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