About: freedom of press

Freedom of thought 12-11-2018

Pakistan, democracy and the demise of the independent press

Pakistan's new military-supported government is targeting independent media and poses a grave threat to the country's democracy, writes Shada Islam.
Economy & Jobs 10-09-2018

Europeans want to give authors better protection against GAFA companies

Various lobby groups are bringing out the big guns ahead of this week's second vote on copyright reform in the European Parliament. According to a Harris Interactive poll, the overwhelming majority of European citizens want to give authors better protection.
Global Europe 09-08-2018

Belarus cracks down on independent media, detains jounalists

Belarus on Wednesday (8 August) detained at least six more journalists in Minsk including a freelance correspondent for Deutsche Welle in an ongoing crackdown on independent media, ostensibly over unauthorised access to a state news agency.
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 03-05-2018

The Brief – Press freedom, a candle in the wind

Every year, May 3 should remind us of the fundamental principles of press freedom, and is an occasion to look around and evaluate press freedom in our environment and around the world.

Caution needed in transposing whistleblowing and trade secrets directives

The Commission presented on Monday (23 April) a draft directive on the protection of whistleblowers. However, this new draft counterbalances the directive on trade secrets adopted in 2016, which France is currently transposing. EURACTIV.fr reports.

MEPs call for better protection of journalists

MEPs have called for an independent investigation into the murder of Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée and also demanded a better protection of investigative journalism. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Freedom of thought 19-04-2018

‘Daphne project’ vows to disturb Malta’s corruption praxis

Marking six months since the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, an international consortium of journalists has started publishing further revelations aimed at uncovering the truth about her assassination and making sure her investigations live on.
Politics 18-04-2018

Mysterious Martin, Sinister Selmayr

Selmayr will have no role in the choice of the next European Commission president, but for Eurosceptics, it was a gift from heaven to read a long attack on Selmayr as proof of how the EU is run by a secret cabal of unelected power-holders who dictate what the EU is and does, writes Denis MacShane.

Timmermans: ‘Journalists should not be intimidated at doing their jobs’

Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans called on Wednesday (19 July) for an end to the intimidation of journalists who are doing their job and asking critical questions. "I call on everyone to stop already the intimidation of journalists," he said.
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.
#Media4EU 28-04-2017

NGO: Freedom of the press at lowest point in 13 years

With populism and authoritarianism on the rise in many countries, global press freedom has taken a blow. In fact, it is at its lowest point in 13 years, according to a US-funded research and advocacy organisation.

EU law expert: Throwing Hungary out would ‘fan the flames of populism’

Hungary has courted controversy over the last few months and has been accused of ignoring European principles and undermining the rule of law. Walther Michl explained to what extent Budapest should fear repercussions from Brussels, in an interview with EURACTIV Germany.
Europe's East 01-04-2015

Trócsányi: ‘There are different interpretations of democracy’

Critics of Hungary "lack objectivity" and it is a "fantasy" to say the press is not free in this country, said László Trócsányi, Hungary's Minister of Justice. The Orbán loyalist maintains that democracy can exist in both neo-liberal and "more conservative" contexts. He spoke to Georgi Gotev for EURACTIV France.  
Andrew Duff, former MEP and former president of the Union of European Federalists (UEF) [European Parliament]
EU Priorities 2020 16-12-2014

Turkey’s EU accession negotiations should now be suspended

Tuesday’s (16 December) meeting of the General Affairs Council is going to have to take a fresh look at the EU’s deteriorating relationship with Turkey. Turkey’s EU Accession Negotiations should now be suspended, writes Andrew Duff.
Global Europe 13-10-2014

Mixed reactions in Serbia to Commission report

This year’s report on Serbia’s progress towards EU accession resulted in an unusual domestic reaction. Prime Minister Aleksandar Vu?i? contested claims by the European Commission about media freedom, at the height of a scandal over the removal of political talk shows from influential TV channels. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Europe's East 16-10-2013

Ukrainian journalists denounce EU visa troubles

A number of Ukrainian journalists invited to attend a Brussels conference were issued with visas valid for only two days, a decision that shows the "bad will attitude" of the EU towards Ukrainian media, they told EURACTIV.
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Europe's East 15-10-2013

Ukrainian journalists denounce EU visa scandal

Twenty Ukrainian journalists invited for a 2-day Brussels conference have been issued Schengen visas valid for two days only. Mykhaylo Kukhar spoke to EURACTIV about freedom of travel of the media from their country in the EU.
Public Affairs 04-03-2011

Media experts urge ‘reconquest’ on press freedom

MEPs and prominent professionals in the media world warned yesterday (3 March) that press freedom had deteriorated badly in Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, but also Italy and France, and called on the EU institutions to spearhead a wide-ranging "reconquest" of basic rights across the European Union.
Med & South 05-01-2011

Belarus continues to beleaguer free press

Press freedom groups yesterday (4 January) urged Belarus to release dozens of journalists who they said were still in custody following a violent crackdown on opposition demonstrators in the wake of a presidential election last month.