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Montenegro: Impunity must end for shooting of journalist Olivera Lakić


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


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


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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Poland: Media freedom groups urge President Duda to veto ‘Lex-TVN’


We signed a letter to President Duda urging him to apply a presidential veto to the so-called "Lex-TVN". The bill is not a principled and proportionate effort to protect the Polish information landscape, but a way to undermine one particular outlet that is part of a wider effort to “repolonise” the media

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Serbia: Wave of lawsuits against investigative portal KRIK chills media freedom


In recent months, KRIK’s newsroom has been targeted by ten different procedures requesting a total of 90 million dinars in damages. MFRR partners believe that these cases are a form of SLAPPs and demand urgent actions to address the growing phenomenon in the country

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Germany: MFRR expresses concern over rising attacks against journalists covering protests


The undersigned partners of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today express their concern about the increasing number of attacks against journalists across Germany, particularly in the context of anti-vaccine demonstrations. We call for better safety measures and protection as well as thorough investigations of attacks against journalists covering such demonstrations. Moreover, preventative measures are needed to stop such attacks from happening. Finally, we encourage media workers to report press and media freedom violations

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EFJ statement on Italian journalists locked up by Romanian anti-vax senator


EFJ statement as part of MFRR on the attack on the RAI crew and the unjustified arrest of the journalists by the Romanian police

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Malta: need to amend a legal notice about privacy


We co-signed a letter to Malta authorities concerning the possibility to erase personal data from court decisions: the principle of publicity of court proceedings, including the verdict, as protected under European human rights law and extensively developed in the European Court of Human Rights’ jurisprudence, is an essential means for realising the right to a fair trial and maintaining public confidence in the judiciary

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Shape the DSA so it can empower all users to act against wrongful platform decisions


We co-signed an open letter to Members of the European Parliament promoted by EU DisinfoLab and HateAid concerning the need to fix asymmetries between users and platforms

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Serbia: MFRR welcomes renewed convictions for murder of Slavko Ćuruvija


We joined our MFRR partners in welcoming the confirmed guilty verdicts for the murder in 1999 of journalist and editor-in-chied Slavko Ćuruvija. The decision represents an important step in the long fight against impunity for the killing of journalists in Serbia

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