The poll was compiled on the basis of a sample of 940 journalists from 47 member states of the Council of Europe and the Republic of Belarus. The results of the research show that a significant number of journalists in Europe are subjected to various interventions in their work.
Among the specific measures, very serious ones, such as intimidation and violence are cited. As the authors of the study note, this situation leads to the development of self-censorship among journalists because of the emerging fear.
The published data are intended to open a discussion on measures to combat threats to freedom of speech and the media, the dynamics of growth in recent years shows a significant increase in Europe.
A third of journalists who participated in the study, conducted between April and July 2016, noted that they had been physically assaulted for three years. The most common intervention was psychological pressure, including intimidation, threats, slander and humiliation, reported by 69% of journalists.