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Alert created on: 04 Oct 2015 Turkey

Hürriyet Journalist Ahmet Hakan Threatened and Attacked

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Ahmet Hakan, a prominent columnist for the daily newspaper Hürriyet and a TV host on CNN-Türk, has been physically attacked on 01/10/2015 by four assailants outside his home in the Nişantaşı district of Istanbul. The journalist, who has previously faced death threats, was admitted to hospital after sustaining injuries to his ribs and nose. A video footage on Hürriyet 's website shows the perpetrators began following his car immediately after he left his office. The newspaper's headquarters were attacked twice last month by pro-government demonstrators
Resolved
13 Sep 2016: Seven suspects were identified and an investigation was launched against them. The attack was publicly and swiftly condemned by the then Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the platform declared this case to be "resolved", concluding that it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
State replies
17 Nov 2015
Response of the Turkish Government (information provided by the Ministry of Justice)
Follow-ups
01 Oct 2015
OSCE Media Freedom Representative condemns attack on journalist Ahmet Hakan, and calls for improved safety of journalists in Turkey
01 Oct 2015
PACE President expresses concern at attack on Hürriyet columnist
01 Oct 2015
Secretary General Jagland condemns attack on Hürriyet journalist Ahmet Hakan
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Alert created on: 12 Nov 2015 Turkey

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

Source of threatState
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ Index
Partner EFJ/IFJ Index
Beyza Kural, female reporter for Bianet, was covering a public protest on 6 November 2015 in Beyazit (Istanbul) when police handcuffed her from behind and briefly detained her. Kural was set free thanks to the intervention of other journalists and protesters who were around. According to Bianet, police officers tried to seize the card of her camera and shouted, referring to the result of the elections, that "From now on nothing will be like before, we will teach it to you".
Resolved
13 Sep 2016: Journalist promptly released after presenting her card. On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
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13 Sep 2016 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 09 Jun 2015 Turkey

LGBT Journalist Beaten by Police Officers

Source of threatState
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
LGBT journalist Michelle Demishevich (T24) has been beaten on 1 June 2015 by plain clothes police officers in front of the Belgian Consulate in Istanbul. Demishevich was attempting to attend a press statement given by Sümeyye Erdoğan, the daughter of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The journalist has filed a complaint with the police, according to an article posted by her employer T24. The following days, the EFJ has received a second complaint from Demishevich who was harassed and targeted by an Islamist online magazine because of her origin and sexual orientation.
Resolved
13 Sep 2016: In the immediate wake of the incident, an investigation was opened against the police officers involved. On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be ”resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
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Alert created on: 23 Jun 2015 Poland

Journalist Lukasz Masiak Beaten to Death

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Polish journalist Lukasz Masiak (31), editor of a local online news portal NaszaMlawa.pl, was beaten to death in the night of 13 to 14 June 2015 in the city center of Mlawa, a town located in north-central Poland. Masiak, who reported mainly on the local administration in Mlawa, had received death threats because of his journalistic work and an obituary message was sent to his home. Following the first attack a year ago, Masiak told the media, “It was certainly not an attack by the robbers. The person attacking me was clearly waiting for me. I’m sure it was about the reports we published on our news portal.” Masiak reported every attack and threat he received to the police but the police investigations have produced no results, so far.
Resolved
13 Sep 2016: In June 2016, a court ordered the referral of Bartosz N, the alleged murderer of the journalist Lukasz Masiak to a psychiatric hospital to undergo an evaluation of the state of his mental health. He remains in detention on remand. On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
Updates
08 Feb 2016
The investigation into the murder of Lukasz Masiak has been reopened. A man suspected of murdering the journalist handed himself in at the Prosecutor’s Office. He has been detained in police custody. Following interrogation, he was charged with murder. Bartosz N. had been evading justice since June 2015.
State replies
17 Aug 2016
Updated information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland
09 Jul 2015
Response of the Government of Poland
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Alert created on: 09 Feb 2016 Germany

Belgian Journalist Assaulted Live on Air at the Cologne Carnival

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
RTBF journalist Esmeralda Labye was reporting from the Cologne carnival, on 4 February 2016, when a man, described by the journalist as a “young man speaking German”, sexually assaulted and groped her while the reporter was live on air. The incident took place in the Alter Markt district of Cologne (Germany). Video footage has emerged showing the moment of the attack. German police is looking for two men, wanted in connection with the attack and for making rude gestures to the camera while Ms Labye was reporting.
The representative organisations of journalists remind employers that it is their responsibility to ensure the safety of journalists when they live cover a public event. RTBF and the journalist received the excuses of the Cologne municipality, which promised to provide additional police protection for such events. Later on a teenager handed himself to the police, which released a statement that the 17-year-old admitted it was him on the images taken of the incident.
Resolved
13 Sep 2016: The German authorities launched a swift investigation into the incident. A teenager turned himself in to the authorities, admitting it was him in the images taken. On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
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Alert created on: 24 Mar 2016 Slovenia

Former Prime Minister Publicly Insults Two Journalists

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ Index RSF
Partner EFJ/IFJ Index RSF
On 21 March 2016, the former Prime Minister of Slovenia and current leader of the main opposition party (SDS), Janez Jansa, insulted on his personal Twitter account a journalist and an editor from TV Slovenija (TVS), the Slovenian public broadcaster. They had broadcasted a story on the increase of hate speech against refugees and migrants in the country, including within SDS. On 21 March, at 7:43 pm, Janez Jansa posted a tweet naming the two journalists and comparing them to “disused prostitutes for 30 and 35 euros”. The Slovene Association of Journalists (DNS) and TVS journalists strongly condemned this public attack.
Resolved
13 Sep 2016: On 1st April 2016, an urgent session was held by the Committee on Culture of the Slovenian National Assembly. It condemned verbal attacks as a form of political pressure on journalists and the media and proposed to the President of the National Assembly to adopt a Code of Ethics for the Members of the Parliament "with a view to rejecting verbal abuse and other forms of offensive behaviour". On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
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Alert created on: 31 Dec 2015 Poland

Polish Journalists Targeted in Police Wiretapping, Audit Reveals

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
An internal investigation conducted by the Polish Bureau of Internal Affairs (BSW) has revealed police files containing recordings of conversations of around 80 individuals in the country, including several journalists. The recordings were made between mid-2014 and 2015 by units of the Polish police force. The revelation about the files followed an investigation ordered by the new head of the department of the Bureau of Internal Affairs (BSW), Zbigniew Maj, into the illegal recording of conversations between senior politicians. The investigation uncovered recordings of conversations about sensitive and controversial issues. The eavesdropping also targeted lawyers and journalists reporting on these matters, as well as their family members.
The investigation uncovered that two separate police units were engaged in the wiretapping that involved approximately 29 officers, seven of which are facing disciplinary measures.
Resolved
13 Sep 2016: According to the central district attorney in Warsaw, the surveillance of journalists in connection to the "tape scandal" did not take place and the preliminary investigation concluded with a refusal to open criminal proceedings, for lack of elements establishing an illicit act. On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
Updates
18 Feb 2016
Reports from the central district attorney in Warsaw claim that the surveillance over journalists and their relatives from the "tape scandal" had apparently not taken place, counter to the internal police audit indications published earlier this year. In an official statement, Przemysław Nowak, the spokesperson for the district attorney, says: “The document submitted by the KGP [Police headquarters] does not hold up the suspicion of any offence whatsoever, including…the overstepping of permissions by functionaries of the police of the bureau of internal affairs...It does not give grounds for renewed investigations”. The head of the Polish police, Zbigniew Maj, had originally submitted the results of the audit to the Warsaw district attorney, who would decide whether to take up disciplinary procedures. Maj, who was appointed when the PiS party took power, has now stepped down from his post. Ryszard Walczuk, the former director of the BSW police, criticised the appointment of Maj due to previous allegations against him. In an interview with TVN news, Walczuk reported that his department had notified the ministry of internal affairs of an investigation into Maj from June 2015. The investigation, based on anonymous accusations, detail his alleged professional misconduct dating back years prior.
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Alert created on: 02 Apr 2015 France

12 Dead in Attack on Charlie Hebdo Magazine in France

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner AEJ Article 19 EFJ/IFJ RSF
Partner AEJ Article 19 EFJ/IFJ RSF
On Wednesday, 7 January 2015, two gunmen attacked the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France, killing 12 people in total, including 8 journalists and two police officers. The terrorism attack was religiously motivated: Witnesses said they had heard the gunmen shouting "We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad" and "God is Great" in Arabic while calling out the names of the journalists. The offices of Charlie Hebdo had been targeted several times previously, including in a firebomb attack in 2011. The magazine published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in 2012.
• Charlie Hebdo editor and cartoonist Stephane "Charb" Charbonnier, 47, who had been living under police protection since receiving death threats
• Cartoonists Jean "Cabu" Cabut, 76, Bernard "Tignous" Verlhac, 57, Georges Wolinski, 80, and Philippe Honore, 73
• Elsa Cayat, 54, psychoanalyst and columnist, the only woman killed
• Economist and regular magazine columnist Bernard Maris, 68, known to readers as Uncle Bernard
• Michel Renaud, who was visiting from the city of Clermont-Ferrand
• Mustapha Ourrad, proof-reader
• Police officer Ahmed Merabet, 42, who was shot dead in a nearby street after the attack
• Frederic Boisseau, 42, caretaker, who was in the reception area at the time of the attack (his photo has not been released)
• Franck Brinsolaro, 49, a police officer who acted as Charb's bodyguard (his photo has not been released)
The police ultimately killed the two brothers, Cherif and Said Kouachi, who carried out the Charlie Hebdo shootings, in a siege on January 9th. The same day, a collaborator of the Kouachi brothers, Amedy Coulibaly was killed by police after taking hostages in a Kosher Supermarket. Another alleged conspirator, Hayat Boumeddiene, is still wanted by police - although she is believed to have travelled to Syria from Turkey.
Resolved
13 Sep 2016: In the wake of the shooting, the French authorities identified the individuals who prepared and carried out the attack. Three of them were killed by the police trying to apprehend them. The last alleged conspirator, Hayat Boumeddiene, is still wanted, allegedly hiding in Syria. On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be ”resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
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Alert created on: 27 May 2016 Italy

Draft Bill to Tighten Criminal Penalties for Defamation

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ AEJ Index IPI
Partner EFJ/IFJ AEJ Index IPI
A committee of the Italian Senate voted unanimously on 3 May 2016, a draft amendment to the Penal Code which will increase the criminal penalties for those accused of defamation against members of the political class, the judiciary or public administration. The draft law will soon be submitted to the Senate for adoption. Specifically, the text envisages raising the maximum sentence from 6 to 9 years in prison, if the defamation concerns a politician, a judge or a public servant. The bill was denounced by the Italian Order of Journalists, the Italian Federation of Journalists Organisations and the NGO Ossigeno per l'Informazione, which recall that another draft bill, introduced in 2012 proposed outright decriminalisation of defamation. In 2013, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, addressed a letter to the then Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino, to remind her of the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, which considers that prison sentences for defamation are a disproportionate sanction and a threat to democracy.

The organisations submitting this alert hold firmly to the principle, which has been established in rulings by the European Court of Human Rights, that those who hold high public office should not enjoy additional protections in law but instead should be prepared to accept a higher level of criticism than others.
Resolved
13 Sep 2016: On 8 June 2016, the plenary of the Senate has decided to remove from the Bill the provision which would have increased prison terms from six to nine years in case of defamation of elected officials and judges - given the risk of chilling effect on media freedom. On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
State replies
21 Jun 2016
Reply from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Follow-ups
27 May 2016
Defamation penalty in Italy needs to be considered for its effect on free expression, OSCE media representative says
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27 May 2016
Venice Commission Opinion on the Legislation on Defamation of Italy (December 2013)
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13 Sep 2016 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 02 Apr 2015 Republic of Moldova

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

Source of threatState
CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
Partner Article 19
Partner Article 19
On Saturday, 18 March 2015, a regional court in Transdniester ordered Sergei Ilchenko, a freelance contributor to local and regional media, to be imprisoned for two months pending an investigation into alleged extremism activities. He has been charged with extremism and, if convicted, faces a prison term of up to five years, reports said. Ilchenko has often criticized Transdniester authorities and the regional security service known as the KGB in his commentary for the independent regional news websites Dniestr and Ava. The journalist was detained on March 18 when KGB agents came to his home and confiscated his computer and reporting equipment, according to regional and international press reports. The agents also accused Ilchenko of making public calls to extremism in connection with an article that was published on a local online forum that called on residents to pick up arms and start a revolution against the pro-Russia Transdniester authorities, reports said. The article was later deleted from the forum but was available until recently on Google cache. Ilchenko denies writing the article. Nikolai Ilchenko, the journalist's son, released a statement in which he denied his father's involvement with the article and said the journalist's Skype account had been hacked before his arrest. Nikolai said the KGB also came to his own apartment on March 18 and confiscated computers and cameras. According to his statement, the KGB said the article posted on the online forum was published from Nikolai's IP address. Nikolai denied any involvement with the article.
Resolved
13 Sep 2016: On 13 September 2016, following the release of Sergei Ilchenko and the measures taken by the authorities of the Republic of Moldova, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding that it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
Updates
28 Jul 2015
Sergei Ilchenko was released from prison on 18 July 2015, although the circumstances of his release remain unclear. Some media outlets have reported that he received an amnesty, while others reported that he was released further to a full confession. Ilchenko is believed to have been suffering from ill health at the time of his release.
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13 Jul 2016
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Alert created on: 14 Sep 2015 Turkey

Dutch Journalist Frederike Geerdink Deported by Turkey

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
The Turkish authorities deported Frederike Geerdink, the Dutch correspondent based in Diyarbakır (Turkey), to Amsterdam on 10 September 2015 after her two day detention for reporting on a Kurdish group’s protest over violent incidents between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants and the Turkish military. The Turkish authorities are accusing the Dutch reporter of “hindering a military operation and supporting a terrorist organisation”. Frederike Geerdink has been living in Turkey since 2006, based in Diyarbakır since 2012 where she reported on Turkish and Kurdish matters for Dutch and international media. She also wrote for the website Diken.com.tr, critical of the Turkish government.
Resolved
13 Sep 2016: Ms Geerdink's lawyers appealed the deportation. Frederike Geerdink was deported from Turkey several months after her trial on terrorism charges. A separate case related to her terrorism charges is on the Platform. On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the Platform declared the deportation case to be "resolved”, keeping active the alert related to the charges for terrorism.   Platform alert on Frederike Geerdink`s terrorism charges
State replies
22 Oct 2015
Response of the Turkish Government (information provided by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Turkey)
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Alert created on: 02 Apr 2015 Azerbaijan

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

Source of threatState
CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ RSF
Partner EFJ/IFJ RSF
On 25 June 2014, Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court confirmed well-known journalist and human rights defender Hilal Mammadov’s five-year jail sentence on trumped-up charges of drug trafficking, inciting hate, and high treason. Detained since 21 June 2012, Mammadov defends the rights of Azerbaijan’s Talysh minority. His September 2013 conviction was upheld in appeal on 25 December 2013. The trial was marked by procedural irregularities and the lack of respect for defence rights. The editor of the Talysh-language newspaper Tolishi Sado, Mammadov has respiratory and immunological problems.The journalist has taken his case against Azerbaijan to the European Court of Human Rights. The Commissioner of the Council of Europe for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks commented on the case, saying that Hilal Mammadov’s case “symbolises the persecutions against journalists, bloggers and human rights activists. Azerbaijan persecutes them with allegations that are unjustified.”
Resolved
13 Sep 2016: On 17 March 2016, Hilal Mammadov was released following presidential pardon. On 13 Septembre 2016, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be ”resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.   Presidential pardon
Updates
17 Mar 2016
Journalist Hilal Mammadov was released along with 147 other prisoners, on 17 March 2016, following presidential pardon.
Additional Information
State replies
01 Jun 2015
Reply by the Government of Azerbaijan
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13 Sep 2016 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 01 Apr 2015 Azerbaijan

Independent Senior Journalist Parviz Hashimli Jailed in Azerbaijan

Source of threatState
CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Parviz Hashimli is the editor of the indepedent news website Moderator and a reporter for the independent newspaper Bizim Yol. On 17 September 2013, agents of the National Security Agency (MNB) arrested Hashimli, allegedly after having found a pistol and several hand grenades in his home. The Baku-based press freedom group Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety is convinced that the charges against Hashimli were fabricated. On 15 May 2014, the Baku Court of Grave Crimes sentenced the journalist to eight years in prison.
Resolved
13 Sep 2016: On 17 March 2016, Parviz Hashimli was released following presidential pardon. On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.   Presidential pardon
Updates
17 Mar 2016
Journalist Parviz Hashimli was released along with 147 other prisoners, on 17 March 2016, following presidential pardon.
State replies
01 Jun 2015
Reply by the Government of Azerbaijan
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Alert created on: 13 Nov 2015 Albania

ABC News Cameraman Attacked and Detained for Three Hours by Police

Source of threatState
CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 10 November 2015, a police officer detained an ABC cameraman in Tirana without any explanation. The police officer was reportedly involved in a confrontation with an ABC News (Albania broadcasting company) television crew. The incident occurred when the ABC TV Crew was working on a story not related to the police, in a nearby location.
ABC News has asked for the immediate release of the cameraman and an immediate investigation into the incident, offering to provide all the evidence in its possession. In a joint declaration, the Association of Professional Journalists of Albania, the League of the Journalists of Albania and the Association of the Electronic Media in Albania have condemned the act of violence against ABC News crew and asked for the immediate release of the cameraman.
Following the statements, the cameraman was released three hours after his detention and the head of the police station, Fatmir Lleshi, was suspended from duty. The police launched a legal investigation of the incident.
Resolved
: Facts were investigated by the Albanian authorities and "no cases of physical and psychological violence were reported" according to the reply from the Albanian authorities. On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
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Alert created on: 12 Nov 2015 Belgium

Palestinian Journalist Salama Attaallah Assaulted While Covering Muslim Fair in Brussels

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 7 November 2015, Palestinian journalist Salama Attaallah was attacked while covering the Muslim fair activities in Brussels (La foire musulmane de Bruxelles) for TV channel Al Ghad. He was duly accredited, issued with a special "Press Service" pass and allowed to film by the press service of the event and equipped with. While he was filming, the journalist was told by an individual to stop filming women participating in the fair. Attaallah replied that he was not there to film women but to report about the Muslim fair. He was threatened and received a knuckle-fist on his face. His attacker was wearing a pass and claimed to be a representative of the foundation Al Aqsaa. The attack was filmed. Later, Salama Attaallah asked to meet with an official of the event about the incident but the person who turned up dismissed Attaallah’s complaint. The journalist subsequently filed a complaint to the police in Brussels and reported the incident to the European Federation of Journalists.
Resolved
: The journalist Salama Attaallah filed a complaint to the police. On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be ”resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
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Alert created on: 18 Jan 2016 Belgium

Journalists Working for RTL Info and France 3 Attacked in Molenbeek

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ RSF
Partner EFJ/IFJ RSF
TV journalists working for RTL Info and France 3 were physically attacked on 15 January 2016 in Molenbeek (Belgium) by family members of one of the perpetrators of the Paris November 2015 terror attacks where more than 100 people were killed. The two television crews were willing to interview any person who could comment on the profile of Chakib Akrouh who, according to media reports, was identified by his DNA as the terrorist who blew himself up in Saint-Denis (Paris) during the police raid which led to the capture of several suspects. The attacked journalists tried to calm the situation down and repeatedly said that they had asked for the violence against them as well as the cameraman to stop. The Belgian Association of Professional Journalists (AJP, EFJ-IFJ affiliate) quickly condemned these attacks and announced that it will initiate judicial proceedings against the perpetrators. The AJP recalled that “there is no lawless zone where journalists cannot access information. In terrorism related cases, as in all others, journalists should not be considered as ’enemies’". They are trying, often working under difficult conditions, to understand and to explain the facts in order to inform the public about matters of general interests”. Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, also condemned the attack.
Resolved
: The Belgian Prime Minister publicly and firmly condemned the attack. The assaulted journalists filed complaints against their assailants. On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
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Alert created on: 07 Sep 2016 Belgium

Zaman Newspaper Forced to Close Belgian Editions

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ RSF
No state reply yet
Partner EFJ/IFJ RSF
Zaman, the Turkish language newspaper published in Brussels is to close all its Belgian editions, according to the Editor-in-Chief of Zaman Belgium. Zaman journalists have received death threats and subscribers are also cancelling subscriptions following intimidating threats allegedly received from members of the Turkish community in Belgium since the failed coup attempt on 15 July in Turkey. The Zaman Group is viewed as a pro-Gülen movement media, and this religious movement is accused by the Turkish authorities of being the main actor behind the attempted coup. The Belgian authorities did not act to ensure the safety of journalists working in Belgium or protect the publication from verbal threats targeting advertisers and subscribers, resulting in its closure. Following the closure, 12 journalists will have lost their jobs at Zaman's Belgium edition.
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07 Sep 2016 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 07 Sep 2016 France

Zaman Newspaper Forced to Close French Editions

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CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ RSF
No state reply yet
Partner EFJ/IFJ RSF
Zaman, the Turkish language newspaper published in France is to close its French editions. According to the editors of Zaman France, the newspaper was put under a lot of “pressure and had received threats and cancelled subscriptions. Since 15 July, we have received hundreds of threats per day". The Zaman Group is viewed as a pro-Gülen movement media, accused by the Turkish authorities of being the main actor behind the attempted 15 July coup. The French authorities did not act to ensure the safety of Zaman journalists working in France or protect the publication from verbal threats targeting advertisers and subscribers, resulting in its closure.
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08 Aug 2016 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 18 Jul 2016 Turkey

News Portals Shutdown by the State Regulator

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ Article 19 AEJ Index
No state reply yet
Partner EFJ/IFJ Article 19 AEJ Index
In the last 72 hours, following the attempted coup in Turkey, on 15 July 2016, the Information Technologies and Communications Authority (BTK, the State regulator) has shut down 20 independent online news portals, including Haberdar, Meydan, Medyascope, Gazeteport, Rotahaber, ABC, Karşı, etc. Visitors to these online news sites are faced with the following message: "After technical analysis and legal consideration based on the law Nr. 5651, administration measure has been taken for this website according to decision Nr. Xxxx dated 17/07/2016 of the Presidency of Telecommunication and Communication.” The shutdown has been strongly criticized by the Turkish Union of Journalists (TGS).
Updates
08 Aug 2016
• 04/08: Access to Özgür Gün TV’s is blocked for a second time by the Telecommunications Directorate (TİB) • 04/08: The TİB also blocked access to Özgür Gündem’s website for the third time since 26 July • 07/08: The Jin News Agency (JINHA) is closed for the eighth time
27 Jul 2016
The websites of Dicle News Agency (DİHA) and Özgür Gündem were blocked by order of the Information and Communication Technologies authority (TİB) due to "administrative injunction" on 27 July 2016. Such a blocking is not the first of its kind since DiHA has been blocked 43 times this year and Özgür Gündem twice.
Follow-ups
01 Oct 2017
The CoE Commissioner for Human Rights recalls that any restrictions on access to Internet content should be based on a clear and predictable framework affording guarantee of judicial oversight to prevent possible abuses.
20 Jul 2016
Regretting “ that journalists were once more victims of violence, at the hands of coup plotters, as well as of citizens resisting them, and that access to several news media on the internet were blocked once more”, the Commissioner for Human Rights said that he “will be closely monitoring the situation in the coming days”.
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28 Jul 2016 Lvl. 2
No state reply yet
Alert created on: 28 Jul 2016 Turkey

Turkish Emergency Decree Shuts down 131 Media Outlets

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ Article 19 AEJ Index IPI
No state reply yet
Partner EFJ/IFJ Article 19 AEJ Index IPI
On 27 July 2016, the Turkish Government issued a new decree "regarding measures to be taken within the scope of the state of emergency and regulation of certain institutes and institutions” ordering the closure of 131 media organisations. According to the decree published in the official gazette, three news agencies, 16 television channels, 23 radio stations, 45 daily newspapers, 15 magazines and 29 publishing houses have been shut down, including news agency Cihan Haber Ajansı, Bugün tv, Can Erzincan tv, Kanaltürk, Samanyolu tv, Bugün, Taraf, newspapers Zaman and Today’s Zaman, newspaper Yarına Bakış and magazines Sızıntı, Aksiyon and Nokta.
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Russian Editor Arrested, Allegedly Injured in Custody; Newspaper Raided

5 November 2018

Russian Whistleblower, Daphne Caruana Galizia’s Source, Faces Arrest Warrant in Cyprus after Complaint from Former Employer

29 October 2018

RIA Novosti Journalist Kyrylo Vyshynsky Held on Treason Allegations in Ukraine

25 October 2018

Bulgarian Journalist Viktoria Marinova Killed

16 October 2018

Cyprus: Police Reporter's Car Set on Fire

15 October 2018

Journalist Zeljko Matorcevic Physically Attacked

9 October 2018

Threats against Slovenian journalists

5 October 2018

Serbian journalist Stefan Cvetković reported missing

4 October 2018

Ukraine Court Allows Prosecutors Access to Investigative Journalist's Phone Records

4 October 2018

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

3 October 2018

Journalist Anthi Pazianou harassed by extreme-right groups

1 October 2018

Slovak Investigative Journalist Killed at Home

27 September 2018

Austria Interior Ministry Plans to Restrict Information Access for 'Critical Media'

27 September 2018

Three Fileleftheros Journalists Detained After Defence Minister Files Libel Complaint

24 September 2018

Vijesti Investigative Journalist Olivera Lakić Shot and Injured

21 September 2018

Police Searched the Home of Journalist Salvo Palazzolo

21 September 2018

Russian Union of Journalists’ President Banned from Entering Ukraine

20 September 2018

Ukraine Court Allows Prosecutors Access to Investigative Journalist's Phone Records

19 September 2018

United Kingdom: Two Journalists Arrested over Alleged Theft of Documents relating to Northern Ireland Massacre

18 September 2018

Journalist Extradited from Ukraine to Turkey

17 September 2018

A Telemadrid Cameraman Assaulted by Protesters in Barcelona

17 September 2018

UK Draft Bill on Surveillance Threatens Protection of Journalists' Sources

14 September 2018

Journalist Stratis Balaska Threatened by Golden Dawn Members

12 September 2018

Journalist Anthi Pazianou harassed by extreme-right groups

7 September 2018

Ukraine Court Allows Prosecutors Access to Investigative Journalist's Phone Records

6 September 2018

Amendments to the Electoral Code Empower State Election Commission to Issue Fines to Media for ‘Unbalanced Reporting'

5 September 2018

Ukraine Court Allows Prosecutors Access to Investigative Journalist's Phone Records

4 September 2018

United Kingdom: Two Journalists Arrested over Alleged Theft of Documents relating to Northern Ireland Massacre

4 September 2018

Journalists Beaten by Riot Police During Bucharest Protest

31 August 2018

Shots Fired at Family Home of Albanian Investigative Reporter

29 August 2018

Journalist Stratis Balaska Threatened by Golden Dawn Members

28 August 2018

Vijesti Investigative Journalist Olivera Lakić Shot and Injured

28 August 2018

Montenegrin Journalist Targeted in Car Bombing

28 August 2018

Journalist Vladimir Otasevic Faced Insults and Death Threats

28 August 2018

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

28 August 2018

Gojko Raičević Regularly Targeted by Authorities in Montenegro

28 August 2018

Police Used Teargas Against a Group of About 30 Journalists

27 August 2018

BN TV Correspondent Attacked by Two Masked Persons in Banja Luka

21 August 2018

Two Russian Journalists Barred from Entering Country

20 August 2018

Reporters Detained by Police after Complaint by Anti-Merkel Protester

13 August 2018

Journalist Hospitalised Following Assault

6 August 2018

Journalist Enrico Nascimbeni Attacked with a Knife in Milan

6 August 2018

Turkish Cypriot Journalists Sener Levent and Ali Osman Facing Charges in Turkey

31 July 2018

Violence against Journalists during Veteran Protest in Sarajevo

31 July 2018

Threats against the President of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine

31 July 2018

Russian Media Organisations Banned for Three Years in Ukraine

31 July 2018

German Photographers Chased and Assaulted by Neo-Nazis

20 July 2018

Greek Journalist Tony Bosnakoudis Detained when Investigating Police and Bus Company Links to Illegal Traffickers

12 July 2018

RIA Novosti Journalist Kyrylo Vyshynsky Held on Treason Allegations in Ukraine

4 July 2018

Slovak Police Seize Mobile Phone of Czech Investigative Reporter

4 July 2018

Slovak Journalist Gets a Suspended Sentence for Defamation

29 June 2018

Dutch Biggest Daily De Telegraaf Attacked in Latest Incident Targeting Media

28 June 2018

Bulgarian Journalist Georgi Ezekiev, Zov News Website Publisher, Receives Death Threat in a Filmed Interview

28 June 2018

Bulgarian Investigative Journalist's Car Set on Fire following Warnings about TV Reports

28 June 2018

Bulgarian TV Presenter Assaulted and Injured in Central Sofia

27 June 2018

Journalist Stoyan Tonchev Brutally Attacked

6 June 2018

Threats against the President of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine

6 June 2018

Ukraine: New draft Bill Risks Interfering with the Editorial Policy of the Public Service Media

5 June 2018

Corporate Secrets Bill Threatens Right to Information

5 June 2018

The Weekly Challenges Convicted for Publishing an Article on the Financial Difficulties of an International Group

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

On 20 March 2018, the European Court of Human Rights issued its Grand chamber judgment on Mehmet Altan’s case. The Court found there had been a violation of Article 5 § 1 (right to liberty and security) and a violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention for Human Rights. With regards to article 5 §1, according to the Court findings, “Mr Altan’s continued pre-trial detention, after the Constitutional Court’s clear and unambiguous judgment of 11 January 2018 (…), could not be regarded as ‘lawful’ ”. The Court held that “for another court to call into question the powers conferred on a constitutional court to give final and binding judgments on individual applications ran counter to the fundamental principles of the rule of law and legal certainty, which (…) were the cornerstones of the guarantees against arbitrariness”. Under Article 10, the Court held in particular that “there was no reason to reach a different conclusion from that of the Constitutional Court, which had found that Mr Altan’s initial and continued pre-trial detention, following his expression of his opinions, constituted a severe measure that could not be regarded as a necessary and proportionate interference in a democratic society”. The Court pointed out in particular that “criticism of governments and publication of information regarded by a country’s leaders as endangering national interests should not attract criminal charges for particularly serious offences such as belonging to or assisting a terrorist organisation, attempting to overthrow the government or the constitutional order or disseminating terrorist propaganda”.

20 March 2018

Journalists Arrested in Major Clampdown following Failed Coup in Turkey

On 20 March 2018, the European Court of Human Rights issued its Grand chamber judgment on Şahin Alpay’s case. The Court found there had been a violation of Article 5 § 1 (right to liberty and security) and a violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention for Human Rights. With regards to article 5 §1, according to the Court findings, “Mr Alpay’s continued pre-trial detention, after the Constitutional Court’s clear and unambiguous judgment of 11 January 2018 (…), could not be regarded as ‘lawful’ ”. The Court held that “for another court to call into question the powers conferred on a constitutional court to give final and binding judgments on individual applications ran counter to the fundamental principles of the rule of law and legal certainty, which (…) were the cornerstones of the guarantees against arbitrariness”. Under Article 46 (binding force and execution of judgments) of the Convention, the Court held that it was incumbent on the respondent State to ensure the termination of Mr Alpay’s pre-tria detention at the earliest possible date. Under Article 10, the Court held in particular that “there was no reason to reach a different conclusion from that of the Constitutional Court, which had found that Mr Alpay’s initial and continued pre-trial detention, following his expression of his opinions, constituted a severe measure that could not be regarded as a necessary and proportionate interference in a democratic society”. The Court pointed out in particular that “criticism of governments and publication of information regarded by a country’s leaders as endangering national interests should not attract criminal charges for particularly serious offences such as belonging to or assisting a terrorist organisation, attempting to overthrow the government or the constitutional order or disseminating terrorist propaganda”.

12 March 2018

Slovak Investigative Journalist Killed at Home

1 March 2018

Slovak Investigative Journalist Killed at Home

27 February 2018

Slovak Investigative Journalist Killed at Home

26 February 2018

Slovak Investigative Journalist Killed at Home

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

Journalist Stefan Cvetkovic Sentenced to Jail for Unauthorised Publication

23 February 2018

Radio Journalist and Presenter Found Dead in Home

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

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

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

Journalists Victims of Police Violence During Demonstrations

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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