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