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Alert created on: 02 Apr 2015 Denmark

Two Danish Journalists Prosecuted for Exposing a Public Health Hazard

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In Denmark, two journalists, Nils Mulvad and Kjeld Hansen who exposed a public health scandal were fined in October 2014 for an article published in 2010. In the article, they expose the names of farms where the drug-resistant bacteria MRSA was spreading. They have been charged for publishing secret information on the farmers' health. Their lawyer accused the authorities of persecuting the “messenger” instead of addressing the problem raised by the journalists.
The two journalists appealed against these sanctions.
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31 May 2017: On 22 January 2016, the Danish Supreme Court ruled that a pending trial has no suspensory effect on the disclosure of information for documents “with a significant public interest”. The Danish Journalist Association expressed its satisfaction with the judgment, stating that it was “important that media and journalists are not prevented from access to data of public interest even when large organisations or companies try to bring proceedings” preventing it. On 31 May 2017, following consultations and consideration of the implications of the judgment, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding that it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.   Danish Supreme Court ruling
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30 May 2017 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 12 Jul 2016 Turkey

Five Turkish Journalists Face Prison Sentences of between 50 and 72 Years

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On 20 June 2016, the Istanbul High Criminal Court accepted an indictment served by a prosecutor from the Office of Terrorism and Organised Crime, against five journalists: Ahmet Altan and Yasemin Çongar, former editors of the daily newspaper Taraf; and journalists Mehmet Baransu. Yıldıray Oğur and Tuncay Opçin. The court case will take place in September.

Altan, Çongar and Oğur face up to 50 years’ imprisonment each on charges of acquiring, damaging, misusing and stealing documents concerning state security and revealing information concerning the security of the state and its political interests. Baransu and Opçin, are additionally accused of membership and administration of a terrorist organisation and face up to 72 years’ imprisonment each.

According to the lawyers of two of the indicted journalists, the indictment raises several questions and concerns.

First, 46 pages of the indictment have been copied word-for-word from an indictment written in the case against journalist Can Dündar, who has been named in an entirely separate case.

Second, no evidence against the accused is provided or referred to in the indictment.

Third, while the indictment focuses in detail on the so-called Balyoz (“Sledgehammer”) papers – a series of documents that Taraf published in 2010 connected to an alleged military coup – the prosecutor does not regard Taraf’s decision to publish the Balyoz papers as criminal and Balyoz does not figure in the charges at all. Instead, the indictment brings charges against the five journalists concerning the “Egemen Operation” plan – a military war plan. However Taraf newspaper did not publish this plan, as a prior judgment of the Turkish Constitutional Court affirms, and denies all charges related to this.
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30 May 2017
As of 30 May 2017, the 5 journalists have either been arrested (Mehmet Altan and Mehmet Baransu are in jail) or escaped the country (Yasemin Çongar, Yıldıray Oğur and Tuncay Opçin are at large).
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29 May 2017 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 29 May 2017 Russian Federation

Editor-in-Chief of Local Newspaper Shot Dead

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Dmitri Popkov, editor-in-chief and founder of local newspaper Ton-M, was shot dead in the town of Minusinsk in the Krasnodarski province on 24 May, 2017. The Regional Investigative Committee reported that Popkov was shot five times by an unidentified perpetrator. His body was found in the sauna in his backyard.
Popkov is well known in his region since he became a regional parliament deputy for the Communist Party. The Moscow times reported that Popkov founded the publication after he was stripped of his position on Minusinsk City Council in 2012, when a court found him guilty of beating a child. Popkvov has maintained his innocence, claiming that the case was an excuse to fire him. He also funds the newspaper he edits, whose investigations, including on police corruption, have garnered significant public attention. According to RFE/RL, in one of his interviews, Popkov claimed his newspaper became “an obstacle” for local officials who are now “threatening and intimidating journalists”.
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16 May 2017 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 16 May 2017 Czech Republic

Czech President Says He Wishes to "Liquidate" Journalists

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During a press conference held in China on 14 May 2017, Czech President Miloš Zeman joked to Russian President Vladimir Putin that there were too many journalists and that they should be "liquidated", broadcasting station Radio Praha reported. Putin reacted with a smile and indicated that such measures were not required but that the number of journalists could be "reduced", Radio Praha reported. Their conversation was captured by a television microphone and posted on social media.

On Sunday, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek expressed a strong objection to what Zeman’s office later claimed was a “joke”, suggesting that such remarks were inappropriate with Mr Putin or anyone else. The president's spokesman, Jiří Ovčáček, described Mr Zeman's remarks as a mere witticism or bon mot, Radio Praha reported.
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15 May 2017 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 12 May 2017 Croatia

Croatian Journalist Mladen Mirković Attacked by Požega Mayor

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Mladen Mirković, a journalist of the Croatian local website 034portal.hr, was attacked by the Požega Mayor Vedran Neferović on 12 May 2017. The attack happened after the mayor invited him to a meeting in his office. He wanted to know who had written some articles published on the website the journalist is working for. According to the journalist, the major started to shout at him and became aggressive, threatening to kill him and everybody working for the website. He then pushed the journalist against the wall and smacked his head against it. He threw him out of the office while kicking him and continued to do so as he pushed him towards the stairs, reported Mirković. People in the hall witnessed the attack and some administration employees asked the mayor to stop.
The Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA) reported the incident to the police on the journalist’s behalf and called for an investigation into this issue.
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15 May 2017
On 12 May 2017 the Požega mayor was charged with misdemeanour by a local court. The police filed a criminal charge against him for issuing public threats and issued a restraining order of the duration of 8 days to protect Mladen Mirković.
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Alert created on: 13 Apr 2017 Slovak Republic

Pressure by Prime Minister on Public Broadcaster over Coverage

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In a 6 April 2017 address to Slovakia’s parliament, Prime Minister Robert Fico, speaking as chair of the Direction – Social Democracy (Smer-SD) party, announced that he would instruct deputies to make a change in the leadership of public broadcaster Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS). Parliament is expected to decide in June whether to retain or replace current RTVS Director General Václav Mika, who is nearing the end of a five-year term.
Fico criticised the broadcaster’s news coverage, accusing it of being biased and asking unfair questions, and he said he would give lawmakers “clear guidance” recommending a change in RTVS’ leadership. The call echoed Fico’s statements earlier in the week accusing the broadcaster of being “no longer a public-service” and “opposition-oriented”.
RTVS has faced criticism from Slovak National Party (SNS) lawmakers since they joined a coalition government with Smer in 2016. Smer lawmakers faced similar accusations of pressure in 2012 when they elected Mika to a five-year term after then-RTVS Director General Miroslava Zemková’s term was controversially cut short over her failure to inform lawmakers about the launch of a tender. Most opposition parties boycotted the 2012 vote electing Mika, calling it an effort by Smer to assert political control over RTVS.
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02 May 2017
The CoE Commissioner for Human Rights details the prerequisites for well-funded and strong public service media.
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15 Dec 2016
Recommendation CM/Rec(2012)1 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on public service media governance (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 15 February 2012 at the 1134th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies)
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12 May 2017 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 26 Apr 2017 Greece

Attack on Office of Kathimerini in Thessaloniki

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Unidentified assailants attacked the office of Kathimerini, a Greek daily, in Thessaloniki on 24 April 2017. Approximately ten masked people stormed the office, threw green paint all over the place and spread leaflets with the message “ A good story is a stone to a journalist’s head,” written on them. The administrative staff who was in the office at the time of the attack called the police after the intruders ignored her pleas to stop and leave. They left before the police arrived.
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12 May 2017 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 12 May 2017 Hungary

Hungarian Journalist Júlia Halász Attacked and Violently Expelled from Fidesz’s Public Meeting in Budapest

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Júlia Halász, a reporter for the Hungarian 444.hu website, was violently expelled from a public forum organised by the ruling party Fidesz party held at Saint Imre (Saint Emeric) Secondary School in Budapest on 4 May 2017. Halász had started editing her report when she was approached by three men, believed to be bodyguards of the country’s economy minister Mihály Varga and defence minister István Simicskó, who told her to leave claiming she could not film the event without registration. Halász later returned to the room and took some photos with her cell phone, but had to leave again to take a phone call in the corridor. She was followed by László Szabó, the Fidesz’s deputy chief of staff in the district and the organiser of the meeting, who, according to the journalist, aggressively tried to take her out of the building when she finished her call. He accused her of filming the event and snatched her the cell phone which he refused to return and deleted photos from the telephone while pushing the journalist around and refusing to let her back in the room to retrieve her equipment. Halász started yelling for help, but László Szabó grabbed her by the arm and dragged her outside the building where he continued to threaten her and other Fidesz’s supporters attacked her, as well.
The police was called by one school’s employee but, upon their arrival, Szabó had left the venue by the back door and nobody at the Fidesz’s event was willing to identify him as the man who had attacked Halász. The journalist said that Economy minister, Mihály Varga, later tried to mitigate the incident by promising that Ms. Halász’s equipment would be returned and offering to make himself available to her for an exclusive interview.
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10 May 2017 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 11 Apr 2017 Greece

Greek Journalist Arrested on Libel Charges

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Greek investigative journalist Kostas Vaxevanis was detained by police on libel charges after arriving voluntarily at Kallithea police station in Athens on 10 April 2017. A prosecutor later ordered his release pending preliminary investigation.

The charges relate to a report published on 9 April 2017 in the newspaper Documento alleging that Stavroula Nikolopoulou-Stournara, wife of the Governor of Greece's central bank, had taken advantage of her husband's influence to secure public funding for organising medical conferences without going through a public tender. The report also raised questions about Nikolopoulou-Stournara's links to the pharmaceutical industry as well as the involvement of her husband, Yannis Stournaras, in the conferences. Nikolopoulou-Stournara, whose home was raided last year as part of an investigation into possible corruption involving Greece's Center for Disease Control and Prevention, denied the report's claims and filed libel charges against Vaxevanis.

In March 2015, a court sentenced Vaxevanis to 26 months in prison for defaming a prominent Greek businessman, Andreas Vgenopoulos, as part of an investigation into the 2012 to 2013 Cyprus financial crisis. A three-judge panel of the Athens Court of Appeal unanimously overturned the conviction in September 2016.
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09 May 2017 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 10 Apr 2017 Albania

An Albanian Journalist Received Death Threats

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Journalist Isa Myzyraj received death threats from the Mayor of Has Municipality, Adem Lala. Myzyraj works for the information website Gazeta Impakt and 24.al. He was investigating delays in social assistance payments for poor families in two villages in Has District, in north-eastern Albania. The journalist recorded the conversation between him and the mayor, who asked him to stop his investigation. The recording was broadcast on several media.
The journalist lodged a complaint to the Tirana Prosecutor on the 6 April 2017.
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03 May 2017 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 28 Feb 2017 Russian Federation

Russian Police Raid Journalist’s Home

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On 28 February 2017, the home of Russian journalist and long-time human rights campaigner Zoya Svetova was raided in Moscow for over 4 hours. Her lawyer Anna Stavitskaya reported that 10 plain clothed investigators and 2 representatives of the Federal Security Bureau entered the property after 11am, and searched her computer, personal papers and books. Investigators prohibited anyone inside the flat from using their phones, including journalists who had arrived at the scene.

According to Stavitskaya, the search was linked to the first YUKOS case, a criminal case launched in 2003 against the biggest oil company in Russia, for alleged tax evasion. Stavitskaya stated that Russian law enforcement agencies believe the proceeds of Yukos tax evasion are now being used to fund organisations and individuals, including Svetova.

Svetova is a columnist for the Moscow Times and has been recognised for her work by both Amnesty International and the Russian Union of Journalists.
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03 May 2017
On 3 May 2017 the Moscow City Court recognized the Basmanny Court decision as legitimate.
09 Mar 2017
On 9 March 2017 Moscow's Basmanny District Court rejected the complaint submitted by Svetova against the manner in which the search of her apartment had been conducted.
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03 May 2017 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 27 Apr 2017 Russian Federation

Russia: Blogger Ilya Varlamov Attacked at Stavropol Airport

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On 26 April 2017 blogger Ilya Varlamov was attacked by unknown assailants after landing at Stavropol airport in Southern Russia. As reported on social media and on his blog, a group of men were waiting for Varlamov when he arrived and immediately threw green paint and iodine over him, which went into his eyes, clothes and equipment. The assailants shouted “Go back to that America of yours”. The attack was witnessed by police officers who failed to react. Varlamov reported the attack to the local police station but was again attacked later the same day, again with green paint and flour by a similar group who then tried to ram into his car. Ilya Varlamov is one of the most popular Russian bloggers, with over 200,000 followers on social networks and also contributes to online outlets such as Echo of Moscow Radio
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03 May 2017
On 3 May 2017, the District Court of Stavropol fined three individuals involved in the attack on Ilya Varlamov for 500 rubles; two more were sentenced to administrative arrest for two days. Varlamov complained that a criminal investigation had never been initiated and that the incident had been treated as a case of petty hooliganism.
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03 May 2017 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 03 May 2017 Turkey

Founder and Chairman of the Iranian GEM TV Company Shot Dead

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On 29 April 2017, Saaed Karimian, the founder and chairman of the Persian-language GEM TV company, and his business partner were shot dead in the Maslak neighbourhood in Istanbul by masked individuals who opened fire on their vehicle. The Turkish police opened an investigation. The vehicle and the gun used in the assassination were later found burnt.
GEM TV is known for its entertainment satellite channels that dub foreign films and Western television programs into Farsi for Iranians. The TV has been criticised by Iran for “showing programmes that go against Islamic values” and has been accused of spreading Western culture.The TV is officially banned in Iran but is popular inside the country for movies and Turkish TV shows dubbed into Farsi.
In 2016, a Revolutionary Court in Tehran tried Karimian in absentia and sentenced him to six years in jail on charges of “acting against national security” and “propaganda against the state.”
According to his relatives, Mr Karimian had been threatened by the Iranian regime and was planning to move to London over these threats.
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02 May 2017 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 21 Oct 2016 Romania

Romania to Eliminate Public Broadcast Fee

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On 17 October 2016, the Romanian Senate approved a draft law to eliminate the monthly TV and radio licence fee and to introduce direct funding of public service media from the state budget. The proposal, initiated by the Social-Democrats leader Liviu Dragnea, has come just a few weeks ahead the general elections. The measure, highly significant for the future of public broadcasting in Romania, was buried in a draft law proposing the elimination of 102 non-fiscal taxes. The draft bill is now to be discussed in the Chamber of Deputies. The Romanian Federation of Culture and Mass-Media FAIR-MediaSind, the Center for Independent Journalism, ActiveWatch and the Convention of Media Organizations are calling the Members of the Parliament to reject the draft bill, which would increase the political dependency of the public broadcaster. The journalists’ organisations in Romania insist that the licence fees are the best way to guarantee the editorial independence of public service media, reducing the risk of political interference. The licence fee represents 67.56% of the incomes for the public television, and 49% for the public radio. The current rate of the TV fee is 0.8 EUR per month, the lowest in Europe, and the radio fee is 0.6 EUR per month. Following a recent study from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the licence fee system is shown to be the most stable, transparent and adaptable way to fund Public Service Media.
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01 Feb 2017
On 6 January 2017, the President of Romania promulgated the bill on the elimination of over 100 non-fiscal taxes, including the radio-TV licence tax. The law entered into force on 1 February 2017.
26 Oct 2016
On 25 October 2016, the Lower Chamber of the Romanian Parliament adopted the bill providing for the elimination of over 100 non-fiscal taxes, including the radio-TV licence tax, rejecting the amendments of the special commission which would have seen the radio-TV licence tax remaining in force.
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02 May 2017
The CoE Commissioner for Human Rights details the prerequisites for well-funded and strong public service media.
15 Dec 2016
Statement by the participants at the ‘Public Service Media and Democracy’ Conference organized by the Council of Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Czech Television and the European Broadcasting Union (10th-11th November 2016, Prague)
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15 Dec 2016
Recommendation CM/Rec(2012)1 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on public service media governance (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 15 February 2012 at the 1134th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies
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28 Apr 2017 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 28 Apr 2017 Russian Federation

Attack on Investigative Journalism Workshop

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In the early hours of 27 April 2017, the venue for a workshop on investigative journalism was attacked in Yoshkar-Ola, in the Mari-El Republic, central Russia, by unidentified assailants. At about 2am a window was smashed on the ground floor of a private house being used by the Community of Investigative Journalists, an NGO, for a workshop with local journalists and bloggers. A dead rat was then left outside the window. The previous day, an identified man threw green paint over training organiser and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty contributor Galina Sidorova. The incident has been reported to the police. The attack was first reported on social media by Grigory Pasko, the Director of the Community of Investigative Journalists, who has documented a number of attempts to intimidate participating journalists of previous workshops and was himself physically attacked whilst running a workshop in Barnaul in September 2016.
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26 Apr 2017 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 10 Aug 2015 Azerbaijan

Murder of Azerbaijani Journalist Rasim Aliyev

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Rasim Aliyev, a 30 year old Azerbaijani journalist, died on Sunday 9 August 2015 from injuries sustained in a violent attack carried out on Saturday 8 August by several men in the Bayil neighborhood of Baku. In an interview given to Meydan TV from his hospital bed, Rasim Aliyev indicated that the attack was connected to his criticism of an Azerbaijani football player, including a post published on Facebook accusing the player of unethical behavior.

Aliyev, who had worked for the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) prior to its closure due to Government pressure in 2014, had been the subject of previous threats and attacks as a result of his work. Notably, on 25 July 2015, Rasim Aliyev reported on Facebook that he had received threats on social media linked to a series of photos he had posted online showing police brutality and social discontent. Journalist Aliyev reported receiving a threat stating “You will be punished for these photos”. He also filed a complaint with the police about the threat.

A picture of a CCTV camera near to Bayli market where Rasim Aliyev was beaten has been circulated by Azerbaijani civil society – indicating that there could be footage of the attack. The Azerbaijani authorities have opened a criminal case under Article 126.3 of the country’s Criminal Code (intentional infliction of bodily harm causing death).
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26 Apr 2017
On April 26 2017 the remaining individuals connected to the murder of Rasim Aliyev saw their request for appeal rejected by the Court.
12 Oct 2016
On 12 October 2016 Javid Huseynov was released from jail as a Baku Court upheld his appeal.
31 May 2016
On 31 May 2016 football player Javid Huseynov was found guilty of failing to warn authorities of the planned attack on Rasim Aliyev and sentenced to four years in jail.
01 Apr 2016
On 1 April 2016, a Baku court convicted 5 men on sentences from 9 to 13 years in prison finding them guilty of grievous bodily harm causing the death of Rasim Aliyev. Another person charged in the incident is still on trial.
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12 May 2016
OSCE Representative welcomes convictions for murder of journalist in Azerbaijan
11 Aug 2015
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media condemns killing of journalist in Azerbaijan, calls on President Aliyev to ensure safety of journalists and free media
10 Aug 2015
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland condemns attack on Azerbaijani journalist Rasim Aliyev
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26 Apr 2017 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 06 Dec 2016 Spain

Judge Attempts to Censor "Footballleaks" Inquiry

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Madrid Judge Arturo Zamarriego has sought the cooperation of justice systems across Europe in his request to prohibit any publications about the international journalistic inquiry named “Footballleaks” concerning severe tax evasion in professional football. The request targets the twelve media outlets which are members of the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) consortium.

After seven months of investigation and having analysed 18.6 million documents, journalists from the German daily newspaper “Der Spiegel” and their colleagues from the European Investigative Collaborations consortium (of which “El Mundo” is a member), uncovered the widest tax evasion scandal in the history of European professional football, publishing it in their editions of 2nd December 2016.

The daily newspaper “El Mundo” announced Judge Arturo Zamarriego’s decision to ban the publishing of the results of the Footballleaks inquiry, going as far as threatening the director of the newspaper, Pedro G. Cuartango, with a five year prison sentence. Judicial proceedings were initiated on 29th November 2016 by the law firm Senn Ferrero Asociados Sport & Entertainment, which is known for having advised many stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo on fiscal matters. “El Mundo” refused to give in to pressure by lodging a complaint and by publishing, as planned, the first part of the inquiry on 3rd December 2016.

On the 5th December, it was revealed that the request for a ban on publishing was not only applicable to “El Mundo” but to all of the media partners of the consortium. The judge considers that the revelations of the consortium constitute an invasion of the private nature of the communications of the complainants (article 197.1 of the Spanish criminal code). Zamarriego has suggested that the information about personal and fiscal data used by the consortium may have been acquired through illegal means, which the consortium denies. The judge ordered “the prohibition of the publication of confidential data of a personal, financial or legal nature […] of the clients of Senn Ferrero".
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26 Apr 2017
On 26 April 2017, Judge Zamarriego allowed law firm Senn Ferrero to file proceedings against the director of El Mundo Pedro García Cuartango, the president of Unidad Editorial, Antonio Fernández Galiano and three news editors - Javier Sánchez, Paula Guisado and Quico Alsedo. They are being charged with disclosure of company secrets and disobedience against authority.
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06 Dec 2016
OSCE Representative for Freedom of the Media says in a statement: "Court ruling in Spain ordering El Mundo newspaper not to publish story is a threat to investigative journalism"
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20 Apr 2017 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 20 Apr 2017 Russian Federation

Investigative Journalist Dies Following Two Brutal Assaults

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Nikolay Andruschenko, founder and investigative correspondent for weekly newspaper Novyi Petersburg died on 19 April 2017 as a result of injuries. According to the director of Novyi Peterburg, Alevtina Ageyeva, the journalist was assaulted twice in March 2017. Two unknown individuals approached him near his house and demanded he give them documents and materials from his on-going investigation on the abuse of power by police officers. After the journalist refused, they hit him several times in the head and ran away. The last assault occurred on the evening of 9 March. The journalist was found unconscious with a brain injury near his apartment. An investigation was started by the police. Ageyeva said she doubted the police would properly investigate the case as Andruschenko conducted investigations into corruption, abuse of power and torture by the St Petersburg’s police. She is convinced both assaults are related to Andruschenko’s professional journalist activity. Andruschenko’s wife stressed nothing was stolen from the journalist during the assault.
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Alert created on: 20 Jul 2016 Azerbaijan

Temporary Closure of Azerbaijani TV Channel

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On 19 July 2016, Azerbaijan’s National Television and Radio Council ordered the temporary closure of ANS TV, a pro-government private television channel. The order was in response to the channel’s plans to broadcast an interview with Turkish Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gülen, who is accused by the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, of organising the failed coup attempt that took place in Turkey on 15 July 2016. The channel will be shut for at least one month. Gülen denies all involvement in the coup.

In an official statement, the National Television and Radio Council stated that the decision was made further to an appeal by the General Prosecutor on 18 July 2016. Its actions are in accordance with Article 11 of the Law on Television and Radio Broadcasting, which empowers the Council to take measures to prevent the propaganda of terrorism, violence, cruelty, discrimination on ethnic, racial and religious grounds. The Council justified its decision on the grounds of “avoiding provocations aimed at damaging the strategic partnership between Turkey and Azerbaijan and to prevent obvious promotion of terrorism “. Radio Free Europe has reported that the Turkish Embassy in Baku had expressed “deep concern” about the proposed broadcasting.

The National Council has also filed a lawsuit to the court demanding the withdrawal of ANS TV channel’s license, on the basis that the channel has violated provisions and conditions of the license (article 11.4.4. of Broadcasting Law) that prohibit “propaganda of terrorism, violence, cruelty” (article 32.0.5) and “incitement to mass unrest and terrorism” (article 23.2.5.). The head of the National Council said that the future of “ANS Broadcasting Media Company” is now in the competence of the judicial authorities.
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19 Apr 2017
On 19 April 2017 the Supreme Court rejected the appeals filed by ANS TV against the termination of its TV and Radio activities.
29 Jul 2016
On 29 July 2016 the broadcasting licence of ANS TV was officially revoked. The company filed a cassation appeal.
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18 Apr 2017 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 18 Apr 2017 Russian Federation

Chechen Official and Preachers Threaten Novaya Gazeta Journalists

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Novaya Gazeta issued a statement on 13 April 2017, saying it feared for the safety of its reporters after Adam Shahidov, an advisor to the Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, and Muslim preachers accused the newspaper of defamation and threatened retaliation at a large gathering in a mosque in central Grozny.

Novaya Gazeta earlier this month published investigative articles reporting that more than 100 men whom authorities suspected of homosexual acts were rounded up and tortured in secret prisons in the North Caucasus republic. At least three men were killed, according to Novaya Gazeta. At the 3 April 2017, gathering of some 15,000 men, Shahidov called the Novaya Gazeta journalists "enemies of our faith and our motherland" and promised "vengeance." The resolution adopted at the gathering included a "promise that retribution will catch up with the hatemongers wherever and whoever they are, without a statute of limitations," according to Novaya Gazeta, which said in its statement that it was "obvious that the resolution will encourage religious fanatics to retaliate against our journalists." Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitry Muratov filed a complaint with the Prosecutor General's office on 8 April 2017. A Novaya Gazeta journalist who has conducted an investigation and reported on Chechen gays' rights violation has fled Russia.
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16 May 2018

RIA Novosti Journalist Kyrylo Vyshynsky Held on Treason Allegations in Ukraine

16 May 2018

Russia: Proposed Amendments to Criminal Code Threaten Media Freedom

16 May 2018

Malta Economy Minister Issues four Libel Suits and Warrants Against Blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia

9 May 2018

Vijesti Investigative Journalist Olivera Lakić Shot and Injured

4 May 2018

Slovak Journalist Gets a Suspended Sentence for Defamation

4 May 2018

Turkey: Arrest of At Least 12 Employees of Cumhuriyet Newspaper

2 May 2018

Ukrainian Police Accused of Violence against Journalists, Leaving one Hospitalized

2 May 2018

Arson Attack on News Website in Northwestern Ukraine

24 April 2018

Investigative Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia Killed by Car Bomb

18 April 2018

Azerbaijani Journalist With Dutch citizenship Fears for His Life after Attack In Kyiv

17 April 2018

Armenian TV Station Editor Assaulted While Reporting on Road Building Project

17 April 2018

Armenian Journalist Attacked While Covering Parliamentary Elections

17 April 2018

Armenian Journalists Injured in Police Violence against Media Journalists covering Street Demonstrations

17 April 2018

Journalists Beaten and Arrested while Covering Protest Demonstration

16 April 2018

Increased Verbal Abuse Against Independent Serbian Media.

16 April 2018

Serbian Weekly ‘Vranjske Novine’ Closed Following Administrative Harassment

16 April 2018

Journalists from Magločistač News Portal Receive Death Threats

16 April 2018

Journalist Stefan Cvetkovic Sentenced to Jail for Unauthorised Publication

12 April 2018

Intimidation Campaign against NUNS (Independent Journalists Association of Serbia)

12 April 2018

Closure of the Serbian National Press Agency Tanjug

11 April 2018

Serbian Reporter Lidija Valtner Attacked During New Serbian President’s Inauguration

11 April 2018

Impunity in the Case of the Murder of Dada Vujasinovic

6 April 2018

Azerbaijani Director of Internet Television Re-arrested

3 April 2018

2 France 5 Journalists Denied Access to President Macron During his Visit to Lille

3 April 2018

Journalist Caroline Christinaz from “Le Temps” of Geneva Questioned by the Police While on a Reporting Assignment in France

28 March 2018

Slovenian Media under Police Pressure to Reveal Journalistic Sources

28 March 2018

Two Ukrainian Journalists Sentenced to 9 Years’ Imprisonment for Assisting Separatism

23 March 2018

Greek Sport Journalist Aris Asvestas Assaulted for Second Time

23 March 2018

Turkey: Arrest of At Least 12 Employees of Cumhuriyet Newspaper

21 March 2018

Strana Editor-in-Chief Flees, Seeks Asylum in Austria after Receiving Death Threats

20 March 2018

Ahmet Altan and Mehmet Altan Detained for Words Used on TV

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20 March 2018

Journalists Arrested in Major Clampdown following Failed Coup in Turkey

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12 March 2018

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1 March 2018

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27 February 2018

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26 February 2018

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23 February 2018

Increased Verbal Abuse Against Independent Serbian Media.

23 February 2018

Journalist Philippe Bertinchamps Threatened with Expulsion in Serbia

23 February 2018

Intimidation Campaign against NUNS (Independent Journalists Association of Serbia)

23 February 2018

Serbian Weekly ‘Vranjske Novine’ Closed Following Administrative Harassment

23 February 2018

Journalists from Magločistač News Portal Receive Death Threats

23 February 2018

Serbian Reporter Lidija Valtner Attacked During New Serbian President’s Inauguration

23 February 2018

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23 February 2018

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23 February 2018

Serbian Journalist Stevan Dojčinović Target of a Smear Campaign

23 February 2018

Investigative Journalists Receive Several Death Threats, Broadcaster Claims

23 February 2018

Closure of the Serbian National Press Agency Tanjug

23 February 2018

Impunity in the Case of the Murder of Dada Vujasinovic

23 February 2018

Serbian Journalist Predrag Blagojević Assaulted by Police at a Music Festival over Identification

23 February 2018

Serbian Investigative Journalist Ivan Ninić Suffers Brutal Attack

12 February 2018

Injunction Prohibiting Media from Reporting on the Financial Dealings of Iceland Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson

12 February 2018

France 2 TV channel sued in a Commercial Court by the Bolloré Group

12 February 2018

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12 February 2018

Around Ten Journalists from France Télévisions Assaulted by Residents

9 February 2018

Journalists Victims of Police Violence During Demonstrations

9 February 2018

Programme Cancellation and Dismissal Threats Within the French Channel Canal+

8 February 2018

French Journalists and Magistrates Subject to Death Threats

8 February 2018

French Satellite Provider under Pressure to Remove Kurdish Med Nûçe TV

7 February 2018

Expulsion of Two Russian Journalists from Latvia

7 February 2018

Front National Refuses to Grant Accreditations to Mediapart and Quotidien on the Occasion of the Party’s "Presidential Congress”

7 February 2018

The State of Emergency Permits a Ban on Journalists Covering Public Events

7 February 2018

French Journalists Victims of Phone Harassment

6 February 2018

Poland: New Bill Could Ban Journalists from Historical Debate

5 February 2018

Poland Opens Investigation over Article Critical of Constitutional Tribunal President

2 February 2018

Poland: New Bill Could Ban Journalists from Historical Debate

24 January 2018

Journalists’ Union ESIEMTH and Two Municipal Media Attacked in Thessaloniki

15 January 2018

Exiled Journalist Abducted, Detained and Faces Charges in Azerbaijan

26 December 2017

Russian Journalists Deported from Ukraine

18 December 2017

Uzbek Journalist on Interpol List Detained

18 December 2017

Government Plan to Strongly Reduce Funding for Public Service Broadcasting

18 December 2017

Polish Journalist Receives Death Threats After Public Polish TV Classifies Her Remarks As “Harmful to Poland”

14 December 2017

Journalists Targeted by Protesters in northern Cyprus

29 November 2017

The Guardia Civil Raids Several Catalan Newsrooms

27 November 2017

Croatian Journalist Maja Sever Received Death Threat Via Facebook over Her Report on Nigerian Refugees

20 November 2017

Russia: Proposals to Extend 'Foreign Agents' Law to Media Outlets

17 November 2017

Malta Economy Minister Issues four Libel Suits and Warrants Against Blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia

14 November 2017

Armenian TV Station Editor Assaulted While Reporting on Road Building Project

13 November 2017

Draft Law Threatens Independence of AGERPRES News Agency

2 November 2017

Two Spanish Journalists Deported from Ukraine

31 October 2017

Physical Attack Against Journalist Drago Miljuš

24 October 2017

Ekho Moskvy Journalist Stabbed, Hospitalised in Moscow

19 October 2017

Injunction Prohibiting Media from Reporting on the Financial Dealings of Iceland Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson

18 October 2017

Investigative Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia Killed by Car Bomb

17 October 2017

Investigative Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia Killed by Car Bomb

12 October 2017

License for UK Community Radio Station Revoked

11 October 2017

Far-right Militants Threatened Novosti Newspaper During Protest

5 October 2017

Turkish-Swedish Journalist Detained at Airport Following Request by Turkey

5 October 2017

Germany: Draft Bill on Social Networks Raises Serious Free Expression Concerns

3 October 2017

Vesti’s Media Office in Kyiv Raided by National Police and Military Prosecutors

22 September 2017

Crimea’s Prosecution Opens Criminal Probe against Journalist Mykola Semena

21 September 2017

Political Appointments to Head Spanish and Catalan Public TV Channels

20 September 2017

Government Plan to Strongly Reduce Funding for Public Service Broadcasting

13 September 2017

Criminal Case Opened against Turan Independent News Agency in Azerbaijan

12 September 2017

Turkey: Arrest of At Least 12 Employees of Cumhuriyet Newspaper

11 September 2017

Criminal Case Opened against Turan Independent News Agency in Azerbaijan

11 September 2017

Criminal Case Opened against Turan Independent News Agency in Azerbaijan

11 September 2017

Israeli-Russian Blogger Aleksandr Lapshin to Be Tried in Azerbaijan

6 September 2017

Journalists Stripped of Press Accreditation and Victims of Police Violence During the G20 in Hamburg

31 August 2017

Estonian Authorities Turn Down Three Requests for Accreditation from Rossiya Segodnya to Cover EU meeting

31 August 2017

Estonian Authorities Turn Down Three Requests for Accreditation from Rossiya Segodnya to Cover EU meeting

31 August 2017

Two Reporters Injured During Storming of Parliament

31 August 2017

Journalists from Macedonian A1 TV Attacked While Covering Demonstration

31 August 2017

Three Journalists from Kosovo Arrested in Skopje

31 August 2017

Five Journalists Beaten by Police in Skopje During Protests

31 August 2017

28 Media Workers Detained and Fined for Illegal Border Crossing

31 August 2017

Macedonian Journalist Faces Death Threat

31 August 2017

Macedonian Journalist Sashe Ivanovski Physically Assaulted by Deputy Prime Minister

29 August 2017

Germany: Draft Bill on Social Networks Raises Serious Free Expression Concerns

28 August 2017

Bulgarian Financial Supervision Commission Tries to Silence Newspapers Working on Banking Disclosures

16 August 2017

Ukrainian Journalist Missing in Donbass

11 August 2017

Ukraine Bans 38 European Journalists and Bloggers over “National Interest, Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity"

3 August 2017

Polish Defence Minister Seeks Criminal Charges against Journalist for 'Coercion', 'Insult' over Exposé of Associates' Contacts

3 August 2017

Polish Defence Minister Seeks Criminal Charges against Journalist for 'Coercion', 'Insult' over Exposé of Associates' Contacts

25 July 2017

Turkey: Arrest of At Least 12 Employees of Cumhuriyet Newspaper

25 July 2017

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

21 July 2017

Failure to Punish the Perpetrators of Attack on Journalists in Berdyansk

17 July 2017

Ukraine Blocks Russian Social Networks and Expands Economic Sanctions Against Russian Companies

13 July 2017

Ongoing Impunity in the Case of Killed Journalists Andrea Rocchelli, Andrei Mironov and Wounded Photographer William Roguelon

5 July 2017

Russian Journalist Ashot Dzhazoyan Banned from Entering Ukraine for Three Years

27 June 2017

Italian Journalist Risks Being Jailed for Thirty Months for Libel

27 June 2017

Pressure by a Political Party to Replace a Member of the Public Broadcaster's Supervisory Board

20 June 2017

Exiled Journalist Abducted, Detained and Faces Charges in Azerbaijan

29 May 2017

Armenian Journalist Attacked While Covering Parliamentary Elections

12 May 2017

Attack on Office of Kathimerini in Thessaloniki

12 May 2017

Pressure by Prime Minister on Public Broadcaster over Coverage

10 May 2017

Greek Journalist Arrested on Libel Charges

9 May 2017

An Albanian Journalist Received Death Threats

2 May 2017

Pressure by Prime Minister on Public Broadcaster over Coverage

2 May 2017

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

7 April 2017

Two Journalists Harassed by Far-Right Wing Protesters

20 March 2017

Pressure by a Political Party to Replace a Member of the Public Broadcaster's Supervisory Board

15 March 2017

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

14 March 2017

Albanian Journalist Elvi Fundo Attacked in Tirana

14 March 2017

Journalists Arrested in Major Clampdown following Failed Coup in Turkey

28 February 2017

New Albanian Anti-Corruption Law Threatens Media Freedom

22 February 2017

Crimea’s Prosecution Opens Criminal Probe against Journalist Mykola Semena

17 February 2017

The National Radio and TV Council of Ukraine Bans Broadcast of Russian TV Channel Dozhd

17 February 2017

Journalists Beaten by Security Guards and Local Police in Kharkiv

17 February 2017

Ukrainian Local Newspaper Raided, Office Sealed by the Representatives of the Local Authorities in Kivertsy

17 February 2017

Personal Details of Thousands of Journalists Posted on Ukrainian Website over Accreditation with Rebels

16 February 2017

Malta Economy Minister Issues four Libel Suits and Warrants Against Blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia

16 February 2017

Malta Economy Minister Issues four Libel Suits and Warrants Against Blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia

16 February 2017

Continuing Impunity in the Killing of the Ukrainian Investigative Journalist Georgiy Gongadze

16 February 2017

Harassment of Journalists Natalya Kokorina and Anna Andrievska in Crimea, Ukraine by Russian Officials

16 February 2017

Pro-Russia Journalist, Oles Buzyna, Gunned Down in Kyiv, Ukraine

15 February 2017

Turkish Emergency Decree Shuts Down 9 Media Outlets

15 February 2017

Turkish Government Shuts Down 15 Pro-Kurdish Media Outlets

15 February 2017

Turkey: Arrest of At Least 12 Employees of Cumhuriyet Newspaper

15 February 2017

At least Twenty TV and Radio Channels Removed from Türksat, the National Satellite Operator

15 February 2017

Turkey: Two Journalists Detained under State of Emergency Provisions

15 February 2017

Police Raided Azadiya Welat Newspaper, at least 23 Staff Members Detained

15 February 2017

Özgür Gündem Daily Shut Down and Journalists’ Homes Raided in Turkey

15 February 2017

Journalists Arrested in Major Clampdown following Failed Coup in Turkey

15 February 2017

Forced Closure of Crimean Tatar-Language Media Outlets

15 February 2017

Journalist Viacheslav Veremii Killed in Kyiv

15 February 2017

Senior Journalist Oleksandr Kuchynsk Killed in Donetsk, Ukraine

14 February 2017

Arson Attack on Ukrainian Broadcaster Inter TV

14 February 2017

Journalist Pavel Sheremet Killed in Car Explosion

14 February 2017

Ukrainian Journalist Maria Varfolomeyeva Held for over a Year in Eastern Ukraine

14 February 2017

Ukrainian journalist Ruslan Kotsaba Held for Nearly a Year over Allegations of ‘Treason and Obstructing the Military’

13 January 2017

The National Radio and TV Council of Ukraine Bans Broadcast of Russian TV Channel Dozhd

13 January 2017

Poland - Journalists' Access to Parliament Restricted

9 January 2017

Freelance Journalist and Fixer Jovo Martinovic Tried for “Being a Member of a Criminal Organization”

20 December 2016

Spanish Journalist based in the Netherlands Victim of Online Death Threats

9 December 2016

Cyprus: Police Reporter's Car Set on Fire

9 December 2016

Slovakia’s Prime Minister uses Offensive Language towards Journalists at a Press Conference

9 December 2016

Russian Journalist Expelled from Latvia

9 December 2016

Armenian Journalists Injured in Police Violence against Media Journalists covering Street Demonstrations

7 December 2016

Freelance Journalist and Fixer Jovo Martinovic Tried for “Being a Member of a Criminal Organization”

2 December 2016

Car of Croatian Journalists' Association President Appears to Have Been Deliberately Sabotaged

21 November 2016

Serbian Journalist Stevan Dojčinović Target of a Smear Campaign

21 November 2016

Investigative Journalists Receive Several Death Threats, Broadcaster Claims

15 November 2016

Continuing Impunity in the Killing of the Ukrainian Investigative Journalist Georgiy Gongadze

7 October 2016

Masterminds still not Brought to Justice, Ten Years after the Murder of Novaya Gazeta Journalist Anna Politkovskaya

22 September 2016

Sport Journalist Kyriakos Thomaidis Faces Arrest after Police Raid on Skai TV's Building

16 September 2016

Swiss Intelligence Act threatens Secrecy of Journalistic Sources

7 September 2016

Arson Attack on Ukrainian Broadcaster Inter TV

17 August 2016

Journalist Lukasz Masiak Beaten to Death

10 August 2016

New Proposed Law Set to Increase the Power to Surveil Foreign Journalists

5 August 2016

New Anti-terrorism Law Allows Blocking of Online Media

5 August 2016

Threats to the Independence of the Romanian Public Broadcaster (TVR)

27 July 2016

French Journalist at the Origin of LuxLeaks Revelations Charged in Luxembourg

21 July 2016

Journalist Pavel Sheremet Killed in Car Explosion

13 July 2016

Journalist Sergei Ilchenko Jailed on Extremism Charges in Moldova’s Transdniester Region

29 June 2016

Former Prime Minister Publicly Insults Two Journalists

28 June 2016

Polish Journalists Targeted in Police Wiretapping, Audit Reveals

21 June 2016

Draft Bill to Tighten Criminal Penalties for Defamation

21 June 2016

Italian Journalist Lirio Abbate Faces Hate Speech in Courtroom

21 June 2016

Headquarters of TV station Piazza Pulita Raided by Police

21 June 2016

Draft Italian Law Imposes Sanctions on Journalists who Published Wiretapping Materials

21 June 2016

Italian Journalists and Media Staff Face Death Threats Following Mafia Boss’ Funeral

20 June 2016

Criminal Investigation Opened Against Journalists for Solidarity Campaign

20 June 2016

Criminal Investigation Opened Against Journalists for Solidarity Campaign

15 June 2016

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

10 June 2016

Poland Legalises Mass Surveillance of its Citizens

9 June 2016

'Golden Dawn' Members Violently Attacked Petros Anastassiades

9 June 2016

Police Denies TV Crew Access to Refugee Camp

7 June 2016

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

26 May 2016

Trumped-up Charges to Silence an Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

25 May 2016

Trumped-up Charges to Silence an Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

18 May 2016

Sports Journalist Assaulted by President of Football Club

17 May 2016

UK Draft Bill on Surveillance Threatens Protection of Journalists' Sources

13 May 2016

Personal Details of Thousands of Journalists Posted on Ukrainian Website over Accreditation with Rebels

13 May 2016

Attacks on the Independence of Croatian Public Broadcaster and Broadcast Regulator

13 May 2016

Threats to the Independence of the Romanian Public Broadcaster (TVR)

13 May 2016

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

12 May 2016

Personal Details of Thousands of Journalists Posted on Ukrainian Website over Accreditation with Rebels

12 May 2016

Murder of Azerbaijani Journalist Rasim Aliyev

11 May 2016

Chief Editor Anne Brumagne Dismissed for Criticizing a Restructuring Plan that Puts Business above Journalism

2 May 2016

Two-year Prison Sentences for Cumhuriyet Journalists Ceyda Karan and Hikmet Çetinkaya

2 May 2016

Greek Journalist Brutally Attacked during Public Rally

2 May 2016

Journalists Detained and Barred from Entering Idomeni to Report on Treatment of Refugees

2 May 2016

Police Assault Against a Photographer in Greece

29 April 2016

Journalists Working for RTL Info and France 3 Attacked in Molenbeek

29 April 2016

Palestinian Journalist Salama Attaallah Assaulted While Covering Muslim Fair in Brussels

29 April 2016

Journalists Arrested and Forced to Delete Material During Anti-TTIP Event

29 April 2016

Chief Editor Anne Brumagne Dismissed for Criticizing a Restructuring Plan that Puts Business above Journalism

18 April 2016

Attacks on the Independence of Croatian Public Broadcaster and Broadcast Regulator

4 April 2016

Several Vehicles Belonging to POP TV Vandalised in Ljubljana

18 March 2016

Journalists Levan Sutidze, Irakli Kiknavelidze and Nino Macharashvili Attacked in Tbilisi

15 March 2016

TV Journalist Eni Shehu Attacked by the Director of the National Theatre

10 March 2016

Attacks on the Independence of Croatian Public Broadcaster and Broadcast Regulator

10 March 2016

Journalists and Human Rights Activists Attacked in Ingushetia

4 March 2016

Gojko Raičević Regularly Targeted by Authorities in Montenegro

3 March 2016

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

26 February 2016

Poland Legalises Mass Surveillance of its Citizens

26 February 2016

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

25 February 2016

Belgian Journalist Assaulted Live on Air at the Cologne Carnival

11 February 2016

Molotov Cocktails and Gun Attacks on Yeni Şafak and Yeni Akit Newspapers

25 January 2016

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

14 January 2016

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

12 January 2016

Cumhuriyet Journalist Canan Coşkun Faces 23 Years in Prison for Alleged Insult

11 January 2016

Journalist Beyza Kural Briefly Detained and Threatened with Violence by Police While Covering Protest

11 January 2016

'Today's Zaman' Journalist Bülent Keneş Arrested

8 January 2016

ABC News Cameraman Attacked and Detained for Three Hours by Police

5 January 2016

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

15 December 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

15 December 2015

UK Draft Bill on Surveillance Threatens Protection of Journalists' Sources

7 December 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

3 December 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

1 December 2015

Kurdish Daily Attacked, Doors Broken and 32 Journalists Interrogated

30 November 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

30 November 2015

Two Turkish Journalists, Cevheri Güven and Murat Çapan, Charged with "Inciting Armed Rebellion"

27 November 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

27 November 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

27 November 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

25 November 2015

Turkey: Seizure of Media Holding, with Police Raids and Temporary Closure of Two Major Television Channels, Days Prior to Elections

24 November 2015

Serbian Journalist Predrag Blagojević Assaulted by Police at a Music Festival over Identification

17 November 2015

Detention of the Vice News Fixer Mohammed Ismael Rasool

17 November 2015

Hürriyet Journalist Ahmet Hakan Threatened and Attacked

16 November 2015

Police Used Teargas Against a Group of About 30 Journalists

12 November 2015

Three Media Staff Assaulted at Pegida Rally

12 November 2015

Journalist Attacked in Paris by Members or Supporters of the Jewish Defense League

12 November 2015

Serbian Investigative Journalist Ivan Ninić Suffers Brutal Attack

10 November 2015

UK Draft Bill on Surveillance Threatens Protection of Journalists' Sources

30 October 2015

Turkey: Seizure of Media Holding, with Police Raids and Temporary Closure of Two Major Television Channels, Days Prior to Elections

30 October 2015

Turkey: Seizure of Media Holding, with Police Raids and Temporary Closure of Two Major Television Channels, Days Prior to Elections

30 October 2015

Turkey: Seizure of Media Holding, with Police Raids and Temporary Closure of Two Major Television Channels, Days Prior to Elections

23 October 2015

Spanish Public Security Law Threatens Freedom of Press

22 October 2015

Journalist Seyithan Akyüz Sentenced to more than 22 Years

22 October 2015

Art and Literature Journalist Erdal Süsem Serving Life Sentence in Turkey

22 October 2015

Left-Wing Female Journalist Hatice Duman Serving Life-Time Imprisonment in Turkey

22 October 2015

Journalist Kenan Karavil Sentenced to more than 19 Years

22 October 2015

Alawite Journalist Miktat Algül Sentenced to 61 Years in Turkey

22 October 2015

Journalist Mustafa Gök Serving Life Sentence in Turkey

22 October 2015

Journalist Erol Zavar, Suffering from a Cancer, is Serving Life Sentence in Turkey

22 October 2015

Turkish Cartoonists Bahadır Baruter and Özer Aydoğan Found Guilty of Insulting President Erdoğan

22 October 2015

Police Violence Against a Journalist Covering Protests in Turkey

22 October 2015

Newspaper Editor Prosecuted for Insulting the President over Reports about a Judicial Corruption Probe

22 October 2015

Dutch Journalist Charged with ‘Terrorism’ in Turkey

14 October 2015

'Today's Zaman' Journalist Bülent Keneş Arrested

1 October 2015

Hürriyet Journalist Ahmet Hakan Threatened and Attacked

1 October 2015

Hürriyet Journalist Ahmet Hakan Threatened and Attacked

24 September 2015

Georgian TV Channel Rustavi 2 Faces Crippling Court Measures in Civil Case

17 September 2015

Ukraine Bans 38 European Journalists and Bloggers over “National Interest, Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity"

17 September 2015

Ukraine Bans 38 European Journalists and Bloggers over “National Interest, Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity"

15 September 2015

Turkish Special Operations Team Attacks Journalists Covering the Transfer of Injured Police Officer to a Hospital

9 September 2015

Serbian Investigative Journalist Ivan Ninić Suffers Brutal Attack

8 September 2015

Journalist Fired over Tweets Critical of Erdoğan

1 September 2015

Trumped-up Charges to Silence an Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

1 September 2015

Trumped-up Charges to Silence an Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

1 September 2015

Trumped-up Charges to Silence an Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

28 August 2015

Murder of Azerbaijani Journalist Rasim Aliyev

28 August 2015

Attacks and Intimidation on Journalists Covering Workers’ Strikes in Turkey

28 August 2015

Meydan TV Director Emin Milli Threatened for Critical Reporting on European Games

27 August 2015

DIHA Journalist Cüneyt Yavuz Injured in Tear Gas Canister Attack During Clashes Between Police and Protesters

27 August 2015

Turkey’s Chief Prosecutor Seeks 7.5 Year Jail Term Against 18 Journalists over Siege Picture

27 August 2015

LGBT Journalist Beaten by Police Officers

25 August 2015

Serbian Journalist Predrag Blagojević Assaulted by Police at a Music Festival over Identification

21 August 2015

Trumped-up Charges to Silence an Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

11 August 2015

Journalists Beaten and Arrested while Covering Protest Demonstration

10 August 2015

Murder of Azerbaijani Journalist Rasim Aliyev

3 August 2015

Journalist Sergei Ilchenko Jailed on Extremism Charges in Moldova’s Transdniester Region

9 July 2015

Journalist Lukasz Masiak Beaten to Death

30 June 2015

Electoral Coverage under Political Control in Spain

24 June 2015

French Journalist at the Origin of LuxLeaks Revelations Charged in Luxembourg

1 June 2015

Journalist Seymour Hazi Sentenced on Hooliganism Charges

1 June 2015

Trumped-up Charges to Silence an Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

1 June 2015

Journalist Nijat Aliyev Sentenced to 10 Years in Jail in Baku

1 June 2015

Senior Journalist Araz Guliyev Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison in Azerbaijan

1 June 2015

Trumped-up Charges and Trial Without Due Process to Silence an Azerbaijani Journalist

1 June 2015

Independent Senior Journalist Parviz Hashimli Jailed in Azerbaijan

1 June 2015

Media Freedom Activist Emin Huseynov Charged with Tax Evasion and Abuse of Power

21 May 2015

Slovenian Investigative Journalist Anuška Delić Charged over “Intelligence Material”

20 May 2015

France Legalises Mass Surveillance of its Citizens

15 May 2015

Two Danish Journalists Prosecuted for Exposing a Public Health Hazard

15 May 2015

Spanish Public Security Law Threatens Freedom of Press

12 May 2015

Administrative Blocking of Websites "Inciting Terrorism"

12 May 2015

France Legalises Mass Surveillance of its Citizens

6 May 2015

France Legalises Mass Surveillance of its Citizens

28 April 2015

French Journalist at the Origin of LuxLeaks Revelations Charged in Luxembourg

22 April 2015

Macedonian Journalist Faces Death Threat

13 April 2015

Slovenian Investigative Journalist Anuška Delić Charged over “Intelligence Material”

13 April 2015

France Legalises Mass Surveillance of its Citizens

2 April 2015

Forced Closure of Crimean Tatar-Language Media Outlets

2 April 2015

Forced Closure of Crimean Tatar-Language Media Outlets

22 January 2015

Investigative Journalist Sergei Reznik Handed a 3-Year Jail Term for ‘Insults’ Charges in Russia

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