International Director’s Blog

European ministers conference put spotlight on “autocrats” and opponents of media freedom

The June 10-11 ministerial conference on Media and Democracy co-hosted by Cyprus and the Council of Europe shone a rare spotlight on the actions of European governments accused of persecuting journalists and  ‘state capture’ of media. Last Friday the Ministers issued four political resolutions and a Final Declaration and approved a “roadmap” for the 47 member states aimed at reversing the general decline in media freedom, through intense political efforts to ensure that  states implement their obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights.

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A legend of Turkish journalism was assassinated for his work 28 years ago: Is Europe willing to defend journalists at risk today?

Uğur Mumcu, a renowned Turkish investigative journalist and columnist for the leading newspaper Cumhuriyet, was murdered just 28 years ago, in a car bomb explosion on 24 January 1993. The perpetrators of that crime have never been brought to justice, but Mumcu’s death has been the focus of public commemoration in Turkey. Mumcu defined journalism as the medium that ‘talks about struggles in all areas of life’.

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Leading human rights lawyer says “concrete changes” needed to reverse setbacks for media freedom worldwide

Can Yeginsu, a member of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom set up last year ,says “concrete changes” in the actions of states are needed to reverse a marked decline in media freedom standards worldwide. The Panel’s core goal is to bring about a higher level of compliance by state authorities with the framework of international legal protections for journalists The leading human rights lawyer spoke at an online meeting with international journalists hosted by William Horsley, the UK Chairman of the Association of European Journalists and International Director of the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM).

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Breaking down the wall of silence about violence against journalists in Europe

Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM) international director William Horsley writes on the findings and recommendations for future action in A Mission to inform: Journalists at risk speak out. The book, co-authored by William Horsley and Dr Marilyn Clark, associate professor of psychology at the University of Malta, was published by the Council of Europe this week. The publication was timed to mark the third anniversary of the assassination of the prominent Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who died in a remote-controlled car bomb explosion on 16 October 2017.

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