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

INTERVIEW Boris Dezulovic: hopeless Croatia

Zagreb | Giovanni Vale | 18/11/2021

Thirty years ago, the siege of the city of Vukovar – one of the symbols of the war in the former Yugoslavia – ended. Boris Dezulovic, leading Croatian journalist, in a recent editorial that we translated, tries to highlight the profound contradictions of today's Vukovar. This, however, earnt him death threats. We interviewed him

The protest of FNSI

Since the beginning of October 2021, Italian journalists are in a state of labour unrest: as the General Secretary of the FNSI, Italian Journalists Union, Raffaele Lorusso, explains, they have good reasons to protest against the Italian government and the Italian parliament. In collaboration with the FNSI, OBCT contributed to realize this video for the monthly newsletter of the MFRR, Media Freedom Rapid Response

Turkey: Global appeal marks 2000 days in prison for Nedim Türfent

Paola Rosà | 3/11/2021

We co-signed a call to release Nedim Türfent, behind bars for terrorism after a clearly unfair trial

PANDORA PAPERS Azerbaijan: the offshore family

Arzu Geybullayeva | 22/10/2021

The information leaked by the Pandora Papers shows, once again, the enormous wealth hidden abroad by Azerbaijan's ruling elite. But the latter denies it and media like la Repubblica provide them with a megaphone to cry conspiracy

Turkey: increasing digital censorship and state capture

Paola Rosà | 11/10/2021

A delegation of 12 international organizations visited the country from 6 to 8 October: these are the first findings regarding media freedom

International press freedom mission to Turkey, Oct. 6 – 8, 2021

6/10/2021

We are joining other 11 press freedom and journalism groups to examine threats to independent journalism in Turkey

MEDIA Oštro goes live in Croatia

Oštro | 29/9/2021

The Oštro investigative portal, the Croatian version of the already well-known Slovenian investigative portal, has been active in Croatia for a few days. The area of interest will be the Adriatic region and therefore Slovenia, Croatia and Italy. The topics will be crime, corruption and the environment

INTERVIEW Media in Croatia, unprecedented censorship

Zagreb | Giovanni Vale | 27/9/2021

The Zagreb court applied temporary and preventive censorship against the H-Alter portal and journalist Jelena Jindra, effectively banning the publication and writing of further articles on the Municipal Children and Youth Protection Polyclinic and its director. Toni Gabric, chief editor of H-Alter, explains this unprecedented decision

The Google News Initiative Startups Lab

Paola Rosà | 2/9/2021

Created in partnership between the Google News Initiative (GNI), German media innovation hub Media Lab Bayern, and the European Journalism Centre (EJC), the GNI Startups Lab Europe supports high-quality reporting for local communities, single-topic audiences and/or previously underserved communities. Deadline 20 September

MEDIA Serbia: Vucic and the pro-government media against Twitter

Belgrade | Vukašin Obradović | 30/8/2021

Twitter recently flagged some Serbian outlets as "government-affiliated news media". Instead of opening a debate on the decision, the government and President Vucic have embarked on yet another smear campaign against non-aligned media

INTERVIEW Montenegro, a justice free country

Željko Pantelić | 24/8/2021

Interview with Milka Tadic Mijovic, one of Montenegro's leading journalists and president of the Center for Investigative Journalism, who has always been at the forefront of the fight for a better country and for the defence of freedom of expression

JUSTICE Bulgaria, the state sentenced to compensate Turkish journalist

Sofia | Francesco Martino | 5/8/2021

The European Court of Human Rights condemned Bulgaria for the 2016 extradition of a Turkish journalist, hastily handed over to the Turkish authorities who accused him of being part of the Fehtullah Gülen movement, in violation of national and international rules

Albania: Concern after government ally elected to head key media regulator

14/7/2021

The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) expresses deep concern about the future impartiality and independence of Albania’s Audiovisual Media Authority (AMA) following the election of a close associate of the ruling Socialist Party to head the media regulator

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT Citizens and democracy threatened by SLAPPs: preview of the draft resolution

Paola Rosà | 23/6/2021

The CASE coalition of which OBCT is part has received the text that will be presented to the European Parliament next Monday: a commitment to defend the rule of law and public participation, which collects many suggestions and proposals from civil society organisations

A webinar series on data protection, privacy and journalism

11/6/2021

The European legal framework on personal data protection is constantly evolving and the issue of citizens’ privacy is increasingly central to the public debate. Journalists must move confidently in this area, to ensure that people’s fundamental rights are respected while fulfilling their reporting role

MEDIA Slovenia: saving the STA

Capodistria | Stefano Lusa | 18/5/2021

Thirty years after its foundation, the future of the Slovenian News Agency is at risk. Janez Jansa's government has blocked state funding pending the delivery of a number of documents. For the agency, however, the request is an undue political interference

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!

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Beta  Serbia- One of the main Serbian press agencies 
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Bianet  Turkey- Independent press agency, with a special focus on civil society
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Courrier des Balkans  France- The main French on-line news provider on South East Europe
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Dilema Veche  Romania- Romania's main weekly, focusing on culture and social issues. It has both a paper and on-line version
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H-Alter  Croatia- Independent on-line news provider, with a special focus on civil society
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MediaCentar  Bosnia Herzegovina- Supporting the development of independent and professional journalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Mediapool  Bulgaria- Created in 2001, it is the oldest Bulgarian on-line news provider
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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
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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
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Radio Študent  Slovenia - One of Europe's oldest and strongest independent and non-commercial urban radio stations
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Shqiptarja  Albania- Independent media-group based in Tirana
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Athens Live  Greece- Independent media, on-the-ground source for stories, news, and images from Athens and throughout Greece.
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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