Category : European Union

Map recording threats to journalists in Europe relaunches and expands to Russia, Ukraine and Belarus

alt informationIndex on Censorship, the European Federation of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders are delighted to announce the expansion and redesign of Mapping Media Freedom, which records threats to journalists across Europe.

Bahrain: Rights defender’s appeal hearing postponed again

Index on Censorship award winner Nabeel Rajab had the verdict on his appeal delayed again until April 15. Rajab is appealing his sentence over a tweet.

Jacob Mchangama: European leaders have long compromised free expression

alt informationOnly by reaffirming a genuine and principled defence of freedom of thought, expression and religion can Europe hope to create a society built on real tolerance and respect for diversity

Azerbaijan: Lawyers denied access to Leyla Yunus

alt informationDisregarding the motion by European Parliament earlier this week, Azerbaijan has failed to release political prisoners Leyla and Arif Yunus, Rasul Jafarov, Intigam Aliyev and Hasan Huseynli.

House of Lords committee slams “right to be forgotten”

alt informationThe British House of Lords has slammed the recent "right to be forgotten" ruling by the court of justice of the European Union, deeming it "unworkable" and "wrong in principle".

When Google tripped: Forgetting the right to be forgotten

alt informationWho limits access to information in the context of a search, and what it produces, continues to loom large. The right to know jousts with the entitlement to be invisible, writes Binoy Kampmark

Index urges court to rethink ruling on “right to be forgotten”

Index reiterates its concern at the ruling on the so-called “right to be forgotten” and its implications for free speech and access to information. Index urges the court to put a stay on its ruling while it pursues a regulatory framework that will provide legal oversight, an appeals process and ensure that private corporations are […]

Leaked document reveals how EU cut commitment to greater official openness

You can find support for the public’s right to access official information in the strangest places. Like a private EU policy paper draft. As leaked to and published by the whistle-blowers’ website Wikileaks. Rohan Jayasekara writes

EU expression guidelines fail to recognise the right to information

On 12 May 2014, the Council of the European Union adopted the EU Human Rights Guidelines on Freedom of Expression: Online and Offline (Guidelines). The initiative to adopt the Guidelines, which provide “political and operational guidance” to EU staff regarding this important area of EU foreign policy and assistance, is welcome. At the same time, […]

EU adopts new guidelines on freedom of expression

New guidelines were released this week by the European Union Foreign Affairs Council specifically focusing on freedom of expression online and offline. Alice Kirkland reports

Gambia: Jammeh promises to implement reforms

alt informationGambian President Yahya Jammeh has bowed to EU pressure to implement political reforms -- including changing the country's restrictions on the media, Buya Jammeh reports

Media freedom: In good health or under threat – how do the US and EU compare?

Index hosts a Google Hangout with New York-based Guardian Digital journalist James Ball, and LA Times London correspondent, Henry Chu