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close scrutiny urged as public inquiry into assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia begins

4 December 2019 The long awaited public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia will begin this Friday 6 December at the Law Courts in Valletta. For two years, our organisations have supported the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia in calling for an independent, impartial and effective inquiry. The inquiry will address questions including whether the State knew or ought to have known of the risk to Daphne Caruana Galizia’s life; whether they failed to take measures to protect her life; and whether the State is fulfilling its obligations to protect journalists whose lives are at risk from criminal…

Source: European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

Conclusions of the joint international press freedom mission to Hungary

CONCLUSIONS OF THE JOINT INTERNATIONAL PRESS FREEDOM MISSION TO HUNGARY These conclusions reflect the initial findings of the joint mission to Hungary carried out by the International Press Institute (IPI), Article 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Free Press Unlimited (FPU) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). These findings are additionally supported by the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO). The mission took place from November 25 to 27, during which time the delegation met with a wide range of Hungarian journalists from Budapest and other…

Source: European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

Source: European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

Poland: SLAPP defamation lawsuits against Law Professor

ARTICLE 19 and the undersigned organisations call for the governing party in Poland, the Law and Justice party (PiS), and public broadcaster TVP to immediately drop their criminal and civil defamation lawsuits against Professor Wojciech Sadurski, a distinguished constitutional law scholar and public intellectual in Poland. The cases are based on two tweets he sent criticising the ruling party and state broadcaster. These cases constitute SLAPP (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation) lawsuits as they are brought in bad faith against Sadurski with the aim of clamping down on critical speech by intimidating him, draining his resources (due to the cost…

Source: European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

Joint Statement Malta: political interference into the investigation

Memorial for Daphne in Malta @ECPMF. We, the undersigned organisations, reiterate that the investigation into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia must be independent and impartial. We remind Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat that there must be no political interference in the investigation.  In the last week a number of important, overdue developments have taken place in relation to the investigation into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia including the arrest of Yorgen Fenech, the former head of the Electrogas Malta energy company, as a person of interest in the murder and Melvin Theuma, the suspected middleman.  Since Fenech’s arrest on 20 November,…

Source: European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

Turkey: The re-arrest of Novelist Ahmet Altan is Arbitrary and Cruel

Turkish authorities have re-arrested the internationally-known Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan just one week after his release from over three years in detention. ECPMF and the undersigned organisations said that his re-arrest on 12 November was an extraordinarily low blow in a case that has been marked by political interference and arbitrariness from start to finish. In addition to ongoing violations of his right to freedom of expression, stemming from a prosecution that should never have been brought in the first place, his re-arrest is a form of judicial harassment. Altan should be immediately released and his conviction vacated, the organisations…

Source: European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

Call for the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) 2020

Deadline: 16 December, 2019   The Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) is accepting applications for the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP). It will begin in late August and run until mid-December 2020.   The program leverages the resources of Columbia University and international organizations such as Human Rights Watch and WITNESS to provide proven grassroots leaders with skill-building […] The post Call for the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) 2020 appeared first on European Youth Press.

Source: European Youth Press

Call for Journalism Now Scholar Competition

Deadline: 13 December, 2019   The Thomson Foundation seeks applicants for its new Journalism Now Scholar competition. Contestants will take seven of our CPD-accredited online courses including Mobile Journalism, Social Media news gathering, Journalism Across Multiple Platforms, and Data Journalism, and will work on one or more stories that you will publish.   After completing seven Journalism Now online courses successfully, contestants will […] The post Call for Journalism Now Scholar Competition appeared first on European Youth Press.

Source: European Youth Press

Joint Statement on Establishment of Public Inquiry into the Assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia: International organisations cautiously welcome improved terms of the public inquiry 15 November 2019 We, the undersigned organisations, cautiously welcome today’s announcement by the Maltese Government that they will update terms of reference and the composition of the Board of Inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. This is a long overdue step towards ensuring justice and ending impunity in Daphne’s case and, more broadly, the protection of journalists in Malta. Our organisations, alongside the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Council of Europe and the European Parliament, have long called for an independent, impartial and…

Source: European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

Call for Sony World Photography Awards

Deadline: 31 December, 2019   The World Photography Organization is accepting entries for its annual Sony World Photography Awards. Participants can submit work for judging in one of four categories: Professional – Recognizing outstanding bodies of work Open – Rewarding exceptional standalone images Youth – Celebrating the best single images by emerging photographers aged between 12-19 years-old Student – Providing a […] The post Call for Sony World Photography Awards appeared first on European Youth Press.

Source: European Youth Press