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Slovenia: MFRR welcomes end to STA funding crisis - Article

A deal signed on 8 November restored state funding to STA for the rest of the year and agreed to a court settlement on overdue back payments. However, MFRR partners raise concerns that UKOM's oversight of STA's financial activities could infringe on editorial independence, while the deal could weaken the financial sustainability of STA in the long term

INI REPORT on strengthening democracy and media freedom and pluralism in the EU: the undue use of actions under civil and criminal law to silence j... - Legal Resources

Approved by the European Parliament on 11 November 2021 with 444 votes in favour, 48 against and 75 abstained, this initiative by the LIBE and JURI Committee aims at tackling the abuse of legal tools that threatens freedom of expression

The perils of legally defining disinformation - Legal Resources

Published in the Internet Policy Review, this article stresses that though EU policy considers disinformation to be harmful content, rather than illegal content, EU member states have recently been making disinformation illegal. It also discusses the definitions that form the basis of EU disinformation policy, and analyses national legislation in EU member states applicable to the definitions of disinformation, in light of freedom of expression and the proposed Digital Services Act

Threats that Silence: Trends in the Safety of Journalists - Reports

A discussion paper by UNESCO about the World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development

Online attacks against journalists: Know Your Rights - Legal Resources

A guide though legislation and legal tools to tackle online harassment, published by the International News Safety Institute (INSI), Thomson Reuters Foundation and UNESCO

Exploring the crackdown on freedom of expression in Central Eastern Europe – an EJN panel video recorded 11 October 2021 - HTML5 video

The EJN, together with their partners the Evens Foundation and Free Press Unlimited, hosted an online panel looking at challenges to the media and ethical journalism in Central Eastern Europe on 11th October 2021

The impact of strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs) on the news media sector - Reports

A collection of the findings of News Media Europe interviews with press publishers, in-house lawyers, journalists and editors-in-chief about the impact of such lawsuits on the news
media sector

Remembering Daphne - Article

International civil society coalition marks fourth anniversary of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia with renewed call for justice

Greece: Justice Ministry must withdraw proposed amendments on ‘false news’ - Article

MFRR partners understand the threat that misinformation poses, but the passing of heavy-handed legislation is not the correct response, as subjective interpretation of a vaguely worded law can open the door to censorship of legitimate reporting

Albania: MFRR urges government to scrap new Media and Information Agency - Article

MFRR partners express concern over a new Media and Information Agency that would centralise control over the government's public relations within a single entity. Until greater safeguards can be established to ensure the agency operates in a fair and transparent manner, we urge the government to cancel its establishment