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Austrian official: Enforce existing law to combat online abuse

“A threat to democracy” is how Austrian State Secretary for Diversity, Public Service and Digitalization Muna Duzdar defines violence and abusive behaviour on the Internet. In an interview with the International Press Institute (IPI), Duzdar states that although online hate has long been present, the phenomenon is now attracting increased attention from technology companies and […]

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Media freedom increasingly at risk, IPI says on WPFD

The International Press Institute (IPI) marked World Press Freedom Day 2017 with a public demonstration of support for journalists imprisoned for their work in Turkey, and with a video message warning of the increasing deterioration in levels of press freedom worldwide and of the emerging trends in attempts by governments and others to stifle independent […]

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Media needs guidelines to counter online abuse

“Three-quarters of a year ago we issued a directive to report everything that is even remotely illegal,” Stefan Kaltenbrunner, editor-in-chief of Austrian daily Kurier, said in an interview with IPI when asked how his newspaper counters verbal abuse and threats against its journalists. He confirmed that Kurier had already reported 40 to 50 comments to […]

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Austria’s far right targets critics with online aggression

Journalist Ingrid Brodnig of Austria’s Profil recently told the International Press Institute (IPI) that right-wing politicians in her country have turned to the online sphere to try to control the political narrative following claims of disparagement by the so-called “Lügenpresse” (“lying press”). Brodnig, who authored the book “Hass im Netz” (“Online Hate”), said that the […]

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