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Croatia: MFRR partners concerned about wave of abusive legal actions against


MFRR partners condemn the wave of abusive legal actions filed against, many of which used by powerful individuals as a means of silencing critical expression

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Romania: filmmakers badly beaten while shooting documentary on illegal logging


On 16 September, two filmmakers and an activist were attacked and badly beaten by a group of 20 armed people while documenting the issue of illegal logging. MFRR partners call on the Romanian authorities to ensure all those responsible are brought to justice

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MFRR partners welcome European Commission’s Recommendation on protection, safety and empowerment of journalists


For the first time, the EU Commission puts media freedom among its priorities and pushes Member States to act consequently

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MFRR: EU action needed to tackle spyware abuses after Pegasus revelations


As the European Parliament today debates the Pegasus spyware scandal, the undersigned partners of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) call for an immediate investigation into the alleged use of the spyware against journalists by Hungarian authorities and urge the strong implementation of new EU rules on the export of cyber-surveillance technology around the world

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Urgent solution needed as Slovenian Press Agency funding crisis passes 250 days


Several media freedom organizations and journlalists' unions call on UKOM and the government of Prime Minister Janša to immediately end the economic suffocation of the STA

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Slovenia: MFRR calls for firm response after storming of public broadcaster RTV


The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and its partners in the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today strongly condemn the attack on the Slovenian public broadcaster RTV Slovenija (RTVS) by Covid-19 deniers and anti-vaccination protesters last Friday

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GNI Startups Lab Europe


Created in partnership between the Google News Initiative (GNI), German media innovation hub Media Lab Bayern, and the European Journalism Centre (EJC), the GNI Startups Lab Europe supports high-quality reporting for local communities, single-topic audiences and/or previously underserved communities

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Malta: MFRR concerned over disinformation and discredit campaign


The MFRR stands in solidarity with the journalists targeted by the recent disinformation and discredit campaign and calls on the Maltese authorities to take decisive measures to protect journalists

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Journalists in Residence: the program is starting for the second year in Milan


Journalists and media workers active in the UE Member States and Candidate Countries can apply for support to the program JiR Milan: within the second year of the Media Freedom Rapid Response, OBC Transeuropa and QCode Mag will host a journalist in distress, offering training, covering travel and lodging expenses and promoting their professional skills

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CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism


The focus 2021 of the Award is Covid-19. One virus, many stories: investigative reporting on the socio-economic impact of the global pandemic

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