Articles by Free Press Unlimited (FPU)
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report on freedom of expression and civic space was submitted by Freedom Forum and Free Press Unlimited in the thirty-seventh Session of the Working Group on the UPR.
Malta: Threats to the independence of the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia must stop
Thirty-eight months after the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, rights organisations reiterate that a fully independent and transparent public inquiry is key to achieving justice for Daphne’s assassination and ensuring that this will never happen again.
The campaign “A Safer World For The Truth” will combine an innovative “digital monument” to journalists murdered worldwide with a goal of documenting and investigating cold cases.
As democracy and the rule of law come increasingly under pressure in a number of EU countries, the undersigned organisations call on EU policymakers to urgently put forward an EU anti-SLAPP Directive to protect public watchdogs that help hold the powerful to account and keep democratic debate alive.
“Free Press Unlimited advocates that the European Commission should use the DSA as an opportunity to re-balance the power dynamics between online platforms and the media, while addressing connected issues related to the spread of disinformation and online advertising.”
Beyond the attacks and detention of journalists and media workers, authorities also undermined the Belarusian peoples’ right to access free and impartial information when they blocked access to the internet, affecting websites and popular apps.
Press freedom and media development organizations stress the UN’s Verified campaign could be strengthened by acknowledging that free and independent journalism, citizen reporting and open public discourse are indispensable to decreasing the impact of false and misleading information about COVID-19.