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…

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Media freedom is in decline in Croatia

20 April, 2016 / Vedran Pavlic in Total Croatia News Media freedom deteriorated around the world last year, according to an annual report published by Reporters Without Borders. That includes Croatia as well, which fell five places in the rankings compared to 2014, reports Novi List on April 20, 2016. The media freedom rankings cover…

EC Is Closely Monitoring the Media Situation in Croatia

15 march 2016 / Adelina Marini. Published by euinside.eu “The independence of regulatory authorities in the audiovisual field is a very important issue. They are key to safeguarding media pluralism and media freedom. The Commission is therefore closely following recent developments in Croatia, whereby the government proposed the replacement of the entire Board of the…

The Problem With “Illiberal Democracy”

January 19, 2016 / By Jan-Werner Mueller in Project Sindicate PRINCETON – Poland’s turn toward authoritarian rule has set off alarm bells across the European Union and within NATO. Since coming to power in October, Jarosław Kaczyński’s Law and Justice party (PiS) has attacked the country’s Constitutional Court, politicized the judiciary and the civil service, and…

Dark Clouds over Pluralism and Freedom of Media in Poland

13 January 2016 / By Pier Luigi Parcu, Director of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, European University Institute Very bad news for European fundamental values is in the offing from Poland. The Polish President Andrej Duda signed a law that is creating serious concern at both national and European levels. The law was imposed, right…

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…

Poland: Abolition of safeguards for pluralism and independence in public service media

January 4, 2016 / By Index on Censorship The undersigned press freedom and media organisations – European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Association of European Journalists (AEJ), Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Index on Censorship – are outraged by theproposed bill, hastily introduced by the majority party in…