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The European Parliament prepares for a debate on press freedom in Strasbourg in March, following the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Ján Kuciak. The Council of Europe's platform on journalist safety finds the media increasingly faces hostility. (AFP/Frederick Florin)

Council of Europe report finds journalists face obstruction, violence

By Tom Gibson/CPJ EU Representative on February 12, 2019 8:30 AM ET

The Council of Europe Platform for the Protection of Journalism and the Safety of Journalists today published its annual report, "Democracy at Risk."

The report, which analyses media freedom violations reported to the platform in 2018, finds a worsening environment for the media across Europe, with journalists increasingly facing obstruction, hostility and violence for their reporting.

CPJ is a partner to the platform, which is made up of 12 leading international journalist and media organisations as well as freedom of expression advocacy groups.

Read the full report here.


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