Media freedom and freedom of expression are the core of a democratic society. Despite this, in Europe journalists are sometimes threatened, censured or intimidated and this affects the citizens' right to information.
OBC, together with SEEMO, Ossigeno Informazione, Professor Eugenia Siapera (Dublin City University) and a broad network of media partners in 11 European countries, will devote a year to studying the freedom of the press in Italy, South East Europe and Turkey.
On January 28th, at the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels, OBC hosted a discussion on media freedom in Europe. The welcoming speech of our director, Luisa Chiodi, summarizing the achievements of the project “Safety Net for European Journalists”
On January 28th at the European Parliament, the closing event of 'Safety Net For European Journalists', a European project led by Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso on media freedom in Italy, South-East Europe and Turkey
www.balcanicaucaso.org dedicated 2014 to press freedom with the project "Safety Net for European Journalists. A video
In the aftermath of the dramatic attack to the French weekly, Osservatorio wishes to express its solidarity to the staff of Charlie Hebdo, their families and friends. We strongly condemn the politics of terror directed against free media and freedom of expression, and stand united with our fellow media organizations in this time of mourning
This report identifies needs and problems experienced by journalists in 11 South-East European countries, including Italy and Turkey. The analysis focuses on safety issues and impediments, suggesting possible remedial measures. By Eugenia Siapera (Dublin City University)
Ossigeno per l’Informazione has published the manual "The new lenses against censorship" showing in detail the method of monitoring developed by Ossigeno and experienced in Italy, and its results
Manual and reports
The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) published the Manual "Safety Net - Guidelines for Journalists in Extraordinary or Emergency Situations" in the frame of the project 'Safety Net for European Journalists'
In the framework of the project "Strengthening Journalists’ Rights, Protections and Skills", the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI) released three key documents on defamation laws and press freedom in Europe.