Defending the right to freedom of information and promoting the transnational public debate on violations registered in the European Union as well as in the enlargement and Eastern Partnership countries are the objectives of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom - ECPMF , of which OBC Transeuropa is one of the founding members.

The services OBCT provides to ECPMF include the development and curation of the Resource Centre on Media Freedom in Europe and an ongoing work of information and in-depth analysis on key issues for European democracy, in network with numerous media partners in Italy and South-Eastern Europe.

OBCT news on media and journalism

ENVIRONMENT Serbia: toxic substances and dangerous railways

Belgrade | Antonela Riha | 26/1/2023

Little or nothing is known about the impact and responsibility of 20 tonnes of ammonia leaking from a tank on a freight train in southeast Serbia, an accident that also claimed two lives. In Serbia, it remains hard for citizens to obtain information about these environmental disasters

INTERVIEW Romania: plagiarism, a gateway to corruption

Sielke Kelner | 19/12/2022

In this conversation with Emilia Șercan, investigative journalist and senior lecturer at the University of Bucharest, we explored the state of the art of Romanian journalism and reflected upon the different meanings of plagiarism in a country where corruption remains rampant

 

Latvia: Media regulator urged not to revoke Dozhd license pending court review

| 12/12/2022

Together with our MFRR partners, we express concern over the decision to revoke the broadcast license of the independent TV station Dozhd: independent Russian journalism should be provided a safe refuge in Europe

Meduza’s statement regarding the revocation of TV Rain’s Latvian broadcasting license

Meduza | 7/12/2022

We share the full text of Meduza's statement in support of independent Russian broadcaster TV Rain

Multiple journalists threatened and harassed in Serbia, authorities must take urgent action

| 6/12/2022

OBCT joins the Media Freedom Rapid Response partners and the Safe Journalists Network in condemning in the strongest terms the intimidation and often orchestrated campaigns by pro-government media outlets and members of the public to silence journalists in Serbia

RIGHTS Turkey, bombs and censorship

Istanbul | Kenan Behzat Sharpe | 2/12/2022

The recent attack in the heart of Istanbul brought the issue of political violence in Turkey back to the fore, but also dramatically exposed the limitations on access to free information in the country

Bulgarian far-right party’s ‘foreign agent’ bill sparks media freedom concerns

29/11/2022

Press freedom groups raise alarm that law appears intended to target critical media in Bulgaria

Italy: Newspaper Domani sued for defamation by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni

Redazione | 25/11/2022

At the conclusion of the preliminary hearing in the case of aggravated defamation against two journalists from the daily newspaper Domani initiated by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, an appeal for the lawsuit to be dropped and for a comprehensive reform of defamation laws in Italy

Milan shelter city: protected residences for threatened journalism

Redazione | 22/11/2022

Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa, Q Code Mag and ECPMF, in collaboration with the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation, present the event “Milan shelter city: protected residences for threatened journalism”

Milan city of refuge: protected residences for threatened journalism

OBC Transeuropa | 18/11/2022

A public event to present the Journalist-in-Residence (JiR) protected residence project, coordinated by OBC Transeuropa, Q Code Mag and the European Center for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), members of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) consortium, to relaunch the idea of ​​Milan as a shelter city for journalists. Two journalists who have benefited from the JiR protection programme will be present and will share their experiences 

INTERVIEW Gag complaints, an anti-SLAPP shield is coming

Paola Rosà | 22/11/2022

OCCRP, the transnational investigative journalism platform against crime and corruption, has devised a system to prevent lawsuits, prevent self-censorship, and defend journalists from gag lawsuits – an actual shield in defence of reporters. We interviewed Drew Sullivan, co-founder of OCCRP

Italy: a call in support of Roberto Saviano, defendant in a defamation trial

Coalition CASE | 16/11/2022

At the conclusion of the first hearing in the proceedings for aggravated defamation initiated by current Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni against Roberto Saviano in 2021, we express our solidarity with the Italian journalist for his commitment to the public interest

RULE OF LAW Italy, journalism and the rule of law

Maria Francesca Rita | 17/11/2022

In a country where media freedom and pluralism are formally protected by a solid legislative framework, the ability of journalists to conduct their investigative work still faces several challenges. We discussed these issues in an interview with Lorenzo Bagnoli, IrpiMedia journalist

SCANDAL “Predatorgate”, dozens of Greek ministers and journalists under surveillance

Athens | Alessio Giussani | 9/11/2022

New revelations reopen the surveillance scandal in Greece: dozens of journalists, politicians, and entrepreneurs were targeted by secret services and spyware. Who gave the orders?

RIGHTS Against SLAPPs, the first European conference

Sielke Kelner | 7/11/2022

The first European conference for the fight against SLAPPs, also known as gag or reckless complaints, was held in Strasbourg on 20 October, organised by the European Center for Press and Media Freedom and the Coalition against SLAPP in Europe. The report of the event

MEDIA AND POLITICS Romania: the interference of parties in the media

Mihaela Iordache | 3/11/2022

A recent report by the Council of Europe exposes the flow of money that goes from political parties to the media in Romania, and the consequent subordination

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!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

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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