Category : media freedom

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

Besides 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

To 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

We 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

Media 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

It 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

The 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

Artists 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

Coalition 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”

Media 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.

Ukraine: “Serious blow to media freedom”

Index on Censorship condemns the move to ban 41 international journalists and bloggers from Ukraine

UK Foreign Office issues statement on arrests

Freedom of expression charities have written to UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond urging the UK to speak out publicly in defence of freedom of expression following the arrest of two British journalists in Turkey under terror legislation.

Azerbaijan: Sport for Rights coalition condemns sentencing of journalist Khadija Ismayilova

The Sport for Rights coalition strongly condemns the sentencing of Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova to a staggering 7.5 years in jail.