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ECPMF on 2018 World Press Freedom Index: State of emergency in Europe

ECPMF on 2018 World Press Freedom Index: state of emergency in Europe The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, is warning against the dismantlement of freedom rights and the increasing threat against journalists in the EU.  "Demagogues and autocrats are fighting the free press because they cannot stand democratic control. Under a corrupt administration the work of an investigative journalist is life-threatening," says Lutz Kinkel, ECPMF's managing director. "We have to defend ourselves with all our might to protect journalists. Otherwise the EU will lose its democratic substance." The ECPMF was founded in 2015 to publicise violations of the European Charter on Freedom…

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

ECPMF in Turkey to monitor Cumhuriyet trial

On 24 April 2018 start the supposedly final hearings in the trial against Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet at Silivri prison, outside Istanbul. 18 defendants are threatened with charges of up to 43 years. ECPMF's Nora Wehofsits is on-site monitoring the trial. Silivri prison outside Istanbul (photo: CeeGee, SilivriPrison02, CC BY-SA 4.0) From 24 to 27 April, 2018 eighteen journalists and executives of Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet are standing trial again in Silivri Prison. This major case has become a symbol of the supression of media freedom and freedom of expression in Turkey. Those are the supposedly final hearings, verdicts are expected on Friday. Journalists and media workers,…

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

Cumhuriyet trial: final trial will be today

On 24 April 2018 start the supposedly final hearings in the trial against Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet at Silivri prison, outside Istanbul. 18 defendants are threatened with charges of up to 43 years. ECPMF's Nora Wehofsits is on-site monitoring the trial. Cumhuriyet trial: pictures from the courtroom (by Murat Basol, Zeynep Ozatalay, Nalan Yirtmac) From 24 to most likely 27 April, 2018 eighteen journalists and executives of Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet are standing trial again in Silivri Prison. This major case has become a symbol of the supression of media freedom and freedom of expression in Turkey. Those are the supposedly final hearings, verdicts are…

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

ECPMF welcomes EU whistleblowing directive proposal

ECPMF welcomes EU whistleblowing directive proposal After at least two years of negotiations the EU Commission finally decided to strengthen legal protection for whistleblowers. "Individuals may come forward with information on wrongdoing with no fear", says ECPMF's legal advisor Flutura Kusari On Monday, April 23rd, 2018 First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans and Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová presented a new proposal for an EU-wide Whistleblower Directive. Recent cases like Cambridge Analytica, Panama Papers and Dieselgate have again shown how important it is to shield those who expose wrongdoing. Until now there are just ten of 28 European countries, including Ireland and France, systematically protecting whistleblowers from employer persecution. This…

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

Albanian Media: many, not plural

A new study reveals the concentration of the media in Albania in the hands of a few owners – inevitably undermining pluralism in the market

Source: Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso - ECPMF News

Despite a wave of arrests in Syracuse, the media talked only about ENI

The initiative of the magistrates involved individuals featured in the shocking investigation published in 2011 by a small newspaper in the town. The astounding operation conducted by the public prosecutors of Rome and Messina which on the 6th February 2018 led to the Guardia di Finanza arresting 15 individuals among whom a magistrate (Giancarlo Longo,

Source: O2 in English – Ossigeno Informazione

EU reports: Macedonia improved climate towards journalists - and then there is Turkey

By Emil Weber The European Commission has praised Macedonia and Albania for recent progress regarding  freedom of expression, while Turkish politics continue to be most alarming. EU Commission, Brussels In separate reports published on 17 April 2018, for the assessment of the countries’ annual situation regarding a potential European Union enlargement, the Commission acknowledged that Macedonia made "good progress", Albania "some progress" whereas, the other Western Balkan states Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia made no progress at all. The assessments come almost two months after the Commission published a "Western Balkan Strategy" where it reiterated the EU perspective for the six…

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

Paolo Borrometi: Who is the journalist who is so bothersome?

Founder of the website La Spia, with legal training, has lived for four years with a police escort. With his investigations Paolo Borrometi has documented the active presence of the Mafia in the provinces of Ragusa and Syracuse. “Have him killed, but what ……is it to us” rages the boss of Cosa Nostra of the

Source: O2 in English – Ossigeno Informazione

Borrometi: Five years of insults, threats and attacks

This reconstruction of the most serious attacks against the Sicilian journalist because of his articles was published on the 11th April 2018 by Agenzia Italia. Paolo Borrometi, 35, from Modica (Ragusa), journalist, editor of the website “La Spia” and collaborator with AGI, author of investigations into the Mafia and criminal activity, under armed escort for

Source: O2 in English – Ossigeno Informazione

Borrometi: “Whoever says that the mafia doesn’t exist condemns me to death”

Borrometi’s appeal to journalists during the conference on the 11th April in Rome. “You are not alone” said the presidents of FNSI, Ordine and Usigrai announcing initiatives in Ragusa and Syracuse. “I ask you – Borrometi said – to come to my area and repeat today’s Rome conference, to make it clear, also to our

Source: O2 in English – Ossigeno Informazione