Press crackdown—and pushback—in Hungary

Hungarian press freedoms have been under pressure for a while as the right-of-center government has come under fire for ham-fisted meddling at the main public television station and other moves. But what had been a tense standoff burst into open confrontation last week after the government imposed what critics say is punitive and politically targeted tax on media advertising, while the top editor of a leading independent website was ousted.

Source: Columbia Journalism Review

Posted on: June 10, 2014

IPI Presses for Changes to British Virgin Islands Bill

The ICIJ Offshore Leaks project and investigations into tax havens have hit the British Virgin Islands hard. Officials there are pushing a draconian new law with severe penalties for anyone leaking information or publishing leaked information about BVI offshore companies. The International Press Institute (IPI) is pressing for changes to this bill, which it says could hamper the ability of journalists to do their job.

Source: International Press Institute

Posted on: March 28, 2014

Crimea: Independent Media, Journalists Obstructed

Authorities in the autonomous republic of Crimea in southern Ukraine should ensure that media outlets and independent journalists are allowed to report on the political crisis in the region without being censored or harassed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In the past two days in Crimea, a journalism agency has been raided, a TV broadcaster shut down, and an independent journalist assaulted and her camera seized.

Source: Committee To Protect Journalists

Posted on: March 4, 2014

Speak Justice Campaign: Voices Against Impunity

Since 1992, more than 660 journalists have been murdered for their reporting. In most cases, their killers remain free, generating fear and self-censorship. The Speak Justice Now campaign, powered by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), invite people to get involved as press freedom advocates.

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists

Posted on: May 28, 2013