Cuts to funding threaten the future of Denmark’s public service journalism

Known across Europe for its journalistic quality and as an exporter of hit political dramas, Danish state broadcaster DR will be forced to make unprecedented layoffs in what some are calling an act of “revenge” by the government

Why Portuguese journalists are leaving newsrooms for government roles

While the Portuguese media goes through a crisis, the government has taken to hiring unmotivated and underpaid journalists, accelerating the hollowing out of newsrooms. Mapping Media Freedom correspondent João de Almeida Dias spoke to two anonymous former journalists about their transition from newsrooms to government roles.

Can Dündar: Turkey is “the biggest prison for journalists in the world”

Turkish journalist, author and filmmaker Can Dündar spoke at the House of Commons last week about the state of politics and media freedom in Turkey. The event was hosted by the Centre for Turkey Studies and chaired by Scottish Liberal Democrat peer Lord Jeremy Purvis of Tweed. “I’ve come from the biggest prison for journalists in the world,” Dündar told the audience. “There are close to 40 journalists imprisoned in Turkey — we are competing with China.” Dündar, the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison on 6 May 2016, just hours after a failed […]

Russia: Journalists and activists end up targeted for revealing business corruption

In Russia, business interests are protected by the state. When human rights violations or environmental damage are reported, nepotism and corrupt dealings between officials and business usually plays a large role. In these cases, no matter how serious the allegations or how strong the evidence, business owners skirt trouble while journalists and bloggers face real problems.