Here you will be able to browse all statements, reports, resources, open letters and other documents produced by the MFRR and all relevant partners.
3. July 2020
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
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.
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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