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A landmark step in the right direction: CASE welcomes the European Commission's Anti-SLAPP initiative

28/04/2022

The Coalition Against SLAPPs in Europe (CASE) welcomes the European Commission’s anti-SLAPP initiative unveiled today which includes key remedies and safeguards needed in any effective anti-SLAPP legislation

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Press Briefing on EU anti-SLAPP proposals

22/04/2022

A press briefing from the Coalition Against SLAPPs in Europe (CASE) in response to the EC's proposed anti-SLAPP measures: Thursday 28 April at 11 am

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Greece: Letter to government after spyware surveillance of journalist Thanasis Koukakis

22/04/2022

The partners of the Media Freedom Rapid Response together with other media freedom organisations are concerned about surveillance measures hitting journalists in Greece

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Free European Media: governments urged to take action to support journalism

15/04/2022

Over 150 journalists, representatives of journalists’ organisations and press councils, as well as academics, politicians, and civil society activists gathered on 17-18 March at the Solidarność Centre in Gdansk, Poland, for the second edition of the Free European Media conference

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Bosnia and Herzegovina’s national public broadcaster faces closure

15/04/2022

The EFJ, EBU and SEEMO have all called for an urgent resolution to save the national broadcaster and its workers from financial ruin

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Romania: Publication of stolen pictures of Emilia Șercan and leak from criminal investigation must be investigated swiftly and independently

14/04/2022

Ten European and international press freedom and freedom of expression organisations, members of the MFRR and their partners, have reacted to the harassment of Emilia Șercan, expressing serious concerns about the case and its implications for media freedom in Romania. Today, the ten organisations sent an open letter to the Romanian authorities calling for swift and independent investigations. The letter recalls that the threats and harassment of Șercan are set against a background of recent aggression and undue pressure against journalists and media workers in Romania coming from politicians, prosecutors, police, and military officers

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Remembering Giorgos Karaivaz: One year later, targeted killing remains unresolved

08/04/2022

MFRR partners call for progress and transparency in investigation

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A press conference on journalists safety in the Netherlands

07/04/2022

A press conference in The Hague and online will be held on 13 April to discuss the findings of the fact-finding mission part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response

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MFRR to hold press freedom mission to Italy

30/03/2022

From 4 to 6 April, representatives of all partner organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) will be in Italy for a fact-finding mission focused on two main topics: safety of journalists and state protection measures on one side, and SLAPPs against journalists and the need for comprehensive legislative reforms of the framework of defamation and media freedom on the other

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New report by the Media Freedom Rapid Response finds systemic challenges to press freedom in Greece

28/03/2022

Today, the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) publishes the report “Controlling the Message: Challenges for independent reporting in Greece”, which details the findings and recommendations of its online fact-finding mission to Greece

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