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LuxLeaks verdict gives the wrong signal for potential whistleblowers

Archive  |  29.06.2016

LuxLeaks verdict gives the wrong signal for potential whistleblowers | ECPMF

Suspended jail sentences for whistleblowers (12 months and 1.500 EUR penalty for Antoine Deltour and 9 months and 1.000 EUR penalty for Raphaël Halet) and acquittal for the investigative journalist (Edouard Perrin), that’s the verdict of Luxembourg court in the LuxLeaks case.

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#FreeErol: Joint protest in Berlin to support imprisoned Turkish activists

Archive  |  28.06.2016

#FreeErol: Joint protest in Berlin to support imprisoned Turkish activists | ECPMF

by Katharina Mikulcak
On Monday, 27 June, the ECPMF protested in front of the Turkish Embassy in Berlin together with Reporters without Borders (RSF), Amnesty International and other human rights organisations for the immediate release of the journalist and staff member of RSF, Erol Önderoğlu and his two colleagues, Şebnem Korur Fincancı, pathologist and chairman of the Turkish Human Rights Foundation, and the author Ahmet Nesin.

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ECPMF condemns arrest of media freedom activists in Turkey

Archive  |  21.06.2016

ECPMF condemns arrest of media freedom activists in Turkey | ECPMF

by Michelle Trimborn
The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom strongly condemns the arrests of journalists and human rights defenders in Turkey today, 20 June.
Ahmet Nesin (author and journalist), Şebnem Korur Fincancı (President of the Turkey Human Rights Foundation TİHV and Erol Önderoğlu (journalist and media freedom activist) have been taken in pre-trial detention on the grounds of terror propaganda.

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Extreme job cuts at Serbian regional broadcaster: “The citizen’s majority is disengaged”

Archive  |  15.06.2016

Extreme job cuts at Serbian regional broadcaster: “The citizen’s majority is disengaged” | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt
Senior editors have been replaced at Serbia’s public service broadcaster in the region of Vojvodina, RTV. The move prompted demonstrations in Novi Sad, the regional capital, as the dismissals are believed to be politically motivated.

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Threats to journalist after Panama Papers leaks

Archive  |  13.06.2016

Threats to journalist after Panama Papers leaks | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt
A team of Finnish journalists who published and broadcast details of politicians’ and celebrities’ offshore banking have been warned by the tax authorities that they should reveal their sources. Those sources come from the Panama Papers – with 11.5 million documents it is the biggest leak of confidential information in history.

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"Europe shouldn’t be two faced" – Khadija campaigners keep up pressure on Aliyev regime

Archive  |  10.06.2016

by Miranda Patrucic, Jane Whyatt and Michelle Trimborn
Award-winning investigative journalist Miranda Patrucic is calling on media freedom campaigners to keep up the pressure on the government of Azerbaijan, following the release from jail of her colleague Khadija Ismayilova.

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Khadija is free – Free Khadija!

Archive  |  30.05.2016

Khadija is free – Free Khadija! | ECPMF

by Michelle Trimborn
The media freedom community gave a sigh of relief when the message was spread: Azeri journalist Khadija Ismayilova was released from prison. However, this is not yet a victory as the charges are upheld.

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Journalists risk their lives in rebel-held east Ukraine

Archive  |  27.05.2016

Journalists risk their lives in rebel-held east Ukraine | ECPMF

Interview with Evgen Schibalov, a Ukrainian journalist formerly based in Donetsk by Kira Kirschbach
Over the past two years the pro Russian insurgents in the self-styled People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine have created an infrastructure that operates in isolation from the rest of Ukraine.

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Ukrainian journalism in the war: Whom can one believe? - photo Mstyslav Chernov (A Russia-backed rebel armored fighting vehicles convoy near Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine, May 30, 2015) Archive  |  23.05.2016
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SPECIAL: Ukrainian journalism in the war: Whom can one believe?

by Kira Kirschbach, translation Michelle Trimborn
Dubious information during the war undermine trust in Ukrainian media as much as the Russian propaganda.

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Ukraine: TV-host Savik Shuster on hunger strike

Archive  |  27.04.2016

Ukraine: TV-host Savik Shuster on hunger strike | ECPMF

by Kira Kirschbach
Journalist and TV-presenter Savik Shuster declared to be on hunger strike until Ukrainian authorities will allow him to work. Before, his work permission was annulled.

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Ukraine: Attacks on media freedom in Crimea

Archive  |  21.04.2016

Ukraine: Attacks on media freedom in Crimea | ECPMF

By Kira Kirschbach
On Tuesday, journalist Nikolay Semena was intimidated and detained. In addition, a newswebsite run by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is to be blocked.

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Germany: Comedian cancels broadcast after satirical poem about Turkish President

Archive  |  12.04.2016

Germany: Comedian cancels broadcast after satirical poem about Turkish President | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro and Michelle Trimborn

German comedian Jan Böhmermann has announced that the next issue of his TV-programme Neo Magazin Royale will not be produced due to public pressure. Turkey’s ambassador in Berlin has asked for Germany to prosecute Böhmermann over insulting Turkish President Erdoğan with a poem on air.

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Croatia: Attack on journalist causes more trouble

Archive  |  07.04.2016

Croatia: Attack on journalist causes more trouble | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

ECPMF condemns the latest violent attack on Croatian journalist Ante Tomić. The "Jutarnji list" columnist is known for his satirical writing. 

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ECPMF in Greece: Press freedom violations in the refugee crisis

Archive  |  05.04.2016

ECPMF in Greece: Press freedom violations in the refugee crisis | ECPMF

by Ola Aljari

ECPMF’s reporter on the refugee crisis, Ola Aljari - a refugee herself from Syria - travelled to Greece to speak to both refugees and journalists who are struggling with the current refugee crisis, which seems to have gotten worse as the EU and Turkey agreed upon a questionable deal.

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Turkish President Erdoğan tries to violate media freedom in Germany

Archive  |  30.03.2016

Turkish President Erdoğan tries to violate media freedom in Germany | ECPMF

by Michelle Trimborn

With his latest move, it seems Turkish President Erdoğan has shot himself in the foot: when German political satire programme "extra 3" criticised his restrictions on media freedom in a video, he summoned the German ambassador – and allegedly asked to stop the publication of the audiovisual material.

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Trial of Cumhuriyet-journalists: “What we saw was a farce“

Archive  |  25.03.2016

Trial of Cumhuriyet-journalists: “What we saw was a farce“ | ECPMF

Michelle Trimborn
On the first day of the court hearing of Erdem Gül and Can Dündar only one thing became clear: The process against the two journalists will neither be objective nor free of political motivation.

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ECPMF supports Dündar and Gül in Istanbul: “We are not defending ourselves, but journalism”

Archive  |  25.03.2016

ECPMF supports Dündar and Gül in Istanbul: “We are not defending ourselves, but journalism” | ECPMF

by Michelle Trimborn
On 24 March, the evening before the trial against Turkish journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, ECPMF joined forces with Turkish and international media organisations to show solidarity and stand up for a free press in Turkey. The journalists thanked for the international support.

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Turkey: Follow-up on Zaman, Cumhuriyet and media blackout

Archive  |  22.03.2016

Turkey: Follow-up on Zaman, Cumhuriyet and media blackout | ECPMF

by Michelle Trimborn

Press freedom violations in Turkey continue. During the last weeks we reported on the state influence executed over the Zaman newspaper group and the pending trial of Erdem Gül and Can Dündar from Cumhuriyet newspaper. Read … read more




Kosovo: Investigative journalist threatened and insulted by Prime Minister

Archive  |  22.03.2016

Kosovo: Investigative journalist threatened and insulted by Prime Minister | ECPMF

by Michelle Trimborn

A journalist has been directly called and threatened by Kosovan Prime Minister Isa Mustafa after publishing an article on Mustafa's brother who left the country to seek asylum in the EU. The journalist takes the threat seriously.

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UK: Authorities to get more power to spy out communication data

Archive  |  22.03.2016

UK: Authorities to get more power to spy out communication data | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Britain is fast-tracking a new law to give police and secret services extra powers to collect and keep personal data. Phone calls, conversations over the internet (e.g. skype, hangouts), SMS messages and web searches will all be included. The National Union of Journalists and civil liberty groups fear it will restrict journalists’ work by exposing their confidential sources and whistleblowers.

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Portuguese “Diário Económico” ceases print edition

Archive  |  21.03.2016

Portuguese “Diário Económico” ceases print edition | ECPMF

by Ana Ribeiro

The Portuguese newspaper Diário Económico published its last print edition on Friday, 18 March. The daily paper was founded in 1989 but will now only be published online, at least until further notice.

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‘Most refugees are women, yet media ignore them’

Archive  |  18.03.2016

‘Most refugees are women, yet media ignore them’ | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt, research by Ola Aljari

The latest statistics on refugees fleeing to Europe show that most of them are women. From last year’s 41 percent, the number rose to 55 percent. According to the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, Filipo Grandi, “nearly two-thirds are women and children”. Yet a hard-hitting … read more




FYROM/Macedonia: Journalists detained during March of Hope

Archive  |  15.03.2016

FYROM/Macedonia: Journalists detained during March of Hope | ECPMF

by Philipp Filipovski and Michelle Trimborn

Around 30 to 50 journalists have been forced to stay in police stations for many hours after they were arrested because of illegally crossing the border between Greece and Macedonia/the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Many journalists reported that security forces were explicitly watching out for journalists.

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Russian Federation: Journalists and activists beaten up – call for quick investigation

Archive  |  11.03.2016

Russian Federation: Journalists and activists beaten up – call for quick investigation | ECPMF

by Michelle Trimborn

In the Ingushetia region in Russia, a group of journalists and human rights activists got beaten up by unknown attackers. The risk that the incident, which also involved arson, will not be followed up on by authorities seems high, as often such cases are not properly investigated.

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Has the Czech Republic its own “Berlusconi”?

Archive  |  11.03.2016

Has the Czech Republic its own “Berlusconi”? | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt, research by Lucie Sykorová

The EU’S OLAF anti-fraud unit is investigating a company founded by one of the Czech Republic’s main newspaper owners. Andrej Babiš is also the Minister of Finance. His dual role in both media and government has led to comparisons with the former Italian leader and media magnate Silvio Berlusconi.

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Turkey: 21 months in prison for journalist calling president a thief

Archive  |  11.03.2016

Turkey: 21 months in prison for journalist calling president a thief | ECPMF

by Michelle Trimborn

Dark times for press freedom in Turkey continue with the conviction of another journalist. Barış İnce has been sentenced to 21 months in jail. He was found guilty of defamation of the Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdoğan.

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Corbyn Media Watch: How to Challenge British News Coverage

Archive  |  08.03.2016

Corbyn Media Watch: How to Challenge British News Coverage | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt
The English press is under fire from supporters of the new leader of the opposition, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn. A veteran left-wing MP, he has been accused in newspapers including the Sun and the Daily Mail of extremism, disrespect to the Queen and scruffy appearance.

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’A shameful day’ as Turkish court seizes Zaman-newspapers

Archive  |  08.03.2016

’A shameful day’ as Turkish court seizes Zaman-newspapers | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt
On Friday, court officials were granted control of two newspapers that are critical of the Turkish government of President Erdogan. On Sunday, the first issue under new management was published – with the President’s picture on the front page.

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'Hoaxmap' hits back at newspaper myths about refugees

Archive  |  07.03.2016

'Hoaxmap' hits back at newspaper myths about refugees | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt
In Germany online readers who spot misleading articles are creating their own coverage on social media. A Twitter user named only as ‘Karolin’ is creating a ‘hoaxmap’ of inaccurate reports about refugees and asylum seekers being involved in crimes such as rape and shoplifting. A hoax is a deliberately misleading or false news report, created and placed in order to suit a particular political viewpoint.

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Poland’s ruling party sues opposition newspaper Gazeta wyborcza

Archive  |  04.03.2016

Poland’s ruling party sues opposition newspaper Gazeta wyborcza | ECPMF

by Beata Walczakiewicz
Gazeta Wyborcka, Poland’s leading left-liberal newspaper, faces a libel action from the government’s ruling party over its commentary on the controversial pardon of a state official who was convicted of abuse of power.

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Women’s Day: ECPMF launches Alarm Centre for Female Journalists under Threat

Archive  |  04.03.2016

Women’s Day: ECPMF launches Alarm Centre for Female Journalists under Threat | ECPMF

Faced with growing evidence that more and more women journalists are menaced with gender-based violence and online threats, ECPMF has created a special Women’s Reporting Point to respond to this. It will be officially launched on 8 March 2016, the date that marks the International Women’s Day.

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Turkey: independent TV shut down as Cumhuriyet editors released

Archive  |  04.03.2016

Turkey: independent TV shut down as Cumhuriyet editors released | ECPMF

Turkish journalists Erdem Gül and Can Dündar have been released from jail. The editors from the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet had been arrested 3 months earlier accused of spying and intentionally revealing state secrets after they alleged that the Erdogan-government tried to ship arms to Syria to support of Islamist fighters.

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Finnish editors speak out against defamatory 'fake media'

Archive  |  04.03.2016

Finnish editors speak out against defamatory 'fake media' | ECPMF

by Michelle Trimborn
Twenty-one editors-in-chief of the main Finnish media outlets have released a joint statement against so-called fake media. On first of March, the statement was released all over Finland in the name of "media we can trust", including the most important newspapers and broadcasters like YLE, Helsingin Sanomat and Hufvudstadsbladet.

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Closing of “The Independent” - UK press shifts even further to the right

Archive  |  23.02.2016

Closing of “The Independent” - UK press shifts even further to the right | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt
The British press, already shown by independent researchers to be the most right wing in Europe, has lost again two of its left-liberal titles, The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. And a new print newspaper, The New Day, launches on February 29th with a "politically neutral" stance.

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"Defamed whistleblowers need protection" – UN Geneva expert

Archive  |  19.02.2016

by Jane Whyatt
United Nations Geneva expert Alfred de Zayas is calling on the British and Swedish governments to let Wikileaks Editor Julian Assange go free. Mr de Zayas has been campaigning on behalf of Assange since they met three years ago at the Ecuador embassy in London, where he is claiming diplomatic sanctuary.

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Ban on using polls to lead BBC Brexit bulletins

Archive  |  19.02.2016

Ban on using polls to lead BBC Brexit bulletins | ECPMF

In or out? As Britain prepares for a referendum on whether or not to leave the European Union, BBC journalists have been banned from using opinion polls as the lead story on their news bulletins.

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United Nations back Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

Archive  |  05.02.2016

United Nations back Wikileaks founder Julian Assange | ECPMF

An Expert Panel of the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights has comdemned as “arbitrary” the detention of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Assange, the Australian activist who created the whistleblowers’ portal, is wanted in Sweden on charges of sexual misconduct. And he has been living in the Ecuador embassy in London for the past three years for fear he will be arrested and extradited. Since Wikileaks has exposed alleged war crimes and embarrassing military and diplomatic i … read more




Support for Turkish journalists in jail and under curfew

Archive  |  05.02.2016

Support for Turkish journalists in jail and under curfew | ECPMF

Leading academics from Hong Kong, New Zealand, Mozambique and the USA have written to Turkey’s Prime Minister demanding the release of jailed journalist Mehmet Haransu.

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Projekt N proves Slovaks value real journalism

Archive  |  05.02.2016

Projekt N proves Slovaks value real journalism | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt, research Dr Petra Gausti
When a new owner bought Slovakia’s SME newspaper group and announced his intention of running it for his commercial interests, something snapped in the newsroom.

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"If I have helped journalists, I have achieved my goal" – Dunja Mijatović ends her OSCE term

Archive  |  03.02.2016

by Jane Whyatt
Campaigners for press and media freedom need stamina and endurance, and in her two consecutive terms as the High Representative at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Dunja Mijatović has proved she has both.

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'Baby steps' welcomed for new UK press regulator

Archive  |  22.01.2016

'Baby steps' welcomed for new UK press regulator | ECPMF

by Jane Whyatt

Britain’s newspapers, still policing themselves even after the phone hacking scandal and Leveson inquiry, now have an alternative regulator.

IMPRESS, a crowd-funded regulation system, has announced the first titles that will be governed by its regime. They include the left-liberal New Internationalist magazine and a handful of hyperlocal news websites.

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Bulgarian beaten up  - ECPMF calls for inquiry

Archive  |  20.01.2016

Bulgarian beaten up  - ECPMF calls for inquiry | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt. Research by Vesselin Dimitrov

Nursing his injuries in hospital after being beaten with baseball bats by two men, local government reporter Stoyan Tonchev has posted defiant messages on Facebook. Photos taken in hospital of his battered face accompany the posts.

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Assault on TV crews in follow-up to Paris terror attacks

Archive  |  20.01.2016

Assault on TV crews in follow-up to Paris terror attacks | ECPMF

By Jane Whyatt

Two TV crews have been assaulted as they tried to interview family members of  a suicide bomber involved in the Paris attacks on December 13th 2015... which left 39 people dead.  

The crews, from  RTL-TV1 and France 3, were reporting at the home address in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Belgium, of Chakib Akrouh. He has been identified as one of three terrorists who opened fire on bars and restaurants in the  French capital before blowing himself up. … read more




Achtung! Press freedom on the agenda as Germany leads OSCE

Archive  |  19.01.2016

Achtung! Press freedom on the agenda as Germany leads OSCE | ECPMF

by Katharina Mikulčak

It is Germany's turn to chair the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2016 and its mandate includes press and media freedom. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier made a strong speech in Berlin.

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Back to the 1980s’ for Polish broadcasting?

Archive  |  08.01.2016

Back to the 1980s’ for Polish broadcasting? | ECPMF

New law means journalists report direct to government

Interview by Jane Whyatt, research by Christian Schult
A new law signed on 7th January by Polish President Andrzej Duda puts the Treasury Minister in charge of appointing the governing bodies of public service broadcasters TVP and Radio Poland.

 

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Italy. The most dangerous news of december 2015

Archive  |  08.01.2016

Italy. The most dangerous news of december 2015 | ECPMF

Reported by Ossigeno | Raffaella Della Morte

There have been 521 acts of intimidation in 2015 in Italy, reported by Ossigeno. For some journalists a police protection scheme has been arranged. Th ere have been threats, lawsuits, discrimination and a violation of professional secrecy

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Tackling "censorship in disguise"

Archive  |  16.12.2015

Tackling

Jane Whyatt

It is assumed by many that journalists in Europe are not censored and the existence of a free press is a matter of fact in democracies, where no official censoring institutions exist. But there are sneaky methods of control – besides open censorship – that creep in to daily work in every newsroom and affect freelancers, too.

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Journalists speak up for colleagues in Turkey

Archive  |  11.12.2015

Journalists speak up for colleagues in Turkey | ECPMF

Jane Whyatt

Europe's journalists are uniting to support colleagues under threat and in jail in Turkey. Amongst others, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), representing 320.000 people, the Committee to Protect Journalists(CPJ) and Reporters without Borders (RSF) are challenging the EU to "stop the double standards" with a debate in Brussels, open to all.

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Turkey: Dündar and Gül muzzled for investigative journalism

Archive  |  02.12.2015

Turkey: Dündar and Gül muzzled for investigative journalism | ECPMF

Philipp Filipovski

The editor in chief Can Dündar and his bureau chief  Erdem Gül from the oppositional and secular newspaper Cumhurriyet were sentenced to jail by a court in Istanbul for spying and "divulging state secrets".

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Greece: Journalists arrested, accused of taking photos in court

Archive  |  27.11.2015

Greece: Journalists arrested, accused of taking photos in court | ECPMF

Michelle Trimborn

Two journalists from Italy and the USA have been arrested in the city of Polygyros and accused of taking photos of a trial inside a court room without permission, which is prohibited according to Greek law. ECPMF was informed directly about the case.

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"Whether to report or not is a personal choice"

Archive  |  25.11.2015

Gavin Rees, director of Dart Centre Europe, the research centre that helps journalists and media workers who cover traumatic events, talks to the ECPMF about the effects reporting on tragedies might have on journalists, ethical conflicts and the importance of tragedy reporting.

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Paris attacks: journalists 'may suffer trauma'

Archive  |  25.11.2015

Paris attacks: journalists 'may suffer trauma' | ECPMF

Reporters and camera crews who covered the terrorist attacks in Paris may suffer Post Traumatic Shock Disorder (PTSD). The warning comes from the Dart Center Europe’s Gavin Rees.

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Refugees: ‘Tell the whole story’

Archive  |  13.11.2015

Refugees: ‘Tell the whole story’ | ECPMF

Reporters discuss difficulties in making full and fair coverage of the crisis

Jane Whyatt

When journalists and media policy-makers get together, the stories behind the stories emerge. So it was at the 2015 South East Europe Media Policy Commission in Bucharest. They heard about the photographer who took ”that picture” – the close-up shots of three-year-old Aylan (or Alan) Kurdi lying dead on a Turkish beach. They listened to the ECPMF report its ongoing … read more




Nedim Şener tells ECPMF "Turkish media are ..."

Archive  |  11.11.2015

Nedim Şener tells ECPMF

The prize-winning journalist and author Nedim Sener who won a case for wrongful imprisonment against the Turkish government gives ECPMF his insights into the state of the media in Turkey.

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Media Forum in Bucharest: Romanians blame ‘corrupt’ media for cover-ups

Archive  |  06.11.2015

Media Forum in Bucharest: Romanians blame ‘corrupt’ media for cover-ups | ECPMF

European media experts meeting in Bucharest have clashed over claims that some TV stations and newspapers are covering-up corruption. Meanwhile fifty thousand demonstrators in the Romanian capital are demanding more political changes after the Prime Minister resigned.

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UN calls to end impunity for killers of journalists

Archive  |  03.11.2015

UN calls to end impunity for killers of journalists | ECPMF

Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, has saluted the work of journalists who are killed because of their work and called for an end to impunity for the killers.

On the second annual awareness day for this global issue, UNESCO, the section of the UN devoted to freedom of the media, reports these chilling facts:

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Reporters accused ahead of Capital Mafia trial in Rome

Archive  |  03.11.2015

Reporters accused ahead of Capital Mafia trial in Rome | ECPMF

Alberto Spampinato

Attacks on journalists who inform readers about an alleged unprecedented scandal have multiplied on the eve of a mega-trial in Rome.
A few days away from the start of the „Capital Mafia” trial in Rome  which will start on November 5, some positions have revealed an intolerance for the role of the press and of the reporters who have duly and extensively informed the public on the prosecution stance and the charges pressed against the individu … read more




Police take over Turkish news media as election campaign turns nasty

Archive  |  30.10.2015

Police take over Turkish news media as election campaign turns nasty | ECPMF

Violent scenes, a fired the Editor- in-Chief, a changed the editorial policy and the holding back of a EU progress report on Turkey.

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Spotlight on South East Europe

Archive  |  21.10.2015

Spotlight on South East Europe | ECPMF

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom’s partner organisation, the South East Europe Media Organisation, monitors breaches of media freedom across Turkey, Greece and the Balkan states of former Yugoslavia. The partnership is supported by the European Commission. The map shows just some of the recent abuses of media freedom across the region.

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Serbia’s public media sold off at high prices

Archive  |  21.10.2015

Serbia’s public media sold off at high prices | ECPMF

Dragan Janjić

Serbia's first phase of media privatisation was met by few prospective buyers, and by a dramatic surge of the price of some local broadcasters.

Radio Šid and Belgrade's Radio-Television Studio B went to private buyers for almost the same amount, some 530,000 Euros. However, Šid is a town of about 40,000 inhabitants on the border with Croatia, while RTV Studio B covers an area of several million citizens in Belgrade and surroundings a … read more




Europe’s campaign against hate speech

Archive  |  21.10.2015

Europe’s campaign against hate speech | ECPMF

cartadiroma.org and the European Federation of Journalists launched the European campaign #nohatespeech, with a petition banning the promoters of online hate speech.

Banning the promoters of online hate speech and preventing broadcast thereof are not simply acts of civic responsibility. For journalists, this is the fulfil … read more




Press freedom at risk as EU struggles to match action with values.

Archive  |  21.10.2015

Press freedom at risk as EU struggles to match action with values. | ECPMF

The European Union is struggling to balance its ideals as a global leader in press freedom with its member states’ criminal defamation and blasphemy laws and counterterrorism measures.

 

Despite an outward commitment to press freedom, in many cases the EU lacks a robust mechanism to hold member states accountable when they renege on their commitments. In this video Jean-Paul Marthoz, CPJ’s EU correspondent, discusses the main findings of Balancing Act: Press Freedom at Ri … read more




Tweeting the war - Ukraine’s social media at the frontline

Archive  |  16.10.2015

Tweeting the war - Ukraine’s social media at the frontline | ECPMF

17th-20th November 2015

Journalists and students from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and Germany  will meet and tweet together in Berlin at a workshop to analyse the role of social media in war reporting.

They will compare mainstream media and social networks’ coverage in the conflict zones with western reports and assess the trustworthiness of new media.

All travel and accommodation costs will be paid by the organisers and the workshop will be held in English on 17th-2 … read more




Edward Snowden calls on Pope and UN to protect sources

Archive  |  05.10.2015

Edward Snowden calls on Pope and UN to protect sources | ECPMF

The ex-contractor who blew the whistle on American and British mass spying on citizens is speaking out again. Edward Snowden - who was forced to seek asylum in Russia after he revealed himself as the source of the leak - has launched a Privacy Treaty.

 

It calls on the newly appointed United Nations Privacy Rapporteur Joseph Canatacci to protect privacy worldwide as a human right. The Treaty campaign was launched in New York, to coincide with the UN General Assembly … read more




Derry journalists demonstrate for Saudi blogger as Europe honours him

Archive  |  14.09.2015

Derry journalists demonstrate for Saudi blogger as Europe honours him | ECPMF

In a small town in Northern Ireland, journalists and supporters of the jailed blogger Raif Badawi gathered in the autumn rain for a third time, to urge the Saudi Arabian government not to flog him again and to release him for his ten year jail term. They have good reasons to stand up for press freedom…

Meanwhile the blogger’s wife Ensaf Haidar has collected on his behalf the Deutsche Welle Freedom of Speech Award, a nomination for the prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of … read more




President Aliyev gets mail

Archive  |  14.09.2015

President Aliyev gets mail | ECPMF

European Centre for Press and Media Freedom launches Khadija petition at Newsweek conference

“Unbelievable and totally unacceptable.” That’s how Lutz Mükke described the jailing of Azeri journalist Khadija Ismayilova, protesting on behalf of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF). With the ECMPF Board Chairman Henrik Kaufholz at the Newsweek Media Freedom Conference in Belgrade last week, they immediately launched a petition calling on Ilham Aliyev … read more




Call to ban photos of children as refugees put media freedom to the test

Archive  |  14.09.2015

Call to ban photos of children as refugees put media freedom to the test | ECPMF

Photographs of children fleeing civil war in Syria have provoked a stormy debate on press freedom.

Hungarian journalists working for the state news channel M1 were told in a memo not to show any more pictures of refugees’ children. The memo was leaked to the UK’s Guardian newspaper. News website reported.ly responded by posting an album of refugees’ children, curated from Getty Images and news footage.

Defending the ‘don’t publish’ instruction, the … read more




Antimafia MP speaks out against "silent journalism"

Archive  |  25.08.2015

Antimafia MP speaks out against

Claudio Fava has worked as a journalist and film-maker in one of the most dangerous countries of the world: Italy. His father, the founding-editor of a Sicilian magazine, was murdered by the Mafia in 1984 and now Fava is a politician, fighting the mafia with words. As vice-president of the Italian Parliament’s Antimafia Commission, he believes it is a fight that they are slowly winning. In an interview with the ECPMF’s reporter at the 2015 Rome conference on press freedom, Fava assessed t … read more




Journalists’ Safety, Media Freedom and Pluralism in Times of Conflict

Archive  |  09.08.2015

Journalists’ Safety, Media Freedom and Pluralism in Times of Conflict | ECPMF

On the 15th and16th June 2015, OSCE organizes the conference “Journalists' Safety, Media Freedom and Pluralism in Times of Conflict”

Journalists’ safety is deteriorating rapidly throughout the OSCE region, members of the media covering conflicts is particularly exposed. The statistics say it all: 1,200 journalists have been killed since 1992 and nearly 40% of these victims covered conflicts around the world.

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Media in South East Europe: poor journalists

Archive  |  09.08.2015

Media in South East Europe: poor journalists | ECPMF

A Regional report on the Employment Conditions of Journalists in SEE countries highlights the poor conditions of those working in the media sector.

A crowded and rather poor media market, unable to secure the sustainability of media operations, a high level of job insecurity making the journalists vulnerable to political and economic pressures and – more often than not – leading to self-censorship – are some of the conclusions of the Regional report on … read more




ElectricYerevan: journalists targeted

Archive  |  08.08.2015

ElectricYerevan: journalists targeted | ECPMF

A rally in the Armenian capital against yet another electricity price increase triggers the police. Beatings, insults, and even violence against journalists

Journalists and camera people were arrested, abused, and beaten, their materials seized and destroyed. It happened a few days ago in Yerevan, where the media present were targeted for covering the violent eviction of Baghramyan street, near the residence of P … read more




Exposed: The hidden threats to Italy's journalists

Archive  |  13.07.2015

Exposed: The hidden threats to Italy's journalists | ECPMF

It seems surprising that journalists in an EU member state face daily threats and that up to 50 of them live under 24-h our police protection www.repubblica.it. In the last month, a blogger has been shot dead and three journalists’ cars have been wrecked by arsonists. Death threats and Facebook trolls attempted to intimidate others. The police take these threats seriously, since assassins have killed eleven journalists in recent years… … read more








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