Publication Date: April 2016

Between 1 January and 31 March 2016, Mapping Media Freedom ’s network of 19 correspondents based across Europe collected and verified a total of 301 violations of press freedom, which constitutes a 30 per cent rise over the fourth quarter of 2015 .

The periodic report provides aggregate data on casualties, attacks and other forms of intimidations against journalists: during the first three months of 2016, 4 journalists were killed; 43 incidents of physical assault were confirmed; and there were 87 verified reports of intimidation, which includes psychological abuse, sexual harassment, trolling and defamation. Media professionals were detained in 27 incidents; 37 criminal charges and civil lawsuits were filed; and media professionals were blocked from covering a story in 62 verified incidents. 

Country-based case studies are included in the report, focusing on Turkey, Ukraine, Greece, France and Russia.

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