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.
The impact of cyber-attacks, digital surveillance and sophisticated techniques of computational propaganda is growing. The case of Serbia in an interview with Vladan Joler, director of Share Foundation
The project "Less hate, more speech" aims at stimulating more civilized discussion with less aggressive speech on the Romanian online media, as one of the authors explains
They used to be called “State-television”, nowadays they are “public service media”. But political control is hard to remove, and prevents public broadcasters from serving the public interest. An editorial
A range of extra-legal policy mechanisms are used by those in power to prevent journalists from fulfilling their watchdog role in society. Examples from countries of South East Europe (SEE) where extra-legal policy mechanisms are deployed to stifle journalism
The 7th March 2017, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs in coopearation with Partnership for Social Development held a public hearing in the European Parliament on “Media Clientelism Index: Measuring Media Realities in Six South East European Countries”
10 years ago, in the special index relating to press freedom by Freedom House, Turkey was referred to as "partly free" with a result equivalent to 49 (0 indicates the best situation, 100 being the worst). Ten years later it became "not free" and the index rose to 71. An infographic
Satirical web sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina use creative ways to point out anomalies and absurdities in the society. Una Čilić talks to editors of Šatro.info and Karakter.ba.
The Prosecutor's Office's longheld practice of communicating with the press through video statements filmed and produced within the institution, deprives the journalists of one of their fundamental rights and obligations – that of asking questions.
According to the Law on Free Access to Information in Bosnia and Herzegovina, salaries of employees in the public services must be transparent. After almost a year of demanding information, public pressure in the last few months made so that Radio Television of Republic of Srpska published the information about salaries of Miroslav Lazanski and Mate Đaković.
Well-known investigative journalist Elvi Fundo in hospital whith serious wounds on face and head urges Police to find agressors and thanks collegues for supporting him
Montenegro adopted a law on free access to public information 7 years ago, but in many cases the information required is withheld, and no one is sanctioned.
One of three institution in Bulgaria is not transperant
In Kosovo, access to information is well guaranteed in theory — in practise it’s a different story.
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!
This dossier presents the articles published by the network of our media partner in the ECPMF project, assessing the specific situation in the countries involved in the project.The countries of South East Europe enjoy very high standards when it comes to the legislation regulating access to public information and transparency. But the reality on the ground is different and journalists across the region denounce serious difficulties in obtaining – both from private organizations and public institutions - the access to information they are entitled by the law.
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!
The project European Centre for Press and Media Freedom is co-funded by the European Commission