More than 250 days have passed since the Slovenian Press Agency (STA) last received state funding for carrying out its public service mission from the government of Janez Janša, which currently presides over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. GFMD joins 19 organisations and signs a joint statement urging end to STA crisis.
During the World Press Freedom Day Conference 2021, the Dynamic Coalition on the Sustainability of Journalism and News Media – a hub for the press freedom, media development, and journalism sectors to engage with Internet governance and digital policy matters – held a workshop to strategise policies going forward.
On May 3 2021 GFMD celebrated World Press Freedom Day – a globally important date of recognition for media professionals, who daily work towards the right of access to information, freedom of expression and thought. GFMD stood with all journalists and media workers who strive for truth, and collected the most important news from our network, dedicated to WPFD.
On 25 March, GFMD has joined 104 organisations in a Statement calling on the Council of Europe to act on the growing threat of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) – abusive lawsuits filed by powerful individuals and companies as a means of silencing critical expression.
On 25 March, GFMD has joined more than 60 human rights organisations and journalist federations in an open letter urging the European Parliament to vote against a proposed Terrorist Regulation that could jeopardise freedom of expression, access to information, and privacy in Europe.
This week alone, Maria Ressa is required to appear in court in the Philippines on three separate dates. Ahead of another cluster of court proceedings against her the #HoldTheLine coalition calls for an end to the escalating campaign of legal harassment.
On 3 February, Erol Önderoğlu – Turkey’s representative to Reporters Without Borders – will stand trial on charges of “propaganda for a terrorist organisation”, “open incitement to commit crimes” and “praising a crime and a criminal”. GFMD joins 17 NGOs to condemn the prosecution of Önderoğlu and his co-defendants.
The #HoldTheLine Coalition, a collective of 78 civil society and journalism organisations, demands the Philippines authorities drop the thirds cyber libel charge against journalist and Rappler CEO, Maria Ressa.
On 12 November, GFMD hosted a webinar focusing on the working conditions of local Syrian journalists and the level of support they receive from international and local media organisations.
In 1999 the UN declared November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to raise public awareness about systematical gender-based violence. GFMD members organised several activities and programmes to illuminate the issue.