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Protesters clash with police at Paris protest against police violence

Hundreds of black-clad protesters clashed with police at the end of a demonstration against police violence in Paris on Saturday (28 November) after masked protesters launched fireworks at police lines, put up barricades and threw stones.
Global Europe 15-05-2020

Russia probes FT, NYT after virus death toll reports

Russia on Thursday (14 May) launched a probe into the Financial Times and the New York Times after the newspapers said local authorities could be vastly under-reporting deaths from the coronavirus in the country.
EU-China 08-05-2020

Commission defends agreeing to Chinese censorship

The EU on Thursday (7 May) defended agreeing to let Beijing censor an article by European ambassadors published in Chinese media to remove a reference to the coronavirus originating in China.
Digital 30-05-2019

Digital Brief: ‘No letting down the guard’

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. 
Digital 28-05-2019

Kramp-Karrenbauer faces backlash over ‘censorship’ calls

A broad debate should be held on the possible regulation of political views expressed online, the leader of Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK), said on Monday. But she faced an immediate backlash, with some accusing her of advocating censorship.
Global Europe 11-03-2019

Thousands protest again law to create autonomous Russian internet

Thousands of people took to the streets of Moscow and two other cities on Sunday (10 March) to rally against tighter internet restrictions, in some of the biggest protests in the Russian capital in years.
#Media4EU 16-03-2018

Avoid censorship, dilute fake with quality news

The EU High-Level Expert Group on ‘fake news’ published its report with recommendations earlier this week. Christophe Leclercq, one of its members, offers his views on its potential impact ahead of the 2019 EU elections, and why it matters to the media sector.
The Commission and Member States should start looking carefully at the developments in blockchain technology.
copyright 28-11-2017

Benifei: Embed blockchain in copyright reform

Blockchain technology can provide a win-win-win between the fight against censorship, verified traceability of digital artworks, and a fair remuneration for its creators. The copyright reform debate is a good opportunity to embed blockchain and create a better regulatory framework, argues Brando Benifei.
Digital 21-11-2017

MEP Michał Boni: ‘We have to win the war against fake news’

The Internet has democratised the world but the side effects of this democratisation are the success of fake news and the campaign of organised disinformation, MEP Michał Boni argues in an interview with EURACTIV Poland.
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 27-04-2017

Exiled Turkish journalist urges EU to confront Erdogan

The exiled former editor-in-chief of Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet urged EU leaders on Wednesday (26 April) to stand up for their principles and confront President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Germany to scrap ‘lese majeste’ law after Turkey row

The German government voted Wednesday (25 January) to scrap a "lese majeste" law that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had sought to employ against a popular German television satirist.
Enlargement 31-10-2016

Turkey detains editor of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet

Turkish police on Monday (31 October) detained the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Cumhuriyet -- a thorn in the side of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan -- as Ankara widens a crackdown on opposition media.
Global Europe 12-10-2016

EU shortlists Turkish journalist for rights prize

An exiled Turkish journalist, a Crimean Tartar activist and two Yazidi victims of the Islamic state group were shortlisted Tuesday (11 October) for the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.
Enlargement 01-07-2016

Turkish court frees 2 press freedom campaigners, third still in jail

Turkey released two prominent press-freedom activists from prison on Thursday (30 June) following international condemnation of their detention, but their prosecution on terrorism-related charges will proceed, a lawyer said.
Global Europe 30-06-2016

Human rights deteriorate in Iran despite European optimism

No amount of trade and economic growth can make up for the suffering and loss of life caused by Iran’s brutal regime. The West must demand change before deepening relations with Tehran, writes Gérard Deprez.
Enlargement 21-06-2016

Turkish press campaigner arrests prompt EU criticism

Turkish authorities on Monday (20 June) arrested three prominent campaigners for press freedom, including the local representative of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), on charges of spreading terrorist propaganda, human rights groups said.
Future EU 14-06-2016

Action needed as press freedom under attack in Europe

Free speech is a fundamental value for our democratic society in Europe, yet still it is under threat across Europe as restrictions on press freedom creep into our lives, writes Max von Abendroth.
Digital 09-06-2016

Confronting the dark side of the Internet

From enabling mass incursions of privacy, to connecting terrorists and paedophiles, to facilitating cybercrime and lending anonymity to bullies and trolls, the net has a darker side, which needs to be tackled, writes Thorbjørn Jagland.  
Global Europe 30-03-2016

Latvia shuts down Russian ‘propaganda’ website Sputnik

Latvia shut down the local website of Russia's foreign news channel Sputnik on Tuesday (29 March), calling the state media outlet a "propaganda tool" and questioning the credibility of its reporting on the Ukraine conflict.
Mural on Cairo street, taken in July 2011
Development Policy 11-02-2016

EU internet freedom programme endangered by Commission muddle

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission appears to have shelved a landmark programme that gave out aid money to help human rights workers, protestors and journalists access the internet.
French MEP Rachida Dati (EPP), rapporteur on the report about preventing radicalisation

MEPs want to make internet companies liable for radical content online

The European Parliament voted yesterday (25 November) in favour of a report that calls for criminal charges against online firms if they do not remove material from their websites that promote terrorism.

Why freeing Badawi matters for EU-Saudi relations

Free Raif Badawi and all prisoners of conscience, because such a precedent would create more opportunities for human rights reforms in Saudi Arabia, writes Alyn Smith.

Is Europe’s ‘refugee deal’ giving in to blackmail by Turkey?

Two million Syrian refugees are being treated as bargaining chips, with the result being European complicity in rigging Turkey's 1 November elections, writes British MEP Richard Howitt.
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