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Croatia, the new media bill is dangerous

27/07/2023

“I don't know who wrote this bill, but I suspect that the main intention was to divide the Croatian media, creating havoc in the sector”, said Hrvoje Zovko, the president of the Association of Croatian Journalists (HND). We met him in Zagreb

By Giovanni Vale

Originally pubblished by OBCT. Also available in ITA and BHS

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Turkey: International and local groups condemn detention of journalists in Ankara, Diyarbakır, İstanbul and İzmir

26/07/2023

OBCT joins 38 international organisations and calls on authorities to stop systematic detention of journalists in Turkey

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BiH: Republika Srpska reintroduces the crime of defamation

24/07/2023

On Thursday 20 July, the People's Assembly of the Republika Srpska adopted the Law on Amendments to the Crimial Code envisaging criminalization of defamation. Calls from international and local actors to protect freedom of speech and withdraw the scandalous provision that qualifies defamation as a criminal offense have gone unheeded

By Arman Fazlić

Originally published by OBCT. Also available in ITA and BHS

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Albania: urgent measures needed to safeguard journalists

19/07/2023

OBCT condemns recent attacks against journalists in Albania and calls on authorities to ensure press freedom in the country

Also available in ITA

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: MFRR urges Republika Srpska deputies to not re-criminalise defamation

17/07/2023

OBCT joins MFRR partners in urging members of the Republika Srpska National Assembly to reject the amendments on the draft Law to the Criminal Code, which would re-introduce criminal penalties for defamation

Also available in ITA

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Media freedom groups call for Klan Kosovo business certificate issue to be resolved

13/07/2023

OBCT joins international media freedom organisations and journalist groups in urging the complaint committee to promptly repeal the suspension of Klan Kosova's business certificate

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Letter to the Italian Justice Minister

10/07/2023

The Italian anti-SLAPP WG joins CASE in a transnational Day of Action against SLAPPs, calling on the Italian Minister of Justice for a concrete commitment during the EU trialogue negotiations, scheduled to start on July, 12

Also available in ITA

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Media freedom groups call on the EU to prioritise media freedom reforms and human rights in relations with Turkey

28/06/2023

OBCT joins media freedom and journalists groups in calling on the incoming Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union to place media freedom and fundamental rights at the heart of future relations with Turkey

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Italy: call in support of Roberto Saviano, defendant in a SLAPP case initiated by PM Giorgia Meloni

28/06/2023

Following the fourth hearing in the SLAPP case initiated by PM Giorgia Meloni against Roberto Saviano, OBCT joins media and journalists' freedom organisations in expressing solidarity with the Italian writer

Also available in ITA

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Open letter to the European Commission: e-influence mercenaries operating in the EU undermine access to information

22/06/2023

Media outlets, journalists’ and press freedom organisations troubled with abusive practices of some reputation management companies operating in the European Union

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