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Austria: New possibilities for media freedom

Zur deutschen Version Over the last two years, the policies of the previous government showed that the current media system can be influenced politically. In its first year under the government of Sebastian Kurz, Austria fell five places on the international press freedom ranking of Reporters Without Borders, to 16th place. According to a survey, […]

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Österreich: Neuer Anlauf für die Medienfreiheit

Die Politik der türkis-blauen Regierung hat in den letzten beiden Jahren gezeigt, dass das aktuelle Mediensystem politisch beeinflussbar ist. Allein im ersten Jahr der Regierung Kurz ist Österreich im internationalen Pressefreiheitsranking von Reporter ohne Grenzen um fünf Plätze auf Platz 16 abgerutscht, nahezu die Hälfte der Journalistinnen und Journalisten im Land sehen laut einer Umfrage […]

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IPI joins international organisations to scrutinize press freedom in Austria

Shortly before the collapse of the ÖVP-FPÖ coalition government in May this year, the independence of Austria’s public broadcaster ORF seemed seriously threatened. Government’s attempts to eliminate license fees, if successful, would make the ORF dependant on the government for budgetary decisions. This, in turn, would increase the risk of interference by government’s representatives in […]

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In Austria, far-right deploys online disinformation against critical press

“If you want to get rid of independent and public media, the first thing you have to do is convince the people that it is not needed”, Nina Horaczek, chief reporter for the Viennese weekly Falter, told the International Press Institute (IPI) in a recent interview. It’s an objective that appears to be a driving […]

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