Press Freedom isn’t just under attack in Turkey, Russia or Sudan; it is deteriorating across the world, including in Europe, with authoritarian governments setting an anti-media rhetoric. According to Reporters Without Borders, the murder of journalists in Slovakia, Malta and Bulgaria, as well as the withdrawal of police protection given to journalists covering crime in Italy and the Netherlands, has made some people doubt that Europe can be a safe haven for journalists. Cyber harassment, censorship and physical violence have become common occupational hazards journalists in Europe have to go through.
But despite such threats, and against all odds, journalists in Europe continue to fight for the freedom of information, which forms the bedrock of democracy and informed engagement.
Bulgaria’s Lina Krivoshieva launched an online media platform to fight the rise of misinformation in Bulgaria.
Czech Republic’s Pavla Holcová and her team uncovered how the Italian mafia was using Czech and Slovak real estate as a way to launder the money they were making from trading cocaine.
Slovakia’s Matúš Kostolný and his team of journalists are promoting independent journalism through the online platform Denník N.
Germany’s Louis Klamroth uses journalism to help civil society, activists, and politicians interact and reach compromises around social issues.
In The Netherlands, Tim Hofman acts as a bridge between youngsters and politics to overcome the generational divide.
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