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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.

Project presentation



20 February 2015

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”

2 February 2015

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

8 January 2015

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


Building a safety net for European journalists

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)


The Oxygen Method in Europe. New lenses to see the hidden censorship

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

SEEMO Safety Net Manual

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'

Media Country Reports 2014 by SEEMO and Ossigeno

SloveniaSerbiaRomaniaTurkeyCroatia | MacedoniaBulgariaGreeceCyprusMontenegro | Italy

SEEMO's interviews


Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso and Index on Censorship have launched  mediafreedom.ushahidi.com, a website that will enable the reporting and mapping of media freedom violations across the 28 EU countries plus candidate countries


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.


Seminar brusseles

What stands in the way of media freedom, journalistic safety and independence and how to defend citizens' right to information in Europe? Public seminar "Je suis Charlie. Media Freedom in the EU and South Eastern Europe" promoted by OBC at the European Parliament on the 28th of January.


The South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF2014) was organised by SEEMO in Skopje from 16 to 18 October with the participation of Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso and the project 'Safety Net'

The broad network of media partners:                                                                                                                                                    

The Press Project (Geece) 

Daily on-line news provider on Greece. Specialized in features and analyses.
ALL THE NEWS             

Vijesti (Montenegro)

The main daily newspaper in Montenegro. It has both a paper and on-line version. It started publishing in 1997.
ALL THE NEWS                                                                     

Mediapool (Bulgaria)

Created in 2001, it is the oldest Bulgarian on-line news provider. 
ALL THE NEWS                                                                              


Dilema Veche (Romania)

Romania's main weekly, focusing on culture and social issues. It has both a paper and on-line version.                 

H-Alter (Croatia)

Independent on-line news provider, with a special focus on civil society.     
ALL THE NEWS                        




Radio Popolare (Italia)

Broadcasting from Milan, Popolare is both a radio and a network of 17 of the Italian main radio stations covering among other Rome, Florence, Turin, Venice.

24 Vesti (Macedonia)

First Macedonian all news TV channel and on-line news provider.               


Beta (Serbia)

One of the main Serbian press agencies. 
ALL THE NEWS                                              



Bianet (Turchia)

Independent press agency, with a special eye on civil society issues. 


The project "Safety Net for European Journalists. A Transnational Support Network for Media Freedom in Italy and South-east Europe" is funded by the European Union

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