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);  (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.


13 March 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.

11 January 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

18 January 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

15 January 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

11 January 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

14 December 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)

7 December 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

6 December 2018

From his recent arrest during an investigation on corruption in public procurement to the murder of TV host Viktoria Marinova, Bivol's investigative journalist Dimitar Stoyanov gives an overview of the criticizes of information in Bulgaria

30 November 2018

The difficult situation of Turkey's press told by well-known journalists, the effects of European solidarity initiatives, and the prospects for the future. A report of the event "Turkey's Media Under Siege", covered by OBCT

21 November 2018

The media situation in Serbia continues to deteriorate. Recent events show that government repression of few remaining non-aligned media has become routine. According to RWB, Serbia has the worst media situation in all the Balkans


Turkey: Sentence has been passed in trial of 28 media workers

A Turkish court on Thursday sentenced 25 journalists and media workers to 3 to 7 years   prison terms over terrorism links to the Gülen movement. All of the journalists convicted worked for Zaman daily or other media outlets deemed to be close to the movement which is blamed by Turkish authorities of being behind the July 2016 failed coup. The lawyers of the case will appeal against the conviction


Bianet: read the full article in English



Do working conditions of Journalists In Greece affect press freedom?

“I am considered lucky because I earn 500€ a month. From the total amount, I am obliged to pay the extra cost of the bank transfer”, Haris Drousiotis, 23, tells me. He works from home, rewriting news and he doesn’t have an employment contract, which means that he lives in constant stress worrying if he is going to get paid that month. “The work I have done can be deleted any time and there won’t be any sign that I was ever employed there”, he comments, adding that he knows of previous employees who weren’t pad for months of work in the past.

AthensLive: read the full article in English

After 29 Years, MEGA Channel died

It was the country’s first private TV-Station and changed the way Greeks entertained and informed themselves

AthensLive: read the full article in English

Greece: the bad habit of mansplaining the news

Flipping through the hubbub of Greek television channels, especially during the morning rush or evening hours of talk shows, the prevalence of men is undeniable. The reasons for the media’s sexist orientation is not irrelevant to the sexism of (Greek) society.

Athens Live: read the full article in English

Hate speech: what it is and how to contrast it

Curated by Radio Popolare - an OBCT mediapartner within ECPMF project - this broadcast is about "hate speech". The interview with Lorenzo Ferrari, OBCT researcher and among the authors of the special dossier curated by OBCT.

Radio Popolare: go to the full broadcast in Italian

Kosovo: Arrogance in place of transparency

Despite Ramush Haradinaj's government having approved a new concept paper on improving communication with the media, Kosovo's journalists claim that old complaints about a lack of transparency remain.

Kosovo 2.0: read the full article in English

Montenegrin principal court: Djurovic must return to RTCG Council

Principal court has ruled that Goran Djurovic must be reinstated as a member of the Council of RTCG (the Public broadcaster). The decision to remove Djurovic from the Council was widely recognized as a politically motivated action: as a part of the ruling party strategy aimed at taking back control on the public broadcaster.

Vijesti: read the full article in Montenegrin

Montenegro: Nikola Vukčević will be reinstated as member of RTCG council?

Administrative court has repealed the ruling of Agency for preventing corruption, but there is a small chance that Nikola Vukčević will be reinstated as member of RTCG council. Even though court has ruled that he was not in conflict of interest, Agency claims “he possibly could have been”. Now it is up to Montenegrin Parliament to decide whether it is going to name somebody to replace him.

Vijesti: read the full article in Montenegrin

Romania and press freedom: let’s just recap!

In this article Dilema Veche provide a brief review of the events that have recently affected press freedom in Romania: a legislative proposals according to which televisions should broadcast more “positive news” (with tax benefits); a black lists of journalists who are against the government made by a minister; the National Audiovisual Council (the institution that should regulate the media slips) which does not punish any channel for fake news broadcasts; investigative journalists kicked out or left work due to editorial pressures.

Dilema Veche: read the full article in Romanian

Albania: Fake news & bombastic titles, the abyss of portal-mania

In the last four years, portal-mania has exploded in Albania: a new trend that seems to be closely related to the extension of mobile to a large number of users. How does it affects information?

Shqiptarja: read the full article in Albanian

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!

ECPMF network

24 Vesti Macedonia- The first Macedonian all news TV channel and on-line news provider
All the news
Beta Serbia- One of the main Serbian press agencies
All the news
Bianet Turkey- Independent press agency, with a special focus on civil society
All the news
Courrier des Balkans France- The main French on-line news provider on South East Europe
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
All the news
H-Alter Croatia- Independent on-line news provider, with a special focus on civil society
All the news
MediaCentar Bosnia Herzegovina- Supporting the development of independent and professional journalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina
All the news
Mediapool Bulgaria- Created in 2001, it is the oldest Bulgarian on-line news provider
All the news
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
All the news
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
All the news
Radio Študent Slovenia - One of Europe's oldest and strongest independent and non-commercial urban radio stations
All the news
Shqiptarja Albania- Independent media-group based in Tirana
All the news
Athens Live Greece- Independent media, on-the-ground source for stories, news, and images from Athens and throughout Greece.
All the news
Vijesti Montenegro- The main daily newspaper in Montenegro. It has both a paper and an on-line version. It started its publications in 1997
All the news

Former partner of the network (2015-2016): The Press Project Greece- Daily on-line news provider on Greece. Specialized in features and analyses
All the news

The project European Centre for Press and Media Freedom is co-funded by the European Commission