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.

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

Austria: Political change puts pressure on independence of public broadcaster

alt informationWith the far-right Freedom Party moving from opposition party to governing partner in 2017, efforts to gain political influence in the media sector have put ORF, Austria’s biggest media outlet, under pressure

For the sake of the public’s right to know, journalists must be granted access

alt informationFrom the beginning of 2017 until April 2017, 143 reports of blocked access, in which journalists were expelled from a location or prevented from speaking to a source, were submitted MMF

Are Serbia’s tax inspections being used as a tool to curb the press?

alt information“It’s difficult for me to believe that the motives behind so many frequent and intense inspections are anything but political”

What does it take for a journalist to enter Crimea?

alt informationThere’s currently no good way for journalists to travel to Crimea. Rather, it’s a balancing act where one has to choose the least worst solution

British MP condemns chilling libel cases faced by Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family

alt informationMaltese libel laws are having an incredibly chilling effect on journalism and free speech, said British MP Tom Brake at a parliamentary meeting.

Calls for justice mark six months since Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder

alt informationAttendees of the London vigil demand an end to impunity and a proper investigation into the Maltese journalist’s death