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Online smear campaigns are growing challenge for Czech media

Although media freedom is comparatively healthier in the Czech Republic than in other parts of Central Europe, such as Poland and Hungary, the challenges to independent journalism are growing here, too. Media concentration in the hands of political power, especially Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who purchased several influential media houses prior to his political ascent, […]

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Peer support key in helping journalists cope with online abuse

Harassment and smear campaigns online increasingly affect journalists around the world, seriously impacting journalists’ ability to carry out reporting on contested topics of public interest, in part due to the corrosive effect these campaigns can have on journalists’ mental health, which can include depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For journalists targeted with online abuse, […]

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New cybercrime bill threatens press freedom in British Virgin Islands

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today called for key segments of a new cybercrime bill in British Virgin Islands (BVI) to be reconsidered over concerns the law would stifle press freedom, particularly through online criminal defamation provisions. On October 18, the legislature […]

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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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