About: freedom of expression

Freedom of thought 23-08-2018

Polish Auschwitz survivor to take Nazi camp row to EU court

A 97-year-old Auschwitz survivor hopes to take German public broadcaster ZDF to Europe's top court for calling Nazi camps "Polish", his lawyer said Wednesday (22 August).
Freedom of thought 23-05-2018

Freedom of expression in Europe: Who draws the line?

Hate speech laws are spreading in Europe as EU governments and international organisations try to find measures to defuse conflicts.
Freedom of thought 26-03-2018

Dozens arrested as Belarus opposition marks ‘Freedom Day’

Belarusian authorities on Sunday (25 March) arrested around 30 protesters in Minsk ahead of a banned opposition march while detaining activists across the country, human rights group Viasna said.
Digital 12-03-2018

Tackling Fake News: To be continued

Fake news has been blamed for the election of Trump, the Brexit vote and the rise of populist parties in Europe. A High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on fake news has been set up by the European Commission to suggest how to address the problem. Žiga Turk, one of the members, shares his comments on their Final Report, released earlier today (March 12).
China 07-02-2018

EU diplomats in Beijing concerned about arrest of Swedish bookseller

China's detention of Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai while he was being accompanied by Swedish diplomats could set a dangerous precedent for other EU citizens, Germany's ambassador to China said yesterday (6 February).
Politics 07-02-2018

Europe’s dangerous Holocaust revisionism

Holocaust revisionism isn't just about rewriting history, it's about curbing some of today's basic democratic freedoms like the rule of law and freedom of expression, warns William Echikson.
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.
The Counter Extremism Project says Twitter needs to take responsibility for radical groups using the platform
Digital 10-05-2017

Online platforms face EU regulation on transparency and business contracts

Internet platforms like Google, Facebook and Amazon Marketplace face regulation over their contracts with other businesses by the end of the year, under possible new EU legislation announced today (10 May).
Freedom of thought 03-05-2017

A free and independent press is a necessity, not a luxury

In these uncertain times, World Press Freedom Day is a chance for the EU to guarantee publishers and journalists the freedom they need to carry out their jobs, writes Christian Van Thillo.
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Freedom of thought 24-04-2017

The EU needs a Special Representative for freedom of religion or belief

77% of the world’s population – that is 5.5 billion people - are living in countries where the free exercise of religion or belief is severely restricted.
Freedom of thought 12-04-2017

Figel reappointed as EU Special Envoy on religious freedom

The EU’s first ever Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU has been reappointed to another 12-month term.
Freedom of thought 14-03-2017

Amnesty warns ECJ headscarf ban ruling ‘panders to prejudice’

A landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJK) that EU companies can ban employees from wearing religious symbols, such as the Muslim headscarf, panders to prejudice, Amnesty International warned today.
Freedom of thought 23-02-2017

Situation of Polish journalists is ‘untenable’

The NGO Reporters Without Borders (RWB) has called on the European Commission to defend press freedom in Poland, after the country fell 29 places in the RWB’s global ranking. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Freedom of thought 06-02-2017

The Brief: EU is a desperate energy junkie

Energy can be a dirty business. But when you import more than half your supplies every year, sometimes you just have to get a deal done.
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Digital 13-12-2016

Study: Turkey leads rise in journalist detentions

The number of journalists detained worldwide rose in 2016, an increase related to Turkey where more than 100 journalists and media contributors are in jail, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said yesterday (12 December).
Enlargement 12-12-2016

Austrian foreign minister moves away from Ankara towards Moscow

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz is set to continue his pursuit of a freeze in the EU's accession process with Turkey. He is also eager to act as a bridge between the West and Moscow. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Trade & Society 08-11-2016

Is the EU abandoning freedom of speech in its trade deals?

The EU has in recent years used trade agreements as a venue for promoting human rights, notably freedom of speech. Yet, as trade negotiators seek to wrap up the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), the EU seems to have abandoned this objective, write Jodie Ginsberg and Christian Borggreen.

Enlargement 08-11-2016

European journalists brand Turkey ‘biggest prison in the world’

The Association of European Journalists (AEJ) has called on the European institutions to exert more pressure on Turkey, in face of further restrictions on freedom of expression and the press. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 19-07-2016

Political scientist: ‘Turkey is a tyranny of the masses’

Even before the attempted coup, Turkey was no longer a democracy, according to political scientist Dr Roy Karadag. He told EURACTIV's partner WirtschaftsWoche what Erdoğan has planned for Turkey next and why the EU refugee deal hangs in the balance.

Turkish minister: Anti-terror law amendment ‘not on the agenda’

The granting of visa liberalisation, and to a lesser extent the German parliament’s expected recognition of the Armenian genocide, could threaten to derail the EU’s refugee pact with Turkey. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel spoke with the Turkish Minister of Youth and Sport, Çağatay Kılıç.
Enlargement 27-04-2016

Geneva refuses to remove exhibition photo attacking Erdogan

The authorities of the Swiss city of Geneva have refused to remove a photograph from an exhibition in the city, which blames the death of a Turkish teenager on Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Languages & Culture 22-04-2016

Alarming trends in media freedom blight Europe

Freedom of expression and media pluralism are principles enshrined in the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. Member states are bound to guarantee them, as they represent the essence of liberal democracies. But Pier Luigi Parcu asks whether this is true in practice.

Reporters Without Borders: European press freedom under threat

Attacks, conflict and repressive security laws are putting journalists under increasing pressure, even in Europe, according to Reporters Without Borders. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Majority of Germans disapprove Merkel’s decision to allow prosecution of comedian

Two thirds of Germans oppose Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to allow prosecutors to pursue a case against a German comedian who mocked Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a poll published on Sunday (17 April) showed.