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Slovenia: a letter to EU Presidents

30/06/2021

MFRR partners shared with Charles Michel, President of the European Council, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, the newly published report "Press Freedom Deteriorating in Slovenia under Latest Janša Government"

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Slovenian government eroding media freedom as it takes over EU Presidency

30/06/2021

As Slovenia will assume the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union on July 1, MFRR partners, press freedom organisations and journalism groups release a new report about press freedom deteriorating in the country under Janša Government

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Prison for defamation: a partially good news, the decision of the Italian Constitutional Court

23/06/2021

The MFRR partners welcome the decision of the Italian Constitutional Court but ask for more engagement by the Parliament: a reform of media laws is necessary to protect media freedom in the country

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Women journalists and media workers: MFRR submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur

16/06/2021

Across Europe, online and offline verbal abuse, threats and harassment disproportionately affect women journalists and media workers. This submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression to inform her thematic report on gender justice considers barriers, challenges and threats that women journalists and media workers face in the exercise of their profession

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Poland: PKN Orlen media purchase violates EU merger rules and media pluralism standards

14/06/2021

MFRR supports ARTICLE 19 legal opinion submitted to Warsaw competition court

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MFRR letter to US President Biden

14/06/2021

The Media Freedom Rapid Response urges the President of the United Stated, in Brussel for a NATO summit, to support efforts by the European Commission to demand reform in Poland and Hungary that guarantee media pluralism and independent journalism

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Bulgaria: MFRR partners ask the interim government to examine the state of media freedom in the country

09/06/2021

Improvement of the situation in Bulgaria needs significant will, as well as a broader recognition of the fundamental role that independent journalism plays for the society. MFRR asks the interim government to prioritise the investigation of threats and attacks against journalists

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Slovenia: MFRR dismayed by Prime Minister Janša’s denigrating tweet

09/06/2021

MFRR partners call on Prime Minister Janez Janša to cease denigrating Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, and her recent memorandum on freedom of expression and media freedom in Slovenia

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EDMO Week: United Against Disinformation

07/06/2021

To mark its first year of activities, the European Digital Media Observatory will hold its first annual conference, EDMO Week: United Against Disinformation, on 7-11 June bringing together stakeholders working to tackle online disinformation, including researchers, regulatory authorities, online platforms, civil society, and the policy sector

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ENRC sues public watchdogs: an attempt to curtail freedom of expression and jeopardise anti-corruption efforts

07/06/2021

OBCT co-signed a statement by Index on Censorship on the abuse of lawsuits by Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited

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