Cartoons and religion take centre stage again, Europe signals action on SLAPPs

Recent articles in Europe & Central Asia

A commemoration marking the 27th anniversary of the killing of investigative journalist Uğur Mumcu, in Ankara, Turkey, 24 January 2020, Altan Gocher/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

International groups call on Turkey to investigate new allegations related to journalists’ unsolved murders

Allegations have recently been made by a mob leader in connection with the murders of investigative journalists Uğur Mumcu and Kutlu Adalı, killed in Turkey and Northern Cyprus in 1993 and 1996, respectively.

Slovak businessman Marian Kočner (C) attends a public hearing at the Slovak Supreme Court as he appears on charges of ordering the murders of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, in Bratislava, 15 June 2021, VLADIMIR SIMICEK/AFP via Getty Images

Slovakia: Supreme Court overturned not guilty verdicts in Ján Kuciak murder case

Last summer, the businessman Marian Kočner and his confidante, Alena Zsuzsová, were acquitted of ordering Kuciak’s murder in February 2018. After reviewing new evidence on 15 June 2021, the Supreme Court remanded the case back for a retrial.

The front page of "Cumhuriyet" depicts the on-going trial in Istanbul against the paper's journalists and executives on terrorism charges, with a headline that reads 'Let this oppression end', 9 March 2018, Altan Gocher/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Turkey using terrorism legislation to gag and jail journalists

Those who investigate the government’s actions with regard to Islamic State, the arms it has sent to Syria, or abuses by the security forces are systematically accused of “espionage,” “terrorist propaganda,” “defaming” the judicial system or the security forces or even “attacking an anti-terrorism agent.”