It is a crowd-sourcing effort with contributions from a range of journalists and bloggers. Here are just a sprinkling of the initial results, with links:
Police denied journalists access to a demonstration by members of a right-wing group on 17 May. The Austrian Journalists’ Club described the police action as just one example of “massive assaults of the Austrian security forces on journalists”.
Slavica Lukić, who works for the newspaper Jutarnji list, has become the first victim of a new Croatian law that prohibits the causing of “humiliation” to people.
He reported that a university dean in Osijek, Croatia’s fourth largest city, had been accused by the judiciary of accepting a €2,000 bribe to give some students exam passes. He then complained that he felt humbled by the publication of the news.
It does not matter that the information was correct as far as the law is concerned. According to article 148 of the criminal code, it is enough for a person to state that he/she is humbled by the publication of information not deemed to be in the public interest.
Two Danish journalists were convicted on 22 May of violating a law that protects personal information after naming 12 pig farms as sources for the spread of MRSA.
Nils Mulvad and Kjeld Hansen, who said the government had sought to keep the information secret, argued that revealing the farms was appropriate because “there is public interest in openness about a growing health hazard”.
Although the maximum penalty was six months’ jail, the judge ruled imposed fines totalling £275. Mulvad described the decision as a “big step back for the freedom of press’ in Denmark.”
A journalist’s phone conversation with a source was tapped by police who then demanded that she should testify against the source.
Marie Delhaes Delhaes was threatened with a fine if she refused to be a witness in a criminal case against the source – an Islamist accused of inciting people to fight in Syria.
She has since claimed reporter’s privilege, arguing that it protects her from being forced to testify in a case she worked on as a journalist.
Some 65% of Macedonian journalists said they have experiencedcensorship while 53% said they are practising self-censorship, according to a survey published in March by Macedonia’s independent journalists’ trade union, SSNM.
“We function in a state of war here where all the institutions of the state are working to annihilate us and to annihilate even the slightest memory of professional journalism. Our struggle is one for survival,” said Tamara Causidis, the head of the SSNM.
Srdjan Skoro, editor of the state-owned newspaper Vecernje Novosti, was relieved of his job on 9 May after criticising Serbia’s new ministers.
Skoro said that he was given no explanation for his sacking. He said: “I was told to find another job and that I would perhaps do better there.”
He believed his dismissal was due to his appearance RTS, the public service broadcaster, during which he criticised some candidates for posts in the Serbian cabinet.
The founder of the satirical online forum, Sedat Kapanoğlu, was given a 10-month suspended jail sentence on 15 May for blasphemy.
Police alleged that commenters to a discussion thread on Sözlük’s website (Ekşi Sözlük) insulted the Prophet Muhammad. Some 40 of the website’s contributors were also detained and charged with insulting Islam.
One of them, Özgür Kuru, was given a seven-month suspended sentence. The court suspended the cases against other 37 suspects.
Source: The Guardian