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EU Rule of Law report: Little bark, no bite - Article

The Rule of Law Report can be a valuable tool that empowers civil society. However, for it to become a critical tool that can contribute to the promotion and safeguarding of EU values, MFRR partners believe several fundamental changes are needed

Turkey: Concern over proposals to introduce new regulation of “fake” and “foreign-funded” news - Article

OBCT co-signed a statement condemning the proposal to introduce a new regulation of "fake" and "foreign-funded" news in Turkey. If approved, these measures will further undermine media freedom and pluralism in the country

Albania: concern after government ally elected to head the Audiovisual Media Authority - Article

The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) expresses deep concern about the future impartiality and independence of Albania’s Audiovisual Media Authority (AMA) following the election of a close associate of the ruling Socialist Party to head the media regulator

Slovenia: a letter to EU Presidents - Article

MFRR partners shared with Charles Michel, President of the European Council, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, the newly published report "Press Freedom Deteriorating in Slovenia under Latest Janša Government"

Slovenian government eroding media freedom as it takes over EU Presidency - Article

As  Slovenia will assume the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union on July 1, MFRR partners, press freedom organisations and journalism groups release a new report about press freedom deteriorating in the country under Janša Government

Bulgaria: MFRR partners ask the interim government to examine the state of media freedom in the country - Article

Improvement of the situation in Bulgaria needs significant will, as well as a broader recognition of the fundamental role that independent journalism plays for the society. MFRR asks the interim government to prioritise the investigation of threats and attacks against journalists

Slovenia: MFRR dismayed by Prime Minister Janša’s denigrating tweet - Article

MFRR partners call on Prime Minister Janez Janša to cease denigrating Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, and her recent memorandum on freedom of expression and media freedom in Slovenia

EFJ Online Seminar “Trust in media: Audience Engagement & Artificial Intelligence” - Article

Deadline 7 February to register to the online workshops planned for the end of March organized by the European Federation of Journalists

Journalists across EU face wave of attacks covering anti-lockdown protests - Reports

Since the beginning of September, IPI and its Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners have recorded at least 58 incidents involving assaults, physical aggression, threats and intimidation against journalists covering demonstrations linked to COVID-19, in Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Austria and Portugal

Country factsheet: Hungary - Article

In 2020, a number of threats to media pluralism and transparency have continued to further marginalise and threaten media freedom across Hungary. Due to the expansion of pro-Government outlets and the weaponisation of government advertising, most Hungarian citizens receive news only from pro-government outlets. With this kind of control, there is no need to directly attack critical journalists, as they are excluded from the media market. Moreover, the coronavirus crisis had arguably the biggest effect on media freedom