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.

OBC NEWS:

11 October 2017

"Defending journalists in danger: solidarity, support and protection". This was the title and the topic of the conference that the European Center for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) – a consortium of which OBC Transeuropa is a founding member – organised in Leipzig on October 5th. An opportunity for international dialogue on a wide-ranging topic such as freedom of expression in the Internet age.

10 October 2017

"Defending journalists in danger: solidarity, support and protection". This was the title and the topic of the conference that the European Center for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF ) – a consortium of which OBC Transeuropa is a founding member – organised in Leipzig on October 5th. An opportunity for international dialogue on a wide-ranging topic such as freedom of expression in the Internet age.

10 October 2017

Starting from Bucharest newsstands, the closing down of distribution channels of newspapers and magazines represents one of the main threats agains press freedom in Romania. A comment

28 September 2017

First the closure of the weekly Novine Vranjske and the hunger strike of its director, then the Defense minister's attack against the investigative portal Krik. Hard times for independent media in Serbia

19 September 2017

Media lynching for those who do not toe the government line, judicial authorities that do not protect citizens, independent journalists accused of conspiracy. This is Vučić's Serbia

15 September 2017

The trial resumes in Istanbul for the employees of daily Cumhuriyet, accused of terrorism. Defendants remain behind bars at the request of the prosecution. Our correspondent's account

ECPMF MEDIA PARTNERS:

Albanian Union of Journalists denounces ban of journalist’s entry in the Butrinti Park

The Union is protesting against the order of the Minister of Culture Mirela Kumbaro who has prohibited the entry in the Butrinti UNESCO-protected Archaelogical Park to journalists who wants to investigate the ongoing illegal works of construction.

Shqiptaria: read the full article in Albanian

Bulgaria is at the bottom of media literacy in Europe

According to Open Society Institute – Sofia survey, Bulgaria is at the bottom of media literacy in Europe. The index, produced by  Open Society Institute, is based on five key criteria: media freedom, education, trust in society, and the use of information and communication technologies. Bulgaria, Montenegro, Albania and Turkey are in the last places, while Netherlands, Denmark and Estonia are at the top.

Mediapool: read the full article in Bulgarian

Bulgarian journalists protested against the government pressure

Dozens of journalists protested in Sofia against the State pressure. The demonstration was provoked by the threats against the Nova TV host Viktor Nikolaev. The former GERB MP Anton Todorov and the Deputy Prime Minister Valery Simeonov warned him that he could loose his job if he continued to ask awkward questions. “Silence Kills” and “We Have Questions, Not Requests” were some of the main messages of the protest organized by the Association of European Journalists in Bulgaria.

Mediapool: read the full article in Bulgarian

Albania: no access for journalist to Butrint archaeological park

Beyond the antique walls of UNESCO-protected Butrinti archaeological park, in southern Albania, somebody is constructing a restaurant, although it is forbidden by national and international laws. That’s probably why journalist have no access, neither as a simple visitor.

Shqiptarja: read the full article in Albanian

Romania: financial benefits for positive news

At the end of August, the Environment Minister Doina Pană said she would like the televisions to broadcast more positive news, adding that this could be financial rewarded. The idea is not new, and the statement is not exactly innocent or benign - the minister suggested the idea of a “pact” between women in the press and women in politics to uphold this law. Several years ago in Romania there was a similar legislative initiative according to which televisions should have broadcasted 50% positive news and 50% negative news. This law had been approved by the Senate, and only due to the pressure of civil society it was rejected by the President. Such a law, says Jean Fracois Julliard, spokesperson for Reporters sans Frontiers, exists only in China.

Dilema Veche: read the full article in Romanian


Romania: political interference on media

In today’s Romania the most worrying episode of political interference in media freedom was on February 2017, when the Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan drew up and presented a “blacklist” of journalists and politicians belonging to the opposition, who would have been “involved” in supporting anti-government protests.

Dilema Veche: read the full article in Romanian

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