About: media freedom

Freedom of thought 13-12-2017

Press freedom in Bulgaria under attack ahead of EU Presidency

Bulgarian opposition parties exposed on Tuesday (12 December) what they see as an attempt to silence and close down media considered unfriendly to the government of Boyko Borissov. Bulgaria will take over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU from 1 January.

Freedom of thought 12-12-2017

Polish TV channel fined over coverage of protests

Poland's media regulator has fined a major news channel over alleged biased coverage of anti-government protests in December 2016, and the broadcaster TVN24 vowed on Tuesday (12 December) to appeal.

Global Europe 27-11-2017

EU condemns Russian ‘foreign agent’ media law as ‘threat’

The Russian law classing international media organisations operating in the country as "foreign agents" is a "threat to free and independent media", the European Union said on Sunday (26 November).

Central Asia 03-11-2017

Kazakhstan, a fledgling democracy bent on ‘stability’

The ruling elite in Astana acknowledges that continuous efforts are needed to tackle corruption – recognised as “systemic” – and bolster press freedom in Kazakhstan. "But it’s a very subtle balance between democracy and stability”, local politicians argue.

Freedom of thought 17-10-2017

Murder of Malta’s top investigative journalist provokes shock and outrage

Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta’s top investigative journalist, was killed on Monday (16 October) when the car she was driving exploded shortly after she left her home.

Freedom of thought 12-10-2017

News agency chief denounces ‘political takeover‘ of Romanian state media

The acting director of AGERPRES, the Romanian national news agency, denounced on Wednesday (11 October) new legislation which he described as a “huge step back” in terms of media freedom of media in Romania, and said he was “afraid of what could follow”.

Freedom of thought 27-09-2017

Commission silent as Madrid shuts down websites ahead of Catalonia referendum

The European Commission remained silent on Tuesday (26 September) when confronted with the news that Spanish authorities had shut down websites that provide information about this weekend's Catalan independence referendum. A vote that Spain still maintains is illegal.

Freedom of thought 03-05-2017

Council of Europe blasts moves to turn public TV into state broadcasting

Public service broadcasting in Europe is under threat, the Council of Europe said yesterday, ahead of the World Press Freedom Day (3 May), a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom.

Enlargement 27-04-2017

Merkel says EU summit should discuss Turkey

EU-Turkey relations have been severely hit by actions taken by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today (27 April).

Freedom of thought 10-04-2017

‘Fake news’ another weapon in Orban’s illiberal Hungary

Few outlets illustrate better the cosy relationship between Hungary's media and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán than Origo, once an independent news source, now seemingly another weapon in the government's armoury.

Enlargement 09-03-2017

No let-up in Turkey-Germany war of words after ministers meet

Turkey's foreign minister accused Germany yesterday (8 March) of hostility towards his country and Islam, while Berlin complained of increased Turkish espionage on German soil as acrimony between the two NATO allies showed no sign of abating.

#Media4EU 20-02-2017

Malta’s new draft law raises concerns over internet freedom

Several thousand people took to the streets of Malta on Sunday (19 February) to protest against a new bill that is expected to force online news sites to register with the government.

Digital 14-02-2017

Commission to ‘look seriously’ at Euronews mess

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission has finally decided to “look seriously” at the many problems plaguing Euronews, the TV station created in 1992 as a “European response” to CNN, according to official letters seen by Euractiv.com.

Enlargement 09-01-2017

Turkey says EU ‘incomplete’ without it, eyes better US ties

Turkey today (9 January) urged the European Union to revive stalled negotiations on Ankara joining the bloc, saying without it Europe was "incomplete".

Enlargement 09-01-2017

Turkey dismisses over 8,000 in new wave of post-coup purges

Turkey on Saturday ordered the dismissal of almost 8,400 civil servants and the closure of over 80 associations, including sports clubs, in the latest round of purges after the July failed coup.

Digital 08-12-2016

Euronews journalists, technicians clash with management

Euronews journalists passed a no-confidence vote in the broadcasters’ management and adopted a statement saying that their media could no longer be seen as an independent and balanced voice.

Enlargement 23-11-2016

Erdogan says European Parliament vote has ‘no value’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said today (23 November) that a European Parliament vote set to back a freeze of membership talks with Ankara over its relentless post-coup crackdown would have "no value".

Enlargement 17-11-2016

Gülenists give their version of the Turkish coup

A report published by an organisation close to the movement of Fethullah Gülen, the Turkish preacher accused by the authorities of Ankara of being the mastermind of the failed 15 July coup, questions the official story and highlights many abuses for which the coup appears to be a pretext.

Enlargement 16-11-2016

Turkey says it’s tired of ‘two-faced’ EU attitude

Turkey is "fed up" with European Union condescension in talks over its application to join the bloc, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said yesterday (15 November), reflecting Ankara's exasperation with EU criticism over human rights.

Hungarian constitution to ban relocation of migrants

Hungary's right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orbán yesterday (10 October) proposed constitutional changes aimed at banning the mass relocation of migrants, after voters backed his rejection of an EU refugee quota plan in a recent referendum.

Central Europe 10-10-2016

Protests in Hungary after closure of main critical newspaper

Hungary's largest broadsheet newspaper Népszabadság has stopped publication, with journalists and the opposition alleging government pressure.

Europe's East 10-10-2016

Row over Moscow ‘blocking’ Ukrainian journalists at Euronews

The Russian service of the French broadcaster Euronews – which is financed by Moscow – has refused to provide jobs to journalists from the Ukrainian service, in violation of French labour legislation, after the department was shut down and 17 journalists made redundant.

European Parliament expresses concern over media pluralism in France

Media freedom and pluralism in several EU countries is degrading, according to a European Parliament report, which focussed on France and six other countries. EURACTIV France reports.

Enlargement 19-09-2016

Serbia’s media privatisation leaves bitter aftertaste

The privatisation of media in Serbia has left the sector looking bleak. Many media providers have been shut down, more than 1,000 journalists and other media professionals have lost their jobs, and the survival of many of the privatised media is uncertain. EURACTIV Serbia reports.