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International Press Freedom Groups Condemn Turkey Disinformation Bill Placed before Parliament - Article

Twenty five international organisations call on Members of Parliament to vote against the bill on “disinformation and fake news”, a law designed to criminalise the free flow of information. Turkish translation available below

Albania: Media must not face criminal prosecution for public interest reporting - Article

Media freedom groups raise concern over the blanket publication ban issued by Albanian prosecutorial authorities regarding a trove of hacked data. No journalist or media outlet should face criminal sanctions for publishing information in the public interest

Monitoring Report - Mapping Media Freedom January - June 2022 - Reports

The current Monitoring Report tracks media freedom violations across Europe during the first semester of 2022

Turkey: International groups call to restore Evrensel’s right to receive public ads - Article

Press Advertising Agency revokes Evrensel newspaper’s right to receive public ads

Estonia: Criminal fines for journalists over public interest reporting send dangerous signal - Article

The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners are concerned about the imposition of fines on two journalists and a news outlet in Estonia after they published information about pre-trial criminal proceedings without seeking permission or informing the prosecutor’s office

Will Russia’s independent journalism survive the Kremlin’s crackdown? - Article

A webinar organized by the International Press Institute in cooperation with fjum and Presseclub Concordia will tackle the issue of independent journalism in Russia while the regime is leading the war in Ukraine

Impact of Social Media Law on Media Freedom in Turkey Monitoring Report - Reports

The report covers the period between October 2020 and October 2021, consisting of input from 36 news outlets concerning the subject, object, legitimation of the articles that received content removal because of the implementation of the Law numbered 5651 that has expanded the scope of the "access blocking" mechanism enabling multiple bodies of the state apparatus to issue such orders

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

Turkey: growing digital censorship compounds press freedom crisis - Article

We joined ten other organisations in a mission to Turkey led by IPI. While the government refused the invitation for a meeting, journalists, civil society representatives, MPs and other institutions denounced an ever-worsening environment for Turkey's remaining independent press

The Global Cost of Internet Shutdowns in 2020 - Reports

This annual report by Top10VPN analyzes every major intentional internet shutdown in 2020 and reveals that they cost a world economy already devastated by the pandemic a further $4BN