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MFRR calls on EU countries to protect Hungarian Journalists in Europe from state monitoring

13/10/2020

The EU Ministries of Foreign Affairs haven't answered to the letter of concern sent on 25 September, while the situation in Hungary is getting worse

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Montenegro: Jovo Martinovic sentenced by the High Court to one year in prison for drug trafficking

08/10/2020

MFRR partners and media freedom organisations condemn the verdict and the entire proceedings. Beyond the violation of Martinovic’s human rights, his prosecution and conviction contribute to a chilling effect on media freedom in Montenegro

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International coalition starts Turkey press freedom mission

06/10/2020

Representatives of 11 organisations, led by the International Press Institute, will meet key stakeholders in Istanbul and Ankara from 6 to 9 October

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Does Montenegro choose the European Union or jailing a top journalist?

06/10/2020

On 8 October 2020, the verdict in the retrial of the Montenegrin journalist Jovo Martinović will be pronounced. Ahead of the decision, we, the undersigned organisations, call on the High Court of Montenegro to take full account of the overwhelming evidence of the reporter’s innocence and acquit him

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EU Rule of Law Report: ECPMF urges action

03/10/2020

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), as part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response, welcomes the publication of the first EU Annual Rule of Law Report, appreciating that a number of the concerns raised in the preparatory phase have been taken into account

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Malta: Nello Scavo insulted after testifying in the case against Neville Gafà

02/10/2020

Upon leaving the hearing, Italian journalist Nello Scavo and Maltese blogger Manuel Delia were insulted by a crowd of people in support of Gafà. ECPMF condemns the insults, recalling that verbal threats from high-profile individuals can lead to acts of violence and send a message of impunity

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Slovenia: OBCT joins IPI's statement condemning brazen use of SLAPP

01/10/2020

We believe it is abundantly clear that the number and nature of the spurious defamation lawsuits against Necenzurirano are not aimed at achieving justice, but instead at silencing the outlet by forcing its journalists to fight time-consuming and costly legal battles, draining them financially and discouraging them from further reporting

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Bulgaria: the Ombudsman's answer to MFRR's letter of concern

29/09/2020

Diana Kovatcheva, Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria, replies to the Media Freedom Rapid Response's concern underlining her efforts to protect journalists and allow them to access Parliamentary buildings

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North Macedonia: MFRR partners express concern over recent attacks on journalists and media workers

28/09/2020

Six alerts regarding North Macedonia have been registered through the Mapping Media Freedom project since the launch of the MFRR in March 2020. In a letter to Prime Minister Zaev, MFRR partners highlight that attacks on journalists and media workers remain an acute problem, undermining press freedom in the country

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Bulgaria: police violence and public restrictions for journalists

24/09/2020

We co-signed a letter that the International Press Institute has sent to the Bulgarian authorities to express the concern of the consortium Media Freedom Rapid Response about restrictions and violations of media freedom

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