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The presentation of the glossary in Sarajevo


Last week in Sarajevo the publication "Citizens, Constitution, Europe. Glossary of essential costitutional concepts in BiH” was presented. The volume, published by the Faculty of Law of Sarajevo, is the result of an academic discussion lasting several years, dedicated to issues relating to the constitutional order of the country, carried out as part of a project financed by CEI KEP Italy fund, coordinated by the University of Milano-Bicocca

North Macedonia: Ruling against Investigative Reporting Lab and its editor must be overturned


MFRR and SJN express dismay at judge's decision recommending that ministry shuts down one of the country’s leading investigative journalism platforms

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Republika Srpska president Dodik verbally attacks journalist


OBCT joins partner organisations of the MFRR and South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) in condemning Milorad Dodik's verbal attacks and threats against N1 journalist Snezana Mitrović

Italy: MFRR partners condemn summons of RAI presenter Sigfrido Ranucci


OBCT, together with MFRR parteners, condemns the summoning of RAI presenter Sigfrido Ranucci by the Parliamentary Committee and urges the Italian Parliament to guarantee RAI independence

Open letter: “We refuse to let the anti-SLAPP directive be a missed opportunity”


OBCT joins international organisations in calling for a robust anti-SLAPP Directive

Dismay at the abrupt closure of investigation into smear campaign against Emilia Șercan


OBCT joins media freedom groups in expressing deep disappointment at the decision of Romania’s Prosecutor Office at the Bucharest Court of Appeal to close the investigation into the smear campaign against the Romanian journalist

Turkey: International groups condemn arrest of journalist Tolga Şardan


International organisations defending media freedom, freedom of expression and human rights, including the MFRR consortium, and journalists' organizations strongly condemn the arrest of journalist Tolga Şardan in Ankara

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Media freedom in survival mode


Following a press freedom mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 22-25 October 2023, the partner organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) warn that media freedom in the country is in decline against a backdrop of new restrictive laws, hostile rhetoric and denigration of journalists by public officials, and ongoing systemic challenges to the independence of public service media

End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists


On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, OBCT joins MFRR partners in remembering those European reporters whose families still await justice for their murders

Media freedom groups demand renewed investigation into crimes against Romanian Journalist


In an open letter to the Romanian General Prosecutor OBCT joins journalists and media freedom organisations in condemning the negligent and error-strewn investigation into the crimes committed against journalist Emilia Șercan