About: press freedom

Digital 12-04-2021

Orban-friendly owner gets Hungary independent radio frequency

A Hungarian radio station critical of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán that was forced off the air in February said Sunday (11 April) its former frequency had been handed to a station owned by a government-friendly group.
China 02-04-2021

EU condemns China media ‘harassment’ after BBC departure

The European Union on Friday (2 April) condemned the "harassment" of foreign journalists in China after a BBC correspondent left the country in the face of legal threats and pressure from authorities.
Digital 23-03-2021

Reporters Without Borders files complaint against Facebook for ‘deceptive commercial practices’

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) filed a complaint against Facebook for "deceptive commercial practices" on Monday (22 March), accusing the social media giant of not respecting its commitments related to fighting disinformation and moderating online hate, particularly targeting journalists. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 19-03-2021

Chechen police complain to Putin over ‘vile’ newspaper

A special forces unit in Chechnya has called on President Vladimir Putin for protection against "vile attacks" from independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta whose reporters have documented rights abuses in the republic.
Elections 10-03-2021

Watchdog warns of ‘dire press situation’ ahead of Bulgarian elections

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Wednesday (10 March) published 10 recommendations  to address what they called “the dire press freedom situation in Bulgaria”, ahead of elections early next month. 
Digital 23-02-2021

Suspect in Daphne Caruana’s murder pleads guilty

One of three men accused of the 2017 assassination of Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia pleaded guilty Tuesday (23 February), a major development in a case that has rocked the Mediterranean island nation.
Global Europe 06-01-2021

Vietnam jails journalists, EU says it prefers ‘dialogue’ to sanctions

EU was hesitant on Wednesday (6 January) to resort to trade sanctions following the announcement of heavy sentences of journalists in Vietnam, a latest development in the communist country’s crackdown on dissent. Three journalists, members of the Independent Journalists’ Association...
China 28-12-2020

China jails citizen-journalist for four years over Wuhan virus reporting

A Chinese court handed a four-year jail to a citizen-journalist who reported from the central city of Wuhan at the peak of last year’s coronavirus outbreak, on grounds of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” her lawyer said.

Tired but defiant: 100 days of protests in Bulgaria

In a hundred days of sweeping and at times violent protests, thousands of Bulgarians have tightened the screws on the political elite -- but this, they say, is only the beginning.
Digital 13-10-2020

Jourova promises action plan to protect independent journalism

The European Commission (EC) will present by the end of the year an action plan to protect independent journalism, Commission Vice President Věra Jourová announced on Monday (12 October) during the conference "Media Freedom in Bulgaria", organised by EURACTIV Bulgaria.
Digital 17-09-2020

New rules in Bulgaria’s parliament building: Journalists cry foul

Protests in Bulgaria asking for the resignation of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev have entered their third month. Against this background the Bulgarian parliament has become a fortress in which journalists are treated as the enemy. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.

Shock as Slovak court acquits businessman of journalist murder

The case of a murdered investigative journalist delivered a new shock in Slovakia Thursday, as a high-profile businessman was acquitted of ordering the killing that ultimately exposed high-level political corruption and toppled the governing party.
Europe's East 31-08-2020

EU says Belarus restrictions on foreign media ‘not acceptable’

The EU criticised “arbitrary restrictions” on foreign media after Belarusian authorities on Saturday (29 August) withdrew the accreditation of journalists working for several foreign news organisations, ahead of the latest demonstration challenging the results of the presidential election.
Europe's East 17-08-2020

Ukraine: torched journalist car, wiretapping raise press freedom concerns

A car used by the team of an investigative journalist whose reports had raised the hackles of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was burned near Kyiv, following allegations of wiretapping of the journalist's home.
Digital 24-07-2020

Mass resignations at Hungary’s biggest news site as fallout from editor’s sacking continues

Nearly 60 journalists have resigned from the 90-member editorial team of Index, Hungary's leading independent media outlet, in what is being described as a devastating blow to the country's free press and media plurality. 
Digital 22-06-2020

Top Hungary news site says independence in ‘grave danger’

The editor of Hungary's most popular news website warned Sunday (21 June) that a planned overhaul would jeopardise its freedom to publish stories critical of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's government.
Future EU 12-05-2020

Hungary summons Nordic diplomats over rule-by-decree row

Hungary summoned the ambassadors of four Nordic countries on Monday (11 May) over their countries' criticism of a controversial law that empowers Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to act by decree against the novel coronavirus.
Digital 21-04-2020

Bulgaria ‘black sheep of the EU’: World Press Freedom Index

Bulgaria has the lowest standards of press freedom in Europe and is ranked 111th globally in terms of press freedom for a third consecutive year in the Reporters Without Borders annual edition of the World Press Freedom index, which called the country "the black sheep of the EU".
Digital 19-04-2020

Slovenian media fear fallout from government virus campaign

The new government of Slovenia's conservative Prime Minister Janez Janša has so far kept the coronavirus under control -- but critics fear he will exploit the crisis to bring to heel the media he brands "presstitution".
Elections 27-03-2020

Coronavirus to father EU’s ‘first dicatatorship’?

A "dictatorship" at the heart of the EU? A draft law to grant anti-coronavirus emergency measures set for adoption by Budapest has alarmed observers who fear it will hand Prime Minister Viktor Orbán unlimited power.
Global Europe 23-03-2020

Borissov orders his ministers to obtain Russian coronavirus medicines

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said on Sunday (22 March) he was impressed by the statements of a Russian official who claimed that his country knows how to control the coronavirus, and that he had ordered his ministers to obtain the Russian medicines.
Digital 18-03-2020

Bulgarian investigative journalist assaulted in Sofia

A well-known Bulgarian investigative journalist was assaulted by masked men late Tuesday outside his home on a central Sofia boulevard, sparking angry reactions from journalist organisations.

Power and journalism in Bulgaria: Deflecting embarrassing issues

The Supreme Judicial Council of Bulgaria has blamed an investigative journalist for being “aggressive” in asking questions, disregarding her discovery that the head of the country’s largest court may be holding this post in breach of the law.
Eastern Europe 11-02-2020

Georgia’s top court slaps 3-year jail term on opposition figure

Georgia’s top court on Monday (10 February) sentenced a leading opposition politician to three years and two months in jail for embezzlement, a move which he condemned as politically motivated. The Supreme Court’s ruling on Gigi Ugulava, the 44-year-old leader...