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Democratic Values in the Digital Age Series: Strengthening Media Pluralism and Freedoms


Media freedom and media pluralism are essential to our democracies and are enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights. How can we safeguard media freedom and pluralism in the current digital environment? A conference organised by UCD Centre for Digital Policy

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Albania: Media must not face criminal prosecution for public interest reporting


Media freedom groups raise concern over the blanket publication ban issued by Albanian prosecutorial authorities regarding a trove of hacked data. No journalist or media outlet should face criminal sanctions for publishing information in the public interest

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Call for Italian political forces to take a stand against SLAPPs, a ‘slap’ in the face of freedom of information


The right of citizens to be informed about matters of public interest and of journalists to write freely about them cannot and must not be hindered by SLAPPs. Civil society's appeal to the future parliament to promote measures to contrast strategic lawsuits

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Joint Statement on the Proposal for the European Media Freedom Act


We co-signed a statement welcoming the European Commission's commitment to protect journalists and editorial independence within the EU

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Albania: Press freedom groups call for a fair trial in defamation lawsuit by former top prosecutor against Isa Myzyraj


The defamation case filed against journalist Isa Myzyraj by a former Tirana's prosecutor raises our concerns. MFRR and media freedom organisations call for a fair trial in which the importance of free speech and public interest reporting is appropriately considered

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Turkey: Twenty journalists including TGS leadership blacklisted by police


The partner organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) expressed solidarity with the twenty journalists blacklisted by the Turkish General Directorate of Security (EGM) for their writing and joined the Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS) in denouncing an apparent attempt to intimidate independent journalists and trade unionists

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Serbia: Support for OK Radio as it faces intimidation by powerful businessperson


Threats and pressure on media outlets by powerful business interests cannot be met with impunity

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Fažana Media Fest 2022


Organised by the investigative journalism center CIN-IJC, the fourth edition of the Fažana Media Fest will be an opportunity to explore the role of women in the media

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Turkey: International groups call to restore Evrensel’s right to receive public ads


Press Advertising Agency revokes Evrensel newspaper’s right to receive public ads

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European Anti-SLAPP Conference 2022


On 20 October 2022, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and the Coalition Against SLAPPs in Europe (CASE) will host the first ever European Anti-SLAPP Conference. The event is organised under the patronage of the European Parliament, with the support of the Council of Europe, and funded by the Open Society Foundations

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