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In this year's edition of the World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders, Slovakia came first among Central European countries. But there's growing concern that the government there is seeking to control public media. There's been fierce criticism of state media coverage by the country's populist Prime Minister Robert Fico and rumours of management changes.
Syria is one of most dangerous countries for journalists. Both in the government controlled areas as well as those controlled by other armed groups and Islamic fighters, criticism is not wanted - and journalists are frequently threatened, abducted or even killed.
Since the failed coup attempt in Turkey last July, at least 156 media outlets there have been shut down and an estimated 2,500 journalists and other media workers have lost their jobs. Amnesty International is demanding the release of more than 120 journalists who have been jailed and is running a campaign called #FreeTurkeyMedia. More from Amnesty's Turkey Researcher, Andrew Gardner..
There's growing concern in Poland about the right-wing government's efforts to control the media. This year Poland ranked 54th on the World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters without Borders. That's one place lower than Haiti. As Alexa Dvorson reports from Warsaw, Polish journalists often find themselves in a daily struggle to keep reality front and center.
Bickering between Britain and Brussels over Brexit - The German Defence Minister comes under fire from her own army - Political uncertainty in the Czech Republic - Economic rebel Yanis Varoufakis makes a political comeback - Amnesty International steps up campaign for a free press in Turkey - Growing concern over the Polish media - The cross border tram building bridges between France and Germany.