About: media freedom

Coronavirus derogations from human rights send wrong signal, say MEPs

Five European countries have announced plans to derogate from the European Convention on Human Rights, (ECHR), invoking the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Critics, however, fear that this sends the wrong political signal.
Digital 03-03-2020

Media freedom and pluralism ‘key’ to Democracy Action Plan

The EU has launched a €5.1m package designed to promote media freedom and pluralism in Europe, the Commission announced on Monday. The announcement comes ahead of the presentation of the Commission's Democracy Action Plan, which will attempt to safeguard elections from malicious interference online.
Enlargement 26-02-2020

Serbia’s government simulates democracy

The key obstacle to free and fair elections is widespread voter repression by the regime of President Aleksandar Vučić, writes Nebojša Zelenović.
Digital 07-02-2020

UK press freedom worries European journalist organisations, NGOs, politicians

Media freedom watchdogs, journalists associations and politicians have cried foul at the worsening media policies in the UK, following the banning of certain journalists from a press briefing by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and plans to decriminalise failure to pay BBC licence fees.
Digital 05-02-2020

Alarm over BBC future as UK proposes fee changes

The British government on Wednesday (5 February) announced plans to stop prosecuting people who do not pay the BBC's compulsory subscription fee, sparking concerns about the broadcaster's future funding.
Digital 30-01-2020

Platform regulation ‘needed’ as part of Democracy Action Plan, Jourová says

Regulation on the activities of online platforms is needed to foster a digital ecosystem that can "defend and promote democracy" the EU's Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová said on Thursday (30 January).
Enlargement 17-12-2019

State capture threatens Serbia’s EU integration process

For years, Serbia has been labelled as one of the frontrunners for EU accession in the Western Balkans, being one of two countries in the region currently negotiating membership. Unfortunately, there is little truth in this perception, write representatives of the Serbian opposition.
Europe's East 13-11-2019

Zelenskiy orders law regulating Ukraine’s media, causing uproar

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has ordered officials to swiftly draft a bill regulating media activity in Ukraine, in an effort to increase media accountability and prohibit Russian ownership and financing of news outlets.
Freedom of thought 29-10-2019

Media-shy Czech mogul buys TV empire spanning five EU countries

The PPF investment group owned by Petr Kellner, who keeps a low profile despite being the Czech Republic's wealthiest man, said Monday (28 October) it had sealed a deal for the CME media group running 30 TV stations in five Central European states.

Investigation of Slovak journalist murder uncovers other serious crimes

A year and a half since the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, prosecutors said that the investigation has uncovered a ring of other crimes, including four murders and planned high-level assassinations.
Global Europe 11-07-2019

Turkish report ramps up harassment of foreign media

More than 20 human rights and freedom of expression organisations, as well as Turkish opposition, have condemned a report by a Turkish pro-government think tank, which is “blacklisting” journalists working for foreign media.
Elections 17-06-2019

Czechs alarmed as populist leaders take aim at public media

Czech journalists and media analysts are raising alarm over the "threat" to the country's public media from mounting pressure on the press by populist politicians.
EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

Bulgaria’s Borissov wins despite scandals

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s GERB party (EPP-affiliated) won the European elections on Sunday (26 May), despite a number of scandals in which it was involved in recent months.
Global Europe 14-05-2019

Meeting of the minds as Trump receives Orban

US President Donald Trump on Monday (13 May) praised Hungary’s hardline authoritarian Viktor Orbán as a leader respected throughout Europe who kept his country safe with his crackdown on immigration. “Viktor Orbán has done a tremendous job in so many...
Elections 07-05-2019

Juncker says ‘unacceptable’ to link Tusk to Hitler and Stalin in Poland

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday (7 May) it was “totally unacceptable” to link fellow top EU official, Donald Tusk, with tyrants Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler, as has been done by Polish state TV.
Europe's East 02-05-2019

How to rectify Georgia’s statehood

It is a well-known Georgian secret, that the billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili runs the country’s affairs through his “Georgian dream” political party, police and judiciary and even some other political parties and most of the mass media, writes Nino Burjanadze.
EU Elections 2019 30-04-2019

Greens: Bulgarian media mogul ‘the kind of people we are fighting against’

Ahead of the World Press Freedom day, the European Greens presented on Tuesday (30 April) proposals for how to guarantee media freedom in Europe. The real question, however, will be how to deal with 'rogue elements' from inside the EU institutions.

Journalist killed after shots fired in Londonderry riot

Journalist Lyra McKee was killed after shots were fired during rioting in the Northern Irish city of Londonderry on Thursday (18 April) that saw police attacked by petrol bombs and other missiles.
#Media4EU 18-04-2019

Flagship study exposes decline of press freedom in Europe

Reporters Without Borders published their flagship annual ‘World Press Freedom Index’ on Thursday (18 April), revealing that worldwide, authoritarian regimes continue to tighten their grip on the media, while in Europe, decline of press freedom goes hand in hand with...
Freedom of thought 10-04-2019

Yet another awful pinnacle in the recent history of journalism

Violent attacks against journalists do not happen in a vacuum, their ground is prepared by the prevailing political and social environment. Harlem Désir explains how we have reached yet another milestone in the mistreatment of journalists.

Europe’s media freedom increasingly under attack, report warns

A "climate of impunity" has taken hold in parts of Europe, where media freedom is increasingly under attack, the annual report to the Council of Europe Platform for the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists has warned.
Politics 23-01-2019

Polish state company makes eyes to newspaper group Ruch

State-run oil firm PKN Orlen has offered liquidity to newspaper distributor Ruch ahead of a possible plan to take over the company, two sources familiar with the matter said.
Azerbaijan 23-01-2019

Azerbaijan drops assault charges against jailed blogger

Azerbaijan has dropped fresh charges against a jailed anti-corruption blogger who has denounced his prosecution as politically motivated, prosecutors said Tuesday (22 January).
Azerbaijan 21-01-2019

Azeri parliamentary cooperation chair: MEPs should check facts before they vote

Some events in Azerbaijan are treated in the EU with prejudice and intentional bias, and some MEPs have a clear agenda to make obstacles to the rapprochement of EU-Azerbaijan relations, Javanshir Feyziyev told EURACTIV in a written interview.

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