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Azerbaijan: according to the Council of Europe, the new media law violates human rights


The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović writes to the President of Azerbaijan, inviting him to act in order to bring the law in line with international and European standards on freedom of expression and media freedom

Frontex denies ‘expelling’ migrant watchdog team from Greek border


EU border agency denies forcing team from Italian-based rights watchdog to leave Greece and go back to North Macedonia, saying due process was followed – and the team had expressed a wish to return to North Macedonia

ASGI delegation rejected outside the European Union


A group of members of the Association for Juridical Studies on Immigration (ASGI) was taken into custody by a mixed patrol of Greek policemen, border police and Frontex agents during a technical-legal visit at the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni, in Greece, was brought back to the border crossing point and forced to return on foot to Macedonian territory

Young people on the future of Europe


The EU-Balkan Youth Forum starts today in Rome. Four days of conferences and discussions for 78 young citizens of the Western Balkans and the EU, to share their experiences in a transnational youth network. The conclusions will be shared with the Conference on the future of Europe.

MEPs wrote to Borrell and Schmidt, express concerns over tensions in BiH


A group of European Parliament members wrote to High Representative Josep Borrell and High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina Christian Schmidt, expressing concern over the latest escalation of tensions in BiH

Dunja Mijatović: : European states must stand up against pushbacks and the attempt to legalise them


Ahead of the EU Council meeting that will discuss migration related topics, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, has released a statement warning against the legalisation of pushbacks, a practice which violates well-established human rights norms and case-law

Turkey: increasing digital censorship and state capture


A delegation of 12 international organizations visited the country from 6 to 8 October: these are the first findings regarding media freedom

International press freedom mission to Turkey, Oct. 6 – 8, 2021


We are joining other 11 press freedom and journalism groups to examine threats to independent journalism in Turkey

The "EU-Balkans Youth Forum" in Rome


From 22 to 26 November, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will host the "EU-Balkans Youth Forum", an event dedicated to young people from the countries of the European Union and the Western Balkans, to discuss together proposals for the future of Europe and the integration of the Balkans into the EU. Registration open until 15 October

The Google News Initiative Startups Lab


Created in partnership between the Google News Initiative (GNI), German media innovation hub Media Lab Bayern, and the European Journalism Centre (EJC), the GNI Startups Lab Europe supports high-quality reporting for local communities, single-topic audiences and/or previously underserved communities. Deadline 20 September