Category : Mapping Media Freedom

Mapping Media Freedom identifies threats, violations and limitations faced by members of the press throughout European Union member states, candidates for entry and neighbouring countries.

Mapping Media Freedom – a major Index on Censorship project and a joint undertaking with the European Federation of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders, partially funded by the European Commission – covers 42 countries, including all EU member states, plus Bosnia, Iceland, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Turkey, Albania along with Ukraine, Belarus and Russia in (added in April 2015), and Azerbaijan (added in February 2016). The platform was launched in May 2014 and has recorded over 3,000 incidents threatening media freedom.

Violations, censorship and needs of threatened journalists in Europe

Journalists and media workers are confronting relentless pressure simply for doing their job. Mapping Media Freedom identifies threats, violations and limitations faced by members of the press throughout European Union member states, candidates for entry and neighbouring countries. Learn more.

Spain: “Purge” at state-owned RTVE following political pressure

alt informationThe reform of Spanish public television and radio RTVE exposes how political interests dominate the corporation

Austria: A nation shrouded in secrecy

alt informationIn an email sent to all regional police departments on 24 September 2018, Austria’s Ministry of the Interior suggested limiting communication with “certain media outlets”, including the weekly news magazine Falter and the daily newspaper Der Standard

No impunity: Who killed journalist Pavel Shemeret?

alt informationBefore his death, Pavel Sheremet was one of Ukraine’s leading investigative journalists. He most notably investigated government corruption and border smuggling in his native Belarus, leading to his arrest in 1997 but winning him CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award in the process. He was detained, harassed and arrested because of his work. Then, in 2016, he was assassinated. And Ukrainian authorities still have not uncovered who’s to blame.

Maltese journalist Caroline Muscat continues in the spirit of her murdered colleague Daphne Caruana Galizia

alt informationOn 16 October 2017 Malta’s most important investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered in Malta. Three men will stand trial for carrying out the crime but the masterminds remain untouched, rendering Malta an unsafe place for independent journalists. Journalist Caroline Muscat refuses to get distracted by that.

Too dangerous to stay: Russia’s journalists are leaving the country

alt informationA country with the largest territory in the world and a turbulent modern history, Russia is home to one of the most difficult media landscapes. Independent media has been around for less than three years, and in that time censorship has been tightening its grip with new-found strength.

Iron bars, automatic gunfire and impunity stalk Albania’s journalists

alt information"I will never stop pushing them to bring the authors of the assault on me to justice since this is not a case lacking in information"

Violence, corruption and censorship: The realities of being a journalist in Bulgaria

alt informationUnder increasing pressure from the government and a media environment becoming more and more censored, journalists within Bulgaria are finding themselves in danger

Journalism in Exile: “Turkey had turned into hell for journalism”

alt informationIt’s 2016. Turkey is in a state of emergency after the failed coup d’etat of the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan government. Journalists like Yavuz Baydar are going to be more at risk than ever before.

After three decades of relative freedom, Lithuania’s media is is being reined in

alt informationWhile initiatives by the country’s ruling coalition haven’t seen the press attacked on the same levels as neighbouring Poland, the government’s resolve seems clear: the media must be more controlled

Denmark: Cuts to funding threaten the future of DR’s public service journalism

alt informationKnown across Europe for its journalistic quality and as an exporter of hit political dramas, Danish state broadcaster DR will be forced to make unprecedented layoffs in what some are calling an act of “revenge” by the government

Journalism in Exile: Editor uses social media to pressure Azerbaijan’s government

alt informationOn the night that Rahim Haciyev accepted the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Guardian Journalism Award, he held aloft a copy of Azadliq, the paper that persevered despite assaults from the government whose misdoings it exposed

Turkey: Kurds in Mus “working behind the adversary’s lines while still living in their hometown”

alt informationThe story of jailed Kurdish reporter İdris Sayılgan is intertwined with the history of a village haunted by the ghosts of the dirty war of the 1990s and the Armenian Genocide