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Replies from member states Replies from member states

4 October 2018

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

21 September 2018

Russian Union of Journalists’ President Banned from Entering Ukraine

18 September 2018

Journalist Extradited from Ukraine to Turkey

6 September 2018

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

31 July 2018

Russian Media Organisations Banned for Three Years in Ukraine

4 July 2018

Slovak Journalist Gets a Suspended Sentence for Defamation

4 July 2018

Slovak Police Seize Mobile Phone of Czech Investigative Reporter

6 June 2018

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

5 June 2018

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

5 June 2018

Corporate Secrets Bill Threatens Right to Information

4 May 2018

Slovak Journalist Gets a Suspended Sentence for Defamation

12 April 2018

Closure of the Serbian National Press Agency Tanjug

28 March 2018

Slovenian Media under Police Pressure to Reveal Journalistic Sources

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

9 February 2018

Programme Cancellation and Dismissal Threats Within the French Channel Canal+

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

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

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

26 December 2017

Russian Journalists Deported from Ukraine

18 December 2017

Government Plan to Strongly Reduce Funding for Public Service Broadcasting

13 November 2017

Draft Law Threatens Independence of AGERPRES News Agency

2 November 2017

Two Spanish Journalists Deported from Ukraine

12 October 2017

License for UK Community Radio Station Revoked

11 October 2017

Far-right Militants Threatened Novosti Newspaper During Protest

21 September 2017

Political Appointments to Head Spanish and Catalan Public TV Channels

31 August 2017

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

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

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

17 July 2017

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

5 July 2017

Russian Journalist Ashot Dzhazoyan Banned from Entering Ukraine for Three Years

27 June 2017

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

27 June 2017

Italian Journalist Risks Being Jailed for Thirty Months for Libel

12 May 2017

Pressure by Prime Minister on Public Broadcaster over Coverage

15 March 2017

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

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

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

15 February 2017

Forced Closure of Crimean Tatar-Language Media Outlets

13 January 2017

Poland - Journalists' Access to Parliament Restricted

9 December 2016

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

9 December 2016

Russian Journalist Expelled from Latvia

16 September 2016

Swiss Intelligence Act threatens Secrecy of Journalistic Sources

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

28 June 2016

Polish Journalists Targeted in Police Wiretapping, Audit Reveals

21 June 2016

Headquarters of TV station Piazza Pulita Raided by Police

21 June 2016

Draft Bill to Tighten Criminal Penalties for Defamation

21 June 2016

Draft Italian Law Imposes Sanctions on Journalists who Published Wiretapping Materials

9 June 2016

Police Denies TV Crew Access to Refugee Camp

2 May 2016

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

29 April 2016

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

18 April 2016

Attacks on the Independence of Croatian Public Broadcaster and Broadcast Regulator

26 February 2016

Poland Legalises Mass Surveillance of its Citizens

25 January 2016

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

15 December 2015

UK Draft Bill on Surveillance Threatens Protection of Journalists' Sources

22 October 2015

Dutch Journalist Charged with ‘Terrorism’ in Turkey

22 October 2015

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

22 October 2015

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

24 September 2015

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

27 August 2015

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

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

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”

15 May 2015

Spanish Public Security Law Threatens Freedom of Press

15 May 2015

Two Danish Journalists Prosecuted for Exposing a Public Health Hazard

12 May 2015

France Legalises Mass Surveillance of its Citizens

12 May 2015

Administrative Blocking of Websites "Inciting Terrorism"

13 April 2015

Slovenian Investigative Journalist Anuška Delić Charged over “Intelligence Material”

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4 October 2018

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

27 September 2018

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

21 September 2018

Police Searched the Home of Journalist Salvo Palazzolo

20 September 2018

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

17 September 2018

UK Draft Bill on Surveillance Threatens Protection of Journalists' Sources

7 September 2018

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

5 September 2018

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

6 August 2018

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

16 May 2018

Russia: Proposed Amendments to Criminal Code Threaten Media Freedom

23 February 2018

Closure of the Serbian National Press Agency Tanjug

2 February 2018

Poland: New Bill Could Ban Journalists from Historical Debate

20 November 2017

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

19 October 2017

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

5 October 2017

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

22 September 2017

Crimea’s Prosecution Opens Criminal Probe against Journalist Mykola Semena

20 September 2017

Government Plan to Strongly Reduce Funding for Public Service Broadcasting

31 August 2017

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

3 August 2017

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

2 May 2017

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

2 May 2017

Pressure by Prime Minister on Public Broadcaster over Coverage

20 March 2017

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

15 February 2017

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

15 February 2017

Turkish Emergency Decree Shuts Down 9 Media Outlets

15 February 2017

Turkish Government Shuts Down 15 Pro-Kurdish Media Outlets

13 January 2017

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

15 June 2016

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

10 June 2016

Poland Legalises Mass Surveillance of its Citizens

7 June 2016

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

17 May 2016

UK Draft Bill on Surveillance Threatens Protection of Journalists' Sources

13 May 2016

Attacks on the Independence of Croatian Public Broadcaster and Broadcast Regulator

13 May 2016

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

13 May 2016

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

12 May 2016

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

10 March 2016

Attacks on the Independence of Croatian Public Broadcaster and Broadcast Regulator

14 January 2016

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

5 January 2016

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

10 November 2015

UK Draft Bill on Surveillance Threatens Protection of Journalists' Sources

23 October 2015

Spanish Public Security Law Threatens Freedom of Press

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"

20 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

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

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Council of Europe Resources Council of Europe Resources

Committee of Ministers Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)1 on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership, 7 March 2018


Comparative study in respect of filtering, blocking and take-down of illegal content on the Internet in the 47 member States of the Council of Europe, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, 20 December 2015

PACE Recommendation 2073 (2015) on improving the protection of whistle-blowers, 23 June 2015


PACE Report Doc. 13791 on improving the protection of whistle blowers presented to the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights by Rapporteur P. Omtzigt, 19 May 2015


PACE Resolution 2045 (2015) on mass surveillance, 21 April 2015


Committee of Ministers Declaration on the protection of journalism and safety of journalists and other media actors, 30 April 2014

Committee of Ministers Declaration on the protection of journalism and safety of journalists and other media actors, 30 April 2014

Committee of Ministers Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)7 and explanatory memorandum on the protection of whistle blowers, 30 April 2014


PACE Recommendation 1998 (2012) on the protection of freedom of expression and information on the Internet and online media, 25 April 2012


PACE Resolution 1877 (2012) on the protection of freedom of expression and information on the Internet and online media, 25 April 2012


PACE Report Doc. 12874 (and addendum 6 March 2012) on the protection of freedom of expression and information on the Internet and online media presented to the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media by Rapporteur Z. Postanjyan,  15 February 2012


Committee of Ministers Declaration on the protection of freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and association with regard to privately operated Internet platforms and online service providers, 7 December 2011


Committee of Ministers Recommendation CM/Rec(2011)7  on a new notion of media,  21 September 2011


PACE Recommendation 1950 (2011) on the protection of journalists’ sources,  25 January 2011


PACE Report Doc. 12443 on the protection of journalists’ sources presented to the Committee on Culture, Science and Education by Rapporteur M. Johansson, 1 December 2010


PACE Resolution 1729 (2010) on the protection of "whistle-blowers", 29 April 2010.


PACE Recommendation 1897 (2010) on respect for media freedom, 27 January 2010

PACE Report Doc. 12102 on respect for media freedom, presented to the Committee on Culture, Science and Education by Rapporteur A. McIntosh, 6 January 2010


PACE Report Doc. 12006 on the protection of “whistle-blowers” presented to the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights by Rapporteur P. Omtzigt, 14 September 2009


Committee of Ministers  Declaration on the independence and functions of regulatory authorities for the broadcasting sector, 26 March 2008


Committee of Ministers Recommendation CM/Rec(2008)6 on measures to promote the respect for freedom of expression and information with regard to Internet filters, 26 March 2008


Committee of Ministers Recommendation CM/Rec(2007)15 on measures concerning media coverage of election campaigns, 7 November 2007


PACE  Recommendation 1814 (2007) ‘Towards decriminalisation of defamation’, 4 October 2007


PACE Resolution 1577 (2007) ‘Towards decriminalisation of defamation’, 4 October 2007


Committee of Ministers Declaration on the Protection and promotion of investigative journalism, 26 September 2007


Committee of Ministers Guidelines on protecting freedom of expression and information in times of crisis, 26 September 2007


Committee of Ministers Recommendation CM/Rec(2007)11 on promoting CoE freedom of expression and information in the new information and communications environment, 26 September 2007


PACE Report Doc. 11305 ‘Towards decriminalisation of defamation’ presented to the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights by Rapporteur J. Bartumeu Cassany, 25 June 2007


Committee of Ministers Declaration on protecting the role of the media in democracy in the context of media concentration, 31 January 2007


Committee of Ministers Recommendation Rec(2007)2  on media pluralism and diversity of media content,  31 January 2007


Committee of Ministers Recommendation Rec(2007)3 on the remit of public service media in the information society, 31 January 2007


PACE Resolution 1510 (2006) on freedom of expression and respect for religious beliefs, 28 June 2006


PACE Report Doc.10970 on freedom of expression and respect for  religious beliefs presented to the Committee on Culture, Science and Education by Rapporteur S. Hurskainen, 24 June 2006


PACE Recommendation 1706 (2005) on media and terrorism, 20 June 2005


PACE Report  Doc. 10557 on media and terrorism presented to the Committee on Culture, Science and Education by Rapporteur J. Jařab, 20 May 2005


Committee of Ministers Declaration on freedom of expression and information in the media in the context of the fight against terrorism, 2 March 2005


PACE Resolution 1387 (2004) on monopolisation of the electronic media and possible abuse of power in Italy, 24 June 2004


PACE Report Doc. 10195 on monopolisation of the electronic media and possible abuse of power in Italy presented to the Committee on Culture, Science and Education by Rapporteur P. Mooney, 3 June 2004


PACE Recommendation 1641 (2004) on public service broadcasting, 27 January 2004


Committee of Ministers Recommendation 2003/13 on the provision of information through the media in relation to criminal proceedings, 10 July 2003


PACE Report Doc. 9640 rev. on freedom of expression in the media in Europe presented to the Committee on Culture, Science and Education by Rapporteur T. Isohookana-Asunmaa, 14 January 2003


Committee of Ministers Recommendation Rec(2000)7 on the right to journalists not to disclose their sources of information, 8 March 2000


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