Meeting EP rapporteur Barbara Spinelli on media freedom

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and press freedom groups met yesterday (11/05/2017) with Italian MEP Barbara Spinelli, Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee, who is the main rapporteur for an upcoming own initiative report on media freedom. Tom Gibson from the Committee to Protect Journalists, EFJ director Renate Schroeder, Giovanni Melogli from the International Alliance of Journalists and Julie Majerczak from Reporters Without Borders pointed out the importance of monitoring media freedom, solving the issue of self-censorship, strengthening media pluralism, boosting media literacy and finding more efficient law enforcement at European level when it comes to attacks…

Press trial monitoring in Turkey – Ayse Düzkan & Ragip Duran case

background : Journalists in Turkey launched a solidarity campaign with Özgür Gündem, which had become the recipient of attacks by the government, on 3 May, International Press Freedom Day. During the campaign, over 100 people assumed the role of guest editor-in-chief for the day, including Reporters sans frontières (RSF) Turkey representative Erol Önderoğlu; journalists in the country such as Ragıp Duran, Aydın Engin, Faruk Eren, Tuğrul Eryılmaz, Kumru Başer and Hasan Cemal; writers such as Murat Uyurkulak, Nadire Mater, Mustafa Sönmez and Ayşe Düzkan; and former parliamentarians such as Melda Onur, Hasip Kaplan and Sebahat Tuncel.Turkish prosecutors launched a number of investigations into participants in…