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Call for entries: Leipzig Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media 2020

Since 2001, Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig awards its Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media to individuals and institutions who have been committed to media freedom, objective reporting and pluralism of opinion in an outstanding way and often at risk for their own lives - including Anna Politkovskaya, Jafar Panahi, Can Dündar, Asli Erdogan and Deniz Yücel, among others. The Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig has opened this year’s Leipzig Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media 2020 and cordially invites you to nominate candidates for this award, which is endowed with a total of…

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

SLAPPs: Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation

The abuse of law as a tool to silence dissent, influence freedom of expression and capture media freedom. The 9th of a series of thematic itineraries to explore the Resource Centre on Media Freedom through a curated aggregation of contents

Source: Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso - ECPMF News

Charlie Hebdo - 5 ans aprés

7 January 2015 - 7 January 2020: 5 years ago today, 12 people were shot dead at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in France. We remember all journalists and cartoonists killed.   7 janvier 2015 - 7 janvier 2020: il y a 5 ans, 12 personnes ont été abattues au bureau parisien du magazine satirique français Charlie Hebdo en France. Aujourd'hui, nous nous souvenons de tous les journalistes et caricaturistes tués. The attack on the Paris headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo killed 12 people including eight members of its staff. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and…

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

Journalist and editor’s conviction for incitement to religious hatred violated human rights under Article 10

By Ronan Ó Fathaigh and Dirk Voorhoof The European Court of Human Rights has held that the conviction and imprisonment of two Azerbaijani journalists violated their freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights.  European Court of Human Rights. Photo: Cherry_X In the case of Tagiyev and Huseynov v. Azerbaijan, the court heard that both Rafig Nazir oglu Tagiye and editor Samir Sadagat oglu Huseynov had spent over a year in an Azerbaijan prison, for incitement to religious hatred. And shockingly, following his release, Tagiyev was stabbed to death in an attack in Baku while his case was…

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

A look back at 2019 - ECPMF

Busy, busy – we have spent 2019 in a hive of activity and built some new features into our ongoing work. Tragically, journalists in Europe continued to suffer in a climate of hostility and impunity. Investigative reporter Lyra Mckee was murdered and Vadym Kumarovv lost his fight for life after being beaten into a coma. Both murders remain unsolved and unpunished. Lyra McKee at the memorial to Robert Bradford MP. Photo: Excalibur Press   Building on the success of Index on Censorship's work, we took over responsibility for Mapping Media Freedom , where anyone can upload violations of press and media freedom.…

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

Politicians put pressure on public service media in Bulgaria – but journalists fight back and win

By Pavel Antonov There is a great pressure against public media in Bulgaria at the moment, with the Bulgarian National Radio holding on as a stronghold for free speech and independent journalism. Just a few weeks ago, a major attack was mounted on the independence of the BNR. An attempt was made by the management to remove a journalist from her post in order to make it easier for Ivan Geshev to be elected as Bulgaria's next Prosecutor-General. The editorial boards of the two BNR programs resisted the pressure and the transmission was taken off air for a day. Thanks to a united reaction…

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

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/ 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)