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As part of the Europe Media Freedom in the Shadow of Covid series, Aljaž Pengov Bitenc outlines how a new bill in Slovenia paves the way for funding cuts that would jeopardize public service media

Part of IPI’s series, Europe media freedom in the shadow of Covid, Marton Bede analyses the impact of the threats facing Index and what that means for media freedom in Hungary

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.

120 Alerts on Mapping Media Freedom in 4-months: A worrying decline in media freedom in EU Member States and Candidate Countries

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.

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.

Polarization and attempts by far-right party to smear fact-checkers and journalists undermine media freedom across the country.

Between 7th and 11th July, 28 journalists and media workers have been attacked by demonstrators and police officers in different towns and cities across Serbia

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.

MFRR partners condemn the decision to sideline critical media outlets from Covid-19 public ad revenue

The MFRR expresses serious concern over proposed amendments to laws governing public service media in Slovenia.

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.

MFRR partners, IPI and EFJ share statements condemning the threats and attacks against journalists and media workers covering protests in Belgrade, Nis and Novi Sad.

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.

Bulgaria: IPI welcomes police protection but calls for chief prosecutor to ensure full investigation of threats made against investigative journalist, Nikolay Staykov

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.

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.

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.

Media Freedom Rapid Response partners renew call for increased protection of all journalists covering demonstrations

Retrial of Jovo Martinović continues on 6 July – As part of the MFRR, ECPMF expresses renewed concern about situation of media freedom in Montenegro

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.

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

The MFRR welcomes the swift announcement of a police investigation into the death threat sent to Aktuality investigative journalist, Peter Sabo in Slovakia

International Press Institute (IPI) calls for a swift investigation into threats made against journalists and media workers during the Serbian election.

MFRR partners, journalist bodies and free expression organisations stand in solidarity with EUobserver amid threats of legal action in Luxembourg and Belgium

As lockdowns lift and COVID-19 related violations drop, Europe is seeing a spike in arrests and physical attacks on journalists covering protests

MFRR partner, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT) outlines how Albania has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and what that means for media freedom

Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners call for press cartoonists to be protected to ensure they can realise their right to free expression across Europe

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

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 partners call for the abolition of prison sentences for criminal defamation as part of necessary and overdue legislative reform.

Members of MFRR follow up with Members of Parliament in Czech Republic in relation to the composition of the Council of Czech TV (Česká televize) 

IPI calls on government of Janez Janša to lead the way in reducing insults and threats.

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.

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.

Several arrests of journalists covering anti-lockdown protests documented in European states

Calls for scrutiny following claims drug charges were fabricated

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.

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 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

No Lockdown for Press Freedom! Virtual talk illustrates effects of Covid-19 measures across Europe.

Resource Centre on Media Freedom in Europe

The online Media Freedom Resource Centre is an open and ever growing platform providing access to curated content related to media freedom and pluralism in Europe. Items range from reports to academic sources, from legal tools to practical instruments such as training outliness and manuals, as well as opportunities for media professionals and young journalists.