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European democracies fail to live up to their own standards on freedom of the press

European democracies fail to live up to their own standards on freedom of the press

Freedom of the press has always been a pretty reliable litmus test for the state of any democracy. However, as Index on Censorship’s Mapping Media Freedom project shows

France: “Some think one cannot be an Arab and a journalist”

France: “Some think one cannot be an Arab and a journalist”

Mapping Media Freedom correspondent Valeria Costa-Kostritsky talks to reporters about the state of ethnic diversity in French journalism

Report: Pressure on media professionals and pluralism growing

Report: Pressure on media professionals and pluralism growing

Pressure on Europe’s journalists as they do their jobs saw no let up during the fourth quarter of 2015, according to a survey of verified incidents of violations reported to Index on Censorship’s project Mapping Media Freedom.

Azerbaijan: Journalist Seymur Hezi marks one year in prison

Azerbaijan: Journalist Seymur Hezi marks one year in prison

On the anniversary of Azerbaijani journalist Seymur Hezi’s sentencing to five years imprisonment for “aggravated hooliganism,” the country

Russia: Media freedom curtailed under veneer of legality

Russia: Media freedom curtailed under veneer of legality

Russia's media freedom has declined under the government of Vladimir Putin. The president and his allies have used a cloak of legislative legitimacy to target

Turkey must allow supporters to meet with imprisoned journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

Turkey must allow supporters to meet with imprisoned journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

Leading international free expression and press freedom groups condemn government’s refusal to allow supporters to visit pair jailed for their reporting, call for their release

Macedonia: Journalists’ associations highlight disunity in the media

Macedonia: Journalists’ associations highlight disunity in the media

If you want to understand the media environment in Macedonia, the phenomenon of parallel journalists’ organisations is a good place to start.

Donald Trump may be allowed to enter the UK, but let’s remember Tyler, the Creator wasn’t so lucky

Donald Trump may be allowed to enter the UK, but let’s remember Tyler, the Creator wasn’t so lucky

On 26 August 2015, the musician was banned from entering the UK because of words he had penned for songs released in 2009

Hungary: Independent media facing soft censorship

Hungary: Independent media facing soft censorship

Hungary's media outlets are coming under increasing pressure from lawsuits, restrictions on what they can publish and high fees for freedom of information requests

Ukraine: Journalists face violence on all fronts

Ukraine: Journalists face violence on all fronts

Since October 2015, Index on Censorship's Mapping Media Freedom project has recorded a total of 40 verified violations against press freedom in Ukraine, six of which took place in Crimea.

Poland: Audit finds secret police unit monitoring journalists

Poland: Audit finds secret police unit monitoring journalists

An audit by Poland's bureau of internal affairs (BSW) has uncovered that two informal press surveillance units of police were set up to monitor journalists

Andrei Bastunets: Press freedom has never been easy in Belarus

Andrei Bastunets: Press freedom has never been easy in Belarus

Belarusian authorities were busy in 2015: the government introduced new laws aimed at restricting media outlets and distributors; freelance journalists contributing to foreign media outlets found themselves facing prosecution; and websites publishing material that “may harm the national interests of the Republic of Belarus” were extrajudicially blocked.

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