About: press freedom

Commission lauds Bulgaria, castigates Romania on judicial reform

The European Commission published on Tuesday (13 November) reports on Bulgaria and Romania under the so-called Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), commending Bulgaria for progress made and lambasting Romania for backtracking. Both countries, however, were warned to uphold media freedom.
Future EU 12-11-2018

Bulgarian president sees democracy ‘under threat’

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev issued a stinging critique of the government's record on corruption and press freedom Friday (9 November), saying "the foundations of democracy are being threatened to a critical degree".
Global Europe 08-11-2018

EU expects ‘business as usual’ following US mid-term election

It would be wrong to expect policy change from US President Donald Trump after mid-term elections, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday (7 November).
#Media4EU 29-10-2018

Publisher denounces pressure on few remaining free media in Bulgaria

The publisher of two Bulgarian newspapers, Ivo Prokopiev, has asked that an international prosecutor or international observers get involved in the recently launched investigations involving his businesses, Bulgarian media reported on Monday (29 October).
Future EU 26-10-2018

Macron warns Visegrad Four not to leave EU values behind

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday (26 October) warned eastern EU members not to fall out of step with the bloc's principles, singling out Hungary and Poland whose nationalist governments have clashed with Brussels.
Global Europe 23-10-2018

Novaya Gazeta is sent funeral wreath and ram’s head in latest threats

A funeral wreath, a severed ram's head and threatening notes were sent to the Novaya Gazeta's Moscow office this week in what the newspaper said in an editorial statement were the latest threats against its journalists.

Caruana Galizia’s murder a toxic mystery in Malta one year on

A year after a car bomb killed Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, those who ordered the murder remain free while others continuing her work in the EU's smallest state are branded traitors.

Borissov lashes out at EU’s ‘unfair pressure’ over journalist murder

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said on Wednesday (10 October) the murder of journalist Viktoria Marinova was of purely criminal nature and lashed out against what he called “European pressure”, warning that he would raise the issue at the European People's Party (EPP).
Freedom of thought 08-10-2018

Television journalist’s murder shocks Bulgaria

A television journalist has been raped and murdered in Bulgaria's northern town of Ruse, prosecutors and a minister said Sunday (7 October), in a case that has shocked fellow journalists and sparked international condemnation.
Global Europe 02-10-2018

Erdogan’s Germany visit exposes splits despite warmer tone

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan showed a more conciliatory tone on a hugely sensitive visit to Germany but both sides still have daunting task ahead to rebuild relations and trust battered by a succession of disputes.
Freedom of thought 27-09-2018

Kurz reacts after far-right-controlled ministry suggests muzzling press

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz had to intervene Tuesday (25 September) in the wake of a reported suggestion from an interior ministry official that police should limit contact with three critical media to a minimum.
Elections 19-09-2018

Hungary media sale fuels new press freedom fears

The latest shake-up in Hungarian media since Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's election win in April sparked fresh fears Tuesday (18 September) about increasing government control over the sector.

Slovak authorities identify possible witness in journalist’s murder

Slovak authorities have identified a possible witness in the murder of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak, whose killing last February led mass protests that forced the government to resign, a state prosecutor said on Monday (17 September).
Future EU 17-09-2018

Italy’s Di Maio threatens to punish unfriendly newspapers

Luigi Di Maio, a key figure in Italy's populist government, has taken aim at the country's newspapers, accusing them of "polluting the debate" and threatening to pull advertising by state-owned companies.
Global Europe 03-09-2018

EU demands freedom for two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar

The European Union called today (3 September) for the immediate and unconditional release of two Reuters journalists handed jail sentences in Myanmar for their reporting of the Rohingya crisis.
Enlargement 28-08-2018

Calls for justice after Bosnian reporter brutally beaten

Bosnian journalists on Monday (27 August) demanded justice after a reporter said he was severely beaten by unknown attackers after covering politically-sensitive protests. The US and European Union also condemned the assault on Vladimir Kovacevic, a journalist who works for...

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.
Global Europe 19-07-2018

Radio Free Europe resumes broadcasts for Bulgaria, Romania

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has announced plans to re-launch news services in Bulgaria and Romania in a bid to strengthen the media landscape in both countries. In both cases, it marks a return for RFE/RL: the company previously served...

Slovak farmers drive tractors into capital to protest alleged EU subsidy fraud

Dozens of farmers from across Slovakia drove their tractors into the capital Bratislava on Tuesday (19 June) to protest against alleged irregularities in EU farm subsidy payments first made public by murdered journalist Jan Kuciak.
Freedom of thought 11-05-2018

Polish government continues efforts to stifle free media

Press freedom is still under threat in Poland, the case of TVN24 journalist ,Wojciech Bojanowski ,who revealed a police torture case last year is one of the most striking examples of the Polish state’s control of the media. EURACTIV’s partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.
Freedom of thought 04-05-2018

MEPs ask Commission to get its act together on media freedom

The European Parliament on Thursday (3 May) gave an overwhelming majority to a resolution asking the European Commission to play a much bigger role in opposing attempts by member states to limit media freedom and pluralism.
Delyan Peevski, photo by Dnevnik
Future EU 25-04-2018

Bulgaria is last on media freedom in EU and in the Balkans

Bulgaria, which currently holds the rotating EU Presidency, ranks last among all EU countries in terms of media freedom. It is also the worst in the Western Balkans, a region Sofia hopes to bring closer to the EU.

EU to check on money laundering moves in Malta, journalist’s murder

The European Union's justice commissioner said on Monday (23 April)  she will visit Malta in the coming weeks to look at its anti-money laundering moves and check on how an investigation is going into the murder of an investigative journalist.
Freedom of thought 20-04-2018

EU parliament demands independent probe into Slovak reporter’s murder

The European Parliament called Thursday (19 April) on Slovakia to ensure a full and independent investigation into the murder of an investigative reporter while demanding better protections for all journalists in the EU.