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.