Media Freedom

A Greek newspaper publisher and its director charged with libel


On 10 January, Greek police arrested the publisher and the director of Parapolitika newspaper, Giannis Kourtakis and Panayiotis Tzenos, following a lawsuit filed against them for libel and attempted extortion by Greek defense minister Panos Kammenos

Kosovo Ruling Party Denies Running Anti-BIRN Campaign


After a journalist involved in the campaign against BIRN in Kosovo in 2009 said the ruling party had been behind the whole affair, the party has hit back calling the claim 'a fairytale'

CoE Commissioner concerned over NIN defamation verdict


The weekly "NIN" was fined "for damaging the reputation of Serbia's Minister of Interiors". A sentence that, warns CoE Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks, could have negative impact on media freedom in the country

Media freedom and the protection of journalists in the Western Balkans


Recently established, the regional platform for media freedom in the Western Balkans warns about the increased use of physical violence as a tool of intimidation against journalists

EU-Turkey Agreement: an appeal to the European Court of Justice


Access Info Europe, a Madrid-based organization promoting access to information, filed a petition to the European Court of Justice asking the disclosure of the legal details of the EU-Turkey deal on migration

Crimea: freedom of speech turns to freedom of silence


Crimea has had no independent media for two and a half years now - a Crimean journalist speaks out about the situation on condition of anonymity

Lindita Çela and Artsiom Harbatsevich win the CEI SEEMO Award 2016


Albanian and Belarusian journalists win CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism 2016

Cumhuriyet’s Akın Atalay Detained


Cumhuriyet Newspaper Executive Board President Akın Atalay has been detained at Atatürk Airport where Atalay returned from abroad.

Wikipedia 'edit-a-thon' seeks to boost contents on media freedom and pluralism


An edit-a-thon will take place in Belgrade on November 21st to boost the availability of accurate knowledge on media freedom in the largest open encyclopedia worldwide

Romania to Eliminate Public Broadcast Fee


Concerns about independence and sustainability of the public broadcaster, as Romania proposes to abolish the subscription fee and introduce direct funding of the public radio-television