Sometimes the MFRR will need to make a little more noise to bring about changes to protect press and media freedom. The MFRR will lead on a number of public-facing campaigns to encourage members of the public across EU member states and candidate countries to take an active role in to support our work.
Led by ECPMF, This campaign will encourage journalists to use the Mapping Media Freedom platform to ensure they can report violations and play an active role protecting media and press freedom across the EU and candidate countries. Many journalists may not realise that minor threats they face require documentation, #ReportIt seeks to change this by building awareness within the industry that reporting every violation will strengthen over protections and ensure journalists and media workers can continue their work freely.
Led by ARTICLE 19, #MissingVoices is a campaign calling for better accountability and transparency in regards to how social media platforms oversee, police and restrict free expression on their platforms. By using algorithms and human moderators, both of whom are prone to mistakes and bias, platforms are removing large amounts of content in error, silencing millions of people. This impacts women, LGBTQI people and minorities in particular, who are already often denied a voice in society. Censorship by social media platforms reduces dialogue, shrinks public knowledge for everyone and prevents us all from holding those in power to account.
Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs)
SLAPPs are lawsuits brought by a private individual (including those brought by public officials acting in a private capacity) with the intention of shutting down acts of public participation. These severely restrict press and media freedom by threatening journalists and media workers with costly and time-intensive legal actions. These are seen across Europe, bringing in legal expertise from across the continent that focus on laws including defamation, privacy or copyright laws to target critical journalism.
Online attacks against journalists have grown exponentially in the past decades and today they represent one of the greatest challenges to independent journalism in Europe. OnTheLine is the International Press Institute’s (IPI) project to systematically monitor online harassment against journalists and analyse the patterns these attacks take. Its mission is to raise awareness and build guidelines to counter online harassment.