Annual Report by the partner organisations to the Council of Europe Platform to Promote the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists (2020)
This publication presents the annual assessment of threats to media freedom in the Council of Europe’s member states in 2019, by the partner organisations to the Safety of Journalists Platform.
The Platform was set up by the Council of Europe in 2015, in co-operation with prominent international NGOs active in the field of the freedom of expression and associations of journalists, to facilitate the collection and dissemination of information on serious threats to media freedom and safety of journalists in the Council of Europe’s member states. The Platform enables the Council of Europe to be alerted in a timely and systematic way to these threats and to take co-ordinated and prompt action when necessary. Its objective is to improve the protection of journalists, better address threats and violence against media professionals and enhance the response capacity within the Council of Europe.
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INTRODUCTION SIGNIFICANT FEATURES OF THE ASSAULT ON PRESS FREEDOM IN THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE REGION SELECTED TOPICS
Censorship in the context of “fake news”, counterterrorism and government accountability
Media coverage of protests and demonstrations
SLAPPs: abusive legal actions designed to intimidate
Impunity for the killings of journalists and other serious attacks
Public Service Media
COUNTRIES AND REGIONS IN FOCUS
France: violence against journalists covering protests
Hungary and Poland
Crimea and eastern Ukraine