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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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Czech Republic: concern over independence of public service media

23/03/2021

The MFRR partners have sent a letter to the members of the Czech Parliament regarding the politicisation of the Council of the Czech TV (Česká Televize, CT)

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Solidarity with the Swedish media outlet Realtid ahead of the first hearing in their UK defamation case

23/03/2021

Twenty-four organisations express their solidarity with the Swedish business and finance publication, Realtid, its editor, and the two journalists being sued for defamation in London. Realtid are due before the High Court tomorrow for a two-day remote hearing that will decide whether England and Wales is the appropriate jurisdiction for the case to be heard

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Turkey: the murder of radio presenter Hazim Özsu

19/03/2021

The MFRR condemns the murder of radio presenter Hazim Özsu in Turkey and calls for a swift and thorough investigation and prosecution that leads to justice

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Online training to improve media reporting on Muslims and Islam

16/03/2021

The European Federation of Journalists is organising a series of online webinars aiming to improve media reporting on Muslims and Islam. Deadline 31st March

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Letter: Increasing Concerns for Media Freedom in Slovenia

16/03/2021

We co-signed a letter to the Commission and to the media working group of the European Parliament

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Serbia: MFRR condemns dangerous and baseless smear campaign aimed at KRIK

11/03/2021

The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR ) condemns the smear campaign aimed at the Network for Investigation of Crime and Corruption (KRIK) by pro-government media outlets that propagated the baseless and dangerous claim that KRIK has a ‘secret deal’ with Veljko Belivuk, a recently arrested leader of an organised crime group

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