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Police violence, web blocking threaten Belarus media

Over the course of just one month in Belarus, the popular independent website Charter ’97 was blocked, a Belsat journalist was beaten up by police and a reporter had his home searched after an article on police brutality. On February 18, Andrus Kozel was livestreaming content from a polling station for Belsat, an independent, Polish-funded […]

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In Greece, local mayor targets press with defamation suits

The courthouse in the town of Volos, in Magnesia, Greece, is housed in an old white building with a front courtyard full of small trees and bushes. Some of the most well-respected journalists in Volos have gotten to know this building all too well over the last three years, having been repeatedly forced to defend […]

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Attacks against journalists flare up in Serbia

The International Press Institute (IPI) today welcomed a decision by Serbia’s interior ministry granting Belgian reporter Philippe Bertinchamps a residence permit after previously denying Bertinchamps’s application on spurious “public order” grounds. According to reports, Bertinchamps, who has lived and reported from Belgrade as a correspondent for French-speaking media for many years, was threatened with expulsion […]

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Op-ed: Rule of law fades away in Turkey despite brief shimmer

Yesterday, IPI quoted the academic and journalist Mehmet Altan from his defence statement given on Tuesday when he said, “If the rule of law were upheld, I would not have gone through any of what I am going through. I am here because the rule of law has been destroyed.” Today, with six aggravated life sentences […]

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