A recent report shows that France, Italy, Malta, Greece, Cyprus, Sweden, and Finland want to legalise spying on journalists in the event of a threat to national security.
Groups of protesters against mandatory vaccination clashed with police and broke into the DIAS media group building that houses Sigma TV. The mob attacked staff, set cars in the parking lot on fire and trashed the offices.
The bomb exploded at the entrance to the agency in the early hours of 4 March. No injuries were reported and police are currently investigating to establish whether the motive for the attack was related to news coverage.
Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika and its staff have been seriously threatened since the newspaper published a cartoon of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan which is considered as an insult by Turkish authorities.
In the latest in a series of actions against the “Afrika” newspaper, police forcibly entered the publication’s premises and removed a banner hanging from its balcony.
A gunman tried to enter the offices of “Afrika” newspaper, shot at editor Ali Osman and threatened the life of journalist and publisher Sener Levent.
Journalists reporting on the violent dispersal of a protest in North Nicosia were beaten and their cameras were broken.
The IFJ says that journalists working in the northern part of Cyprus face extremely difficult conditions with almost daily press freedom violations as well as intimidation against journalists who dare to report on controversial issues.
Attackers opened fire on the door of “Afrika” newspaper and left a warning that next time the shots would target editor Sener Levent.
Andis Hadjicostis, of the Dias Media Group, was shot outside his home and died at the scene while his killers fled.
IFJ has demanded that the Turkish government and the authorities in the north of Cyprus renew their investigation into the killing of journalist Kutlu Adali.
(IPI/IFEX) – The following is a 31 March 2009 press release by the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an IPI affiliate: SEEMO/IPI supports the Union of Cyprus Journalists in defending the role of the media Vienna, 31 March 2009 According to information before SEEMO, on 19 March 2009, the Criminal Court of Cyprus accused […]
(IFJ/IFEX) – The following is a 16 November 2007 media release of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), an IFJ regional group: Press Freedom in Cyprus Challenged by New Cases of Intolerance, Says the EFJ Today the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European group of the International Federation of Journalists, strongly condemned the repeated […]