Czech Television

Focus On: The future of the Czech Republic’s public media

Big changes are coming to public media in the Czech Republic, from significant budget cuts to planned amendments of the public media act.

Cameras at a news conference

Best of PSM: Public media step up collaboration

Through various methods, public media organisations are demonstrating the value that comes from collaboration with a range of partners.

European Commission

Insight: Promising steps to strengthen media freedom in Europe

The European Commission has presented a recommendation to member states on strengthening the safety of journalists, both online and in everyday life. This is a step in the right direction, writes Cilla Benkö, Director-General and CEO of Swedish Radio.

Press Freedom

Attacks on journalists by members of the public grow

As the pandemic continues, there have been a growing number of attacks on journalists by members of the public — even in their own offices.

Press Freedom

Threats to journalists growing across Europe

The brazen attack on a renowned Dutch journalist took place amid rising threats towards journalists across Europe. But while there has been an increase in physical violence, journalists also face legislative challenges to their work.

Poland

Poland: Media independence and pluralism under threat from state-backed companies

Growth in ownership by state-backed companies reignites concerns that government is tightening its control over the country’s media.

NOS

The Netherlands: Concerns for physical safety of NOS journalists

Logos removed from vans and equipment as Dutch public media journalists face increased threats to their physical safety.

RTV Slovenia

Slovenia’s public broadcaster pressured by government

Despite their crucial role during the Covid-19 crisis, many public broadcasters are facing criticism and threats from their governments, including RTV Slovenija.  

Press Freedom digital safety

Global Call Out: Media Freedom & COVID-19

As the coronavirus pandemic takes its toll, governments around the world are taking steps to curtail media freedom, just as the public need it most. Here we take a look at Central and Eastern Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Poland

Poland’s election without public media

Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party has been voted in for a second term this week. Yet despite Poland being a representative democracy, the party’s strategy to “repolonise” and control the media is deeply undemocratic.