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

Croatia and Italy, the chilling effect of strategic lawsuits

Paola RosàClaudia Pierobon | 29/10/2019

Forced to waste time, energy, and money to defend themselves against lawsuits that are unfounded in almost 90% of cases, journalists in Italy and Croatia are well aware of the SLAPP phenomenon (strategic lawsuit against public participation). Expert talks in Europe and a promising journalist's bill in Italy

Serbia: who profits from arms sales?

Belgrade | Antonela Riha | 28/10/2019

In the arms trafficking scandal recently exposed in Serbia, a state-owned company was allegedly damaged to the advantage of a private company that involved the father of the Minister of the Interior. The whistleblower ended up in jail

Albania, journalism and the shadow of censorship

Tsai Mali | 1/10/2019

With the new season just around the corner, Albanian television schedules change, but the media landscape remains unchanged, with increasing hints of pressure and censorship cases

Balkans: the tired Media Days

Matteo Trevisan | 25/9/2019

Three years after its first edition, the impression that emerges from the Media Days – an event promoted by the EU Commission in the Balkans – is that of a telenovela with a predictable ending, where the characters move within a well-defined perimeter. But the region's media need more

Media and rights: appeal to the Council of Europe

20/9/2019

Greater attention to the issues of press freedom and the protection of journalists: these are the requests of a letter signed by OBCT and other subjects involved in the sector, addressed to the new Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić

Press freedom in Turkey: the voice of OBCT at the United Nations Human Rights Council

19/9/2019

During the 42nd session in Geneva an oral statement was given to address the situation in Turkey, where civil rights and press freedom are endagered while journalists face every kind of threat

Bulgaria, radio silence

Sofia | Francesco Martino | 20/9/2019

Bulgaria confirms its structural problems in the field of press freedom. This time, the scandal is the attempted removal from the public radio (BNR) of an inconvenient journalist, followed by a mysterious obscuring of the repeaters

International media freedom mission in Turkey: press freedom in crisis

ECPMF | 16/9/2019

For three days our partners of ECPMF joined 7 other freedom of expression organisations on a joint mission to Turkey, led by the International Press Insitute. Despite some glimmers of hope, press freedom in the country remains in crisis. Here the final statement, released on 13th September

Turkey: Erol Önderoğlu, Ahmet Nesin, and Şebnem Korur Fincancı again under trial

Paola Rosà | 13/9/2019

Less than two months after acquittal in the first instance, two journalists and an activist find themselves accused of "terrorist propaganda": Erol Önderoğlu, Ahmet Nesin, and Şebnem Korur Fincancı will have to face the appeal trial

48 questions about Europe, data and journalism

12/9/2019

The European Data Journalism Network (EDJNet) launches a survey to understand how data can improve the way journalism reports about Europe

Croatia: journalists under attack

Zagreb | Giovanni Vale | 12/9/2019

Minatory writings on walls, physical attacks, and threats.  Reporters Without Borders expresses deep concern for what it sees as a real attack against journalists in Croatia

Montenegro: Joint call on the authorities to acquit journalist sentenced to 18 months in prison

9/9/2019

OBCT and the undersigned organizations call on the Montenegrin authorities to acquit investigative journalist Jovo Martinović, convicted for marijuana smuggling and criminal association and sentenced to 18 months in prison despite overwhelming evidence that his only links with organized crime were those of a reporter

Serbia, Maja Pavlović's hunger strike

Belgrade | Jelka Jovanović | 29/8/2019

It's her third hunger strike over a year. The reason is always the same: to draw attention to the terrible state of the Serbian media, in particular her Kanal 9, one of the first private broadcasters in Serbia

Joint call on Russia to provide an enabling environment for journalists covering the Moscow protests

23/8/2019

OBCT supports a coalition of eight media freedom and journalists’ organisations that are calling on Russian authorities to immediately stop the harassment of journalists who have been covering the recent protests in Moscow. The statement

Women journalists and online harassment: the resistance in Bosnia

Paola Rosà | 22/8/2019

A daily occurrence in Balkan newsrooms and a risk factor for press freedom according to international bodies, online harassment against women in the media is on the rise everywhere

Albania, the controversial media law

Matteo Trevisan | 6/8/2019

Concerns persist over the approval of the new package of amendments aimed at modifying two important laws on the Albanian media, the so-called "anti-defamation package"

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!

24 Vesti  Macedonia- The first Macedonian all news TV channel and on-line news provider
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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