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Daphne Caruana Galizia: recommendations of the Malta Mission

In the morning after the great vigil for Daphne Caruana Galizia in Valletta with about 2000 attendees, the representatives of five freedom of expression organisations  - ECPMF, CPJ, PEN and RSF, held a press conference to present the findings of their mission. They have travelled to Malta to mark the one-year-anniversary of the Caruana Galizia assassination. Press conference in Valletta (photo: ShiftNews) "We are deeply concerned that a democracy and member of the European Union and the Council of Europe, is not living up to its obligations to guarantee and safeguard freedom of expression as required by the European Convention on Human…

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

Malta mission: Prime Minister refuses to commit to public inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia's assassination

By Emil Weber and ECPMF A delegation of five press freedom organisations travelled to Malta to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and to call out the fact that little has been done to find those behind the killing.  Media freedom campaigners meet Maltese government representatives (photo: ECPMF) On Monday 15 October, 2018, on the eve of the anniversary of the murder, Flutura Kusari from European Centre for Press and Media Freedom together with representatives of Committee to Protect Journalists, the International Press Institute, PEN International, and Reporters Without Borders met with Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to ask him for an…

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

Danish broadcaster in stranglehold with 500 job cuts

by Henrik Kaufholz in Copenhagen My hairdresser – a nice guy with only a little grey hair left – is also a jazz musician. Before he opens the salon in the early morning he will practise on his trumpet. During the day he will also tune his DAB radio to P8 Jazz. Photo: Frank B. Daugaard, DR Byen, CC BY-SA 2.0 This is coming to an end. P8 Jazz will close down as the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) plans to axe a lot of its activities. He is very unhappy about it: “Denmark has a fine tradition for jazz and every summer…

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

Malta mission meets PM Joseph Muscat: the campaign of harassment against Daphne and her family continues

Representatives of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, the International Press Institute, PEN International, and Reporters Without Borders are in Malta because it's one year since the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder. On Monday they met with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. This is their statement.  ECPMF representative Flutura Kusari with her colleagues from IPI, PEN, Reporters Without Borders and CPJ in Valletta (photo: private) We are in Malta as representatives of an international freedom of expression mission, comprised of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, the International…

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

Vigil in Berlin | 16/10/2017 Daphne Caruana Galizia 16/10/2018 | Schweigeminute in Berlin

Join us! It's been one year since the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder and we want to commemorate this strong and brave journalist with a vigil in Berlin. Vigil forDaphne Caruana Galizia On 16 October 2017, at 14.59 pm Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered by a car bomb in Malta. The 53 year old investigative journalist has been disclosing and calling out corruption in her home country up into highest government circles for decades. One year after, it is still unclear who is responsible for the murder and who ordered it.On Tuesday, the ECPMF and the German journalist union Deutscher Journalisten-Verband (DJV) invite you to join us for a vigil outside…

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

The second edition of the Wikipedia contest on media freedom launched

From October 10th to November 30th, Wikipedia users can take part in the II edition of the Wiki4MediaFreedom contest

Source: Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso - ECPMF News

Masked attackers beat up camera crew

By Jane Whyatt Investigative reporters filming a car showroom at Wuppertal in western Germany have been attacked and beaten up by two masked men. Logo of the Akte TV show The fifty year old camera operator had to be treated in hospital for a broken wrist after the attack, which happened in broad daylight at lunchtime on 9. October. Reporting for the Sat1 private TV channel, the crew had approached the office of the car dealer on Hatzfelder Strasse, a major road to the north of the city. The reporter and sound operator were not injured, but the attackers snatched the video camera,…

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

The playing field between YouTube and television will be a bit fairer, but still far from level

Last week, the European Parliament adopted the revised text of the the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, which governs EU-wide coordination of national legislation on all audiovisual media. The revised directive, which aims to better to reflect the digital age, is expected to come into force by the end of the year and once adopted, member States will have 21 months […]

Source: Media Policy Project

Viktoria Marinova: one arrest and one investigation

Three days after the murder of Bulgarian TV journalist Viktoria Marinova the Bulgarian police have arrested a suspect. Also, the Interior Ministry has promised an investigation into the suspected misuse of EU funds, which was the subject of Marinova's last show. Viktoria Marinova vigil in Sofia, Monday evening (photo: Francesco Martino) Bulgarian media are reporting the arrest of a suspect. The man is allegedly of Romanian nationality but also carrying a Moldavian passport. No other information is available at the moment. The arrest and inquiry follow enormous international pressure on the Bulgarian authorities. It built up after the news broke that Marinova was…

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

Viktoria Marinova: another arrest in Germany

Three days after the murder of Bulgarian TV journalist Viktoria Marinova the Bulgarian police have arrested and released a suspect. Since Tuesday evening Bulgarian media is reporting on an arrest in Germany. The local police haven't confirmed it yet. Viktoria Marinova vigil in Sofia, Monday evening (photo: Francesco Martino) Radio Free Europe describes the new suspect being of Romanian nationality who fled to Germany where his mother lives. Also, Marinova's mobile phone was obviously found in the suspect's apartment in the Bulgarian town of Ruse where Marinova was murdered. The arrests and inquiry follow enormous international pressure on the Bulgarian authorities. It…

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