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.

Argentine journalist fled after prosecutor’s death

alt information"I was sure they were going to kill me, taking into account what happened to Nisman."

Slapp: Shadowy legal actions are being used to silence the media

alt informationJournalists who dare to investigate powerful people or companies are facing increasingly expensive legal threats to stop them publishing

USA: Climate for press freedom worsens in Missouri and surrounding states

alt informationJournalists tell international delegation of hostility, restricted access

Three months on: Murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

alt informationYesterday marked three months since the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Outside the Maltese embassy in London, Index on Censorship stood with others to call on the Maltese government ensure justice is served

Hungary: a “samizdat” movement brings independent news to the people

alt informationIn Hungary’s rural areas, access to news critical of those in power is a rare thing. Now a small group has set out to challenge the information monopoly of the government by distributing an independent weekly

Russia: How one radio station became a target of pressure, threats and extreme violence

alt informationIn 2017 Mapping Media Freedom, Index on Censorship’s project for monitoring media violations throughout Europe, registered 15 reports relating to Echo Moskvy.

Tracey Bagshaw: Is compromise compromising news?

alt informationCommercial interference pressures on the UK's regional papers are growing. Some worry that jeopardises their independence.

Preventing protest coverage: How Belarus controls what the public knows

alt information“Europe’s last dictatorship” doesn’t tolerate dissent. The country’s constitution claims to protect freedom of the press, but many laws seem to contradict this.

Croatia: Journalists targeted after reporting on sentences imposed on “war criminals”

alt informationSeveral journalists and news outlets from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina faced death threats following their coverage a war crimes trial

Mapping Media Freedom: 2017 in review

alt informationThis year saw 1,035 media freedom violations reported to Index on Censorship’s Mapping Media Freedom, a project that monitors media freedom in 42 countries, including all EU member states

Jean-Paul Marthoz: Commercial interference in the European media

alt informationJean-Paul Marthoz explores how commercial interference can impact journalism in Europe.