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Italy: Reform could introduce fines for needless defamation suits against journalists

Italy: Reform could introduce fines for needless defamation suits against journalists

Recommendations approved by the Italian chamber of deputies could offer more protection to journalists.

Serbia: “Pro-regime” paper targets Crime and Corruption Reporting Network

Serbia: “Pro-regime” paper targets Crime and Corruption Reporting Network

Mapping Media Freedom correspondent Mitra Nazar details an ongoing smear campaign aimed at discrediting investigative journalists and casting doubt on the corruption they uncover

Azeri writer Akram Aylisli releases speech he was due to give at Italian festival

Azeri writer Akram Aylisli releases speech he was due to give at Italian festival

The Azerbaijani writer Akram Aylisli, who has written about massacres of Armenians, was prevented from travelling to an Italian literary festival last week

Mapping Media Freedom: Week in focus

Mapping Media Freedom: Week in focus

Each week, Index on Censorship’s Mapping Media Freedom project verifies threats, violations and limitations faced by the media throughout Europe

Azerbaijan: Persecuted writer Akram Aylisli faces charges of “hooliganism”

Azerbaijan: Persecuted writer Akram Aylisli faces charges of “hooliganism”

Azerbaijani writer Akram Aylisli discusses his detention at Baku's airport

27 May: 40 protests for Khadija Ismayilova’s 40th birthday

27 May: 40 protests for Khadija Ismayilova’s 40th birthday

Join the Sport for Rights campaign in organising 40 protests to help mark the 40th birthday of Jailed Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova

Greece: Move to regulate broadcast market draws objection

Greece: Move to regulate broadcast market draws objection

As the Greek government prepares to open a public consultation on the tender for new broadcast licenses, the country's private TV owners have escalated their criticisms of the plans for the broadcast market.

Azerbaijan: Human rights lawyer released

Azerbaijan: Human rights lawyer released

Index on Censorship welcomes the release of Intigam Aliyev, a human rights defender and a lawyer who specialised in defending the rights of Azerbaijani citizens before the European Court of Human Rights.

Mapping Media Freedom: Week in focus

Mapping Media Freedom: Week in focus

Each week, Mapping Media Freedom project verifies violations against the media. Here are five reports that give us cause for concern

Turkey should drop criminal charges against journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

Turkey should drop criminal charges against journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

Leading international free expression and press freedom groups condemn politically motivated trial

Turkey: Media freedom in crisis

Turkey: Media freedom in crisis

The increasingly autocratic government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of Turkey, has clamped down on press freedom and opposing political viewpoints

World Poetry Day: Seamus Heaney’s love of language

World Poetry Day: Seamus Heaney’s love of language

It’s the 17th annual World Poetry Day, which was first declared by Unesco in 1999 to help meet the world’s aesthetic needs by promoting the reading and writing of poetry