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Silencing the Fourth Estate: Italy’s democratic drift


Media freedom coalition sounds the alarm on political meddling and legal threats to journalism

Bosnia and Herzegovina: authorities urged to intervene in public broadcasting deadlock


Following the temporary interruption of RTV Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina television and radio programs on May 8 2024, Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners denounce the irresponsible political management that violates citizens' right to freedom of information

BiH, the public service on the brink of collapse

17/05/2024 -  Darko Kurić Sarajevo

The public service in Bosnia and Herzegovina is in increasingly dire straits. In the absence of real reform, the lack of a sustainable financing mechanism has caused tensions to explode between two of the three public broadcasters

North Macedonia: Media freedom groups urge authorities to cease harassment of journalist Furkan Saliu


OBCT joins international media freedom, free expression, and journalist organisations in calling on authorities in North Macedonia to cease harassment of Furkan Saliu

MFRR to conduct an urgent mission to Italy amid worsening state of media freedom


The growing pressure on press freedom in Italy has prompted the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) consortium to organize an urgent mission to Rome on May 16 and 17. The unprecedented political interference in the public service media, the increasing cases of vexatious lawsuits against journalists, and the possible sale of the AGI news agency will be the focus of the two-day visit. Meetings will be held with institutional stakeholders, journalists, trade unions and civil society

WPFD 2024: Media freedom groups sound the alarm over press freedom in Europe


On WPFD, OBCT joins MFRR partners in drawing the attention to the more than 1,000 media freedom violations recorded in past year

Press freedom in Italy: those in power are not to be criticised

03/05/2024 -  Sielke Kelner

In 2021, then opposition leader Giorgia Meloni sued Roberto Saviano for defamation. Last October, the Rome Criminal Court issued a sentence against the Italian writer. A ruling that alarmed Italian and European civil society. We had a conversation about it with Antonio Nobile, Saviano's lawyer

Bulgaria Minister urged to drop defamation lawsuit


Media Freedom organizations call on Bulgarian Interior Minister Kalin Stoyanov to withdraw charges against two investigative journalists of the Bureau for Investigative Reporting and Data (BIRD)

Petition against attacks on Domani newspaper, and for media freedom in Italy


Over 70 international organisations and media, including the Media Freedom Rapid Response, signed a petition in support of three journalists from the daily newspaper Domani who risk up to nine years in prison. While the European Media Freedom Act promises to strengthen the protection of journalistic sources, in Italy investigative journalism risks being turned into a crime

Three years later: still no justice for murdered Greek journalist


Media freedom advocates reissue call to end impunity on the third anniversary of Giorgos Karaivaz's murder