Report: Europe Press Freedom In Peril

Press freedom in Europe is more fragile now than anytime since the Cold War, according to a new report by the Council of Europe. Journalists increasingly face obstruction, hostility and violence, says the report by partner organisations of the Council's Platform for the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists. Among the key problems: impunity protects those behind violent attacks on journalists; legal protections have been weakened; public service media is being undermined; attacks on freelance journalists are up; and the space to hold the powerful to account has been diminished. Urgent actions backed by a determined show of political will are required, the report finds.

Source: Article 19

Posted on: February 15, 2019

Mobs Target Press Across W. Europe

This week's roundup of attacks on free expression by IFEX is alarming. A global watchdog monitoring free speech and media, IFEX reports attacks by far-right hoods on journalists in France, Greece, Italy and the UK during January 24-31. And that's just for Europe. Reporters were attacked at a yellow-vest protest in Rouen, France, while journalists in UK were repeatedly targeted by far-right groups that have attached themselves to the pro-Brexit movement. In Italy, journalists covering a neo-fascist event in Rome were assaulted, part of an upsurge in attacks since that country's populist, anti-immigrant government came to power in June 2017. And in Greece, journalists were attacked by members of the far-right Golden Dawn.

Source: IFEX

Posted on: January 31, 2019

EIJC/Dataharvest Becomes Independent

One of the leading investigative journalism events -- the European Investigative Journalism Conference (aka Dataharvest) -- is going independent, breaking off from its long-time parent organization, GIJN-member Journalismfund.eu. The decision of the Journalismfund board will allow the fund "to focus more on its core activities, in particular acting as an intermediary body to fund independent, high value, cross-border journalism," according to a September 18 press release. At the same time, the move will free up the EIJC to expand its growing conference, which this year drew a record 470 participants from 52 countries. Said Journalismfund Managing Director Ides Debruyne: “The seed has been planted. Now it’s time to harvest.“

Source: Journalismfund.eu

Posted on: September 18, 2018

GDPR Effect: Hundreds of US News Sites Unavailable in Europe

Websites had two years to get ready for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) but rather than comply, about a third of the 100 largest US newspapers have instead chosen to block European visitors to their sites. The GDPR -- which requires websites to obtain consent from users before collecting personal information, explain what data are being collected and why and delete a user’s information if requested -- took effect May 25. Digital properties such as those operated by Tronc, Lee Enterprises and GateHouse Media are unavailable in Europe. Violating the GDPR can draw a hefty fine -- as much as 4 percent of a company’s annual revenue.

Source: Nieman Lab

Posted on: August 15, 2018

Level of Press Attacks Now “Unprecedented”

The level of attacks faced by journalists is “unprecedented” around the world, according to a new report by Index on Censorship. The attacks are combined with growing hostility to the news media, says the report, which focuses on a series of crackdowns in Europe. The worrisome climate has made 2016 one of the most dangerous times to be a journalist, according to data compiled by the organization.

Source: The Guardian

Posted on: November 29, 2016