CoE Memorandum on media freedom calls Turkey to lift the state of emergency

“There is an urgent need to restore freedom of expression and media freedom in Turkey. The closure of more than 150 media organisations since the coup attempt and the continuous detention of around 150 journalists had the huge chilling effect on the state of fundamental rights in Turkey”, said Council of Europe Commissioner for Human […]

Macedonia News

Escalation of political crisis in Macedonia hand in hand with deep media crisis

  The political crisis plaguing Macedonia for over a year further escalated after President Ivanov decided in early April 2016 to pardon the government officials who are under investigation by the Special Prosecutor’s Office. Revolted by the decision, citizens have launched mass protests in the capital, demanding the President’s resignation, revocation of the amnesty, restoration […]

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The Ministry of Internal Affairs on witch hunt

  A list of journalists and politicians, who supported online the recent street protests, was made public by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The Minister Carmen Dan stated during a press conference: “The protests were promoted through social media (…). At this point, we noticed that public figures, opinion leaders, and members of certain political […]

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Mass media role is to offer information, not unit daily reports

  The new Chief of the Supervising Committee continues the tradition set by his predecessors, and becomes the advocate of the Romanian Information Service’s (SRI) interests, turning a blind eye to the values, freedoms, and fundamental rights, which, as citizens’ representative, he should protect.   The Chief of the Supervising Committee in the Romanian Parliament […]

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The National Audio-Visual Council’s (CNA) sleep gives birth to media monsters. An appeal to unblock and evaluate CNA’s activity

To all CNA members To the Media and Culture Committee of the Romanian Senate To the Culture, Arts, and Mass media Committee of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies To the Presidential Administration To the Romanian Government   After witnessing the unacceptable slips of Antena 3, and România TV, on January 23, 2017, Active Watch demands for the […]

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The Senate breaks the law and prejudices civil society

  The Romanian Senate illegally extended the period for candidacies for the two spots for civil society representatives in the Magistrate Superior Council (CSM), although, at the end of 2016, there were several candidates to choose from.   22 civil society organizations protest against this illegality and demand the Senate to no further delay the nominations […]

Montenegro News

Jovo Martinovic out of prison after 14 months

  Journalist released to defend himself in freedom Podgorica, 20. January 2017   “ I am sure I will prove my innocence ”, said for the Montenegrin media, the investigative journalist Jovo Martinovic, charged with drug smuggling in October 2015. On January 5th this year, a Montenegro court released Martinovic, pending the outcome of his trial. […]

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Intimidation of investigative journalists’ family members

To: the Police Department in Slănic Moldova, the County Police Department Bacău / the General Romanian Police Department / the Ministry of Internal Affairs   ActiveWatch and The Center for Independent Journalism demnand the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the General Police Department to urgently launch an investigation regarding the intimidation of Daniel Befu, and […]