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Council of Europe report finds journalists face obstruction, violence

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."...

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Police, 'yellow vest' protesters both target journalists in France, Belgium

December 17, 2018 10:36 AM ET

Dozens of journalists covering anti-government protests in France and Belgium in November and December of 2018 suffered attacks by the demonstrators and the police, according to press and social media reports....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering protests in France and Belgium

December 6, 2018 3:12 PM ET

Despite the French government announcing it will drop a proposed fuel tax rise, the gilets jaunes (yellow jackets) group, truckers, and farming groups have called for more protests, according to The Guardian. Mass demonstrations have taken place across France and Belgium as initial protests over the proposed increase in...

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CPJ calls on European Council and European Commission to raise press freedom with Turkey

March 22, 2018 4:11 PM ET

CPJ calls on the presidents of the European Council and European Commission to request the release of Turkish journalists as a matter of priority during a scheduled meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in Varna, Bulgari.

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CPJ joins call for European Commission to fight impunity in journalist killings

March 6, 2018 1:41 PM ET

In a joint letter today, addressed to President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, 17 international media freedom organizations, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, called on the Commission to ensure thorough, effective investigations into the murders of investigative journalists Ján Kuciak in Slovakia and Daphne Caruana Galizia in...

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CPJ joins call for EU to stop surveillance software going to rights abusers

January 16, 2018 2:51 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined a group of human rights groups in calling on the European Parliament to vote tomorrow in favor of legislation that could prevent surveillance equipment from going to rights-abusing governments....

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Press at risk as EU-based companies export surveillance software to hostile regimes

October 10, 2017 6:02 PM ET

In August, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen told the daily newspaper Information that the government had authorized sales of online surveillance software to several Middle Eastern countries. While acknowledging the potential for human rights violations that could result from the use of these tools, the minister said that Denmark...

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Q&A: Impunity and journalist safety are priority says new OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir

August 8, 2017 12:12 PM ET

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media plays a vital role that is valued by journalists and media freedom groups for its ability to speak out in defense of press freedom in participating states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe....

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Self-Restraint vs. Self-Censorship

April 25, 2017 8:13 AM ET

How much should journalists hold back when covering terrorism in Europe? By Jean-Paul Marthoz European journalists are on edge. Since the brutal execution of eight colleagues at the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015, they have become acutely aware that they are in the firing line of...

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CPJ calls for OSCE to swiftly fill press freedom representative vacancy

February 16, 2017 10:04 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined seven other press freedom organizations in calling on the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to swiftly appoint a new representative on Freedom of the Media. The incumbent representative, Dunja Mijatović, has been an outspoken defender of...

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