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Serbian journalists under pressure as protests swell

by Jane Whyatt Thousands of Serbs have been out on the streets again for the seventh Saturday running. They are protesting against propaganda, pressure on independent journalists and President Aleksandar Vucic’s strongman style of government. Protestors in Belgrade. Photo: Visekruna Djordje Threats and attacks against media workers are intensifying. Milan Jovanovic, editor of Zig INFO news portal, and his wife narrowly escaped with their lives when arsonists threw Molotov cocktails into their home. Later there was an intruder at their new temporary home, though that incident is not believed to be linked to Jovanovic’s work. On 16. January 2019, Zig INFO reports a…

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

Montenegro: Jovo Martinovic sentenced to 18 months in jail

A court in Montenegro today sentenced the independent journalist Jovo Martinović to 18 months in jail. The ECPMF and its partners are appalled by the verdict and condemn Martinović's conviction in a joint statement

Source: Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso - ECPMF News

Martinovic statement after verdict

A court in Montenegro today sentenced the independent journalist Jovo Martinovic to 18 months in jail. The ECPMF and its partners are appalled by the verdict and condemn Martinovic's conviction in a joint statement. Jovo Martinovic sentenced to 18 months in jail (photo: Courtecy of Martinovic's family) The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and its undersigned partner organisations condemn today’s conviction of independent journalist Jovo Martinovic in Montenegro. The court sentenced Martinovic to 18 months in jail. His trial continued in the High Court of Podgorica, Montenegro, after he was charged by the Special Prosecution Office for A) the criminal…

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

Azerbaijan failed to protect journalist’s privacy and the right to freedom of expression

by Emil Weber The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled on 10. January 2019 that Azerbaijan’s failure to protect journalist Khadija Ismayilova from public humiliation and unjustified invasion of her privacy amounted to a violation of her privacy and of the right to freedom of expression granted by the European Convention. Khadija Ismayilova (photo:Lisoynizami, Xədicə İsmayılova 1, CC BY-SA 4.0) Ismayilova, who worked as an investigative reporter and director at Azadliq Radio - the Azerbaijani service of Radio Free Europe - had published several stories between 2010 and 2013 indicating dubious business involvements and investments by the President of Azerbaijan and…

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

A media freedom edit-a-thon in Madrid

An edit-a-thon will take place in Madrid on January 18th to boost the availability of accurate knowledge on media freedom in the largest open encyclopedia worldwide

Source: Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso - ECPMF News

Dossier: Disinformation

"Fake news" or disinformation is one of the most pressing issues of our times. Building on the materials of the Resource Centre on Press and Media Freedom in Europe, OBCT devoted its latest special dossier to this topic

Source: Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso - ECPMF News

Joint letter: Demand to guarantee the full independence of LRT

10.01.19. The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have jointly sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Lithuania and the Speaker of the Seimas (Parliament). In it, they demand that the government ensure the independence of the Lithuanian public broadcaster, as proposed changes to the law threaten to curtail it. Dear Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, Dear Viktoras Pranckietis, Copy: Ramunas Karbauskis, Gabrielius Landsbergis, Viktorija Cmilyte, Andrius Palionis, Julius Sabatauskas, Remigijus Zemaitaitis, Rita Tamasuniene We are writing to you today on behalf of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)…

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

How GDPR is used to threaten investigative journalists

by Dr Raluca Radu The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was meant to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy. It wasn’t meant to be used as a tool to abuse journalists. However, this is exactly what seems to have happened in Romania.  Liviu Dragnea and reporters. Photo: Partidul Social Democrat/CC BY 2.0 Rise Project, a Romanian team of investigative journalists working on anti-corruption stories that follow the money, were recently threatened with a fine of up to 20 million euros by the Romanian data protection authority, if they do not cease the publication of a series of investigations, give…

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

Storms ahead for Romania's presidency

by Jane Whyatt If the next six months were a flight, the pilot would be warning now of turbulence ahead. Romania holds the Presidency of the EU Council – the first time ever that the South East European nation has held this rotating office. On a warning from Strasbourg, with politicians accused of corruption clamouring for amnesty and press freedom under threat, Romania must steer the EU through Brexit and the parliamentary elections.  Bucharest by night. Photo: Pixabay ECPMF interviewed MEP Monica Macovei, who began by explaining why the European Parliament passed a resolution that harshly criticises the Romanian government. ECPMF: How serious…

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

Storms ahead for Romania's EU Council presidency

by Jane Whyatt If the next six months were a flight, the pilot would be warning now of turbulence ahead. Romania holds the Presidency of the EU Council – the first time ever that the South East European nation has held this rotating office. On a warning from Strasbourg, with politicians accused of corruption clamouring for amnesty and press freedom under threat, Romania must steer the EU through Brexit and the parliamentary elections.  Bucharest by night. Photo: Pixabay ECPMF interviewed MEP Monica Macovei, who began by explaining why the European Parliament passed a resolution that harshly criticises the Romanian government. ECPMF: How serious…

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