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Press freedom at risk as EU struggles to match action with values

The European Union strives to be a global leader in press freedom but faces challenges from member states that have criminal defamation and blasphemy laws, and have introduced counterterrorism measures, including mass surveillance. The EU has made press freedom imperative in negotiating with candidate countries, but has been accused of failing to take strong action when member states renege on their press freedom commitments. Journalists working in the region are also affected by EU laws and policies, such as the trade secrets directive and access to information regulations. A special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists

September 29, 2015 4:00 AM ET

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The European Union describes itself as a model for press freedom and an exemplary global power. Although many of its 28 member states feature at the top of international press freedom rankings, there are significant challenges that undermine press freedom and new threats are emerging.

Alerts   |   Cyprus

Media group CEO shot dead in Cyprus

New York, January 12, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Cypriot authorities today to thoroughly investigate the murder of Andis Hadjicostis, chief executive officer of Dias Media Group, who was gunned down Monday in the capital city of Nicosia.

January 12, 2010 4:22 PM ET

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Case   |   Cyprus

CYPRUS: TV crew arrested at Nicosia crossing

August 25, 2006
Posted: September 25, 2006

Adonis Pallikarides, Sigma TV
Nikitas Dalitis, Sigma TV


IMPRISONED

Police in northern Cyprus arrested reporter Pallikarides and cameraman Dalitis of the private television network, Sigma TV, who were interviewing Turkish Cypriot shopkeepers on Ledra Street in the capital Nicosia, local and international press reported.
August 25, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Reports   |   Cyprus, Germany, Russia, Turkey

Turkey: Nationalism and the Press

By Robert Mahoney

As Turkish nationalist resist European tilt, free expression is a victim.
March 16, 2006 12:00 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Cyprus

European Court faults investigation in case of murdered journalist

New York, March 31, 2005—The European Court for Human Rights ruled today that Turkish authorities did not conduct an effective investigation into the July 1996 murder of journalist Kutlu Adali in Cyprus and ordered the government to pay 20,000 euros (US $26,000) in damages to his wife.

Ilkay Adali sought damages in 1997 from the Turkish government, which maintains effective control over the renegade Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). She claimed that Turkish or TRNC authorities ordered the killing, but the court said there was not enough evidence to conclude that security agents were involved in the murder.
March 31, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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Cyprus

Attacks on the Press 2002: Cyprus

Some 35,000 Turkish troops are stationed in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), founded after Turkey invaded the northern half of the Mediterranean island in 1974. The island remains divided into a more prosperous ethnic Greek sector in the south and an isolated and impoverished ethnic Turkish sector in the north. Cyprus' capital, Nicosia, is also divided in two, with one side controlled by the internationally recognized Greek-Cypriot authorities and the other by the Turkish government.
March 31, 2003 12:08 PM ET

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