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.

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.

Germany: Journalists facing conflict with emergency responders over filming

alt informationWhen journalist Marvin Oppong began photographing the scene of an accident involving a police car and a taxi, he was just doing his job. But before long Oppong ended up being violently detained by police and stripped of his camera’s memory card.

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

Journalism in Exile: Iranian journalist Omid Rezaee believes storytelling can save us

alt informationThe Iranian-born mechanical engineering student was the editor-in-chief of Fanous, a student magazine which was banned for standing with the Green Movement

Angola: Index welcomes acquittal of Rafael Marques de Morais

alt informationIndex on Censorship welcomes the decision to acquit Angolan journalist and winner of the 2015 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award for Journalism, Rafael Marques de Morais, along with Mariano Brás Lourenço, of defamation and slander

Project Exile: Turkish editor departs after police raid

alt information"I realise it was the best decision of my life because I would be imprisoned right now, like my colleagues."

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

Project Exile: Pakistani reporter moves to France after kidnap attempt

alt information"The question is now, under the change of government, would I be welcome? I'm still being outspoken about what I think."