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.

Press freedom organisations call for full justice in the case of assassinated journalist Ján Kuciak

alt informationOn 6 December 2018, Index on Censorship joined eight partner organisations of the Council of Europe’s Platform for the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists to conduct a press freedom solidarity mission to Slovakia to call for full justice in the case of assassinated journalist Ján Kuciak

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.

Letter: Serbian media facing “very difficult” situation

alt informationFive Serbian media associations have written to Index on Censorship to raise their concerns about the media environment in the country. 

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.

Bulgarian authorities must promptly investigate murder of Viktoria Marinova

alt informationIndex on Censorship is shocked and saddened at the murder of a third journalist in the European Union in the last 12 months, following the killings of Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta and Jan Kuciak and his partner in Slovakia.

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"

Wendy Funes defies pressures to silence Honduran journalists

alt information“There have been deaths in the country, there are members of the military involved in extrajudicial executions, there is a culture of murdering people.”

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

Far right steps up anti-media campaign ahead of Swedish election

alt informationSweden baked in record temperatures this summer, matched only by the increasingly heated political climate as it gears up for an unprecedentedly bitter and divisive general election

Illiberal democracies: Awash in media without plurality

alt informationVisitors to Eurasian countries -- Turkey, Russia, Ukraine or, to a lesser extent, Azerbaijan -- might be impressed by the sheer number of domestic television channels that offer news programming. But all the coverage doesn't translate into media plurality.