Media

Nicolas Kayser-Bril: Investigating the Instagram Algorithm

26/03/2021

Nicolas Kayser-Bril, ​data journalist at ​Algorithm Watch, ​coordinated AW-EDJNet’s ​joint investigation on Instagram’s algorithm . In this video, he explains ​why the subject ​matters and how it could be approached, despite the lack of transparency of the algorithm. Data suggests that Instagram has a bias in favour of pictures of scantily clothed men or women – this has an impact both on creators’ business and on users’ views.

Serbia: journalists don’t feel safe

19/03/2021 -  Vukašin Obradović Belgrade

The media situation in Serbia continues to deteriorate, as illustrated by the recent withdrawal of five journalists’ and media associations from the Working group on safety and protection of journalists, set up by the government last December. Repeated attacks against KRIK journalists were the straw that broke the camel’s back

Croatia: public TV against its own journalists

16/03/2021 -  Giovanni Vale Zagreb

For the second time, Croatian public television HRT fires journalist Hrvoje Zovko, a defender of media freedom for many years. The employer cites a breach of contract, Zovko's lawyer Vanja Juric the desire to punish him for his trade union activity

Serbia, vexatious lawsuits against journalists

12/03/2021 -  Vukašin Obradović Belgrade

The director of the N1 television station and the editor-in-chief of the television portal have been sued with a request for one million Euros in compensation by Telenor, which is becoming increasingly aggressive towards United Media – a company that owns some Serbian media including N1

Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence 2021: transformation

11/03/2021

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and ERSTE Foundation inform that the Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence is opening its 2021 call for applications

Migrations, media, and the pandemic

04/03/2021 -  Majlinda Aliu

In recent years, migrations have been widely covered by the European media, often in controversial terms. With the outbreak of the pandemic, the situation has changed dramatically, but not for the better. An analysis

MFRR Summit. Locked Down: Protecting Europe's Free Press

01/03/2021

The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) announces the first MFRR Summit, taking place online between 17th and 20th March. Locked Down: Protecting Europe’s Free Press will feature keynote speeches by Irene Khan and Věra Jourová, and bring together 32 journalists and experts from 16 countries to explore the threats facing media freedom in Europe across eight panels and two workshops

The Need for a Council of Europe Recommendation on Combatting SLAPPs

23/02/2021

Time till 4 March to sign the statement in which the undersigned groups, representing a range of different public watchdogs (including journalists, activists, NGOs, lawyers, trade unions and whistleblowers), call on the Council of Europe (CoE) to act on the growing threat of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs)

Ukraine, not (yet) a country for journalists

10/02/2021 -  Oleksiy Bondarenko

Ukraine has gained some positions in the global ranking of media freedom – sadly, only because of demerits of others, as the situation in the country shows no improvements

Serbia: the battle for the TV market

09/02/2021 -  Vukašin Obradović Belgrade

An agreement between Telekom and the Telenor company threatens to completely alter the media market in Serbia. Telekom – with public money and agreements with other groups – threatens to become the dominant actor in Serbian media landscape, penalising media critical towards the government

Hungary: MFRR worried for Klubrádió

05/02/2021

MFRR partners share their concerns over the 4th February decision by a court in Budapest to reject the temporary license extension to Klubrádió in Hungary, warning it will have far-reaching implications for what remains of media pluralism and independent journalism in the country

In support of Erol Önderoğlu, facing 14 years in prison

03/02/2021

Together with other press freedom and human rights NGO, OBCT raises its voice in support of the Turkish journalist who is again under trial

MFRR condemns ‘absurd’ €10 million lawsuit against L’Espresso magazine by sacked Vatican Cardinal

03/02/2021

The partners of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) express serious concern over the €10 million euro lawsuit launched against Italian news magazine L’Espresso by a former Vatican Cardinal over its reporting on his alleged involvement in a corruption scandal involving the use of Holy See funds

BH Journalists: government to urgently sanction an official who threatened a journalist of Žurnal

12/01/2021

The Steering Committee of the BH Journalists Association and the Free Media Help Line strongly condemn the threats made by Adnan Čakalović, senior expert associate of the Sector for Refugees and Displaced Persons at the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of BiH, to Zinaida Đelilović, journalist of the online magazine Žurnal

Exclusion by Public Discourse: Media representations of Syrian Refugees in Turkey

28/12/2020 -  Fazıla Mat

There are two main discourses about Syrian refugees in Turkey's media: they are depicted either as "guests to help" - thus implicating moral superiority over Europe - or as a "threat", highlighting their otherness from the country's socio-cultural identity. Either way, disinformation is everywhere

Bosnia: death threats to journalists of Nezavisne novine

23/12/2020

After receiving death threats, editor-in-chief of Nezavisne novine Sandra Gojković-Arbutina is worried that the state will again fail to identify and sanction the perpetrator

EU takes its best action against foreign interference when tackling the big issues

22/12/2020 -  Giorgio Comai

A swirl of new acts and strategies has been announced in the last couple of weeks by the European Commission, including the European Democracy Action Plan, the Digital Markets Act, and the EU’s Cybersecurity Strategy. If we ask the right questions about foreign interference, these are all part of the answer

"The Russians": the theme of Russian interference in TV series

17/12/2020 -  Irene Dioli

In recent years, Russia has been increasingly present in the West's hearts, minds, and debates, including in cultural production. Here we talk about three famous television series that brought the theme of Russian interference in the political life of Western countries onto the small screen

EU, Russia, and the tug-of-war on disinformation

15/12/2020 -  Elisa Piras

With the growing concerns about disinformation activities by Russia and China, the EU and - to varying degress - individual countries have shown increasing interest and initiative in the area of propaganda and strategic communication

SLAPP, the gag with the tie

12/02/2021

A video conceived and directed by Désirée Klain, representative of the journalists association Articolo21 for the region Campania, with the collaboration to the script by Paola Rosà of OBCT. It is meant as a tool of understanding, dissemination, awareness raising

Croatia: Smear campaign against journalist Anja Kožul

11/12/2020

Transnational solidarity for Anja Kozul, the Serbian journalist living in Croatia, victim of a smear campaign

Cybersecurity, technology, and democracy: what should be done?

10/12/2020 -  Giorgio Comai

In Italy, similarly to other European countries, there is basically no structured initiative aimed at increasing the cybersecurity of the key actors of our democratic system. New measures are needed that do not entail increasing dependence on a small number of tech companies: cybersecurity in politics cannot exist independently of politics

SLAPPs, a directive drafted by civil society organizations

02/12/2020

The international anti-SLAPP coalition invested time and funds to draft a model directive that would help tackle the issue of vexatious lawsuits: now this paper will be presented to EU institutions and stakeholders, and could serve as a pattern for the promised EU initiatives against SLAPPs

Italy: Nello Scavo and too many unanswered questions

24/11/2020

For the platform Mapping Media Freedom, the Italian journalist Nello Scavo recalls his story and accuses the Italian government of non answering too many questions: "the silence that comes from unanswered questions was intended to discredit the work of journalists"

Italy: too much violence against journalists during protests

10/11/2020

MFRR partners condemn increasing violence against Italian journalists covering anti-lockdown protests

Europe against SLAPPs, the malicious lawsuits

11/11/2020 -  Paola Rosà

As the list gets longer of European journalists and activists targeted by vexatious lawsuits, institutions deliver concrete commitments for legislative actions and interventions that OBCT has also solicited in the last, intense year of transnational advocacy

Azerbaijan, the Internet in times of war

04/11/2020 -  Arzu Geybullayeva

Since the fighting with Armenia began in late September, Azerbaijan's government has severely restricted, when not completely blocked, Internet access. Pro-government media outlets have been spared from the restrictions

Nagorno Karabakh: information in danger

03/11/2020

The partner organisations of the Council of Europe Platform for the promotion of journalism and the safety of journalists express their urgent and deep concern about the ongoing risks of injury and harm to media workers reporting on the armed conflict inside Nagorno Karabakh, and condemn any arbitrary restrictions imposed by state authorities engaged in the conflict because they represent undue interference in the ability of journalists to perform their important role of informing the public through free and independent reporting

Three years after her assassination, still no justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia

15/10/2020

19 international media freedom organisations and journalists associations renew their call against impunity in Malta. Here the full text of the call published by the Media Freedom Rapid Response

Compromised independence of Turkey’s institutions chokes press freedom

14/10/2020

Eleven international rights groups conclude press freedom mission to Turkey, and findings confirm the worsening of the situation