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Slovenia: MFRR dismayed by Prime Minister Janša’s denigrating tweet

09/06/2021

MFRR partners call on Prime Minister Janez Janša to cease denigrating Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, and her recent memorandum on freedom of expression and media freedom in Slovenia

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EDMO Week: United Against Disinformation

07/06/2021

To mark its first year of activities, the European Digital Media Observatory will hold its first annual conference, EDMO Week: United Against Disinformation, on 7-11 June bringing together stakeholders working to tackle online disinformation, including researchers, regulatory authorities, online platforms, civil society, and the policy sector

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ENRC sues public watchdogs: an attempt to curtail freedom of expression and jeopardise anti-corruption efforts

07/06/2021

OBCT co-signed a statement by Index on Censorship on the abuse of lawsuits by Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited

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Serbia: investigative outlet KRIK sued by state security agency director

04/06/2021

The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) is deeply concerned by the lawsuit targeted at a journalist and the editor-in-chief of the Network for Investigation of Crime and Corruption (KRIK) by the director of Serbia’s Security-Information Agency (BIA)

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Open letter to the WHO in defence of whistleblowing

28/05/2021

The Whistleblowing International Network, Transparency International, and the Government Accountability Project, with the support of 40 anti-corruption, public health, and whistleblower protection organisations write to urge the assembled members to ensure that there is an independent review of the disclosures made by Dr Zambon, and a commitment from the WHO to reform its whistleblowing mechanisms and ensure the independence of its justice system for future WHO whistleblowers

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Turkey: SLAPP lawsuit filed against academic over Paradise Papers tweet

28/05/2021

NGOs and journalists’ organisations call for the dropping of a lawsuit launched against the academic Prof Yaman Akdeniz by Serhat Albayrak, seeking 100,000 Turkish lira (€9,600) in damages for his tweets about the censorship of reports into the criminal investigations and civil lawsuits against journalists who reported on the Paradise Papers

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Urgent letter to Croatian Minister of Justice: Do not extradite Whistleblower Jonathan Taylor

19/05/2021

Together with WIN (Whistleblowing international network), we co-signed a letter to the Croatian Minister of Justice

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ECPMF and partners continue Media Freedom Rapid Response

17/05/2021

”A win for journalists and journalism". We are proud to announce that the consortium running the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) was awarded €1.38 million in funding by the European Commission to continue its work in defence of press and media freedom in the European Union member states and candidate countries. The new project period started on 4 May

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MFRR to hold press freedom mission to Slovenia

12/05/2021

The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) will hold an online mission to Slovenia at the end of May and beginning of June 2021 to assess growing concerns about the deteriorating climate for press and media freedom over the past year

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Poland: Purge of editors begins at Polska Press

07/05/2021

The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today calls on Poland’s state-controlled oil giant PKN Orlen to immediately halt its interference in the newsrooms and editorial independence of Polska Press media and to fully respect the court’s interim decision suspending its purchase of the publisher pending a review

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