A silent problem: Four stories on the threat of (self-)censorship

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Hungary

It all started with a simple question. Janos Karpati, then Brussels correspondent for the Hungarian national newswire, didn’t think it would terminate his longtime career when he addressed the Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban at a press conference at the fringes of the European Parliament’s plenary meeting in Strasbourg. Orban had come to Strasbourg to speak about migration – and his widely-criticized comment on reinstating the death penalty. Karpati, an experienced correspondent who has worked in Prague and Washington, DC, asked Orban about Fidesz’ position within the European People’s Party, a question he hadn’t cleared with anyone beforehand. He received a rather trivial answer from the prime minister and all was good – or so it seemed. Continue reading

Upcoming Event: “I can’t write that” – Self-censorship in European media

FeaturedMonday, 2 May 2016
12.00-14.00

 Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

If an internet search has the potential to land a journalist on the blacklist of security services or if a reporter cannot guarantee for the anonymity of sources, free reporting is in danger. The same goes for journalists who have to pick their words carefully in order to secure their media company’s advertisement revenue. In several Central European states and in Europe’s neighborhood, particularly in Turkey, the government is tightening its grip on media companies. Meanwhile German journalists face accusations of biased reporting on the refugee crisis and the Cologne attacks (“Lügenpresse”) and in France journalists are alarmed at the new security laws which grant sweeping powers to intelligence agencies.

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