MMF: Media freedom violations published this week (21-25 May 2018)

May 25, 2018

Mapping Media Freedom tracks limitations, threats and violations that affect media professionals as they do their job in 43 countries.

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These are the threats that were verified and published the week beginning 21 May.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

20 May 2018

Journalists banned from Turkish president’s election rally

Reporters from different media outlets were banned from covering a pre-election rally held by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, regional broadcaster N1 reported.


Journalist Ivan Žada
Journalist Ivan Žada

19 May 2018

Journalists harassed online for criticising decision to name street after minister of fascist state

Ivan Žada, a freelance journalist, and Goran Gazdek, the editor-in-chief of news website, were targeted on Facebook after publishing articles that criticised a municipal decision, the Croatian Journalists’ Association (HND) reported.


2 May 2018

Police violently detain black journalist after police car crashes into taxi

A video filmed by freelance journalist Thomas Kraus shows five police officers in Bonn violently detaining journalist Marvin Opping near the site of a road traffic accident. Charges are now pending against Opping for assault on a police officer and “further possible criminal charges”, regional daily General-Anzeige (GA) reported.


20 May 2018

Journalist blocked from attending from football match

Flachner Balázs, a journalist working for the news website was not allowed to enter a football match in Kisvárda, reported.


19 May 2018

Graffiti calls gay journalist “vile”

Graffiti calling an openly gay journalist “a vile person” appeared on a wall in central Rome, the National Association of Journalists reported.

18 May 2018

Reporter receives anonymous death threat, says he is quitting journalism

A reporter announced he would quit journalism after finding a handwritten note wishing for his death in his mailbox.

8 May 2018

TV crew harassed while covering mafia arrests

8 May, 2018 – A journalist and a cameraman from state-owned TV RAI were harassed by family members of mafia suspects while covering their arrests, RAI reported.


OSSIGENO per l’informazione

OSSIGENO per l’informazione is an observatory monitoring threatened journalists and news overshadowed by violence in Italy. The Observatory was launched in 2008 by FNSI, (National Federation of the Italian Press, the single journalists’ union) and the Ordine Nazionale dei Giornalisti (the Italian order of the journalists), together with the non-profit organisations in defence of press freedom Libera Informazione, Unione Nazionale Cronisti Italiani and Articolo 21.


13 May 2018

Social Democratic Party leader calls for journalist to be investigated by intelligence service

Liviu Dragnea, the president of the ruling Social Democrat Party, called for an investigation into a scoop published by, news website reported.


24 April 2018

Serbian minister refuses to answer Croatian journalists’ questions during official visit

During her official visit to Slovenia, Serbian Minister for EU integration Jadranka Joksimovic refused to give a statement to Croatian journalists, TV N1 reported.


12 April 2018

Photographer assaulted while covering home invasion

Local resident Manuel Charlín hit a photographer and threw a reporter’s telephone and microphone to the ground in Vilanova de Arousa, Pontevedra, local newspaper Faro de Vigo reported.


Canan Coşkun

18 May 2018

Cumhuriyet reporter Canan Coşkun to stand trial over news article

A Turkish court jailed Kemal Sancılı, the owner of the publishing rights of the shut down pro-Kurdish newspaper Özgür Gündem.

17 May 2018

Managing editor of shuttered Kurdish-language daily sentence to over six years

A court in Diyarbakır on 17 May convicted Aydın Atar, a former managing editor for the shuttered Kurdish-language daily Azadiya Welat, to over six years in prison on charges of “conducting propaganda for a terrorist organisation,” Mezopotamya news agency reported.

een jailed over staging an anti-war demonstration.

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