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MFRR raises concerns over increasing meddling in independence of Czech public broadcaster - Article

The partner organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) express their serious concern over the latest efforts by the ruling ANO party and its allies to further politicise the oversight body of the Czech public broadcaster.

We are worried that the slow-motion yet obvious efforts to stack the Council of the Czech TV (ČT Council) are ultimately aimed at the erosion of the public television’s independence and politically-motivated realignment of its news and opinion programming

Montenegro: Jovo Martinović's appeal rejected - Article

OBCT joined leading international press freedom and journalists’ organisations in condemning the continued judicial persecution of Montenegrin investigative journalist, Jovo Martinović after his appeal was rejected 

Financial support to media and journalists during Covid-19 - Monitoring tool

Six months after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has published a database mapping the financial support media outlets and journalists received in Europe

WE CAN - understand and counter hate speech - Training

This newly revised version of the Facing Facts counter hate speech course organized by the Council of Europe aims to equip participants with the necessary knowledge for recognising hate speech, and to support them in countering it by presenting a multitude of ways, from counter-speech to alternative campaigns, and importantly, human rights-based narratives

Belarus: leaders of journalists’ organisations in Europe call on heads of governments to take action - Article

Leaders of 50 journalists’ unions and associations in 34 European countries today called on their governments to intensify pressure and take action in the face of constant violations of human rights and press freedom in Belarus. In a joint letter, they urge their head of government to demand from the Belarusian authorities the immediate release of the 12 imprisoned journalists and the withdrawal of administrative and criminal proceedings against Belarusian journalists

Serbia: Groups condemn deafening silence of government over KRIK smear campaign - Article

OBCT joins MFRR partners and other ngos in writing a letter to Serbian authorities

Montenegro: Vijesti Television journalist Sead Sadiković injured after group attack - Article

IPI calls for thorough investigation after assault

MFRR condemns defamation lawsuit against Gazeta Wyborcza Editor-in-Chief by Polish Justice Minister - Article

The partners of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today strongly condemn the civil defamation lawsuit launched against the editor-in-chief of Poland’s biggest daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza by the serving Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro

Czech Republic: concern over independence of public service media - Article

The MFRR partners have sent a letter to the members of the Czech Parliament regarding the politicisation of the Council of the Czech TV (Česká Televize, CT)

Interviewing journalism. Needs and gaps in support for European journalists - Article

A research by Maria Francesca Rita, Sofia Verza and Luisa Chiodi conducted by OBC Transeuropa - as member of the Media Freedom Rapid Response consortium - on the needs of European journalists and the gaps in support mechanisms