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.

Ireland’s media ownership concentration breeds pessimism

alt informationWhile media observers routinely identify Ireland’s lack of plurality in media ownership, which is among the most highly concentrated in Europe, as a significant concern, there’s considerable disagreement on how to tackle the issue.

Israeli move to silence Al Jazeera a clear violation of press freedom

alt informationIndex on Censorship condemns the decision by the government of Israel to ban Al Jazeera from operating in the country.

Germany: G20 journalists face assault, intimidation and loss of accreditation

alt informationJournalists covering the G20 Summit in Hamburg in July were subject to assaults, intimidation and some lost their accreditation, according to verified incidents documented by Index on Censorship’s project Mapping Media Freedom.

New website to track press freedom violations in United States

alt informationIndex on Censorship joined more than 20 press freedom organisations announcing the launch today of the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a new nonpartisan website dedicated to documenting press freedom abuses across the United States.

Mapping Media Freedom: Arrest of media professionals quadruples in first quarter

alt informationJournalists continue to face unprecedented pressure in Europe as reports submitted to Index on Censorship’s Mapping Media Freedom platform in the first quarter of 2017 demonstrate.

Russia: Journalists swept up in crackdown on anti-corruption protesters

alt informationAs thousands of people took to the streets across Russia on 12 June 2017 to protest corruption, journalists were among those detained by police, according to verified incidents reported to Mapping Media Freedom.

Cumhuriyet journalists: Imprisoned for changing editorial policy

alt informationCumhuriyet journalists and executives face trial beginning Monday 24 July for abetting the failed 15 July 2016 coup against the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Groups urge Ukraine to ensure thorough investigation in killing of journalist Pavel Sheremet

alt informationOn the first anniversary of the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet, Index on Censorship joined Article 19, Association of European Journalists, Committee to Protect Journalists, European Federation of Journalists, International Federation of Journalists, International Press Institute, International News Safety Institute and Reporters Sans Frontieres in urging the Ukrainian president to ensure an effective investigation of the crime.

Reporting from Ukraine’s separatist areas is becoming more difficult

alt informationJournalists are facing increased difficulties and monitoring when reporting from two self-proclaimed republics in Ukraine's separatist areas.

Abduction, torture and intimidation: Azerbaijan’s endless crackdown on independent journalism

alt informationMedia outlets in Azerbaijan routinely deal with torture, assault, raids, imprisonment and endless intimidation, as verified reports submitted to Index on Censorship’s Mapping Media Freedom project show.

Bahrain: Press freedom groups call for lifting of Al Wasat suspension

alt informationPress freedom organisations and local Bahraini groups have raised alarm today over the suspension of Bahrain's only independent newspaper, Al Wasat, which has been barred from publishing for three days now.