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The shoes of Gracac


Thanks to the European Social Fund, eight women from Gracac, a town in the Croatian hinterland, are involved in a small social enterprise that produces high quality handmade shoes

International mission to Turkey, for the press freedom


IPI leads international mission to Turkey, from October 12 to 14, 2022. Nine press freedom and journalism groups to examine media freedom crisis in build up to 2023 elections

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