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Turkey: the disinformation bill is a threat to freedom of expression


Twenty five international organisations call on Members of Parliament to vote against the bill on “disinformation and fake news”, which was submitted to parliament’s General Assembly on October 4 by the governing alliance of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP)

Call for Italian political forces to take a stand against SLAPPs, a ‘slap’ in the face of freedom of information


The right of citizens to be informed about matters of public interest and of journalists to write freely about them cannot and must not be hindered by SLAPPs. Civil society's appeal to the future parliament to promote measures to contrast strategic lawsuits

Soon to be announced the winners of the first EU Organic Awards


The winners of the new European competition for the promotion of organic farming will be announced this week. Among the possible winners, a Croatian farmer and a Bulgarian town

Serbia: Support from MFRR for OK Radio as it faces intimidation


Threats and pressure on media outlets by powerful business interests cannot be met with impunity. The partner organisations of the MFRR urge Serbian authorities to ensure the safety of the journalists and staff at OK Radio under attack

Croatia signs the partnership for EU cohesion policies


The most recent member country of the European Union is preparing to receive funds from European cohesion policies 2021-2027, for investments in social policy, territorial cohesion, ecological transition, and the renewal of the railway network

Ukraine: MFRR partners reiterate call for safety and support of media 6 months after invasion


Today, 24 August, marks both the Ukrainian day of Independence and six months since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression. On this occasion, the partners in the Media Freedom Rapid Response reiterate our continued solidarity with the journalists and media workers who risk their lives and safety to bring the world independent, balanced, and accurate information from the frontlines

Western Balkans and countering disinformation


The third regional conference devoted to countering disinformation in the Western Balkans, organized in Sarajevo by the RCC - Regional Cooperation Council in cooperation with the OBC Transeuropa and the EU Centre of Excellence (CoE), built on the previous ones. The conclusions of the conference

Italy: Concern after authorities search Report editorial office and home of journalist


The partner organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today express serious concern over the searches carried out by police at the offices of Rai 3’s investigative programme ‘Report’ and the home of investigative journalist Paolo Mondani. We urge the Italian Anti-Mafia Investigative Directorate (DIA) to provide assurances that the confidentiality of journalists’ sources will not be jeapardised and to reaffirm its respect for the principles of press freedom

Launching Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) III


The consortium running the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) – consisting of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), ARTICLE 19 Europe, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Free Press Unlimited (FPU), International Press Institute (IPI), and Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa (OBC Transeuropa) – has been granted funding for 18 months from the European Commission to continue its work to defend and support press and media freedom throughout all EU member states, candidate countries, and Ukraine

JiR Milan: the new call


As part of the new edition of the Media Freedom Rapid Response running from May 2022 till October 2023, the Journalists in Residence programme – Milan launches a new call for applications open to journalists and media professionals who are experiencing some risk/threat/intimidation to their person as a direct result of their journalistic work