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Defamation in Italy : a draft law to be changed

Il Corriere della Sera , 08/06/2014 When Parliament started reviewing the legislation on defamation last October, there were great hopes that Italy finally would succeed in carrying out a long overdue legal reform and strengthening media freedom in the country. Regrettably eight...

Keep the press free

Several newspapers, 02/05/2014 To work as a journalist today, you need a great deal of courage. In the last twelve months, hundreds of journalists, photographers and camera operators in the world have been killed, injured, kidnapped, threatened or sued. Europe is no exception: worrying...

Leaning on judges: eroding the rule of law in Europe

Open Democracy , 20/02/2014 The preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that the rule of law is an important antidote to"rebellion against tyranny and oppression". Despite progress in the 47 member states of the Council of Europe, the antidote is growing weaker in a...

Talk about human rights in the EU

European Voice , 04/12/2013 Thirteen years ago, the adoption of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights sparked hope that the long process of European integration would finally be propelled by a stronger emphasis on its human rights dimension. This hope was reinforced in 2007, with the...

Justice has to be done for all the erased

Delo (Slovenia) , 19/10/2013 Twenty two years have passed since the erasure of more than 25 000 persons from the Slovene Register of Permanent Residents, a decision which caused serious violations of human rights and grave suffering of the individuals concerned and their families. As a...

Five steps to increase women’s safety

New Europe , 10/07/2013 Violence against women is one of the most widespread and serious human rights violations occurring every day in Europe. Only in the last three weeks more than five women have been killed in different countries, including Austria, Italy, Spain and Ukraine. These...

Prism: secret surveillance could destroy democracy rather than defend it

The Guardian , 26/06/2013  Don't fall for the narrative that if you've nothing to hide, you needn't worry. Our privacy is not a luxury A few years ago, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when asked whether people should be sharing information with Google as if it were a "trusted friend",...

Save democracy in greece

To Vima , 14/04/2013 For years now Greece has been under the spotlight because of its dire financial and economic situation linked to  a sharp increase of unemployment, poverty,  and  widespread discontent. This hardship, however, is not the only urgency that Greece has to...
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