New issue of Safety of Journalists Weekly

21 September 2020 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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Secretary General: Governments must protect essential role of journalists in democracy, especially in times of crisis

30 April 2020 Strasbourg

New report lists 142 serious attacks on journalists in 2019 In a statement issued ahead of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić calls on governments to avoid unduly restricting media freedom during the COVID-19 crisis. “Governments are...

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Invitation to journalists: join live event via Zoom

Press Conference -Launch of the 2020 Platform Annual Report

28 April 2020

Invitation to journalists: join live event via Zoom Time: 29 April 2020 11:00 AM Brussels Speakers: Sarah Clarke - Head of the Europe and Central Asia team – Article 19 Scott Griffen - Deputy Director -International Press Institute William Horsley - Media Freedom Representative -...

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Launch of the 2020 Annual Report by the partner organisations to the Council of Europe Platform to Promote the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists

Attacks on media in Europe must not become a new normal

29 April 2020 Strasbourg

Attacks on press freedom in Europe are at serious risk of becoming a new normal, 14 international press freedom groups and journalists’ organisations warn today as they launch the 2020 annual report of the Council of Europe Platform for the Protection of Journalists. The fresh assault on media...

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New issue of Safety of Journalists Weekly

21 April 2020

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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Secretary General: Extraordinary Measures as a Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Must Remain Lawful, Proportional to the Threat and Limited in Time

9 April 2020 Strasbourg

On 9 April 2020, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Ms Marija Pejčinović Burić, wrote to the members of the Council of Europe Platform for the protection of journalism and safety of journalists in response to their call for determined actions to protect free flow of information to...

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Statement by Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

Press freedom must not be undermined by measures to counter disinformation about COVID-19

3 April 2020 Strasbourg

“The global health problems caused by COVID-19 require effective measures to protect people’s health and lives. This includes combating disinformation that may cause panic and social unrest. Regrettably some governments are using this imperative as a pretext to introduce disproportionate...

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International Press Freedom Organisations call for determined actions to protect free flow of information to tackle COVID-19

31 March 2020

Dear, Marija Pejcinovic Buric, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Mr David Zalkaliani, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Georgia, President of the Committee of Ministers Mr. Nikos Dendias, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece, incoming President of the Committee of Ministers CC: Dunja...

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PACE adopts a resolution calling on member States to remedy quickly and effectively any threats to media freedom

28 January 2020 Strasbourg

Threats to media freedom and the safety of journalists have become so numerous, repeated and serious that they are jeopardising not only citizens’ right to be properly informed but also “the stability and smooth functioning of our democratic societies”, the Assembly said today. According to...

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Secretary General : "Fighting impunity is at the heart of what the Council of Europe stands for"

31 October 2019 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the upcoming International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the Council of Europe Secretary General, Marija Pejčinović Burić, issued the following statement : "Journalists who investigate and report on corruption, abuse of power and human rights violations...

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Partner organisations call on the new Secretary General to make press freedom a priority

19 September 2019 Strasbourg

Dear Secretary-General, On behalf of the undersigned organisations, we warmly congratulate you on your appointment as the new Secretary-General of the Council of Europe. We are motivated by our experience and understanding of the worsening of the environment for journalists and free expression...

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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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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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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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24 September 2020

Online Threats Against the President of Federazione Nazionale Stampa Italiana

24 September 2020

Judicial Intimidation Targeting the Romanian Union of Journalists and Daily Newspaper "Libertatea"

23 September 2020

Investigative Media Outlet "Declassified UK" Blacklisted by the Ministry of Defence

11 September 2020

Journalist Elvis Hila Obstructed and Detained by Police in Albania

10 September 2020

International Election Observers Criticise TVP Election Coverage

4 September 2020

Bulgarian Freelance Journalist Dimitar Kenarov Beaten and Detained by Police while Covering Protest

31 August 2020

Journalists Insulted and Harassed by Demonstrators in Berlin

25 August 2020

Prime Minister Janez Janša Denigrates Journalists

21 August 2020

Crimean Tatar Journalist Nariman Memedeminov Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Jail on Terrorism Charges

17 August 2020

Dismissal of Index News Website Editor further Constricts Media Independence

4 August 2020

TV Journalist Sinan Gluhić Attacked by Politician

3 August 2020

Journalist Bojana Pavlović Harassed in Front of the Police who Confiscated her Phone

31 July 2020

Critical Greek Media Excluded or Side-Lined from State Funding Package during Covid-19

30 July 2020

Blogging Site ‘Medium.com’ Blocked in Albania

28 July 2020

The Dutch Travel Restriction Law Threatens Media Freedom

27 July 2020

Turkey Proposes Social Media Law, Threatening Press Freedom

22 July 2020

Photojournalist Wojciech Atys Taken to Court after Reporting on a Protest

21 July 2020

Death Threats against N1 Journalist Nikola Vučić

16 July 2020

Lawsuits Filed against the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism

16 July 2020

Heavy Fines and Shutdown Threat against Albanian TV Channel

16 July 2020

Media Owner Kastriot Reçi Killed in Albania

16 July 2020

Prime Minister Pressures Online Portals and Information Channels

16 July 2020

News 24 Channel Shuts Down two Critical Talk Shows

16 July 2020

British Journalist Targeted by Smear Campaign

15 July 2020

Slovak Investigative Journalist Peter Sabo Finds Bullet in His Mailbox

9 July 2020

Threats and Insults against Journalists in Faktor.ba Newsroom

7 July 2020

Reporter Eugenija Carl Receives Threatening Letter with White Powder

6 July 2020

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

2 July 2020

Journalists Attacked and Labelled as "Terrorists" during Far Right Protests in Rome

25 June 2020

Loyalist Threats against Journalists in Northern Ireland

25 June 2020

Threats of Legal Action against Cartoonist Gábor Pápai

16 June 2020

Crimean Tatar Journalists Osman Arifmemetov, Remzi Bekirov and Rustem Sheikhaliev Detained by Russian Authorities

15 June 2020

ZDF Camera Crew Severely Assaulted in Berlin

12 June 2020

Two Journalists, Müyesser Yıldız and İsmail Dükel, Detained by Police for “Military Espionage”; Yıldız Arrested

10 June 2020

TV Journalist Sinan Gluhić Attacked by Politician

10 June 2020

Anti-Refugee Protesters Attack Journalists

9 June 2020

Journalist Metin Uca Sentenced to 14 Months for Tweeting Suspiciously Accurate Election Forecast by State-run News Agency

5 June 2020

Journalist Oleksandr Vlashchenko Assaulted by Unknown Assaillant

29 May 2020

Reporter Fabio Buonafiglio’s Car Set on Fire

29 May 2020

Journalist Gennaro Del Giudice Threatened by Mafia Group

27 May 2020

Smear Campaign Against Four Sport Journalists

26 May 2020

Government Signals Reversal of Commitments to End Jail Penalties for Journalists in Defamation Law

22 May 2020

Investigative News Platform Slidstvo.info Hit with Criminal Probe

22 May 2020

The Work of the Ukrainian Public Broadcaster UA: PBC Blocked, all Accounts Arrested.

19 May 2020

Cartoonist Mahmoud Abbas Threatened with Death

18 May 2020

Portuguese Journalists Banned from Entering Spain

18 May 2020

Exiled Pakistani Journalist Sajid Hussain Baloch Found Dead

18 May 2020

Suspected Plot to Attack an "Irish News" Journalist

18 May 2020

Graffiti Threatens Safety of Northern Ireland Journalist Leona O'Neill

18 May 2020

Continued Impunity for Murder of Journalist Martin O'Hagan in 2001

18 May 2020

Journalist Lyra McKee Killed in Northern Ireland

12 May 2020

Polish Clothing Company LLP Files Lawsuit against two Polish Journalists for Newsweek Poland Article

11 May 2020

Loyalist Threats against Journalists in Northern Ireland

11 May 2020

Fox TV Banned from Broadcast, Anchor Fatih Portakal Faces Three-Year Imprisonment

11 May 2020

Turkish Radio and Television High Council Cancels Broadcast of Northern Cypriot Diyalog TV

11 May 2020

Journalist Ana Lalic Detained Overnight after Reporting on Conditions in Hospital

11 May 2020

Journalist Tetiana Sivokon Attacked while Reporting on Sale of Protective Masks

6 May 2020

Emergency Restrictions Force Media to Suppress Independent Information on COVID-19

6 May 2020

Emergency Restrictions Force Media to Suppress Independent Information on COVID-19

24 April 2020

Chechen President Threatens Journalist Elena Milashina with Death

17 April 2020

Bulgarian Newspaper Editor Slavi Angelov Severely Beaten in Attack by Masked Men in Central Sofia

17 April 2020

Satabank Co-Owner Files SLAPPs against Maltese Blogger Manuel Delia and Times of Malta in Bulgaria

16 April 2020

Threats and Insults against Journalists in Faktor.ba Newsroom

15 April 2020

'La Repubblica' Chief Editor Carlo Verdelli under Police Protection after Receiving Death Threats

15 April 2020

Arson Attack against Holos Sambirshchyny Newspaper

7 April 2020

Slovenian Prime Minister Attacks Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTVS) on Social Media

3 April 2020

Journalist Ana Lalic Detained Overnight after Reporting on Conditions in Hospital

1 April 2020

Government Plan to Strongly Reduce Funding for Public Service Broadcasting

31 March 2020

Bulgarian Newspaper Editor Slavi Angelov Severely Beaten in Attack by Masked Men in Central Sofia

31 March 2020

Satabank Co-Owner Files SLAPPs against Maltese Blogger Manuel Delia and Times of Malta in Bulgaria

28 March 2020

Slovenian Prime Minister Attacks Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTVS) on Social Media

27 March 2020

Slovenian Journalist Blaž Zgaga Targeted by a Defamation and Hate Campaign Led by the New Government

27 March 2020

Media Freedom Advocates Raise Alarm over UK Counter-Terror Bill

27 March 2020

Proposal Set To Increase Prison Sentences For Leaking Official Documents

25 March 2020

Emergency Restrictions Force Media to Suppress Independent Information on COVID-19

24 March 2020

Hungary Seeks Power to Jail Journalists over ‘False Information’ in COVID-19 Coverage

23 March 2020

Hungary Seeks Power to Jail Journalists over ‘False Information’ in COVID-19 Coverage

20 March 2020

Continued Detention of WikiLeaks Founder and Publisher Julian Assange

20 March 2020

Journalists Ian Cobain and Solomon Hughes Denied Accreditation to the Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) Arms Fair

19 March 2020

Bulgarian Newspaper Editor Slavi Angelov Severely Beaten in Attack by Masked Men in Central Sofia

18 March 2020

Chechen Blogger Tumso Abdurakhmanov Assaulted

18 March 2020

Exiled Journalist Afgan Mukhtarli Abducted, Detained and Faces Charges in Azerbaijan

16 March 2020

Pipe Bomb Attack on Cyprus MC Digital Media News Agency Offices

12 March 2020

Public Radio Journalist Sanctioned for Refusing to Broadcast Discriminatory Information

10 March 2020

Slovak Columnist Charged with Criminal Defamation for Criticism of Priest

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