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Germany: Misuse of funds at RBB highlights need for greater accountability in publicly funded media

22/08/2022

The partners of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) denounce the obvious misuse of public funds by Patricia Schlesinger, former director of Berlin’s public broadcaster Radio Berlin Brandenburg (RBB). We welcome her instant dismissal while demanding a thorough investigation and calling for improved accountability in publicly funded media

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Serbia: REM’s awarding of TV licences underscores media pluralism and media diversity failure

08/08/2022

The decision made by the Serbia’s Regulatory Body for Electronic Media to award four national FTA TV licences to pro-government outlets perpetuates a deeply unbalanced commercial broadcast media market and is another example of the authority’s failure to protect media diversity and pluralism in Serbia

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Malta: Joint statement in support of The Shift News

08/08/2022

OBCT co-signed a statement in support of the independent media outlet The Shift News, as it faces a freedom of information battle with the government of Malta

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Poland: Letter to the Ombudsman in defence of Polska Press

05/08/2022

OBCT joins a group of media freedom organisations in a letter to the Polish Ombudsman to urge him to reconsider its decision to refrain from appealing the acquisition of Polska Press by the state-controlled oil company PKN Orlen

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Malta: Public Inquiry recommendations must be implemented

29/07/2022

A year on from the publication of the Public Inquiry report into the assassination of Malta’s leading investigative journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, the undersigned organisations urge the Maltese authorities to comply with their international human rights obligations and implement the report’s recommendations without further delay to ensure effective protection of journalists going forward. We are concerned at the lack of implementation of the recommendations of this milestone Public Inquiry

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2022 Rule of law report: OBCT submission for Italy

20/07/2022

The European Commission published the 2022 Rule of Law Report on July 13. In response to the call for stakeholders' contribution, OBCT submitted a report answering questions related to the situation in Italy

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Hungary: Media freedom groups welcome EU court referral over Klubrádió frequency

19/07/2022

Move by EU Commission is belated but important signal it will use legal toolbox to defend independent media

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Greece: Real Group media offices targeted in arson attack

14/07/2022

The partner organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today join the Journalists’ Union of Athens Daily Newspapers (JUADN) in condemning the arson attack on the offices of newspaper Real News and the radio station Real FM in Athens on 13 July 2022

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Albania: Letter to Prime Minister Edi Rama from international press freedom organisations

07/07/2022

OBCT signed a letter addressed to Albanian PM Edi Rama in protest against a decision to ban journalists from attending press conferences after they asked challenging questions. Such an arbitrary restriction seriously affects the ability of the press to carry out its watchdog role. Albanian translation is available below

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Greece: MFRR partners welcome acquittal of journalists in Novartis criminal case

01/07/2022

Criminal case points to far deeper issues for press freedom in Greece

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