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Protecting Whistleblowers Crucial for Europes Fight Against Corruption

by ECPMF The recent extradition of the Football Leaks whistleblower, who unearthed pivotal revelations of public interest, offers a unique opportunity for the European judicial system. To effectively fight corruption, the European Union must protect its whistleblowers. On April 16, the European Parliament voted to adopt an historic agreement on whistleblower protection with a directive to protect citizens that reveal breaches of public trust and abuses of power due to come into force later this year. It is the first time a uniform law has been passed that applies to employees, non-employees, former employees, the self-employed and also their families. It…

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

Strache Affair shows the need to promote and defend press and media freedom

by ECPMF Journalistic freedom and ethics are in the spotlight as Austria and the European political landscape are rocked by the Strache Affair. Austrian Parliament in Vienna. Photo: Public Domain. The release of a video showing Heinz-Christian Strache - the former Austrian Vice Chancellor and leader of the far-right Freedom Party - has led to the most severe of political consequences: the breakdown of the Austrian government. The government collapsed as the centre-right Austrian People’s Party ended their ruling coalition with the Freedom Party, thus triggering a snap election. The fact that this happened just over a week before the European Parliament elections…

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

Apply now for the European Youth Award 2019

Calling for purpose driven innovators who want to make a difference: You will shape the future! As digitization transforms society at breath taking speed, the European Youth Award searches for the most promising digital solutions with positive impact!   Submit your digital project to the Europe-wide EYA contest through this online portal until July 15, […] The post Apply now for the European Youth Award 2019 appeared first on European Youth Press.

Source: European Youth Press

Apply now for the European Youth Award

Calling for purpose driven innovators who want to make a difference: You will shape the future! As digitization transforms society at breath taking speed, the European Youth Award searches for the most promising digital solutions with positive impact!   Submit your digital project to the Europe-wide EYA contest until July 15, 2019 to win an […] The post Apply now for the European Youth Award appeared first on European Youth Press.

Source: European Youth Press

Joint open letter to Erdogan over the brutal attacks on journalists in Turkey

After brutal attacks on journalists in Turkey during the past days, the ECPMF joins 19 other organisations in sending this open letter to President Erdoğan. After the "state of emergency" in Turkey, the crackdown on civil society and media freedom has not ended. Photo: ECPMF ---------- TURKISH version below ----------- May 16, 2019 Your Excellency, President Erdoğan We are writing to you to express our serious concern over the brutal attacks on journalists in Turkey during the past five days. On May 10, journalist Yavuz Selim Demirağ, regular contributor for the opposition newspaper Yeniçağ, was attacked outside his home in Ankara. The assailants beat the…

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

Where does your data go? Developing a research methodology for children’s online privacy

With growing concerns over children’s online privacy and the commercial uses of their data, it is vital that children’s understandings of the digital environment, their digital skills and their capacity to consent are taken into account in designing services, regulation and policy. Mariya Stoilova, Rishita Nandagiri and Sonia Livingstone’s research project Children’s Data and Privacy Online set out to ask children directly, […]

Source: Media Policy Project

Online abuse: teenagers might not report it because they often don’t see it as a problem

A new Online Harms White Paper, published by the UK government calls for a new system of regulation for tech companies with the goal of preventing online harms, including disinformation, cyberbullying, extremist content, and advocacy of self-harm. Children are at particularly high risk from some types of harm: here, Holly Powell-Jones, Lecturer in Criminology and Media Law at City, University of London, explains the […]

Source: Media Policy Project

Czech people demand resignation of Prime Minister and media owner Babiš

by Renata Rat Tens of thousands of people in the Czech Republic have been protesting against Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his newly appointed Justice Minister Marie Benesova. Protesters in the Pilsen Old Town, Czech Republic, 6. May 2019. (Photo: Lucie Sykorova) Benesova was appointed as the Minister of Justice after her predecessor resigned earlier this month, when the police recommended that Babiš should be charged in connection with a scam. The Prime Minister, who is at the same time the owner of the country’s biggest media house, MAFRA, is accused of abusing European Union funds amounting to €2 million. Babiš called…

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

Classical music, cartoons and courage

by Jane Whyatt Looking at the state of press freedom in Europe can be depressing. But the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom keeps finding new ways to motivate human rights defenders. On World Press Freedom Day in ECPMF’s home city of Leipzig, they shared some of their best ideas. World Press Freedom Day, 3. May 2019, LVZ Foyer in Leipzig. (Photo: Andreas Lamm / ECPMF) Classical music can have a startling effect, as desk editor Anita Kecke told the crowd of about 50 people packed into the foyer of her newspaper office, the Leipziger Volkszeitung (LVZ), for the World Press…

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

Call for The M100 Young European Journalists Workshop 2019

Deadline: 16 June 2019   The M100 Young European Journalists Workshop is part of the renowned annual international media conference M100 Sanssouci Colloquium. The workshop addresses a young generation of journalists and editors between the ages of 18 of 26 from Europe, the countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine, and Moldova), […] The post Call for The M100 Young European Journalists Workshop 2019 appeared first on European Youth Press.

Source: European Youth Press