Italy: draft bill to tighten criminal penalties for defamation

The International and European Federation of Journalists, (IFJ) and (EFJ), have submitted on 27 May an alert on the Council of Europe of the Platform for the Protection of Journalism condemning the draft amendment to the Italian Penal Code which will increase the criminal penalties for those accused of defamation against members of the…

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Azerbaijan: Journalist Khadija Ismayilova released on probation

The International and European Federations of Journalists welcome the Azerbaijani Supreme Court’s decision today to release investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova, who had been imprisoned on trumped-up charges since December 2014. The court converted Ismayilova’s jail term into a three-and-a half-year suspended term. Khadija Ismayilova has already served 1.5 years in prison, held on politically motivated charges for her work exposing…

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Ukraine: Journalists’ security threatened by publication of personal details

A Ukrainian organisation working on national security published thousands of personal details of journalists on its website on 7 May claiming the journalists had accreditation with pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukraine. It further accused them of ‘co-operating with terrorist organisations’ and violating Ukraine law. The International and European Federation of Journalists (IFJ/EFJ) back their Ukrainian affiliates the National Union…

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Turkey: Unacceptable verdict and assassination attempt threaten free press

The International and European Federations of Journalist (IFJ/EFJ) have strongly condemned the assassination attempt on 6 May in Istanbul against journalist Can Dündar (editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet daily newspaper) and the jail sentences of 5 years and 10 months for Can Dündar and 5 years for Erdem Gül for procuring, revealing and publishing state secrets. Cumhuriyet published footage in May 2015…

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No hiding place for those who violate media freedom

In the framework of the World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, journalists unions across the world have demanded that “there must be no hiding place for those who attack journalists or undermine media freedom”. Launching a major new survey of press freedom violations in over 20 countries around the world, International Federation of Journalists…

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Iraq bans Al Jazeera

Iraqi authorities have suspended Al Jazeera’s licence to operate in the country. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the world largest organisation of journalists, criticised the decision as “biased and deeply prejudicial in a country that badly needs a free press”.   On 27 April the Iraqi Communications and Media Commission (CMC), a body that regulates broadcast media, shut down…

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World Copyright Day: Outlaw unfair contractual practices!

Legislators must take concrete steps against unfair contractual clauses in their laws. This is the message put across by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) to mark World Copyright and Book Day tomorrow 23 April. The organisations warn against the continuing trend developed by media companies to use rights- grabbing contracts. Journalists who sign…

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Greece: Journalists strike over bill to close down media fund for social security and welfare

The four IFJ Greek affiliates – JUADN, PFJU, ESIEMTH and ESPIT- on Thursday began a three-day strike following the government plan to close down the Fund which has over 50 years provided social security and welfare for journalists and media workers in Greece. The unions say that this measure is part of the Greek government’s economic review. The International Federation of Journalists,…

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Russia: Veteran journalist stabbed to death in his apartment

Veteran journalist Dmitry Tsilikin was found killed in his apartment in Saint Petersburg on 1 April. The IFJ/EFJ condemn the killing and ask Russian authorities for prompt investigation into the murder. According to media reports, Dmitry Tsilikin, 54, received multiple stab wounds. He is said to have died at least two days earlier. A laptop and a mobile phone are…

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The Prosecutor`s Office Tolerates Milenko Nedelkovski`s Hate Speech

MARCH 30, 2016 The Basic Public Prosecutor`s Office in Skopje rejected the complaint lodged by the Independent Trade Union of Journalists and Media Workers (SSNM) and the Association of Journalists (AJM) for criminal prosecution of Milenko Nedelkovski for spreading hate speech and endangering the safety of the public. AJM and SSNM appealed this decision and hope that he Higher Public…

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