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MFRR letter to Charles Michel: time for EU Member States to act to protect journalists


The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) sent a letter to the President of the European Council, Charles Michel in expressing serious concern about the sharp decline in freedom of the press in the European Union

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Stars4Media Second Edition


Developed by the media and for the media, and co-funded by the EU, Stars4Media is supporting collaborative initiatives developed by at least two media organisations from two different EU countries. These initiatives should contribute to innovation in new editorial products and formats, emerging technologies or other innovations at the organisational level

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Whistleblower protections: a letter to Ukraine


We co-signed the letter to President Zelensky to support the efforts of civil society in Ukraine to block the dangerous amendments to the whistleblower protections

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Slovenia: media freedom at risk


Journalists say that personal attacks both from senior officials and the pro-government press have put a strain on their work. An analysis by Lili Bayer, published by Politico

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IPI Podcast: Anti-press sentiment in The Netherlands


Second episode of ‘The Press Freedom Files’ looks into case of Dutch journalist Clarice Gagard and motives behind the growing attacks against the media

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Call for National Researchers in Europe


Access Info Europe is currently seeking independent, country-level researchers for several European countries to act as national researchers for the first edition of the Global Data Barometer (2020–2021)

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A Grant: Modern Slavery Unveiled


This grant programme offered by aims to enable independent journalistic investigations into the exploitation of Asian victims of human trafficking and forced labour in Europe. Deadline 18 March

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Slovenia: Government Communication Office must stop controlling COVID-19 news coverage


IPI calls on UKOM to ensure full media participation during press conferences

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MFRR calls for acquittal of Swedish documentary makers


In view of the verdict in the trial of journalist Henrik Evertsson and camera operator Linus Andersson for their documentary about the sinking of the ‘MS Estonia’, the partners of Media Freedom Rapid Response stress the journalistic nature of the investigation carried out in the public interest and call for the acquittal of the two documentary makers. Here the statement:

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Report Launch: MFRR Press Freedom Mission to Poland (Feb. 11, 2021)


IPI and Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) present findings of recent press freedom mission to Poland

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