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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.

#Justice4Jan, one year on


Call for justice and accountability of state authorities in Slovakia on the anniversary of the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak

Taking stock of Wiki4MediaFreedom


A memorandum of understanding with Wikimedia Italia marks the fourth year of the collaboration between OBCT and the Wikipedia movement: a review of the Wiki4MediaFreedom initiative

Save the Balkan Rivers: Resisting Hydroelectric Power Plants in the Balkans and Albania


The European Parliamentary Group of the European United Left / Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) is organising a conference with subject “Save the Balkan Rivers: Resisting Hydroelectric Power Plants (HPPs) in the Balkans and Albania”, which will take place in the European Parliament in Brussels, on the 7th of March from 14.30 to 18.30

Montenegro: Jovo Martinovic sentenced to 18 months in jail


A court in Montenegro today sentenced the independent journalist Jovo Martinović to 18 months in jail. The ECPMF and its partners are appalled by the verdict and condemn Martinović's conviction in a joint statement

A media freedom edit-a-thon in Madrid


An edit-a-thon will take place in Madrid on January 18th to boost the availability of accurate knowledge on media freedom in the largest open encyclopedia worldwide