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Letter to EC VP Vera Jourova on Anti-SLAPP legislation

With more than 20 international organisations we have written a joint letter to European Commissioner Vice President Věra Jourová calling on her to include everyone who has been impacted by SLAPP lawsuits in the European Union’s proposed new rules. Vice-President Vera JourováEuropean CommissionRue de la Loi / Wetstraat 2001049 BrusselsBelgium Brussels, 27 January 2020 RE: Including all affected groups in anti-SLAPP legislation Dear Vice-President Jourová, We are pleased to hear that you are preparing EU legislation to deter Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs). We believe this is extremely important to safeguard freedom of expression, and advocacy and assembly rights in the EU, and…

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

Call for the organisers’ team

Deadline: February 20, 2020 The European Youth Press (EYP), a network of young media makers, is looking for enthusiastic people who have experience in large scale event (summer school) organising. The organisers’ team should have the following positions: project coordinator, participants and finance coordinator, external communications coordinator and designer. The best candidate for ... The post "Call for the organisers’ team" appeared first on European Youth Press.

Source: European Youth Press

Open Call for a Webmaster

Deadline: March 1, 2020   The European Youth Press (EYP), a network of young media makers, is seeking a Webmaster to work on the creation/redesign of the new European Youth Press website. The Webmaster will be working and reporting directly to the Communication team of EYP.   The selected candidate will be responsible for: Creation/redesign […] The post Open Call for a Webmaster appeared first on European Youth Press.

Source: European Youth Press

Spain: Government should accept UN UPR recommendations on freedom of expression

Spain: Government should accept UN UPR recommendations on freedom of expression in their entirety The undersigning organisations call on the Government of Spain to accept the 20 recommendations on freedom of expression made by other member states during the 3rd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Spain’s human rights record, which took place on 22 January 2020 in Geneva. Most of the recommendations call on the Spanish Government to decriminalise defamation, repeal restrictive laws on the grounds of religious insult, and amend unduly limitations on the right to peaceful assembly.1 - Spanish version below - UN States’ recommendations focus on the…

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

Call for proactive team members – European Youth Press

The European Youth Press (EYP), a network of young media makers, is looking for young enthusiastic people who are looking to gain experience in campaigning, design and/or project writing by joining our proactive teams. The mandates and work depend from team to team but are in general quite flexible, and work is mostly based online. […] The post Call for proactive team members – European Youth Press appeared first on European Youth Press.

Source: European Youth Press

France: Codex aims to stop police violence against journalists

By Jane Whyatt Words cannot deflect a blow from a police officer’s baton or soothe away the sting of tear gas. They cannot heal a wound from a Flash-Ball riot control missile. But perhaps they can start a process that will make those painful experiences disappear forever. At least, that was the aim of launching the Press Freedom Police Codex in Paris on 22 January 2020, amid an escalation of violence against journalists by the police in France. The Codex was produced after intensive research by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) together with partner organisations. Read it…

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

Stellenangebot für ein Praktikum bei der Leipziger Volkszeitung (LVZ)

Ein Praktikum bei der Leipziger Volkszeitung (LVZ) Neue Perspektiven von und für exilierte Journalist*innen…

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

How to stop SLAPPs – the intentional silencing of critical voices

By ECPMF press/Faith Miyandazi From France to Croatia, Malta to Italy, judicial harassment of journalists in the European Union is rising as more and more journalists are subjected to SLAPPs. Yes, they are called "SLAPPs", Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. Like their acronym, they are slapped onto journalists, media houses, human rights defenders and other critics, to silence them, stop investigative research or squash political dissent. SLAPPs was the theme of discussions at the European Parliament in Brussels, on 12 November 2019. Members of the European Parliament, David Casa, Stelios Kouloglu and Viola von Cramon joined the European Centre for Press…

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

Freedom of expression groups welcome start of trial in Ján Kuciak murder

The undersigned international and regional press freedom and journalism groups welcome the start of the murder trial this week against the suspected killers of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová

Source: Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso - ECPMF News

Slovakia start Jan Kuciak trial statement

The undersigned international and regional press freedom and journalism groups welcome the start of the murder trial this week against the suspected killers of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová. The suspects on trial at the Specialized Criminal Court in Pezinok, Slovakia, include the alleged mastermind, Slovak businessman Marian Kočner, who prosecutors say ordered Kuciak’s murder in retaliation for his journalistic work. A confidante of Kočner’s, Alena Zsuzsová, is charged with having arranged the murder via a middleman, Zoltán Andruskó, who in turn contracted two alleged hitmen, cousins Tomáš Szabó and Miroslav Marček. Andruskó previously admitted guilt to…

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