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Media freedoms in Bulgaria rank the worst in the EU

Bulgaria has the lowest standards of press freedom in Europe and is ranked 111th globally in terms of press freedom for a third consecutive year in the Reporters Without Borders annual edition of the World Press Freedom index, which called the country “the black sheep of the EU”.

Source: Euractiv


Doctors launch legal challenge to UK government over protective kit

Two British doctors who have been exposed to COVID-19 patients have launched a legal challenge against the government over what they say is a lack of protective kit and unclear guidance on when and how it should be used.

Source: Reuters


Russian Supreme Court advises against jailing people accused of minor offenses due to COVID-19 pandemic

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Russian Supreme Court has issued a recommendation advising judges to only detain people suspected or accused of non-serious crimes in exceptional cases.

Source: Meduza

Germany to set out rules for religious services including singing ban

Germany is to set out guidelines for holding religious services during the coronavirus pandemic with a list of strict restrictions expected to include a ban on singing.

Source: The Guardian

EU launches legal case against Poland over judicial independence

The European Commission opened a fourth legal case against Poland, for undermining judicial independence and breaching EU law, following the country’s controversial judicial reforms.

Source: New Europe

Croatian President Milanovic protests WWII Ustasha slogan

Croatian President Zoran Milanovic has walked out of a war of independence memorial event when some of the participants displayed a slogan used by the pro-Nazi Ustasha militia.

Source: DW

Malta told to invite Europol to investigate journalist murder

Media freedom watchdogs have written a letter to Malta's attorney general, demanding a joint investigation team from Europol to help with the case of murdered investigative journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Source: EU Observer

Germany passes law banning ‘gay conversion therapy’ for minors

The legislation is intended to stop groups offering the service which claims to be able to change a person's sexual orientation to under-18s.

Source: BBC

Bulgarian Court stops construction work in national park

Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court has halted construction work and logging in the Pirin National Park — a victory for environmentalists over the authorities after a three-year legal battle.

Source: Balkaninsight