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HRC42: Hold Malta to establish a public inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination

Human Rights Council: Hold Malta to establish a public inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination On behalf of 10 organisations, including the ECPMF, ARTICLE 19 responds to the Secretary General’s report on reprisals for cooperation with the UN in the field of human rights during the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council. Mr President, ARTICLE 19 and nine other freedom of expression organisations welcome the inclusion of Malta in the Assistant-Secretary General’s report on reprisals. Last December, in an act of attempted intimidation, the delegation of Malta to the UN Global Compact on Migration verbally abused Sarah Clarke in response to…

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

Call for Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award

Deadline: 31 October, 2019   The Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award offers writers in need of financial support an opportunity to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat April 29 to May 3, 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland. The retreat features a series of small-group writing workshops and cultural tours designed to introduce participants to Iceland’s literary heritage. The main focus […] The post Call for Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award appeared first on European Youth Press.

Source: European Youth Press

Spain has experienced an unprecedented decline in press freedom, says PDLI

by Jane Whyatt and Frederic Krull Hooded demonstrators have attacked TV journalists covering the Catalonia national day demonstrations which attracted more than 500,000 people in support of independence for the autonomous region. Yolanda Qintada. Photo: License CC_BY_SA - Author: Dani Gago The Spanish journalists’ unions Agrupación de Periodistas de CCOO (FSC-CCOO) and Federación de Sindicatos de Periodistas (FeSP) condemned these acts. Their statement rejects “ All types of behaviours that seek to coerce, harass, intimidate and condition the work of journalists, violating the fundamental right to freedom of expression and the right of citizens to receive free and truthful information.“ Catalonia is not the only flashpoint.…

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

Smear campaign against Slovakia’s journalists by ex-Police Chief Gašpar's needs to stop

The Slovak police are currently investigating the role of former Police President of Slovakia Tibor Gašpar on suspicion of unlawfully gathering information on journalists, including Ján Kuciak, who was murdered with his fiancée in February 2018. The police extracted information, including addresses and family connections. Memorial to murdered journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kušnírová in Bratislava. Photo: ECPMF More than a year after Gašpar resigned from the position of Police President under public pressure, he started a communication campaign aimed against certain journalists, NGOs and the advocates of the Kuciak and Kušnírová families. He also filed a criminal complaint…

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

Press freedom in Turkey: the voice of OBCT at the United Nations Human Rights Council

During the 42nd session in Geneva an oral statement was given to address the situation in Turkey, where civil rights and press freedom are endagered while journalists face every kind of threat

Source: Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso - ECPMF News

Turkey: Joint Oral Statement at 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

At the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council, ARTICLE 19  delivered a joint statement on behalf of a group of civil society organisations, including the ECPMF. Item 4: General Debate 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council Joint Statement delivered by ARTICLE 19 on behalf of a group of civil society organisations Delivered by Lucy Bye Mr. President, It is now over three years since the Turkish Government intensified its repressive crackdown against oppositional and dissenting voices in the country. This ongoing freedom of expression crisis demands the Council’s urgent attention. Although the State of Emergency was lifted in July 2018, the sweeping…

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

How do we know it’s effective? Approaches to measuring child outcomes from helpline services

LSE’s Mariya Stoilova, Professor Sonia Livingstone, and Sheila Donovan worked with the UK-based NSPCC to investigate how children’s helplines measure their effectiveness. The work of child helplines is vital for reducing children’s risk of harm and vulnerability, and improving child protection and wellbeing. It is estimated that globally child helpline services take around 9 million calls annually. Child helplines are recognised as a […]

Source: Media Policy Project

Open letter to new Secreteray General Council of Europe Pejčinović Burić

Along with 21 other organisations, the ECPMF led an open letter sent to the new Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, who is starting her five-year term of office on 18 September 2018. 18 September 2019   Dear Secretary-General,   On behalf of the undersigned organisations, we warmly congratulate you on your appointment as the new Secretary-General of the Council of Europe. We are motivated by our experience and understanding of the worsening of the environment for journalists and free expression across Europe to ask you to make sure that your commitment to democracy, the rule of law and human…

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

Call for Early-Career Fellowship Applications

Deadline: 20 October, 2019   The Open Notebook and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund seeks candidates for an eight-month fellowship, which provides a US$4,200 stipend. Fellows are expected to report and write six articles for The Open Notebook, with the guidance of a mentor. They will also be part of a professional discussion group composed of former fellowship participants and editors.   Eligibility […] The post Call for Early-Career Fellowship Applications appeared first on European Youth Press.

Source: European Youth Press

International media freedom mission in Turkey: press freedom in crisis

For three days our partners of ECPMF joined 7 other freedom of expression organisations on a joint mission to Turkey, led by the International Press Insitute. Despite some glimmers of hope, press freedom in the country remains in crisis. Here the final statement, released on 13th September

Source: Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso - ECPMF News