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curated by Anna Zanon and Paola Rosà

The Definition

Cybersecurity is the protection of internet-connected systems, such as hardware, software, computers, servers, electronic systems and data from malicious attacks and cyberthreats. It is particularly relevant for journalists.

43 matches in the database of the Resource Centre: 24 reports, 6 legal resources, 3 videos, 2 training opportunities, 1 book, 1 manual.

The Policy of the European Union

The existing rules on the security of network and information systems (NIS Directive), have been the first piece of EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity and paved the way for a significant change in mind-set, institutional and regulatory approach to cybersecurity in many Member States. The New EU’s Cybersecurity Strategy was launched on 16 Dec. 2020

Out of the 4 chapters of the Recommendation on the protection, safety and empowerment of journalists, one is devoted to Online safety and digital empowerment: relevant national cybersecurity bodies should, upon request, assist journalists, and Member States should promote a regular dialogue between such cybersecurity bodies, media and industry.

Research and analysis

The reports digested in the RC include


The attention to surveillance recurs in dozens of letters and statements addressing the issue for example in Greece (after spyware surveillance of journalist Thanasis Koukakis), Turkey (for the growing digital censorship), Hungary (for the Pegasus scandal), Italy (after the wiretapping of Nancy Porsia), Portugal (with four journalists under police surveillance).

Tags: Cybersecurity

This content is part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response  (MFRR), a Europe-wide mechanism which tracks, monitors and responds to violations of press and media freedom in EU Member States and Candidate Countries. The project is co-funded by the European Commission.