14. dec 2021.

Hungary’s Szabolcs Panyi on how Pegasus surveillance has hindered his reporting

Author Attila Mong

It took five months for Hungary to acknowledge publicly that it had bought the Pegasus spyware allegedly used to hack the phones of hundreds around the world. In November, Lajos Kósa, a top official from Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party, acknowledged the purchase in a media interview after a parliamentary meeting; Minister of the Interior Sándor Pintér confirmed it in front of a visiting delegation from the European Parliament it later in the month.

03. dec 2021.

CPJ welcomes convictions in retrial for Serbian journalist Slavko Ćuruvija’s murder


In a retrial today, the Higher Court in Belgrade convicted four former Serbian state security officers of the 1999 murder of journalist Slavko Ćuruvija, owner of the mass-circulation Dnevni Telegraf, Serbia’s first private daily, and the weekly magazine Evropljanin, independent regional news website Balkan Insight reported. Ćuruvija, 51, was shot and killed on April 11, 1999, outside his home near the Yugoslav Parliament building.

23. nov 2021.

Local trainers in the Western Balkans prepared to conduct online courses on “Freedom of Expression” and “Protection and Safety of Journalists”

The Council of Europe standards on freedom of expression can be more effectively implemented by offering training in this field to different local actors such as judges, prosecutors, lawyers, police officers or students who could then apply these standards in their current or future work. This should contribute to the creation of a favourable environment for exercising freedom of expression and freedom of the media at the domestic level. 

16. nov 2021.

Using Comics, Music, and Theater to Bring Investigative Journalism to New Audiences

Author Banjo Damilola

Convoca, a digital investigative platform based in Peru, wanted to show how people poisoned by lead released from heavy industry were also struggling with COVID-19. Their chosen medium: comics. Milagros Salazar Herrera, the director and founder of Convoca, a GIJN-member, said the team chose an interactive comic to tell the story because “that could help…

14. nov 2021.

Suspended sentence for death threat to Serbia’s daily editor-in-chief

Danas, N1 Belgrade

On the occasion of threatening the editor-in-chief of Danas, Dragoljub Petrovic, the High Court in Belgrade sentenced a man from Belgrade Lazarevac suburb to one year in prison, suspended for three years, for the criminal offence of endangering security after five years, the daily said on Friday.

06. nov 2021.

IPI welcomes U.S. blacklisting of NSO Group over Pegasus spyware abuses


The IPI global network today welcomes the decision by the United States government to blacklist Israeli company NSO Group over the abuse of its spyware technology Pegasus to target journalists and others, and urged other democratic countries around the world to follow the Biden administration’s lead by sanctioning and regulating the technology.

12. okt 2021.

Safety of journalists: What to expect from the announced amendments to the Criminal Code

Author Miroslav Janković

The former Criminal Code left too much space for anyone wishing to harm or intimidate journalists to do that and not be punished. And this is exactly what is the greatest contribution of these amendments: that space will shrink considerably and prosecution and police will have legal grounds to act in many situations in which ‘their hands were tied’ previously.

01. okt 2021.

Still no justice for Khashoggi, three years after his murder

By Anne ter Rele

October 2 marks the third anniversary of the 2018 murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a heinous act for which justice is still denied. The IPI global network strongly condemns the continued impunity in the case and calls on the international community to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the murder. 

14. sep 2021.

Bosnian Women Journalists and Advocates Receive Death Threats for Supporting Refugees

Author Marija Šajkaš

SARAJEVO—“Those prostitutes … should be lynched so they remember whom they’re dealing with,” read one comment on a Bosnian “anti-migrant” Facebook group post targeting Zehida Bihorac. Other comments were even more explicit, detailing graphic and sexually violent threats. Bihorac is a teacher and human rights defender known for assisting “people on the move” (the term preferred by…

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