In 2016, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) enters its second year of activity thanks to the renewed support of the European Commission. Through the cooperation among its 6 consortium partners - the Media Foundation of the Sparkasse Leipzig , initiator of the ECPMF based in Leipzig; OBC Transeuropa (Trentino); Oxygen for Information  (Rome); South East Europe Media Organisation   (Vienna); Journalismfund.eu  (Brussels); and the Institute of European Media Law (Saarbrücken) - the ECPMF project aims to protect and promote press freedom and promote transnational public debate on violations registered in Europe .

Liaising with several other European entities active in defending media freedom across the continent, OBC Transeuropa will raise awareness of the situation of freedom of information in six member states of the European Union, in the Enlargement and Eastern Partnership countries through:

1) a transnational journalistic campaign along with 14 media partners  by publishing and disseminating news and analyses aimed at increasing information and debate on relevant topics;

2) the further development of the Resource Centre on Media Freedom in Europe ;

3) the initiative #Wiki4MediaFreedom which builds on the work initiated by the Wikipedian in Residence hosted at OBC  in 2015.

OBCT news:

Media and rights: appeal to the Council of Europe

20/9/2019

Greater attention to the issues of press freedom and the protection of journalists: these are the requests of a letter signed by OBCT and other subjects involved in the sector, addressed to the new Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić

Press freedom in Turkey: the voice of OBCT at the United Nations Human Rights Council

19/9/2019

During the 42nd session in Geneva an oral statement was given to address the situation in Turkey, where civil rights and press freedom are endagered while journalists face every kind of threat

International media freedom mission in Turkey: press freedom in crisis

ECPMF | 16/9/2019

For three days our partners of ECPMF joined 7 other freedom of expression organisations on a joint mission to Turkey, led by the International Press Insitute. Despite some glimmers of hope, press freedom in the country remains in crisis. Here the final statement, released on 13th September

Turkey: Erol Önderoğlu, Ahmet Nesin, and Şebnem Korur Fincancı again under trial

Paola Rosà | 13/9/2019

Less than two months after acquittal in the first instance, two journalists and an activist find themselves accused of "terrorist propaganda": Erol Önderoğlu, Ahmet Nesin, and Şebnem Korur Fincancı will have to face the appeal trial

Montenegro: Joint call on the authorities to acquit journalist sentenced to 18 months in prison

9/9/2019

OBCT and the undersigned organizations call on the Montenegrin authorities to acquit investigative journalist Jovo Martinović, convicted for marijuana smuggling and criminal association and sentenced to 18 months in prison despite overwhelming evidence that his only links with organized crime were those of a reporter

Joint call on Russia to provide an enabling environment for journalists covering the Moscow protests

23/8/2019

OBCT supports a coalition of eight media freedom and journalists’ organisations that are calling on Russian authorities to immediately stop the harassment of journalists who have been covering the recent protests in Moscow. The statement

Women journalists and online harassment: the resistance in Bosnia

Paola Rosà | 22/8/2019

A daily occurrence in Balkan newsrooms and a risk factor for press freedom according to international bodies, online harassment against women in the media is on the rise everywhere

Albania, the controversial media law

Matteo Trevisan | 6/8/2019

Concerns persist over the approval of the new package of amendments aimed at modifying two important laws on the Albanian media, the so-called "anti-defamation package"

Turkey needs to respect foreign media outlets’ independence

13/3/2019

Pressure on international media in Turkey is increasing. German journalists have been expelled from the country as their press accreditations were not renewed. International freedom of expression organisations urge Turkey’s authorities in a joint alert to revoke the decisions, to stop the expulsion of international journalists, to renew press cards to foreign media outlets, and to respect their independence.

Dossier: Disinformation

Niccolò Caranti; Fazıla Mat | 11/1/2019

"Fake news" or disinformation is one of the most pressing issues of our times. Building on the materials of the Resource Centre on Press and Media Freedom in Europe, OBCT devoted its latest special dossier to this topic

Croatia, a thousand lawsuits against journalists

Zagreb | Giovanni Vale | 18/1/2019

There are over a thousand ongoing trials against journalists or Croatian media, and the list is not complete. The complaint of the Association of Croatian Journalists

Montenegro: Jovo Martinovic sentenced to 18 months in jail

15/1/2019

A court in Montenegro today sentenced the independent journalist Jovo Martinović to 18 months in jail. The ECPMF and its partners are appalled by the verdict and condemn Martinović's conviction in a joint statement

A media freedom edit-a-thon in Madrid

Rossella Vignola | 11/1/2019

An edit-a-thon will take place in Madrid on January 18th to boost the availability of accurate knowledge on media freedom in the largest open encyclopedia worldwide

Media in Croatia, defeated by the economy

Zagreb | Giovanni Vale | 14/12/2018

What is the state of the Croatian media? And what could the government and the institutions do to improve the situation? We asked Hrvoje Zovko, the new president of the Association of Croatian Journalists (HND)

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

Rossella Vignola | 7/12/2018

An edit-a-thon will take place in Berlin on January 26th to boost the availability of accurate knowledge on media freedom in the largest open encyclopedia worldwide

The Media Freedom Resource Centre   is an open online platform that facilitates quick and systematic access to an ever-growing collection of resources on media freedom and pluralism, such as region-wide and country-specific publication and practical tools for journalists, practitioners, policy makers. Whether you are journalist, a media expert or an organisation, use this crowd-sourcing platform to share and disseminate your materials!


 

 

 

 

Building on a previous Wiki GLAM initiative, Wiki4MediaFreedom  aims at boosting the availability of accurate knowledge on media freedom and pluralism in Europe on Wikipedia. People who are willing to contribute, learn and help disseminate in languages other than English relevant information on these topics are very welcome to join!

Through a partnership between Index on Censorship, European Federation of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders Mapping Media Freedom  monitors and visualises the state of media freedom in Europe by crowdsourcing reports of violations and limitations from journalists and press freedom watchdogs. Get involved!

24 Vesti  Macedonia- The first Macedonian all news TV channel and on-line news provider
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Beta  Serbia- One of the main Serbian press agencies 
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Bianet  Turkey- Independent press agency, with a special focus on civil society
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Courrier des Balkans  France- The main French on-line news provider on South East Europe
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Dilema Veche  Romania- Romania's main weekly, focusing on culture and social issues. It has both a paper and on-line version
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H-Alter  Croatia- Independent on-line news provider, with a special focus on civil society
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MediaCentar  Bosnia Herzegovina- Supporting the development of independent and professional journalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Mediapool  Bulgaria- Created in 2001, it is the oldest Bulgarian on-line news provider
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Kosovo 2.0  Kosovo- is an online magazine which, since 2010, involves talented young media professionals in Kosovo. All content is published in Albanian, English and Serbian. It has 14.200 fans in Facebook and 4.900 Twitter followers
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Radio Popolare  Italy- 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
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Radio Študent  Slovenia - One of Europe's oldest and strongest independent and non-commercial urban radio stations
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Shqiptarja  Albania- Independent media-group based in Tirana
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Athens Live  Greece- Independent media, on-the-ground source for stories, news, and images from Athens and throughout Greece.
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Vijesti  Montenegro- The main daily newspaper in Montenegro. It has both a paper and an on-line version. It started its publications in 1997 
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Former partner of the network (2015-2016): The Press Project  Greece- Daily on-line news provider on Greece. Specialized in features and analyses
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The project European Centre for Press and Media Freedom is co-funded by the European Commission