Poland’s new PM sees punishment from Brussels coming

14 December 2017 / ByJan Strupczewski and Gabriela Baczynska, Reuters Poland’s new prime minister said on Thursday he expected the European Commission to launch an unprecedented punishment procedure against Warsaw next week after months of wrangling over the rule of law. Several thousand people gathered in Poland’s largest towns on Thursday evening to protest against…

Media freedom in Montenegro: a survey of publications

21 September, 2017 / By rcmediafreedom The media sector in Montenegro is characterised by strong political polarisation. The few examples of non-aligned investigative journalism are subject to both direct and indirect pressure by the financial and political powers in the form of legal actions and, in the worst cases, of physical attacks to reporters and their property. The…

Joint Statement ahead of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on 2 November 2016

31, October 2016/ By New Europe Ahead of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on 2 November 2016, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, Vice-President Andrus Ansip and Commissioners Günther H. Oettinger and Věra Jourová said: “We call on all States, media companies, media professionals and all concerned parties…

Media monopolies a threat to press freedom

April 8, 2016 / By Roderick Flynn, Irish Examiner A European project looking at media pluralism has found that ownership of newspapers and broadcasting outlets is becoming concentrated in fewer hands, says Roderick Flynn THE extent to which media constitute a pluralistic public sphere has been an issue in Ireland for some decades. Concern has focused on…

Poland’s president signs disputed media law despite EU concerns

January 7, 2015 / By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Startribune.com A new wave of concern for media freedom in Poland rose among European Union leaders and independent journalists after Poland’s president signed a temporary new law Thursday that’s a step toward giving the government full control of state radio and television. The legislation will take effect Friday and…