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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.
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.
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.
Digital 24-03-2016

Commission should invoke Article 7 when media freedom is trampled

It is time for the European Commission to make sure that the EU lives up to its Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Treaty on European Union (TEU), write Professor Jackie Harrison and Dr Stef Pukallus.

Any New Year’s resolutions, Mr Orbán?

Old tricks die hard in the European Union’s ‘rogue state’, but the West must acknowledge its hand in fuelling the political decline in Hungary, writes Juan Garcia. 
Languages & Culture 18-11-2015

Media freedom and plurality is struggling in Eastern Europe

The European Union must do more to tackle endemic corruption and the lack of media pluralism in Central and Eastern Europe, writes Juan Garcia.
Central Europe 11-09-2015

Press freedom in Romania: The success story of imprisoned media owners

Financially unsustainable and legally grey Romanian media have started to crumble, together with their corresponding tycoons, write Manuela Preoteasa and Andrei Schwartz.
Digital 18-08-2015

Does independent journalism have a future in the EU?

Bulgaria's harsh media landscape should serve as a warning about declining press freedoms in Europe, writes Kadrinka Kadrinova.
Global Europe 11-06-2015

Pro-democracy gathering gives platform to speech that is repressed in Iran

Propaganda, media repression and intimidation are the norm in Iran, but thousands of exiles will speak up for their people’s rights this weekend, writes Tunne Kelam. 
A scene from Puccini’s opera Turandot
Digital 10-03-2015

Should Europe boldly go into the media battleground?

Media policy is a tough challenge facing the new Commission, writes William Horsley. He advocates greater guarantees against interference, and also new business models.
Central Europe 12-12-2014

Ponta failed where Erdo?an succeeded

There are many similarities between the Romanian Prime Minister and the new Turkish President, write Demir Murat Seyrek and Sabina-Maria Ciofu.
William Horsley, former BBC European Affairs correspondent
Europe's East 31-07-2014

Ukraine conflict shows Europe’s weakness for Moscow’s propaganda

The Kremlin’s use of disinformation has been laid bare after the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane on 17 July. Europeans must confront the grotesque propaganda machine on which President Putin’s authoritarian rule depends, William Horsley writes.
Digital 09-07-2014

Mr Juncker: pick one Commissioner for communications, another for the media sector

In the coming weeks, Jean-Claude Juncker faces the challenge to match profiles, portfolios and country ambitions with the needs of EU citizens. One is to communicate the EU message better; another is to ensure a sustainable industry strategy for the fragile media sector. Mr Juncker shouldn’t confuse these two, writes Christophe Leclercq.
Smiljana Vukoji?i? Obradovi?, EURACTIV Serbia
Digital 11-06-2014

Media freedom in Serbia is under threat, EU Commission must act

The repression of journalists and media organisations in Serbia has worsened in recent months, as journalists are summoned and websites are blocked. The EU Commission drew attention to the issue before; now it is time to push for regulation, writes Smiljana Vukoji?i? Obradovi?.
Development Policy 28-08-2013

The EU must intervene to help journalists in Somalia

Somali journalists are under assault. Not only is the country one of the deadliest places for media workers, the year-old government is weighing a restrictive media law. The European Union, one of the African’s country’s most important supporters, needs to be more forceful in ensuring a free media environment in Somalia, writes Alison Bethel McKenzie.
Elections 20-06-2011

A bittersweet victory for Gruevski

Tanja Milevska argues Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, despite a recent electoral victory, is in an insecure position due to the EU's negative assessment of the country's candidacy prospects and mass protests following the police's murder of a youth.

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