Forum 1: Media issues

1. I also would rate 8-9 for freedom of press in Germany. As Maximilian and Kristina mentioned we (still) have a large scale of diverse media with different backgrounds. I also think this status quo is challenged by economic pressure. Moreover alarming for me is the current situation as Astrid wrote about the attack on a ZDF camera team in Dresden and the loss of acceptance by fake news declarations of the right wring party Afd (Alternative for Germany). I think journalists are posing challenging times by keeping their reliability. Also, Kristina’s comment on illegal data of journalists held by … Continue reading Forum 1: Media issues


to all of you! I am looking forward to our first trinational workshop. We had very good experience bringing together young ukrainian and romanian journalists and students  before: collaboration created friendship and vice versa. Nearly ten years ago I travelled to Moldova, Transnistria, Gagausia. For sure life has changed there in between, the media, too. As a journalist I am curious to know as much as possible about the development, the options for young journalists, the current state of press freedom and variety. Continue reading Welcome

Media Issues: Ukraine

I rate the freedom of the press in Ukraine by 5. Not only the government of Ukraine but also far-right radicals put pressure on the media. Constructive criticism of the government is regarded as a High Treason and journalists get such labels as “Agent of Kremlin” and are accused of spreading the “Enemies` propaganda”. The main media sources are controlled by oligarchs, who use the media in their own interests. To be honest, I don’t really know the media system of Moldova. But I can suggest that there is no big difference between Ukrainian media system and the other post-soviet … Continue reading Media Issues: Ukraine

Media issues

My rate for Germany is 8 out of 10. On one hand, the media landscape is characterized by a large number of newspapers, radio and television stations with a diverse background. There is no state repression that impedes journalistic work, as is the case in some countries of the European Union. On the other hand, there is increasingly economic pressure – journalists may lack time for thorough research and remuneration for freelance work can be poor. As a result, both journalists and the quality of their work suffer.   I have heard, that after the Maidan Revolution a kind of … Continue reading Media issues

Media issues: Germany

How do you rate the freedom of press in your country on a scale of 1 to 10? (1 = does not exist / 10 = free)? I would rate the freedom of press in Germany with an 8 to 9. As has already been mentioned in another bloggpost, we have a constitution that guarantees freedom of the press. Since my assessment is a momentary view, I come to a more critical assessment based on current events. In Dresden, for example, a camera team that was on the road on behalf of ZDF was detained by the police for about three-quarters of an … Continue reading Media issues: Germany

For Germany, I would rate it 9 out of 10. We have solid constitutional guarantees concerning the freedom of press that ensures a favorable environment for journalists in Germany. However, also recently, far-right groups and demonstrators have threatened and injured journalists. Other problem: in Hamburg, last year during the G20 summit, some journalists had lost their accreditation which created a scandal because it showed the scale of the illegal data on journalists held by the police. And: compared with other countries in which institutions are committed to show their archives/documents, German laws on access to information are relatively weak. In … Continue reading