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder case

Threats  |  19.11.2018

Malta: doubts about reports on investigation success in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder case | ECPMF

By Iris Rohmann

Maltese investigators say they are closing in on the masterminds of the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder. But there are contradictory reports.

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Ireland repeals blasphemy law - who's next?

Threats  |  12.11.2018

Ireland repeals blasphemy law - who's next? | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt and Ronan Fahy

Oh my God! OMG is such a common utterance in social media that no-one even notices it any more. But taking in vain the name of God – anyone’s God – is still a crime in many European countries. 

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Demonising the media: Threats to journalists in Europe

Threats  |  09.11.2018

Demonising the media: Threats to journalists in Europe | ECPMF

Burned in effigy. Insulted. Spat at. Discredited by their nation’s leaders. Assaulted. Sued. Death threats. Assassinations. This is the landscape faced by journalists throughout Europe over the past four years. ECPMF partner Mapping Media Freedom presents its new report.

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Matthew Caruana Galizia: "ever since then it’s just been like one long day"

Threats  |  01.11.2018

Matthew Caruana Galizia: ever since then it’s just been like one long day" | ECPMF">

One year after the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder the investigation in Malta is stalled. This is an in-depth interview with her son the journalist Matthew Caruana Galizia speaking about the toxic price of impunity, the day of the murder and the future of his home country.

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