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Media freedom in Europe: populists against journalists

In Estonia, announces a Journalist, in Austria, a Moderator is under pressure in Hungary the media are under government control. Where populists to govern, is it for media hard - why?

It was an inauguration with a lot of symbolism on Monday in the Estonian Parliament in Tallinn: President Kersti Kaljulaid a Shirt with the inscription "free bore". Was coined especially to the right-wing populist Estonian Conservative people's party (EKRE), which is now involved in the government.

Two of their representatives - the new Minister of the interior, Mart helmets and his son Martin helmets, as Minister of Finance - showed the deputies Gestures, which are associated with the neo-Nazi "White Power"movement.

Mart helmets ...

... and his son Martin helmets with the same gesture.

at Least Ex-President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and other observers understood these finger characters and saw them as confirmation of racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic attitudes that come again and again in Statements made by EKRE-politicians.

On the criticism of such Statements, EKRE politicians reacted thin-skinned. Martin helmets called for in March, in a letter to the public broadcasting ERR, the expulsion of all journalists who have "demonstrated bias" against his party.

departure instead of self-censorship

Even before the new government was introduced into the office, pulled a Journalist consequences: Ahto Lobjakas quit his Job as host of a radio show at the ERR. He had the choice between self-censorship and departure, explained Lobjakas. With reference to the new government is more "balance him". How critical he had always reported about the previous government, he had been but never under pressure. The have changed after the parliamentary elections in March, when the EKRE is the third strongest force.

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