About: media independence

Jan Kuciak murder: How free is the European press?

The murder of the Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova in February provoked a wave of anger, resulting in Prime Minister Robert Fico’s resignation. However, half a year later, the state of press freedom in the country is still in limbo.
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.
27-03-2017

An invitation to invest in Moldova’s media market

Ensuring a more diverse media landscape is key, and Western media are invited to invest in Moldova, writes Pavel Filip, the prime minister of Moldova.
Global Europe 19-08-2016

UN condemns ‘mounting’ Thai junta rights restrictions

The United Nations condemned "mounting" rights restrictions in junta-ruled Thailand on Friday (19 August), calling on the kingdom's generals to quickly return power following the passing of a new military-crafted constitution.
Digital 04-07-2016

Commission rebukes Greek opposition in media row

Greek lawmakers bickered yesterday (3 July) over a letter sent by EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger to the government expressing serious concerns about media independence in the country.
Brexit 18-05-2016

Watchdog condemns Sun’s misleading ‘Queen Backs Brexit’ headline

Britain's press regulator ruled Wednesday (18 May) that The Sun newspaper was "misleading" in suggesting that Queen Elizabeth II backs leaving the EU in next month's referendum - although the tabloid stood by its story.
Digital 24-07-2015

Japanese media group Nikkei buys the Financial Times

British publisher Pearson announced on Thrusday (23 July) it had agreed to sell its salmon-pink business newspaper the Financial Times to Japanese media group Nikkei for £844 million (€1.2 billion).
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EU Priorities 2020 10-02-2015

Media4EU: EU strategy for independent and sustainable media

Europe’s media are facing dual crises: economic and digital. Tackling the economic challenges is getting critical in many ways, and also in the EU’s self-interest. Just like for any other key EU sector, the Juncker Commission could indeed trigger sector-strategic thinking, while refraining from interference and/or bailing out the sector.
Europe's East 30-01-2015

Moscow launches French language propaganda platform

Russia launched a new French language propaganda website on 29 January. Already available in English, German and Spanish, Sputnik is part of the Kremlin's new arsenal of propaganda tools to counter Western coverage of the Ukraine crisis. EURACTIV France reports