Liechtenstein makes a new voluntary contribution to the Platform

16 September 2019 Strasbourg

The Government of Liechtenstein has renewed its financial support to the Safety of Journalists Platform, by contributing to it 20,000 Swiss Francs. The voluntary contribution agreement was signed today by Ambassador Daniel Ospelt, Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein to the Council of...

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Two New Partners join the Platform to Protect Journalists

11 September 2019 Strasbourg

Free Press Unlimited and European Centre for Press and Media Freedom today became partners of the Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists, through which organisations promoting media freedom inform the Council of Europe about serious concerns about the safety of...

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Representatives of the Platform for the Safety of Journalists attend the Global Conference for Media Freedom

08/07/2019 London

The Global Conference for Media Freedom will take place 10 to 11 July 2019 in London, as a part of an international campaign launched by the UK Foreign Office, to shine a global spotlight on media freedom. Global leaders, representatives from the media industry, journalists, civil society and...

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WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

Commissioner : Genuine Political Commitment Needed to Protect Press Freedom

2 May 2019 Strasbourg

“The state of journalists’ freedom and safety in Europe has reached an alarming point. The killing of journalist Lyra McKee and the violence and intimidations against journalists covering demonstrations in several European countries are the most recent examples which show that press freedom in...

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New issue of Safety of Journalists Weekly

16 September 2019 Strasbourg

A new issue of Safety of Journalists Weekly has been published. Read it here and see the latest threats to media freedom reported on the Platform. Subscribe here to Safety of Journalists Weekly.

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Safety of Journalists' Platform report: media freedom conditions worsen

12 February 2019 Strasbourg

The environment for media freedom has worsened significantly in the Council of Europe area, according to a report published today by the partner organisations to the Council of Europe Platform for the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists. The report “Democracy at Risk: threats and...

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Event: Democracy at Risk

7 February 2019 Strasbourg

Tuesday, February 12th, 14.30 – 16.00, Strasbourg, European Parliament building, R3.1 Press freedom is more fragile than ever. Across Europe, journalists are intimidated and attacked. Murders of journalists go unpunished. Freedom of media, a cornerstone of democracy, is under threat. On 12...

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Slovak Republic makes a voluntary contribution to support the Platform

14 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Government of the Slovak Republic made a voluntary contribution of 5,208.90 € to support the Safety of Journalists Platform. The voluntary contribution agreement was signed on 14 January 2019 by Ambassador Marek EŠTOK, Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the Council of Europe,...

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Demonstrations in France – Council of Europe condemns attacks on journalists

14 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, today condemned in the strongest possible terms the threats and attacks against journalists at recent demonstrations by the “yellow vest” protesters in France, noting that working conditions for the press have been steadily...

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Human Rights comment by the CoE Commissioner for Human Right

Misuse of anti-terror legislation threatens freedom of expression

4 December 2018 Strasbourg

When terrorism spreads, states are often tempted to restrict fundamental freedoms for the sake of fighting it and preventing further attacks. Terrorism constitutes a serious threat to human rights and democracy and action by states is necessary to prevent and effectively sanction terrorist acts....

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Luxembourg makes a voluntary contribution to support the Platform

23 October 2018 Strasbourg

The Government of Luxembourg made a voluntary contribution of 20 000 € to support the Safety of Journalists Platform. The voluntary contribution agreement was signed on 23 October 2018 by Ambassador Stephan Müller, Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the Council of Europe, and Mrs Gabriella...

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Jagland calls for immediate action in defence of journalists

09 October 2018 Strasbourg

Impunity ■In 2016, a turning point was reached when the governments of the 47 Council of Europe member states declared in the Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation CM/Rec(2016)437 that the scale and severity of attacks, threats and harassment against journalists and other media actors across...

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Commissioner : Achieving justice & establishing truth about the murder of Anna Politkovskaya must become a priority in the Russian Federation

5 October 2018

On 7 October, we will mark twelve years since Anna Politkovskaya was assassinated in front of the elevator of her apartment building in Moscow. After several arrests, releases and retrials over eight years, five people have been jailed for her murder. However, it has still not been established...

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Ukraine makes a voluntary contribution to support the Platform

5 September 2018 Strasbourg

The Government of Ukraine made a voluntary contribution of 10 000 USD to support the safety of journalists platform. The voluntary contribution agreement was signed on 4 September 2018 by Ambassador Dmytro Kuleba, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe, and Mrs Gabriella...

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Liechtenstein makes a new voluntary contribution to the platform

4 July 2018 Strasbourg

The Government of Liechtenstein has renewed its financial support to the safety of journalists platform, by contributing to it further 20,000 Swiss Francs. The voluntary contribution agreement was signed today by Ambassador Daniel Ospelt, Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein to the Council...

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Secretary General shocked over the attack on investigative journalist in Montenegro

9 May 2018 Strasbourg

“I was shocked and saddened by the news of yet another attack on a journalist, in Montenegro. According to several media reports, investigative journalist Olivera Lakić was wounded outside her home in Podgorica. An alert on this case is being published on our platform for the protection and...

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Secretary General 2018 Report: Role of Institutions, Threats to Institutions

15 May 2018 Strasbourg

Human rights, democracy and the rule of law depend on the institutions that give them form. But for populists, who invoke the proclaimed “will of the people”, these institutional checks and balances on power are often seen as an obstacle that should be subverted. The 5th annual report of the...

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Excerpts from the Speaking Notes of the Secretary General to the 1315th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies (2 May 2018) regarding Turkey

Cumhuriyet trial : Secretary General deeply worried by the chilling effect the heavy criminal sentences may have on media freedom

3 May 2018 Strasbourg

Turkey Last week, on 25 April, while 3 journalists were acquitted, 13 journalists and media workers from the daily Cumhuriyet, and the newspaper’s lawyer were sentenced to imprisonment for up to more than 7 years, on terrorism related charges. Akin Atalay was released pending the appeal...

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Opinion editorial ahead of World Press Freedom Day

CoE Human Rights Commissioner calls on member states to improve the safety of journalists

26 April 2018 Strasbourg

Europe's duty to save journalists The brutal killings of investigative journalists Daphne Caruana Galizia and Ján Kuciak came as tragic reminders that Europe remains a dangerous place for journalists. How European states respond to these murders will shape not only the future of the press, but...

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20 March 2018

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

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”.
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18 September 2019

Journalist Gordan Duhaček Fined for ‘Anti-Police’ Twitter Message

13 September 2019

Cumhuriyet Newspaper Employees arrested on Terrorism-Related Charges

9 September 2019

RIA Novosti Journalist Kyrylo Vyshynsky Held on Treason Allegations in Ukraine

28 August 2019

At Least Nine Journalists Detained for Reporting on Protests against Government-Appointed Trustees

27 August 2019

Reporters Atanas Tchobanov and Asen Yordanov Subjected to Judicial Probe

27 August 2019

Bulgaria: Journalists Injured by Police During Protest

27 August 2019

Bulgaria: Investigative journalist attacked

27 August 2019

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

27 August 2019

Journalist Stoyan Tonchev Brutally Attacked

22 August 2019

Italian Interior Minister's Security Escort Officer Threatens a Journalist

20 August 2019

N1 TV Reporter in Kosovo Zana Cimili Received Death Threats

16 August 2019

Mass Surveillance Operation on Slovak Journalists

14 August 2019

Austrian News Anchor Targeted in Intimidation Campaign

13 August 2019

WDR Journalist Georg Restle Receives Death Threat After Criticising Right-Wing Party AfD

8 August 2019

Journalist Nadia Daam Harassed and Target of Death Threats on Social Network

1 August 2019

Journalist Ariane Chemin Summoned by Intelligence Services

1 August 2019

Three Journalists Summoned for Compromising National Defense Classification

29 July 2019

New “Anti-defamation” Legislative Package Threatens Online Media Freedom

25 July 2019

Weekly Athens Voice Attacked by Anarchist Group

18 July 2019

Polish Court Bans Reporter Anna Wilk from Journalism for 3 years in Criminal Libel Suit

15 July 2019

Greek CNN Reporter Mina Karamitrou's Car Destroyed by Bomb

11 July 2019

Romanian Investigative Journalist Diana Oncioiu Receives Anonymous Death Threat

9 July 2019

Police Assault on the Journalist Enver Doçi

8 July 2019

Draft Bill to Allow Blocking of Internet Sites Without a Court Order

4 July 2019

Slovakia Seeks to Introduce Right of Reply for Politicians

2 July 2019

Austrian Politician Heinz-Christian Strache Sues German Newspapers over 'Ibiza Video'

27 June 2019

Ukrainian Journalist in Coma Following Assault

27 June 2019

Attempt to Search Mediapart's Newsroom

27 June 2019

Arson Attack against France Bleu Isère Radio Station

21 June 2019

German Draft Legislation Would Enable Intelligence Agencies to Spy on Journalists

19 June 2019

Russian Editor Arrested, Allegedly Injured in Custody; Newspaper Raided

14 June 2019

Journalist Roberto Saviano Threatened with Withdrawal of his Police Protection

11 June 2019

Finland: Court Convicts Journalist Johanna Vehkoo on Defamation Charges

11 June 2019

Finland: Unclear Legal Framework for Guaranteeing Journalists’ Rights Covering Protests

10 June 2019

Investigative Journalist Ivan Golunov, Known For His Investigations Into Political Corruption, Arrested For “Selling Drugs”

7 June 2019

Investigative Journalist Ivan Golunov, Known For His Investigations Into Political Corruption, Arrested For “Selling Drugs”

7 June 2019

Italy: Journalist Valentino Gonzato Assaulted, Robbed while Reporting in Park

6 June 2019

Polish Court Bans Reporter Anna Wilk from Journalism for 3 years in Criminal Libel Suit

4 June 2019

Albania: Journalists and Photographers Injured by Police During Anti-Government Protests

27 May 2019

Public TV Building Stormed by Anti-Government Protesters

17 May 2019

Journalist İdris Özyol Severely Beaten Up

7 May 2019

Georgian TV Journalist Assaulted by Security Services and Deported

26 April 2019

Head of Public Broadcaster Sacked

25 April 2019

Proposals for Online Harms Regulation Risk Impacting Media Freedom

25 April 2019

Prva TV Crew Attacked in Leskovac, Serbia

25 April 2019

Intimidation Campaign against NUNS (Independent Journalists Association of Serbia)

25 April 2019

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

25 April 2019

Impunity in the Case of the Murder of Dada Vujasinovic

23 April 2019

Russia: President Putin Signs into Law Russia’s “Fake News” and “Internet Insults” Bans

10 April 2019

Public TV Building Stormed by Anti-Government Protesters

4 April 2019

Özgür Gündem Journalists Targeted by Criminal Investigation

2 April 2019

N1TV Journalists Subjected to Death Threats

22 March 2019

Editor-in-chief of News Channel LA7 Receives Threatening Letter Signed with Swastika

22 March 2019

Neo-Fascists Attacked Two Italian Journalists

22 March 2019

Investigative Journalist Receives Death Threats, Targeted by Attempted Arson Attack

22 March 2019

Neofascist Threats against Journalist Paolo Berizzi

22 March 2019

Italian Journalist Subjected to Death Threat

22 March 2019

Vijesti Investigative Journalist Olivera Lakić Shot and Injured

20 March 2019

Wave of Lawsuits Against Journalists in Croatia

20 March 2019

Impunity in the case of the murder of Dusko Jovanovic

19 March 2019

Slovak Investigative Journalist Killed at Home

15 March 2019

Polish Party Leader Initiates Libel Charge Against Critical Newspaper

15 March 2019

Kherson daily “Novyi Den” Tear-Gassed and Shot at During Press Conference

15 March 2019

Belarusian Journalist Pavel Karnazytsky Deported from Ukraine

15 March 2019

Journalists Attacked by Far-Right Radicals

1 March 2019

Romanian Media Regulator Imposes 10-minute Blackout on Realitatea TV

26 February 2019

Repeated Police Violence Against Journalists Covering Protests

26 February 2019

Repeated Attacks on Journalists by the 'Yellow Vest' Protestors

20 February 2019

Investigative Journalist Milan Jovanović Attacked with Molotov Cocktail

15 February 2019

Repeated Attacks on Journalists by the 'Yellow Vest' Protestors

13 February 2019

Russia Investigates Reporter Svetlana Prokopyeva, Seizes Property over Allegations of "Justifying Terrorism"

11 February 2019

Slovakia Seeks to Introduce Right of Reply for Politicians

31 January 2019

Media Council Refuses to Renew Broadcasting Licences of Two Radio Stations

31 January 2019

Criminal Charges Brought Against Hungarian Investigative Journalist András Dezső

31 January 2019

Journalist Lili Bayer Verbally Attacked by Government Spokesperson

31 January 2019

The Website 888.hu Publishes a List of Eight Journalists Described as "Propagandists"

31 January 2019

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

29 January 2019

New Pro-Government Media Conglomerate Threatens Media Pluralism

24 January 2019

Terrorist Attack against Skai TV and Khatimerini Newspaper

23 January 2019

Death threats against journalist Tatjana Vojtehovski and her daughter

23 January 2019

A Journalist Dismissed Under the Pressure of Supporters of a Football Club

23 January 2019

Repeated Police Violence Against Journalists Covering Protests

23 January 2019

Death Threat Against Journalist Costas Constantinou

21 January 2019

Journalists Detained on Account of Social Media Posts Critical of the Military Operation in Afrin

14 January 2019

Journalist Ivan Žada Subjected to Threats

8 January 2019

Threats to the Independence of the Lithuanian LRT

7 January 2019

Mehman Huseynov Sentenced to Two Years on Defamation Charges

7 January 2019

Mehman Huseynov Sentenced to Two Years on Defamation Charges

20 December 2018

Turkish Journalist Kamil Demirkaya Detained in Romania

13 December 2018

Attempt to Silence Polish Newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza

5 December 2018

Investigative Journalists Detained in Bulgaria

5 December 2018

Bulgaria: Investigative journalist attacked

3 December 2018

Media Freedom Advocates Raise Alarm over UK Counter-Terror Bill

29 November 2018

Public Radio Journalist Sanctioned for Refusing to Broadcast Discriminatory Information

19 November 2018

Data Protection Authority Requests the Disclosure of Journalistic Sources

19 November 2018

Data Protection Authority Requests the Disclosure of Journalistic Sources

19 November 2018

Financial Regulatory Authority Requests the Disclosure of Journalistic Sources

16 November 2018

Investigative Journalist Receives Death Threats, Targeted by Attempted Arson Attack

16 November 2018

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

14 November 2018

Dutch Biggest Daily De Telegraaf Attacked in Latest Incident Targeting Media

13 November 2018

Controversial "Election" of Agence France Presse CEO

9 November 2018

Journalist Zeljko Matorcevic Physically Attacked

9 November 2018

Three Fileleftheros Journalists Detained After Defence Minister Files Libel Complaint

9 November 2018

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

7 November 2018

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

18 July 2018

Police Failure to Respond to the Serious Threats a Journalist Received Online

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

Cumhuriyet Newspaper Employees arrested on Terrorism-Related Charges

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

Cumhuriyet Newspaper Employees arrested on Terrorism-Related Charges

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