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Whistleblower vows she would do it again and calls on media freedom campaigners to support those who leak official secrets

By Jane Whyatt Former intelligence officer Katharine Gun has no regrets about leaking a CIA memo to the press in an attempt to stop the US and its allies invading Iraq in 2003. She risked a thirty-year jail term, was called a ‘traitor’, lost her job and felt obliged to leave the country. Katharine Gun with a poster for the film Official Secrets, in which her part is played by Keira Knightley. Photo: ECPMF But now her true-life story has been made into a Hollywood movie Official Secrets, with international star Keira Knightley playing Katharine Gun. The journalist who received the leaked documents,…

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

Our first scholar - The Helpdesk initiative

What is the Helpdesk?  The Helpdesk responds to some of the challenges exiled journalists in Germany are facing - with the goal to empower them and to support them to continue  their journalistic work. "Besides co-ordinating and financing different support initiatives, like legal support and trauma therapy, we award micro-scholarships for internships to strengthen the professional development of exiled journalists." says Katrin Schatz, Helpdesk Manager "And this is how I met Heba, our first scholar, who already impressed me from our first phone call - with her determination and great ambition towards journalism and her future."  If you are interested in ECPMF's scholarship,…

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

Victory for ECPMF-backed case at the European Court of Human Rights

By Jane Whyatt A Hungarian journalist has won a major legal victory and test case with support from the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF). Building of the European Court of Human Rights (photo: CherryX) Illés Szurovecz, a twenty-six year old reporter working for the online news portal abcug.hu, brought the case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) after he was denied entry to the Debrecen refugee camp in eastern Hungary. A Member of Parliament, who accompanied Szurovecz, was allowed in, but he himself was barred. He claimed this breached his right to freedom of expression under Article 10…

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

The backroom deal between the Conservatives, Labour and ITV proves it. The UK needs an Independent Debate Commission

As the UK gears up for a general election next month, LSE associate professor Nick Anstead calls for better ways to organise televised pre-election debates between leaders of political parties.  In what has now become an early election campaign ritual, we are now witnessing the unedifying spectacle of political parties and broadcasters haggling over the format … Continued

Source: Media Policy Project

Reuters Journalism Training Programme

Deadline: 15 December, 2019   Applications are now open for the Reuters Trainee Programme 2020. The programme is looking for smart, ambitious graduates or early-career reporters to join the global team of 2,500 text and visuals journalists and tell the stories that matter.   The Reuters news reaches a global audience of more than 1 […] The post Reuters Journalism Training Programme appeared first on European Youth Press.

Source: European Youth Press

Joint call for Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and other journalists to be released

Free speech and human rights organisations call for Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and other journalists to be released Ahead of the second hearing in the retrial of Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and four other journalists and media workers, ARTICLE 19 and 16 free speech and human rights organisations call for all detained defendants to be released and for the charges to be dropped. We believe that the charges against Altan and the other defendants are politically motivated and the case should never have gone to trial.  We believe that the new charges are also bogus, as…

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

Statement on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

On International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, twelve partner organisations of the Council of Europe Platform to Promote the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists call on governments to ensure that crimes against journalists are not carried out with impunity. Earlier this week, the case of courageous Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was moved to the Council of Europe’s category of journalists killed with impunity. The three men charged with her murder have yet to be brought to trial, while those who masterminded her assassination remain at large. She is one of 36 journalists whose cases remain open on the Council…

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

Year of impunity shows how hard it is to get justice for journalists who are killed because of their work

By Jane Whyatt Another Awareness Day reminds the world that reporters and media workers sometimes pay for the truth with their lives.  Lyra McKee, who was killed in April 2019. Photo:NUJ In the media freedom community, no reminders are required. The struggle for justice continues day by day, and the twelve months since the last United Nations Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists have produced no improvement in the situation.  In an interview with ECPMF, Ivor Gaber, a member of the UNESCO Committee on the Safety of Journalists describes what steps are being taken. And the ECPMF has joined other media…

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

Police offer protection to witnesses who expose Lyra McKee’s killer

By Jane Whyatt More than six months after investigative reporter Lyra McKee was murdered, police hunting the killer are offering a range of measures to protect witnesses. In addition a reward of £10,000 (11,500 euros) is on offer for information that leads to a conviction in the case. Screenshot from police video of suspects on the night Lyra McKee was shot. Photo: PSNI Video statements, voice distortion and anonymity can be used to ensure that the New IRA dissident Republican group, which has claimed responsibility for the fatal shooting, cannot carry out its threat that “informants will be killed“. The warning has been…

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

UNESCO names and shames governments that provide impunity for those who kill and threaten journalists

By Jane Whyatt Across the world, and increasingly in Europe, journalists are under threat and those who murder or threaten them are getting away with it. On this 2019 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, ECPMF seeks to understand what is being done to better protect them. Professor Ivor Gaber, UK representative on UNESCO committee. Photo: ECPMF The Council of Europe lists 22 cases of impunity for the murder of journalists, with 14 in Serbia and Albania alone. The latest name to be added to this list of shame is that of Daphne Caruana Galizia. UNESCO as the United Nations…

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