Investigation into threats against Northern Irish journalist is inadequate
MFRR partners wrote to Police Scotland, Police Service of Northern Ireland and the relevant ministries in Northern Ireland and Scotland to express our concern about the adequacy of ongoing investigations by Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and Police Scotland into threats made against Patricia Devlin
MFRR welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court of Croatia to revoke the first-instance court decision to extradite whistleblower, Jonathan Taylor to Monaco.
Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners, whistleblowing, human rights and transparency organisations, and international jurists welcome the decision of the Supreme Court of Croatia to revoke the first-instance court decision, which allowed for the extradition of whistleblower, Jonathan Taylor to Monaco. While the case must now return to the Dubrovnik Court, we call on the Court to do the right thing and allow Jonathan Taylor to return home to the United Kingdom without delay.
Justice delayed is justice denied: Join the virtual vigil for Daphne Caruana Galizia
Join us standing together 3 years after the assassination of Maltese investigative journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia to reiterate our call for justice and the end to impunity that continues to threaten media freedom in Malta
Sweden: two journalists prosecuted for investigative documentary about ‘MS Estonia’
As part of the MFRR, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joined its affiliates in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia and Denmark in condemning the decision of the Swedish authorities to prosecute the journalists carrying out their reporting.
MFRR calls on EU countries to protect Hungarian Journalists in Europe from state monitoring
Last month MFRR partners reached out to EU countries calling on them to respond to allegations that the Hungarian authorities were monitoring the actions and movements of Hungarian journalists and media workers in Europe through local embassies
MFRR partners and media freedom organisations condemn conviction of journalist Jovo Martinovic
MFRR partners and media freedom organisations strongly condemn the decision by the High Court of Montenegro to sentence investigative journalist Jovo Martinovic to one year in prison for participating in drug trafficking.
ECPMF urges action upon publication of the first EU Annual Rule of Law Report
The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), as part of the MFRR, welcomes the publication of the first EU Annual Rule of Law Report, and we appreciate that a number of the concerns we raised in the preparatory phase have been taken into account.
Slovenian investigative news outlet Necenzurirano hit with 39 SLAPP lawsuits
MFRR partners and 11 press freedom organisations express grave concern over the barrage of vexatious defamation lawsuits targeting journalists working for the investigative news website Necenzurirano in Slovenia over the last two months.
Police violence and press restrictions raise further red flags in Bulgaria
MFRR partners send a letter to the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Interior Minister and the Speaker of the National Assembly following a number of alarming developments facing journalists and media workers in the country.
MFRR expresses concern over recent attacks on journalists and media workers in North Macedonia
MFRR partners send a letter to Prime Minister Zaev highlighting a number of threats to journalists and media workers that need to be addressed to ensure that media freedom is protected across the country
MFRR condemns the escalating judicial harassment of Can Dündar by Turkey
The MFRR condemns the Turkish ruling that Can Dündar, who lives in exile in Germany, will be considered a fugitive and have his entire property confiscated if he does not appear in Turkish court within 15 days.
The MFRR voices concern over restricted access for media workers to Moria refugee camp
The Greek authorities are undermining press freedom and threatening the public’s right to know by restricting access for media workers to sites where refugees and asylum seekers are held following the fire that destroyed the Moria camp
Hungary’s last independent radio station could be forced off airwaves
The European Union must take action to stop the accelerating elimination of press freedom in Hungary, the International Press Institute (IPI) said today after a government regulator rejected the license renewal of Hungary’s last independent radio broadcaster.
ECPMF calls on Turkey drop the charges against journalist Oktay Candemir and return his confiscated property
The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, as part of MFRR calls on the Turkish authorities to immediately and unconditionally drop the charges against freelance journalist Oktay Candemir and to return his confiscated property in full and without delay.
The COVID-19 crisis highlights Greece’s media problem
IPI correspondent, The Manifold interrogates the highly partisan way in which funds were distributed by the Greek government during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what this means for the dire state of media freedom across the country
Slovakia: A travesty of justice in the case of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová as alleged masterminds are acquitted.
Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners today call for the fight for justice for Slovak investigative journalist, Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová to continue, after the Specialized Criminal Court in Pezinok returned a not-guilty verdict for alleged mastermind of their murder, Marian Kočner.
MFRR calls for a robust and transparent investigation into threats made against Nello Scavo
Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners and freedom of expression organisations call on the Maltese and Italian governments to ensure a robust, thorough and transparent investigation into Neville Gafà for threats made against journalist, Nello Scavo
We call for whistleblower Jonathan Taylor to be protected
Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners, media protection, human rights, transparency and whistleblowing support organisations, alongside international jurists call on Monaco to immediately withdraw the arrest warrant that led to SBM Offshore whistleblower Jonathan Taylor being arrested in Dubrovnik airport.
MFRR renews call for justice in Kuciak murder ahead of verdict
Ahead of the announcement of the verdict into the murder of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová next week, IPI outlines the importance of this case for media freedom in Slovakia and Europe.
Serbia: financial probe into the work of journalists, media and civil society raises concern
Given recent attacks on journalists and media freedom in Serbia, we are concerned that a financial investigation targeting a number of media organisations and associations could be an abuse of legal mechanism in order to exert pressure on the critical voices in Serbia.
MFRR partners are profoundly concerned about media freedom attacks in Hungary, following EU Summit
Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners are profoundly concerned about the latest media freedom attacks in Hungary, which take place only days after the EU Summit, where Prime Minister Viktor Orbán praised the rule of law situation in his country.
EFJ condemns death and rape threats against Brussels-based journalist, Tanja Milevska
As part of the MFRR, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) strongly condemns the online harassment, including threats of physical and sexual violence, against journalist Tanja Milevska, working for the North Macedonia news agency MIA as a Brussels correspondent.
A legal opinion commissioned by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) finds that the Hungarian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic fails to live up to domestic or European legal standards and entrenches the country’s attacks on independent media outlets, journalists and media workers.
Malta: Renewed call for justice 1,000 days after the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia
12 July 2020 marks 1,000 days since the assassination of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. On this anniversary, the MFRR reasserts our demands for justice for all those involved in her murder and the corruption she exposed.
Poland: Reporting of presidential campaign highlights lack of independence of the public broadcaster TVP
ARTICLE 19 is concerned by the conduct of the Polish state TV, Telewizja Polska S.A. (TVP), during the ongoing presidential campaign in Poland, which includes providing one-sided coverage of the political campaign and broadcasting footage.
Poland: MFRR supports Gazeta Wyborcza against 55 SLAPP Actions
The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) has responded to the unprecedented legal threats made against Polish newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza by contributing €15,000, it’s largest grant to date, to support the outlet’s legal defence.
Turkey: Alarming plans to further crackdown on social media
Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners are alarmed by the Turkish President’s threats to further restrict or shut down social media. We call on Turkey to comply with its international obligations and refrain from measures that will further prevent and disrupt exercising the right to freedom of expression and information online.
Bulgarian media owner is threatened with prison term for expressing opinion
Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partner, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), is concerned about the ongoing legal harassment of Bulgarian media owner and businessman, Ivo Prokopiev and his media group Economedia, ahead of an expected court verdict on Sunday 28 June 2020.
Briefing to the UK Government on good practice to protect press freedom
The MFRR outlines good practice from EU Member States and Candidate Countries to protect journalists and media workers that can inform the UK Government’s work to establish the National Committee for the Safety of Journalists
As part of the MFRR, ARTICLE 19 are leading the #MissingVoices campaign to call for more transparency on online platforms and the right to appeal decisions that stifle the right to freedom of expression. Here is a profile of Italian journalist, Mariano Giustino whose Facebook account was suspended following his remarks on Turkey
MFRR welcomes the step forward by Italian Constitutional Court to abolish prison sentences for criminal defamation
The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) welcomes the decision by the Italian Constitutional Court to refer a decision on whether to abolish prison sentences for criminal defamation in relation to journalists and media workers to the Italian Parliament.
MFRR call on the UK Government to act in a transparent manner that respects press and media freedom in the UK.
MFRR partners sent this letter to UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson raising their concerns regarding the decline in press freedom in the UK and attempts of the UK Government to restrict media scrutiny of its policies and discredit critical reporting.
Threats against journalists in Northern Ireland must stop
A number of journalists from Sunday World and Sunday Life were warned of credible threats from dissident loyalists, which included threats of violence against their colleagues and a threat of a car bomb.
Journalists and media workers need to be protected when covering demonstrations and protests!
MFRR partners share a statement condemning the threats and attacks against journalists and media workers when covering demonstrations and protests in Germany, France, Slovenia, Greece, Spain, Poland and Italy. The MFRR calls for increased protection for media freedom across Europe from protestors, unknown 3rd parties and police officers to ensure they are free to continue their work informing the public.
Analysing the impact to media freedom of the COVID-19 Pandemic
The briefing paper, Media Freedom Violations in the EU under COVID-19, drafted by IPI, as part of the MFRR, shows how in a short space of time, several states have implemented emergency laws and restrictions which challenge the ability of journalists to inform the public and hold those in power to account.
IPI condemns arrest of journalist covering protest in Montenegro
IPI condemns arrest of journalist covering protest in Montenegro Authorities must ensure journalists are able to cover protests safely The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today condemned the detention of Montenegrin journalist Veliša Kadić and called on authorities to ensure media workers can
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