In Romania, EU data protection law used to try to muzzle Rise Project
January 16, 2019 12:36 PM ET
Finding a suitcase full of documents is every journalist's dream. But for the investigative outlet Rise Project, it quickly turned into a legal nightmare after Romanian authorities filed a complaint under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ordering...
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.
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...
In Macedonia, anti-press rhetoric leaves journalists feeling vulnerable
April 19, 2017 4:05 PM ET
As the political crisis in Macedonia, triggered by allegations of mass surveillance by intelligence agencies, deepens the environment is increasingly unsafe for journalists who report critically on the ruling Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization-Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE)...
Will the EU's actions speak louder than its words on Poland's new media law?
January 7, 2016 2:21 PM ET
On January 13, the European Commission--the so-called guardian of EU treaties--will meet in Brussels to debate a troubling law passed in Poland today that, according to reports, paves the way for the government to take control of public service...
Orbán walks fine line in Brussels with Hungary's media law
November 3, 2014 12:21 PM ET
"With the Islamic state offensive, the Ebola epidemic and Ukraine, Hungary is not on anyone's mind in Europe," mused one of our interlocutors during the Committee to Protect Journalists' fact-finding mission in Budapest in October. "Viktor Orbán has really...
In Barroso-Aliyev talks, press freedom takes a back seat
June 27, 2013 5:02 PM ET
"We in Europe are also not perfect," José Manuel Barroso said last week while hosting a joint press conference in Brussels with Azerbaijan's head of state, Ilham Aliyev. The president of the European Commission, who is supposed to defend the...
Red flags in the European Union press freedom debate
February 7, 2013 1:01 PM ET
The European Union enjoys waving the banner of press freedom overseas. However, it is sometimes at a loss when it has to define its approach to press freedom among its own member states. Last year, the EU tried and failed...
Greek far-right party casts shadow on Europe press freedom
May 9, 2012 11:11 AM ET
The celebration Tuesday of the 50th anniversary of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) should have been a joyful and lighthearted affair. Dozens of journalists from all parts of the European Union had traveled to Brussels to share memories, new...