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48 questions about Europe, data and journalism


The European Data Journalism Network (EDJNet) launches a survey to understand how data can improve the way journalism reports about Europe

Montenegro: Joint call on the authorities to acquit journalist sentenced to 18 months in prison


OBCT and the undersigned organizations call on the Montenegrin authorities to acquit investigative journalist Jovo Martinović, convicted for marijuana smuggling and criminal association and sentenced to 18 months in prison despite overwhelming evidence that his only links with organized crime were those of a reporter

Joint call on Russia to provide an enabling environment for journalists covering the Moscow protests


OBCT supports a coalition of eight media freedom and journalists’ organisations that are calling on Russian authorities to immediately stop the harassment of journalists who have been covering the recent protests in Moscow. The statement

Gezi Park’s second hearing confirms lack of rule of law in Turkey


OBC Transeuropa co-signed with other human rights and freedom of expression organisations a statement criticizing the interim judicial decision taken in the second hearing of the Gezi Park trial, defined "an act of intimidation”

Turkey: acquitted Erol Önderoğlu, Ahmet Nesin e Şebnem Korur Fincancı


OSCE Media Freedom Representative welcomes today’s acquittal of Turkish journalists Erol Önderoğlu, Ahmet Nesin and human rights defender Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Turkish think-tank report escalates harassment of journalists


OBC Transeuropa and 20 other human rights and freedom of expression organisations condemn a Turkish pro-government think-tank’s report that accuses leading international media of being biased against the government and singles out their correspondents for attack. The organisations regard the report as a dangerous escalation in the harassment of journalists.

Statement in support of journalist Rossen Bossev and Capital


Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa expresses its solidarity with the Bulgarian newspaper Capital and its journalist Rossen Bossev, who was recently sentenced to a fine in a defamation case. They are trusted partners of OBCT, and the cases brought against them highlight some limits with media freedom and the rule of law in the country, which we will continue to follow closely. We republish the statement made by AEJ-Bulgaria on this sentence.

New Controversial Decision on Istanbul Mayoral Elections


The Turkish Supreme Election Council (YSK) decided on June 3 to put on duty the district election council chairs and electoral directors who were previously investigated for having formed the balloting committees in March 31 local elections in Istanbul in an unlawful manner.

Joint statement in support of Erol Önderoğlu, Şebnem Korur Fincancı and Ahmet Nesin


OBC Transeuropa, along with several international organizations, signed this declaration to support Turkish journalists and activists Erol Önderoğlu, Şebnem Korur Fincancı and Ahmet Nesin, who have been subjected to a trial lasting almost three years and for whom a verdict is expected on April 15, 2019. The Turkish government is called on to cease oppression of journalists, academics and writers.

Turkey needs to respect foreign media outlets’ independence


Pressure on international media in Turkey is increasing. German journalists have been expelled from the country as their press accreditations were not renewed. International freedom of expression organisations urge Turkey’s authorities in a joint alert to revoke the decisions, to stop the expulsion of international journalists, to renew press cards to foreign media outlets, and to respect their independence.