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UN-EU High-level Policy Dialogue on safety of journalists and media freedom

04/02/2022

Under the title "Protecting the safety of journalists, media freedom and pluralism in the European Union: challenges and opportunities", a full day of discussions and meetings will analyze the state of media freedom and safety of journalists, collecting recommendations and stories. On 24 February 2022, from 9:30 to 18:00, the event will be both in-person in Brussels, and online

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Turkey: a call to release Sedef Kabaş

01/02/2022

We joined the call of the International Press Institute, signed by other 25 human rights and journalists’ organizations, to ask for the immediate release of journalist Sedef Kabaş following her late-night arrest on January 22 and for an end to the judicial harassment of independent media

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SLAPP petition delivered to EU Commission

01/02/2022

On Tuesday 1st February the CASE Coalition (coalition against SLAPPs in Europe) handed over 200,000 signature to Věra Jourová, Vice-President and Commissioner for Values and Transparency, to ask for a strong response against abusive lawsuits

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Albania: news outlets faced cyber attacks following reports about Mayor of Tirana

28/01/2022

Cyber-attacks on news outlets believed to be in relation to their reporting on Tirana’s Mayor Erion Veliaj and the appointment of government loyalist Endri Fuga to lead the Media and Information Agency add to existing challenges for media freedom in Albania. We call for a swift and effective investigation into these attacks and condemn the appointment of Fuga to head the newly established agency

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Last days to advocate against SLAPPs

28/01/2022

The CASE, Coalition against SLAPPs in Europe, will deliver the petition to the vice president of the European Commission Vera Jourova: hundreds of organizations all over Europe are asking for remedies and proposals to tackle strategic lawsuits against public participation

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Lithuania: investigative journalism and privacy

27/01/2022

Today, the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partner organisations and the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation have written to Director Raimondas Andrijauskas and Deputy Director Danguolė Morkūnienė of the Lithuanian State Data Protection Inspectorate (SDPI)’s to express concern at their attempted obstruction of investigative project “Karštos Pėdos” (“Hot Feet”)’s journalistic activity

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Greece: Concern over criminal charges against investigative reporters

20/01/2022

The criminal charges against Kostas Vaxevanis and Ioanna Papadakou are extremely serious. The nature of the charges, their connection to investigative reporting on corruption, and the potential imprisonment of two journalists in an EU Member State, raise legitimate concerns regarding press freedom. Our organisations are closely following this case, demanding judicial authorities to act with full regard for press freedom standards

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Montenegro: Impunity must end for shooting of journalist Olivera Lakić

19/01/2022

MFRR praises cross-party approval of legislation strengthening protection of journalists

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Index reiterates its support for Carole Cadwalladr as she faces SLAPP trial

14/01/2022

We join other ngos and organizations in supporting the award-winning journalist who is facing a week-long defamation trial in London this week

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Netherlands: International mission on the safety of Dutch journalists

05/01/2022

As part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), Free Press Unlimited (FPU) and the European Center for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) are organising an international media freedom mission to the Netherlands. With the mission, the consortium members want to map the decreasing security of journalists in the country, but also highlight the existence of security mechanisms for journalists such as the PersVeilig (Press Safe) established in 2019. The mission will be held at the beginning of 2022

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