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Latvia: Media regulator urged not to revoke Dozhd license pending court review

12/12/2022

Together with our MFRR partners, we express concern over the decision to revoke the broadcast license of the independent TV station Dozhd: independent Russian journalism should be provided a safe refuge in Europe

Meduza’s statement regarding the revocation of TV Rain’s Latvian broadcasting license

07/12/2022

We share the full text of Meduza's statement in support of independent Russian broadcaster TV Rain

Multiple journalists threatened and harassed in Serbia, authorities must take urgent action

06/12/2022

OBCT joins the Media Freedom Rapid Response partners and the Safe Journalists Network in condemning in the strongest terms the intimidation and often orchestrated campaigns by pro-government media outlets and members of the public to silence journalists in Serbia

Bulgarian far-right party’s ‘foreign agent’ bill sparks media freedom concerns

29/11/2022

Press freedom groups raise alarm that law appears intended to target critical media in Bulgaria

Italy: Newspaper Domani sued for defamation by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni

25/11/2022

At the conclusion of the preliminary hearing in the case of aggravated defamation against two journalists from the daily newspaper Domani initiated by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, an appeal for the lawsuit to be dropped and for a comprehensive reform of defamation laws in Italy

Milan shelter city: protected residences for threatened journalism

22/11/2022

Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa, Q Code Mag and ECPMF, in collaboration with the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation, present the event “Milan shelter city: protected residences for threatened journalism”

Milan city of refuge: protected residences for threatened journalism

18/11/2022

A public event to present the Journalist-in-Residence (JiR) protected residence project, coordinated by OBC Transeuropa, Q Code Mag and the European Center for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), members of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) consortium, to relaunch the idea of ​​Milan as a shelter city for journalists. Two journalists who have benefited from the JiR protection programme will be present and will share their experiences

Italy: a call in support of Roberto Saviano, defendant in a defamation trial

16/11/2022

At the conclusion of the first hearing in the proceedings for aggravated defamation initiated by current Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni against Roberto Saviano in 2021, we express our solidarity with the Italian journalist for his commitment to the public interest

Italy: Concern about prosecutor’s demand for prison sentence for three journalists in response to their factual reporting

02/11/2022

Together with other organisations for press freedom in Italy and Europe, OBCT expresses concern over the request by the Lecce prosecutor for a six-month prison sentence for three journalists who reported on a lawsuit involving a former minister

Turkey: International delegation condemns passage of disinformation law

17/10/2022

The International delegation led by IPI to Turkey condemns the passage of the law on disinformation and issues a call to protect the safety and freedom of journalists ahead of 2023 elections