The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) is a Europe-wide mechanism that tracks, monitors and reacts to press and media freedom violations in EU member states, candidate countries, and (since March 2022) Ukraine.

The project, co-funded by the European Commission, provides legal support, practical support, and public advocacy to protect journalists and media workers and advance press freedom. The project partners are ARTICLE 19 Europe, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Free Press Unlimited (FPU), the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), the International Press Institute (IPI) and the Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT). Until April 2022, the Institute for Applied Informatics of the University of Leipzig was also a project partner.

In March 2022, the MFRR mandate was extended to cover Ukraine as well for cases from 24 February 2022 onwards. Until the end of MFRR-II, in April 2022, the mandate also covered the United Kingdom, which will not be continued following Brexit. Displayed here are all the alerts monitored within MFRR in this ‘MFRR region’ since the start of the project, in March 2020, thus including alerts from the UK and Ukraine within the described periods. 

Please be aware that numbers are not comparable due to the coverage of different countries over different periods. For comparable numbers you may instead use other filters available, such as “MFRR countries continuously monitored”, EU membership status, or individual countries.

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