Reports

Analyses on specific aspects related to press and media freedom, performed and published by research centres, non-governmental organizations and public bodies

Weaponizing the Digital Influence Machine: The Political Perils of Online Ad Tech

Developments in technology have turned digital political advertising into a weapon which is dangerous to democracy, a report by Data & Society argues

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#TrollTracker: Bots, Botnets, and Trolls

The Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Atlantic Council published a post about how to distinguish bost, botnets and trolls.

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Media reporting: facts, nothing but facts?

This special report provides an overview of how the principles of accuracy, objectivity, and fairness in news and current affairs reporting are regulated at European and national level

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Freedom on the Net 2018 - The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism

Covering 87% of the world’s Internet users, Freedom on the Net is a study of Internet freedom in 65 countries around the globe that tracks improvements and declines in Internet freedom conditions each year

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Robust whistleblower protection is a crucial challenge for European democracy

The European Commission published on April 23, 2018, a proposal for a Directive "on the protection of persons reporting on breaches of Union law". Quentin Van Enis, a legal expert specialised in media, analyses for the EFJ the draft directive from the journalists’ perspective

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Concept of the enemy III: the violent forces are ganging up against journalists

The third ECPMF’s study on violence against journalists in Germany shows that the number of incidents in 2018 is close to the record high of 2015

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Horizons of Hate

In this research report published by VOX-Pol, Matti Pohjonen employs a comparative approach to social media hate speech, comparing three politically different Finnish Facebook groups discussing immigration

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Information Manipulation: A Challenge for Our Democracies

The joint report by the French Policy Planning Staff (CAPS) of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM) of the Ministry for the Armed Forces aims at developing a better understanding of the issue, mainly focusing on information manipulation orchestrated by States and whose purpose is to weaken democratic debate in other States

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Lexicon of Lies

A guide to define different types of problematic content.

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Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Interim Report

This report by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons is part of an ongoing inquiry on fake news, which has been expanded to include other related topics. The Committee claims that democracy itself is at risk, and sets out a number of recommendations

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