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In COVID-19 Fight, Free Speech Becomes Collateral Damage

"After I confirmed it with my sources, I reported the situation", Can, who at the time worked for the local Izmir newspaper Iz Gazete, told BIRN.

Pressed to name his sources, Can refused. Hours of questioning resulted in a charge of spreading fake news and causing panic. The case was dropped several months later, but Can's chilling experience was far from a one-off. 

Sotiris Tsiodras: Apologia pro vita sua

By George Gilson

Epidemiology Professor Dimitris Tsiodras' held his daily coronavirus news conference yesterday with an announcer reading the questions of journalists who have been entirely barred  from having a physical or Skype presence in the press room which is to say there are no  follow-up questions to seeks clarifications or

Hungary Censoring Information on COVID-19, Report Says

The Hungarian government has centralized communications about the pandemic and is filtering the release of information about COVID-19, a new report claims. 

It says alternative sources of information, especially healthcare workers, are afraid of being fired if they talk to the press, and that the new "Coronavirus bill" will lead to more self-censorship among journalists. 

President Iohannis extends full support to journalists on World Press Freedom Day

President Klaus Iohannis told journalists on May 3, World Press Freedom Day, that he fully supports them, underscoring that journalists help promote transparency and political accountability. "Today we celebrate the journalists who devote their lives to finding the truth and who, through their hard work, help impose transparency and governmental accountability.

Commissioner urges greater transparency of media ownership

BELGRADE - Serbia's Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection Rodoljub Sabic congratulated journalists on May 3, World Press Freedom Day, on Monday, wishing them "the accomplishment of several objectives significant for journalists and media, as well as society as a whole."

BIRN Conference: Media Freedom Being Rolled Back in Balkans

BIRN directors and media experts highighted the main obstacles to media freedom in the region and offered their own recommendations on how to improve the situation at the regional conference of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, entitled "Media Freedom Challenges", on Friday in Sarajevo.

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