media freedom

HRT condemns increasingly frequent attacks on its employees

Croatian Radio and Television (HRT) on Friday condemned an attack by some web portals on its reporter Jagoda Bastalic as well as hate speech, which, it said, its reporters were increasingly exposed to.

Most journalists killed in 2016 were targeted, media watchdog says

Most of the 74 journalists and media producers killed in 2016 were deliberately targeted, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Monday.

Number of journalists imprisoned in Turkey rises sharply

The number of journalists imprisoned in Turkey has risen dramatically over the past 12 months, new research revealed on Tuesday.

Egypt Interior Ministry warns citizens against foreign "pollsters"

The Egyptian Interior Ministry warned citizens against "media companies" calling them from abroad to carry out supposed surveys about economic, political and security issues.

PM underlines importance of media freedoms at Radio 101 protest anniversary

The 20th anniversary of a protest of support for Zagreb's Radio 101 was marked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb on Thursday evening, with Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic attending.

Egyptian journalist union leaders sentenced to two years in prison

Three leading members of Egypt's journalist union were sentenced to two years in prison on Saturday, each on charges of harbouring fugitive colleagues inside the union's premises.

Congo to ban foreign media from broadcasting independently

The government of Congo wants to ban all 24-hour foreign news services, including the BBC and Deutsche Welle, from operating independently, Communications Minister Lambert Mende Omalanga said Monday.

Iranian president champions press freedom, wants fewer court cases

Journalists should not be subjected to arbitrary censorship, argued Iranian President Hassan Rowhani Saturday, as he highlighted proposed legislation that would make it less likely for reporters to end up before the courts.

Several clubs of deputies call for Media Committee session over HND president

Several parliamentary clubs of deputies on Friday called for an urgent thematic session of the parliamentary Media Committee following Croatian Journalists Association (HND) president Sasa Lekovic's post on his Facebook account that said that his car had been tampered with and that screws on one of his car's front wheels had been half-sawn.

Thousands protest diminishing press freedom in Hungary

Several thousand people rallied Sunday in Budapest in protest against what they say is conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s campaign to diminish freedom of the press.

Turkish police raid and shut major opposition television channel

Turkish police raided Tuesday the main offices and broadcast centre of IMC TV, a key opposition news channel based in Istanbul, cutting the broadcast.

Turkish journalists face terrorism-related charges in Istanbul court

Two journalists of Turkish left-wing newspaper Cumhuriyet are being tried on charges of terrorist support, as court proceedings began Wednesday in the absence of one of the plaintiffs, former editor Can Dundar.

Detention orders issued for 35 media workers, journalists in Turkey

An Istanbul prosecutor issued detention orders for 35 media workers, including journalists, the Dogan news agency reported Tuesday, saying that the accused have links to the movement of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Pro-Kurdish television channel taken off the air in Turkey

The pro-Kurdish Ozgur Gun news channel said Tuesday it was taken off the air in Turkey, though it continues to operate in the country and broadcasts online.

Turkey arrests novelist, journalist Asli Erdogan on terrorism charges

A Turkish court arrested novelist and journalist Asli Erdogan for alleged links to the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Hurriyet daily reported on Saturday, after she was questioned by prosecutors. 

Turkish court closes key pro-Kurdish newspaper in Turkey

A Turkish court has ordered the closure of newspaper Ozgur Gundem, charging that it spreads terrorist propaganda for the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), according to a copy of the decision circulated by activists.

European Broadcasting Union urges Zagreb to protect HRT independence

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), an international alliance of public service media, has urged the Croatian government to make sure that the national broadcaster (HRT) will maintain its independence in the run-up to the parliamentary election set for 11 September.

Int'l organisations: Gov't interference in HRT's work main problem of media freedoms in Croatia

The report notes that the national parliament, led by the right-leaning Patriotic Coalition and the centrist Bridge party, after barely a month in office, replaced the then HRT director-general and appointed an acting director-general who then demoted and reassigned around 70 journalists and editors in a move that critics call an idelogically motivated purge.

Turkey seeks detention of 47 former employees of major newspaper

A Turkish prosecutor issued a detention order Wednesday for 47 former employees of Zaman, the country's largest newspaper until it was taken over by the state in March amid charges of links to a cleric accused of being behind this month's coup.

Turkish coup investigation expands: 42 journalists under probe

Dozens of journalists are under investigation for possible links to the attempted July 15 coup in Turkey, the Anadolu news agency reported Monday.

Sydney journalist reportedly charged with links to PKK

A Sydney man was arrested Wednesday and charged with being a member of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), broadcaster ABC reported.

European journalists slam crackdown in Turkey, with 34 in jail

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) on Tuesday said it was backing a campaign in support of reporters in Turkey who are facing "relentless attacks and attempts to silence them," noting that 34 media workers are currently in jail.

Egyptian journalists vow to ban minister's name over union raid

Egyptian journalists Wednesday vowed to ban printing the interior minister’s name in an escalating row with the government over a police raid at their union and the arrest of two colleagues.

Turkey set to take over news agency linked to Erdogan's opponent

The Turkish state is poised to take over a major news agency in the country after a court order Monday, following the seizure last week of the Zaman newspaper.