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Debate and raising awareness on violations of press freedom in 11 countries have been the aims of the 12 European partners engaged until last January in the project "Safety Net for European Journalists", led by OBC and co­funded by the European Union and the Autonomous Province of Trento.

On January 28th we presented the closing event at the European Parliament during the seminar entitled "Je suis Charlie. Media Freedom in the EU and South­Eastern Europe". All audio-files of the speeches can be found here .

Here the analytic report "Building a Safety Net for European Journalists" by Eugenia Siapera, professor of Dublin City University and the handbook for threatened journalists "Safety Net Manual" published by SEEMO (both free downloadable)

6 settembre

05/09/2019 - 

Can data journalism bring about new ways of reporting on European affairs? Almost two years have passed since our programme EDJNet kicked off. It is high time to take stock of what has been achieved and of what can be improved. Our online survey aims to assess ways to make the coverage of European issues more straightforward, more compelling and – above all – more data driven. Take part!

26 july

26/07/2019 - 

Limitations

A recent sentence of the Supreme Court of Holland ruled that the Dutch state had "a very limited responsibility" in Srebrenica in ‘95 for the death of about 350 Bosnian Muslim men. The decision put a significant limitation on the civil responsability of the accused and of the compensation, arising disappointment and anger among the victims' associations.

If you are in your thirties like Karin, Anna and Karen, you could be subject to serious limitations on getting access to the labour market in Armenia. A new and more comprehensive law is now expected to put an end to discrimination on grounds of age.

Last June the European Council’s decision to postpone the opening of EU accession talks of Albania and North Macedonia provoked strong limitations on the hopes of the two countries to start the negotiations soon. For the other Balkan countries, the situation isn’t much more encouraging.

Advocacy Action: OBC Transeuropa and other 19 human rights and freedom of expression organizations co-signed a statement criticizing the interim judicial decision taken on the Gezi Park case, defined “an act of intimidation”

12 luglio

12/07/2019 - 

A report by SETA, a Turkish government-linked think tank, accuses leading international media of being biased against the government and singles out their correspondents for attack. OBCT and other 20 international human rights and freedom of expression organisations condemn this new form of harassment of journalists in Turkey.

31 maggio

31/05/2019 - 

European elections

We have always tried to give our work a strong European imprint. In 2000, when we started publishing on these electronic pages, none of the countries we followed was part of the EU. The enlargement process radically changed the situation, yet a group of Balkan countries are still out.

From the beginning we thought that the response to the tragic events that took place in the Balkans in the 1990s was European integration – both on an institutional and on a grassroots level. And for the same reason we followed these European elections with attention, bust most of all with emotion.

During the past weeks we curated a voluminous dossier where you may find, for instance, the reasons why Gresa Hasa, a young Albanian activist, feels perfectly European; our correspondents' analysis of the vote, a postcard that we invite you to sign for the Adriatic to become an European sea and, lastly, thanks to our EDJNet project, all the "numbers" of the European elections, country by country. Enjoy your reading!

3 maggio

03/05/2019 - 

Press Freedom

Today is the World Press Freedom Day. It's one of the topics we follow the most closely: we've recently launched a new project, ESVEI, addressing the structural issues that in recent years have increased the vulnerability of democratic processes to external interference. Fazıla Mat writes about disinformation, technology giants and our critical skills.

19 aprile

19/04/2019 - 

Pressure

Serbian government developed a complex system that sees the participation of various subjects to exert pressure on media not aligned with power. Our Belgrade correspondent Dragan Janjić is also among the targets.

In Turkey, hundreds of Kurdish prisoners are on hunger strike to protest against the isolation of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan. Despite their serious conditions and seven suicides their attempt to put pressure on the government today seems to be at a dead end.

5 aprile 2019

04/04/2019 - 

Mothers

Hatidze is the last honey hunter from North Macedonia – an ancient trade based on a delicate balance with mother nature. The "Honeyland" documentary, awarded three times at the Sundance Film Festival, tells her incredible story.

Since 1995 “Saturday mothers” together with the relatives of numerous "desaparecidos", who disappeared during the Kurdish conflict in Turkey, ask for justice and truth in Galatasaray Square. Last summer sit-ins were banned, but their struggle continues.

22 march

21/03/2019 - 

Women

They live in a highly patriarchal society. Yet, with courage and resoluteness, they are building their present and a more right future for themselves and their children. Meet Shaqe, File, Engjellushe and many other women living in northern Albania. Together with RTM and Albania News we told their stories in a short documentary.

Anna, Maria, and many others have other stories to tell. In Greece, thousands of migrant women work as domestic helpers and carers. They face a difficult life, suspended between legality and informal sector, country of origin and destination, pride and regret.

Very soon Chechen women will be able to take taxis driven by women and only for women. The initiative sponsored by an Arab investment fund has caused very different reactions. Is it just another step in Chechnya's progressive Islamisation?

Slack chat! "Covering European issues with data", Friday 22 April 2019, 6PM CET. The chat is jointly organised by the Data Journalism Awards and the European Data Journalism Network. Giorgio Comai from OBCT will be one of the speakers. To follow and join the chat you need to register here

8 march

08/03/2019 - 

Revisionism

Republika Srpska has appointed two new international commissions tasked with establishing the crimes committed in Srebrenica and those committed against the Serbian population in Sarajevo. A group of academics and various analysts highlight its revisionist intentions. The report by Alfredo Sasso.

“Looking at the issue of historic revisionism and coming to terms with its own recent and not-so-recent history, Croatia seems to be one of the EU's most problematic countries”, writes Ivana Polić.

More in the news: the case of the Serbian prime minister and the child she recently had from her partner; the wave of strikes and demand for better salaries in Kosovo; the difficult living conditions of the Afghan immigrants in Turkey. We wish you a good Women’s Day!

22 febbraio

22/02/2019 - 

Vulnerabilities

Several years ago, Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak began investigating organized crime in his country but he was shot to death before he and his colleagues at OCCRP published their findings. Kuciak’s murder highlighted Slovakia’s vulnerabilities to the nexus of crime and political corruption. New findings on this deadly linkage are now revealed in an article by OCCRP and its partners.

Europe is rapidly warming and Croatian cities are no exception to this. However local authorities’ lack of interest in the increase of average temperatures does not help determining people’s vulnerabilities to the phenomenon.

Disinformation campaigns, dubious practices on social media, hackings, murkey financing of political campaigns: some reports and inquiries suggested Russian interference with the integrity of democratic processes. Russians or not new structural vulnerabilities to our democracies are there for anyone to exploit. In the next few months, OBCT, within the ESVEI project, will run a number of articles, interviews, guest posts, and reports focusing in particular on the policies and practices that can mitigate these risks.

Call: OBCT together with ECPMF and other organizations launched a call for justice and accountability of state authorities in Slovakia on the anniversary of the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak