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Italy: Palermo Live Managing Director Michele Sardo Left Unconscious after Attack

Sardo – beaten up in Palermo

On 26 October 2021, Michele Sardo, managing director of the news website Palermo Live, was attacked and left unconscious by two men while documenting a fire that had broken out near a petrol station.

France: Two M6 Journalists Insulted and Attacked in their Car.

On 11 October 2021, a team of two journalists from TV channel M6 was attacked in Canteleu, near Rouen.

Spain: El Diario Director Ignacio Escolar Summoned to Disclose Source

On 29 September 2021, an investigating judge ordered Ignacio Escolar, director of the news website, to reveal a source who leaked information about a summer residence previously owned by the family of former dictator Francisco Franco.

Czech Republic: Legalizace Magazine Editor-in-chief Robert Verveka Charged with Inciting and Promoting Drug Addiction

In September 2021, Robert Veverka, editor-in-chief of the magazine Legalizace, was charged with “inciting and promoting toxicomania”, a crime punished with a fine or up to five years in prison.

Italy: Death Threats and Shotgun Cartridge Sent to RAI Regional Office

On 18 October 2021, an envelope containing a shotgun cartridge was received by the regional headquarters of the public broadcaster RAI in Florence.

Finland: Three Helsingin Sanomat Journalists Charged with Revealing State Secrets Helsingin Sanomien etusivusta monikanavainen | Print&Media

On 29 October 2021, the Deputy Prosecutor-General of Finland brought charges against three journalists from the daily Helsingin Sanomat (HS) for disclosing a state security secret and intending to disclose secrets.

Italy: Civil Lawsuits Prevent Italian Journalist Lorenzo Tondo from Covering Court Case

On 18 October 2021, the Italian journalist Lorenzo Tondo, correspondent for The Guardian, received notification of the first hearing in his trial, scheduled on 2 February 2022, in two civil lawsuits brought against him by the Italian prosecutor Calogero Ferrara.


Die Welt German/ Turkish correspondent in Turkey Deniz Yücel detained in 2017 and still in prison.

Updated 29 Oct 2021 | No State reply yet


Continued impunity following 1993  car-bomb murder in front of his house in Ankara of Turkish investigative journalist Uğur Mumcu


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