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Doing their masters’ bidding: Media smear campaigns in central and eastern Europe
Unpatriotic behaviour. Sedition. Being in the pay of shadowy external forces. Faking a neo-Nazi event. These are just a few of the charges that have recently been levelled against independent journalists by pro-government media outlets in several central and eastern European countries.
Hungary: a “samizdat” movement brings independent news to the people
In Hungary’s rural areas, access to news critical of those in power is a rare thing. Now a small group has set out to challenge the information monopoly of the government by distributing an independent weekly
Anyone can submit reports about threats, violations or limitations to media freedom and pluralism through the Mapping Media Freedom website and anyone can search the reports. Further publications, training opportunities, access to legal support and resources are available via the ECPMF Resource Centre.