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‘Protection of media freedom in Europe’ expert Report holds States to account for worsening threats to journalists

AEJ Media Freedom representative William Horsley has presented his in-depth Report on The protection of media freedom to parliamentarians of the 47 Council of Europe States.

The Report contains a detailed record of all forms of violent attacks and official harassment against journalists in Europe during the past two years. It was presented in Strasbourg on 24 June. Among its key findings are the killings of 12 journalists in Russia and Ukraine, the targeted violence against members of the media in Ukraine before and after the Russian annexation of Crimea in March 2014, and patterns of state-backed intimidation of journalists in Turkey and Azerbaijan.

The Report was commissioned by the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). It is the fourth of a series of expert reports produced by William Horsley for the Assembly since 2009.

Read the June 2014 Report on The Protection of Media freedom in Europe here.