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Freedom of expression groups welcome start of trial in Ján Kuciak murder

17/01/2020

The undersigned international and regional press freedom and journalism groups welcome the start of the murder trial this week against the suspected killers of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová

eQualitie supports OBCT and online press freedom

07/01/2020

Today we want to dedicate a post to the eQualitie team, that has been protecting Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa since 2013, when our website was subjected to repeated ddos attacks and hackers asked for the removal of "inconvenient" articles, threatening to completely obscure our service to the readers

Applications open for Journalists under Threat from Turkey and Eurasia

10/12/2019

Deadline: December 31st. ECPMF’s Journalists-in-Residence Programme in Leipzig (Germany) provides a safe haven for media professionals from Turkey and Eurasia who need to take a break away from a hostile working environment. For a period of up to six months between February and September 2020 the programme provides temporary shelter, an opportunity to rest and recover, and if the fellow wishes, to continue one’s work

Italy and Bosnia and Herzegovina: the Balkans and the EU from one century to another

27/11/2019

On the 155th anniversary of relations between Italy and Bosnia and Herzegovina, an international conference co-organised by OBCT is being held in Sarajevo on November 28th and 29th, with the participation of Bosnian, Italian, and international analysts and experts as well as political representatives of the two countries

Turkey: The re-arrest of Novelist Ahmet Altan is Arbitrary and Cruel

21/11/2019

Turkish authorities have re-arrested the internationally-known Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan just one week after his release from over three years in detention. OBCT, ARTICLE 19 and the undersigned organisations said that his re-arrest on 12 November was an extraordinarily low blow in a case that has been marked by political interference and arbitrariness from start to finish.

Turkey, Kavala remains in prison: an international call for his release

10/10/2019

According to the decision in the third hearing in the case Gezi Park, Osman Kavala has to remain behind bars. OBCT joins other international organisations to call for his release. The full text of the statement

Media and rights: appeal to the Council of Europe

20/09/2019

Greater attention to the issues of press freedom and the protection of journalists: these are the requests of a letter signed by OBCT and other subjects involved in the sector, addressed to the new Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić

Press freedom in Turkey: the voice of OBCT at the United Nations Human Rights Council

19/09/2019

During the 42nd session in Geneva an oral statement was given to address the situation in Turkey, where civil rights and press freedom are endagered while journalists face every kind of threat

48 questions about Europe, data and journalism

12/09/2019

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

09/09/2019

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