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Juncker opens to the Balkans – but only after him


In his speech on the state of the European Union the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker reaffirmed the importance of credible integration prospects for the Western Balkans

Turkey: Cumhuriyet journalists face trial on 24 July


On Monday the trial against 17 journalists and executives of Turkish newspaper Cumhriyet starts in Istanbul, involving charges of supporting terrorist organization. EFJ will be monitoring the proceedings

In memory of Costas Efimeros


Last Tuesday, Greece lost a brave journalist and citizen. The Greek journalist Costas Efimeros died, following a heart attack, at the age of 42

Second measurement of the Media Clientelism Index presented in Brussels


The 7th March 2017, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs in coopearation with Partnership for Social Development held a public hearing in the European Parliament on “Media Clientelism Index: Measuring Media Realities in Six South East European Countries”

Media freedom in Turkey: 10 years of Erdoğan in power

10 years ago, in the special index relating to press freedom by Freedom House, Turkey was referred to as "partly free" with a result equivalent to 49 (0 indicates the best situation, 100 being the worst). Ten years later it became "not free" and the index rose to 71. An infographic

OSCE: Kosovo neads a commission on murdered and missing journalists


An OSCE conference on safety of the media in South-Eastern Europe adopted several recommendations, including the creation of a commission to investigate cases of murdered and missing journalists in Kosovo

European Parliament: MEPs call for EU-wide protection for whistle-blowers


An “effective and comprehensive European whistle-blower protection programme” should be proposed “immediately” by the EU Commission, urges European Parliament in a resolution voted on Tuesday

Hürriyet daily censors Orhan Pamuk "No" to constitutional referendum


Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk confirmed that Hürriyet newspaper censored his interview in which he declared that he would vote “no” in constitutional amendment referendum

CoE Commissioner Nils Muižnieks urges to strengthen public service broadcasting in Kosovo


The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, is encouraging Kosovo authorities to safeguard media freedom in the country following his four-day mission to Kosovo. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the Journalist’s Association of Kosovo (AGK) welcome the preliminary conclusions

Croatia and the access to public information


An interview to Barbara Matejcic, freelance journalist in Croatia