Latest documents on the state of media freedom in Europe


About the author

William Horsley is the International Director of the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM) at the University of Sheffield and the coordinator of the Initiative on Impunity and the Rule of Law, a joint research and advocacy project of CFOM and the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism (CLJJ) at City University, London. This project has actively contributed to the work of UNESCO in drawing up and Action Plan on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.

He also advances the Council of Europe’s work for freedom of expression and press freedom as the Media Freedom Representative of the  Association of European Journalists since 2007. Until 2007 he was a BBC News Correspondent and presenter of TV and Radio programmes. He continues to write and broadcast on international politics and media policy issues on UK and international media outlets.

William Horsley’s report for the Council of Europe on Activities of organisations in Europe working for the protection of journalists and against impunity (March 2012)

Reports on the State of Media Freedom in Europe 

William Horsley’s report: Update on the State of Media Freedom in Europe (December 2012). The latest in a series of Reports by CFOM’s International Director William Horsley finds that the disturbing record of physical and legal attacks on media workers in many parts of Europe in the second half of 2012 spells severe challenge for the Council of Europe.  ‘An effective programme of action is needed if the Council of Europe is to reverse the trend towards the stifling of genuinely free and independent media in significant parts of Europe’, he concludes.

William Horsley’s report: The State of Media Freedom in Europe (June 2012, covering the period 2009-2012). The background Report summarises the many and growing threats to media freedom in Europe during the period 2009 to 2012 at a session of the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg.

 William Horsley’s Report: Respect for Media Freedom, background report (October 2009, covering the period 2007-2009)