The European Commission co-funds projects to promote media freedom and defend journalists under threat.

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The European Centre for Press and Media freedom (ECPMF)

The European Commission is co-funding projects run by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and its partners. In 2018, the budget earmarked for the co-financing of the projects is EUR 1 000 000.

As a group of five partners, the ECPMF aims to address media freedom violations and help journalists under threat.

This year’s main task is to support investigative reporters: ECPMF, in partnership with IPI will provide at least 30 grants for investigative cross-border assignments. ECPMF offers training in digital self-defence at bespoke workshops to enable journalists to work freely and safely.

The ECPMF operates as an Alarm Centre, serving European media workers at risk. It follows legal and political developments, publishes in-depth journalistic stories, monitors and raises awareness about violations of media freedom and pluralism in Europe.

  • Alerts are raised by Index on Censorships "Mapping Media Freedom".
  • Ossigeno monitors threats posed to media freedom through organised crime.
  • SEEMO focuses on the Balkans, as well as Turkey.
  • IPI’s monitoring highlights the chilling effect that abuse of defamation laws can create. This year, the emphasis will be on the Visegrád countries (Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia) and on Spain, working with ECPMF member organisation PDLI
  • The online database European Media Freedom Resource Centre and the Wiki4MediaFreedom initiative – compiled and curated by OBCT — work to increase the quantity and improve the quality of online content relating to media freedom and pluralism.

When media freedom is threatened, fact-finding missions in country provide a rapid response.

The ECPMF continues to offer updates on new legislation in the legal stories published on the website and in social media, as well as legal support to journalists who are suffering persecution. In addition, it offers a temporary safe place to live and work with its Journalists-in-Residence programme and aims to help journalists in exile through its networks of contacts.

Using advocacy, solidarity actions, newsletters, social media, and its own website, the ECPMF gives a loud voice to media freedom campaigns

ECPMF participates in joint advocacy actions with a wide range of international partners..

The European Centre for Press & Media Freedom (ECPMF) promotes the implementation of the European Charter on Freedom of the Press in all of Europe

 

2017 projects

In 2017, the budget earmarked for the co-financing of the projects run by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and its partners was EUR 500 000.

  • The ECPMF operates as an Alarm Centre, helping European media workers under threat. It follows legal and political developments, publishes in-depth journalistic stories, monitors and raises awareness on violations of media freedom and pluralism in Europe.
  • Index on Censorship is monitoring violations with the ‘Mapping Media Freedom Project’
  • Ossigeno focuses on threats posed to media freedom by organised crime.
  • SEEMO keeps an eye on the Balkans, as well as Turkey.
  • IPI’s monitoring highlights the chilling effect of bad defamation laws on the free flow of information.
  • The online database European Media Freedom Resource Centre and the Wiki4MediaFreedom initiative – compiled and curated by OBCT — work to improve the quality of content on media freedom and pluralism and to reinforce communication.

 

2016 projects

In 2016, the European Commission selected three projects following a call for proposals in the field of violations of media freedom and pluralism. The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of the projects was EUR 1 000 000 (the Commission financed up to 70% of the projects costs). 

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom 

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) is a membership-organisation and serves as contact point for individual journalists in danger. It researches and registers violations of media freedom and informs the public, via its website and the Media Freedom Resource Centre, an online-platform that collects and systematizes content related to press freedom. Endangered journalists can be supported with legal or financial help and the Journalists-in-Residence-programme, which provides them with a safe shelter.

Mapping Media Freedom #MapMF

Mapping Media Freedom identifies threats, violations and limitations faced by media workers throughout European Union member states, candidates for entry and neighbouring countries. The platform is operated by Index on Censorship and is coordinated within the ECMPF.

A screenshot of the map that monitors violations and censorship on journalists Click on the image to see the full map on the project website

 

The Abuse of Defamation Laws in Europe: Exposing and Addressing the Threat to Media Freedom and Pluralism

The International Press Institute (IPI)'s work under this project aims to address the threat that the abuse of defamation laws, and of criminal defamation laws in particular, poses to the public’s right to information in the EU and in Candidate Countries.

See the Call for Proposals for a Preparatory Action in the field of media freedom published in November 2015 for more information.
 

2015 projects

In 2015, the European Commission selected two projects following a call for proposals in the field of violations of media freedom and pluralism. The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of the projects was EUR 1 000 000.  The projects ran between May 2015 and April 2016.

Creation of a European Centre for Press and Media Freedom

A central element of the project was the establishment of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) as an independent non-profit European Cooperative Society in Leipzig. It was formalised in June 2015.

Mapping and Defending Media Freedom in Europe

In partnership with the European Federation of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders, Index on Censorship monitored and reported on violations to media freedom via its mapping media freedom platform.

More info on the project's website and on the 2014 call for proposals.

2014 projects

In 2014, the European Commission selected four projects following a call for proposals published in 2013. Their activities started in early 2014 for a duration of one year.