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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.

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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


News

29 October 2014

The International Press Institute (IPI) released three documents in mid-July as it started work on a project on defamation laws and press freedom in Europe aimed at raising public awareness about the need of legal reform in this area, as well as at ensuring that European journalists are able to defend their rights more effectively.

29 October 2014

Journalists should speak up about the problems they face in their work, as there are problems everywhere in Europe. An interview with Oliver Vujović, SEEMO Secretary General

24 October 2014

Croatian journalist Zrinka Vrabec Mojzeš spoke at the Skopje Media Forum about the dangerous relations among politics, media and media owners in the region, and advocated the need for a European-level legislation on media. Interview

17 October 2014

Media concentration and lack of ownership transparency are a major obstacle to media pluralism and freedom in Bulgaria. According to media law expert Nelly Ognyanova, neither of these obstacles can be removed without political will. Interview



IPI

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. 

Report on Defamation Law: offers a provisional overview of defamation law in the EU and its relationship to international standards on free expression. This is an IPI analysis based on data collected by IPI and several research partners.

Perceptions Survey: presents the provisional results of a pioneering IPI perceptions study that collected the personal views and experiences of EU journalists, editors and media executives on the effects of defamation law. The survey bears witness to the dangerous chilling effect that defamation laws can have on the free flow of information and offers a mandate for increased training of journalists on such laws. 

International Standards: an IPI document that summarises relevant international standards on freedom of expression and defamation, as originally developed in 2000 by the London-based civil society organisation ARTICLE 19. It also presents the results of research conducted by IPI on the viewpoint on those standards held by leading international legal and intergovernmental bodies, with particular focus placed on the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).





Media partners:

H-Alter (Croatia)

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

The Press Project (Geece) 

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

Vijesti (Montenegro)

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

Mediapool (Bulgaria)

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

 

Dilema Veche (Romania)

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

 

 

 

 

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.                                                                 

 

 

Bianet (Turchia)

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


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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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