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Free expression groups call on Arron Banks to drop SLAPP lawsuit against Carole Cadwalladr

  We, the undersigned organisations, welcome today’s judgment on meaning in the case of Arron Banks vs Carole Cadwalladr. The judgment clarified the context of the comments that form the basis of this lawsuit, and noted that aspects of the claimant’s argument were “far-fetched and divorced from the specific context in which those words were used”. We consider this case to be an example of a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP), as it is vexatious in nature and intended to silence Cadwalladr’s courageous investigative journalism. We call on Banks to drop this abusive lawsuit and cease efforts to stifle public…

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

Call for participants – Nordic Youth Media Days 2020 “Re-establishing the lost connection”

An interactive seminar that inspires young journalists, media makers and storytellers to re-discover the relevancy of journalism   Deadline to apply: 15 January 2020   It is old news that the media landscape has changed dramatically with the rise of the internet, and that editors at traditional media are firing staff due to decreasing sales. […] The post Call for participants – Nordic Youth Media Days 2020 “Re-establishing the lost connection” appeared first on European Youth Press.

Source: European Youth Press

ECPMF and OSCE in Slovakia for solidarity and justice for Jàn and Martina

By Jane Whyatt A delegation of Europe’s top media freedom campaigners has brought together the families and employer of murdered journalist Jàn Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová.  ECPMF's Flutura Kusari at the solidarity meeting for Jan Kuciak and Martina Kušnírova. Photo: David Ištok/Aktuality.sk They were shot dead in February 2018, at their home in Velka Mača, a small Slovakian town. Four people have now been charged in connection with the shootings and with masterminding and paying for the assassination. The trial concerning the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová will start on Thursday 19. December. The indictment…

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

Identifying best practices for journalism and press freedom

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT) are conducting a Fact-Finding Mission to Denmark and Sweden. This is to identify best practices and recommendations for journalism and press freedom. For three days, from 16 – 18 December 2019, the delegation will meet with journalists, politicians, scientists and representatives of media organisations.  Both countries have long traditions of constitutionally protected press freedom, a high organisational degree of journalists, press subsidies and level of trust in the media, and a relatively strong local press. Additionally, Sweden…

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

“Media 4 Change” is launching the call for a volunteer position in Solidarity Corps project

This is a fantastic opportunity for young journalists from EU countries contribute to the social change and to carry out a period of full time international voluntary service in Lithuania. The call is open to all young people, age 18-30. We are waiting for your CV and Cover letter by 14th of December 2019. Applications […] The post “Media 4 Change” is launching the call for a volunteer position in Solidarity Corps project appeared first on European Youth Press.

Source: European Youth Press

European Youth Award Festival: „Watch out: Europe on fire“

EYA 2019 winning project LiGENCE saves hearts with artificial intelligence   More than 600 international participants from over 60 countries gathered in Graz for the 8th Euro-pean Youth Award Festival (EYA) from November 27 to 30. The European Youth Press was represented there by its office manager Martin Maška, who delivered a seminar on media […] The post European Youth Award Festival: „Watch out: Europe on fire“ appeared first on European Youth Press.

Source: European Youth Press

EU leaders must hold Muscat to account for political interference in murder investigation

European leaders must hold Muscat to account for political interference in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder investigation   11 December 2019 We, the undersigned organisations, urge European Union leaders to call on Prime Minister Muscat to guarantee that all investigations and legal proceedings related to the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder are conducted efficiently, transparently and without any interference from any individual potentially implicated in the case. Heads of State of EU countries will gather in Brussels tomorrow, 12 December, for the meeting of the European Council. Recent developments in the investigation have shown that Prime Minister Muscat is inextricably linked to several suspects in the case.…

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

Applications open for Journalists under Threat from Turkey and Eurasia

Deadline: December 31st. ECPMF’s Journalists-in-Residence Programme in Leipzig (Germany) provides a safe haven for media professionals from Turkey and Eurasia who need to take a break away from a hostile working environment. For a period of up to six months between February and September 2020 the programme provides temporary shelter, an opportunity to rest and recover, and if the fellow wishes, to continue one’s work

Source: Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso - ECPMF News

Media capture: Toolkit for 21st century autocrats

On 12 December 2019, OBCT will participate in the "Newsocracy" conference, organised in Budapest by ECPMF to discuss how to protect Public Service Media from political interference. Some ideas from our presentation

Source: Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso - ECPMF News

Albanian authorities pursue highly problematic media laws despite public outcry

9 December 2019 - Scroll down for the Albanian version -   We, the undersigned organisations, reiterate our call on the Albanian parliament not to approve the draft media laws known as the “defamation package.” Should the draft laws enter into force, they would introduce mandatory registration requirements for online media and create an administrative body with the power to fine, shut down online media and block foreign online media - all without a court order. They would also introduce state regulation of online media, which is contrary to international best practice guidelines on self-regulation.  We note that the proposals are not in…

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