Concerns about the plurality of independent media in Hungary are growing after a government-affiliated entrepreneur bought into the business of the country’s largest still independent news portal. For weeks, the portal’s employees have been warning that their independence is under threat. Following the dismissal of the editor-in-chief, more than 80 employees submitted their resignations. Thousands of Hungarians took to the streets in Budapest to protest against the government’s influence on the media.Continue reading
PART I: COVID-19 IN POLAND
(Some) Restrictions Lifted
After Easter, the Polish government announced its plans on how some of the restrictions introduced in response to the Covid-19 epidemic would be lifted. In the first period, parks and forest were open for the public. Bigger changes were planned for May 4th.
As part of the second stage of exiting the lockdown, Poland opened a number of facilities on the first day after the long weekend (May 1st and May 3rd are bank holidays in Poland). The list of facilities that were opened includes: Continue reading
Thursday, 10 October 2019
Registration & Welcome Drink: 18:00h
Panel Discussion & Q&A: 18:15h – 19:30h
Light Cocktail Reception: 19:30h – 20:00h
Venue: Press Club, Rue Froissart 95, 1000 Brussels
Weltweit geraten Journalisten vermehrt unter Druck und Deutschland stellt dabei keine Ausnahme dar. So stieg hierzulande im letzten Jahr nicht nur die Anzahl der Übergriffe auf Journalisten, auch der allgemeine Ton ist rauer geworden seit der Begriff „Lügenpresse“ ein trauriges Comeback feiert. Doch wie ist es eigentlich um die Medienfreiheit in Deutschland bestellt?
Am Internationalen Tag der Pressefreiheit sprach Caroline Haury, Programmmanagerin des Europäischen und Transatlantischen Dialogs, für freiheit.org mit Wolfgang Grebenhof, Stellvertretender Vorsitzender des Deutschen Journalisten-Verbands (DJV).
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.