No lockdown for press freedom: misuse of Corona crisis to silence journalism in Europe


A virtual talk that explores how the emergency measures for COVID-19 pandemic are affecting media freedom in Europe

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many European countries have introduced emergency measures that in different ways have affected and restricted press and media freedom. 

The speakers present several cases of misuse of laws and regulations on surveillance and access to information that in many countries has led to a stop of any form of debate and journalistic work.

Speakers are media freedom experts, policymakers, and journalists: 

Meera Selva, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism – Oxford; Ramona Strugariu, MEP Renew Europe; Márton Gergely, HVG Hungary; Virginia Pérez Alonso, PDLI Spain; Attila Biró, RISE Romania; Branko Čečen, Serbian Investigative Center (CINS); Magdalena Adamowicz, MEP European People’s Party.

Moderators: Nora Wehofsits (ECPMF) and Scott Griffen (IPI) 

The virtual talk has been organised by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) as part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR).