Opposition lawmakers in Poland block parliament to protest media rules

Opposition lawmakers in Poland sang the national anthem and chanted ‘Free media’ in protest at planned limits on journalists. Work on the state budget was blocked for several hours. The protest was the first of its kind in the parliamentary chamber in a decade. It began as a single opposition MP, Michal Szczerba, walked to the parliamentary […]

Al Jazeera condemns Egypt death sentences

Media network and other organisations strongly condemn the death sentence for espionage against two of its employees. Al Jazeera has strongly condemned the death sentence for espionage against two of the network’s journalists by an Egyptian court, in what human rights groups have dismissed as a politicised case and a sham trial. The court on […]

Sanity, Sound Economics and Press Freedom Return to Argentina Following Presidential Election

Jerry Nelson In the middle of double-digit inflation and a failing economy, Argentina tossed victory into the hands of 56-year old Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri. Macri defeated current President Cristina Kirchner’s chosen lapdog, 58-year old Daniel Scioli. The margin of victory, less than 5 points, doesn’t give Macri a mandate, but it may help […]

Egypt journalists face jail for reporting non-government terrorism statistics

New law awaiting presidential approval outlaws the publication of ‘false news or data about any terrorist operations that contradicts official statements’ Egypt was accused of making a savage assault on free speech on Sunday, after its cabinet drafted a law that criminalises the reporting of terrorism statistics that differ from those the government provides. Under […]

Pakistan’s Media is Silent as Hundreds Protest Government Gag on Bol News Group

The government of Pakistan has placed a gag order on the company behind Bol, a brand new, well-financed Pakistani media outlet that gave co-ownership to journalists. Issued by the Ministry of Information, the gag puts in jeopardy the future of two thousand employees of Bol, which was scheduled to launch in just a few weeks. […]

FIFA to Investigate BBC Staff Arrest, Imprisonment for Qatar World Cup Reporting

FIFA will investigate the arrest and the detention of BBC staff who were apprehended in Qatar while reporting on the difficulties faced by migrant workers ahead of the 2022 World Cup. Dan Roan of BBC Sport confirmed the football governing body’s intentions on Monday: The BBC’s Mark Lobel went to Qatar to report on 2022 […]

UNESCO chief condemns killing of Bangladeshi blogger Ananta Bijoy Das

The head of the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom worldwide today voiced grave concern about the safety of citizen journalists in Bangladesh following the killing of blogger Ananta Bijoy Das on 12 May. “I condemn the murder of Ananta Bijoy Das and call on the authorities […]

Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, & Media Safety in the Digital Age.

Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. Over 100 national celebrations take place each […]

Free Our Media! project gathers young media professionals and activists to come up with tools to stand up for journalists’ free expression

From April 29 to May 3, 2015, a group of young journalists representing 15 countries will gather in Podgorica, Montenegro to actively discover tools to stand up for European media freedom. The training is part of the project “Free Our Media! Media Freedom in Europe – Limited Edition?”organised by the European Youth Press, and its […]

Consortium for Press Freedom (CPF) announced as a media partner of Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum

The Consortium for Press Freedom (CPF) is announced as a media partner of Deutsche Welle (DW) this year’s Global Media Forum (GMF) to take place from June 22-24 in Bonn, Germany. CPF will also provide extensive online and broadcast coverage of the event. The theme of this year’s Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum is “Media and […]