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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)

24 luglio

24/07/2020 - 

Journalists-in-Residence Milan

Within the EU-funded project Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), Q Code Mag, supported by Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT) and the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), is launching the first call of the protection programme for media workers called Journalists-in-Residence Milan (JiR Milan).

3 aprile

02/04/2020 - 

Europe

Over the years, OBCT's efforts have been constantly aimed at supporting, contributing, and participating in a transnational European civil society: looking at the grassroots movements, interacting with European institutions, "feeling" European citizens. In our publishing, analysis, and activist work we have always looked at Europe as a unique opportunity for peace and coexistence.

In these difficult days of coronavirus pandemic, the capacity to give common answers and to feel part of a single project by the European Union member states has seemed to falter dramatically. The historical meaning of what is happening - and the importance of the answers that will be given - is clear to everyone.

That is why in the coming weeks we will continue to follow carefully the difficult ridge between emergency measures and protection of civil rights; we will be keeping our eyes focused on the fate of the most marginalised communities, starting from refugees and migrants, and we will continue to give voice - opposing any propaganda - to the solidarity-based Europe we believe in.

24 gennaio

23/01/2020 - 

Don't miss the train

As travel by train is becoming more and more popular in Europe – also for environmental reasons – we – within the network Edjnet - decided to look at some of the main barriers discouraging people from taking the train. From Sweden to Bulgaria a large collaborative investigation

13 dicembre

12/12/2019 - 

Dear readers, this is the last OBCT newsletter for 2019, the next one will be delivered to your email addresses on January 10th 2020.

The editorial staff wishes you happy holidays and a happy New Year!

18 ottobre

17/10/2019 - 

Danilo

On the 15th of October 1989 Danilo Kiš (1935-1989), the last great Yugoslav writer, died in Paris. We rembered him with a comment by the bosnian writer Božidar Stanišić: "Kiš's work has survived the hyper-production of pseudo-literature, it belongs to the library of the world, it has resisted the most terrible challenges of the 21st century, especially the relativisation of the concept of art and the dominance of technology and social media."

20 settembre

20/09/2019 - 

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!

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!