Reports   |   Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, UK

Balancing Act

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

Reports   |   Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK

Balancing Act


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.

Reports   |   Georgia, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Ukraine

Faded Colors: CPJ Special Report

Some press gains are reported in Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan but the Color Revolutions have yet to deliver lasting reforms.
May 9, 2007 12:00 AM ET


Reports   |   China, Cuba, Eritrea, Gambia, Lithuania, Russia, Spain, Vietnam

Faraway Jails

By Kristin Jones

Watson sees his contributors vanish. In cyberspace, the most repressive law trumps all.
October 3, 2006 12:00 AM ET


Alerts   |   Lithuania

Lithuanian security agents seize all copies of newspaper

New York, September 8, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists deplores Lithuanian security agents’ seizure of all 15,000 copies of the semimonthly Laisvas Laikrastis (Free Newspaper), which was due out today with a story about alleged political corruption. Government agents, who said the story contained classified information, also briefly detained Editor Aurimas Drizius on Thursday.

About 10 plainclothes agents took Drizius to the Department of State Security headquarters for interrogation, the editor told CPJ today. Agents searched the Laisvas Laikrastis newsroom in the capital, Vilnius, and the editor’s home, confiscating the hard drives of all six newsroom computers and Drizius’ home computer.
September 8, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   Azerbaijan, Belarus, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Attacks on the Press 2005: Europe & Central Asia Analysis

Free Expression Takes a Back Seat
By Alex Lupis 

To gain military footing and access to energy resources in the former Soviet empire, the United States has diverted its attention from human rights and press freedom issues in Eurasia. The U.S. policy of close cooperation with the region's authoritarian leaders has undermined free and independent reporting in several Eurasian nations--from Russia, where coverage of the Chechen rebels is itself likened to terrorism, to Kazakhstan, where the government has waged a vast campaign to censor critical news reporting.

February 16, 2006 11:54 AM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   Burundi, China, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lithuania, Myanmar, Philippines, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Vietnam

Attacks on the Press in 2004: Introduction

by Ann Cooper

With its myriad dangers and devastating death toll, Iraq remained the worst place to practice journalism throughout 2004, and one of the most dangerous media assignments in recent history. Twenty-three journalists and 16 media support workers were killed on the job in Iraq during the year. An insurgent kidnapping campaign also posed severe threats--at least 22 journalists were abducted, and one of them was executed by his captors.

Alerts   |   Lithuania

Court issues mixed decision on pro-independence Chechen Web site

New York, October 1, 2003—The Second District Court in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius yesterday ruled that the State Security Department overstepped its authority when it shuttered the pro-independence Chechen Web site KavkazCenter on June 20.

The State Security Department disconnected and confiscated KavkazCenter's server at the private Vilnius-based Internet provider Elneta on June 20 because the Web site was allegedly spreading "terrorist propaganda," according to local and international press reports.
October 1, 2003 12:00 PM ET
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