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IJ4EU: Tracking Russian spy operations in Europe

Who are the Russian spies captured in the Baltic countries over the few past years, how are they recruited and in which other ways is Russia pursuing its agenda in Europe? These were some of the questions that a five-country team of investigative journalists led by the Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism (Re:Baltica) sought to […]

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Study: criminal defamation unduly limits media freedom

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today released a comparative study “Defamation and Insult Laws in the OSCE Region” finding that criminal law remains an instrument to excessively limit media freedom. Commissioned by the representative and conducted by International Press Institute (IPI) Director of Press […]

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Latvian journalist fights off criminal libel charges

In 2009, Latvian journalist Gunta Sloga published an article about MEP Aleksandrs Mirskis that questioned his apparently distinguished military career. Mirskis took Gunta to court for defamation and after years of court proceedings, the case was finally dismissed in 2013. Now a commissioning editor with Latvian Television, Gunta tells us about the impact the case […]

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Police search journalist’s house in Latvia, confiscate computer and other data

Police in Latvia on 11 May searched the home of a journalist working for Latvian public TV broadcaster Latvijas Televizija and confiscated her computer, along with other storage media that contained personal information. Latvijas Televizija had broken the story of the leak of millions of documents relating to tax information from the National Revenue Services’ […]

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