Category : media freedom

Free expression groups call for public interest defence in UK official secrets laws

alt informationReporters Without Borders, English PEN and Index on Censorship have published their joint submission to the Law Commission’s Consultation on the Protection of Official Data

State of media freedom in Macedonia is very worrying

alt information  Index on Censorship signed a joint statement by issued after a ECPMF-EFJ-SEEMO-OBCT fact-finding mission to Macedonia, on 25th-28th April regarding rising violence against journalists in Macedonia: We hereby express our deep concerns about the yesterday‘s violent attacks against journalists in the parliament of the Republic of Macedonia. From the beginning of 2016 until yesterday […]

It’s not just Trump: threats to US media freedom go far deeper, survey shows

alt informationThreats to media freedom in the United States go far beyond the high-profile attacks on news outlets made by President Donald Trump, a new study shows.

Dunja Mijatović: Why bother? A quick take on lying on social media

alt informationBesides the difficulty in determining truth from opinion to a bald-faced lie, the inherent limiting of ideas, including criminalising them, makes us all suffer a little bit.

The pen is not a menace: Protecting journalists and journalism

alt informationTo far too many crooked governments, evil despots, corrupt moguls or power-mad militias, a journalist is more of a threat than even an armed opponent.

Dunja Mijatović: The fight against terror should not be a fight against basic human rights

alt informationWe know Europeans want something to be terrorism. Living in a perpetual state of fear is not the natural consequence of living in 21st century liberal democracies. But neither is living in a police state.

Dunja Mijatović : Turkey must treat media freedom for what it really is – a test of democracy

alt informationMedia freedom must be treated for what it really is: a strong test of democracy.

Yavuz Baydar: Escalation in the clampdown on Turkey’s media and academia

alt informationIt was at the early hours of Friday that a journalist sent a note to her colleagues. “We are told by the management that our publication is discontinued with immediate effect,” she said. “We are told to pack our belongings and leave the office. You can’t imagine how sad I am.” The weekly news magazine […]

15 June: Press freedom in the Middle East: challenges and prospects

alt informationThe New Arab news network invites you to a panel discussion to discuss the challenges faced by the media and journalists in the post-Arab Spring era

Writers and artists condemn seizure of Zaman news group

alt informationArtists and writers joined Index in condemning Turkish government's seizure of Zaman newspaper

Poland: Abolition of safeguards for pluralism and independence in public service media

alt informationCoalition urges Polish authorities to resist any temptation to strengthen political control over the media.

“You have to be brave to be a journalist in Serbia”

alt informationMedia freedoms in Serbia are on the decline. A recent report by Human Rights Watch painted a picture of journalists in several western Balkan countries, working in hostile environments whilst facing threats and intimidation.