16 Nov 2018 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 25 Sep 2018 Austria

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

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CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
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A top spokesman for Austria's Interior Ministry has urged police departments across Austria to "restrict communication" with "critical media". In an email leaked to the Austrian press, the spokesman said police should “restrict communication with these media to only the most necessary (legally required) degree”. The spokesman described the media outlets, including the dailies Der Standard and Kurier as well as the weekly Falter, of “very one-sided and negative reporting about the [Ministry of Interior] and the police”. The email also urged police departments not to grant critical media any “privileges”, such as police ride-alongs. The spokesman's email accused the media outlets of "ignoring facts", which he claimed recent articles had proven. In a later statement, the Interior Ministry said the email contained only non-binding "suggestions".
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16 Nov 2018
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27 Sep 2018
OSCE Representative calls on Austrian Ministry of Interior to treat all media equally and to refrain from attacking them.
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