Category : 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.

Media freedom is under threat worldwide. Journalists are threatened, jailed and even killed simply for doing their job.

Index on Censorship documents threats to media freedom in Europe via a unique monitoring project and campaigns against laws that stifle journalists’ work. We also publish an award-winning magazine featuring work by and about censored journalists. Learn more.

International press freedom groups condemn killing of Maltese investigative journalist

alt informationSixteen press freedom groups condemn the killing of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and demand an immediate and independent investigation into her death.

Daphne Caruana Galizia: Life and career of murdered Maltese journalist

alt informationDaphne Caruana Galizia was a Maltese journalist and blogger known for her investigative reporting on controversial and sensitive information

Russia: Journalists detained during protests breach of media freedom

alt informationAt least nine media workers were detained across Russia on 8 October during protests organised by Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny

Malta must conduct swift investigation into killing of journalist

alt informationIndex on Censorship strongly condemns the violent killing of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

Ireland: Irish Times journalists banned from Communicorp airwaves

alt informationStaff from the Irish Times will no longer appear on Ireland’s only two national commercial radio stations, Newstalk and Today FM

Labour Party conference: No place for a free press

alt informationDuring the Labour Party conference, the BBC political editor required bodyguards while two other journalists were barred from entering

Lawsuits are discouraging quality journalism in Albania

alt informationAlbania’s mainstream media outlets have been reluctant to cover and expose corruption in the country, and observers blame vexatious lawsuits for the hesitancy

Index urges Ukraine to not extradite journalist to Uzbekistan

alt informationOn 20 September authorities detained Narzullo Okhunjonov when he arrived at an international airport in Kyiv, Ukraine, following an Interpol red notice

Catalan referendum: The media becomes a target as tensions escalate

alt informationThe stern reaction by the national government has caused not only much conflict within the region but also violations against media freedom

Journalists targeted with threats of sexual violence

alt informationJournalists are increasingly subjected to online harassment, but when the journalist is a woman it quickly escalates into gender-based defamation and threats of sexual violence

Hungary: Prime minister Viktor Orban wages campaign against critical journalists

alt informationAs Hungary prepares for parliamentary elections, independent journalists have become a target of the pro-government media outlets

Sweden: Mainstream populism has emboldened extremist opponents of the press

alt informationSweden's journalists are coming under increasing pressure from fringe groups in the country.