Safety of Journalists and the Fighting of Corruption in the EU

Journalism and journalists face a growing range of threats, including violence and harassment; the misuse of defamation and other laws against them, and restrictive measures on freedom of information and expression adopted in response to the COVID-19 crisis. States must ensure a safe and favourable environment for journalists to perform their public watchdog function. This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the LIBE Committee, examines the overall chilling effect of crimes and threats against journalists and explores various regulatory and other measures to counter them.

Authors: Tarlach McGonagle, Ronan Ó Fathaigh, Gionata Bouché, Melinda Rucz, Sarah Stapel, Michelle Seel, Anne van der Sangen

Year Country Organisation Author Type
2020 Denmark, Europe, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam McGonagle, T. et al. policy recommendations, research report
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Intermediate Outcome 1 corruption, covid-19, legal safety, safety of journalists Download/link