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Italy: wiretapping of journalists reporting on migration must be investigated

12/04/2021

The Media Freedom Rapid Response and partner organisations welcome the launch of an investigation into the wiretapping of journalists and their sources in Sicily. However, a robust, swift and systematic investigation will be essential for rebuilding trust and ensuring that all journalists, sources and legal professionals in Italy are protected

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Open Letter to Croatian Minister of Justice to free whistleblower Jonathan Taylor

09/04/2021

Arrested last July, the British lawyer is still in Croatia at risk of extradiction to Monaco. The MFRR partners and several ngos ask Croatia to protect him

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MFRR raises concerns over increasing meddling in independence of Czech public broadcaster

02/04/2021

The partner organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) express their serious concern over the latest efforts by the ruling ANO party and its allies to further politicise the oversight body of the Czech public broadcaster.

We are worried that the slow-motion yet obvious efforts to stack the Council of the Czech TV (ČT Council) are ultimately aimed at the erosion of the public television’s independence and politically-motivated realignment of its news and opinion programming

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Turkey: a letter of concern ahead of the visit of EU leaders

02/04/2021

Ahead of their visit to Turkey, we joined several ngos and human rights groups in asking the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission to highlight the country's domestic human rights situation, in particular threats to journalists and media outlets

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Montenegro: Jovo Martinović's appeal rejected

31/03/2021

OBCT joined leading international press freedom and journalists’ organisations in condemning the continued judicial persecution of Montenegrin investigative journalist, Jovo Martinović after his appeal was rejected

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Against SLAPPs at every level

29/03/2021

The new site is online and the CASE, Coalition against Slapps in Europe is calling for help to endorse some initiatives

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Belarus: leaders of journalists’ organisations in Europe call on heads of governments to take action

25/03/2021

Leaders of 50 journalists’ unions and associations in 34 European countries today called on their governments to intensify pressure and take action in the face of constant violations of human rights and press freedom in Belarus. In a joint letter, they urge their head of government to demand from the Belarusian authorities the immediate release of the 12 imprisoned journalists and the withdrawal of administrative and criminal proceedings against Belarusian journalists

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Serbia: Groups condemn deafening silence of government over KRIK smear campaign

25/03/2021

OBCT joins MFRR partners and other ngos in writing a letter to Serbian authorities

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Montenegro: Vijesti Television journalist Sead Sadiković injured after group attack

24/03/2021

IPI calls for thorough investigation after assault

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MFRR condemns defamation lawsuit against Gazeta Wyborcza Editor-in-Chief by Polish Justice Minister

24/03/2021

The partners of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today strongly condemn the civil defamation lawsuit launched against the editor-in-chief of Poland’s biggest daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza by the serving Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro

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