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Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter)

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Danish MEPs fight for non-MEP Ombudsman NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 9 Months, 4 Weeks, 16 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Danish journalists’ magazine Journalisten.dk has an interesting take on the debate about a new EU Ombudsman. Written by journalist Andreas Marckmann. Read the English language summary below. All 13 Danish MEPs will vote to prevent an MEP candid...
“Can privatization kill?” NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 1 Year, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 46 Minutes ago
“Can privatization kill” asked Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen in an op-ed in the New York Times last year. Gammeltoft-Hansen is a senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies DIIS and tomorrow will present a boo...
Citizens deserve better NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 1 Year, 9 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 14 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
Is it the Nordics against the Southerners in the fight for more transparency in the EU? Is it old-fashioned bureaucracy against modern administration? Is it power structures against the citizens? The fight for more transparency in the EU seems stuck...
Cover Up Unveiled NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 1 Year, 11 Months, 4 Weeks, 11 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
The final volume of the trilogy In the Name of the State was published on 19 April 2012. Entitled ‘Prikrivanje’, Cover-up, it deals with the abuse of political and legal power of leading Slovene politicians around the time when the country gai...
War profiteers unveiled NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 2 Years, 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
More than 130.000 people were killed during Yugoslav wars in the 1990ies. On the other side millions dollars of war profits have been earned with sending thousands tons of weapons and ammunition to the battlefields. Last week the second book of the t...
Ham, Cheese and Transparency NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 2 Years, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 9 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
London based journalist Annamarie Cumiskey was so enthused about a meeting with young Spanish data journalists at a recent seminar, that she offered a guest contribution to the Watchdog Blog. Here it comes. In the past three weeks I have been a victi...
Police investigates Dutch journalist for showing weakness in payment system NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 2 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 9 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
As more and more EU member states introduce electronic payment systems for public transport, Dutch police investigates a journalist on suspicions of fraud after showing weakness in the security of the Dutch system. Read article by guest blogger Staff...
Transparency is a common task NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 3 Years, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Politicians have said it. The European Ombudsman has said it. Now even the European Court is getting close to saying it: Freedom of information is a fundamental right in a democracy. My point today is, that rights wither away, if we do not use them.
Cross-border story quoted widely NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 3 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 22 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Two journalists, one story – but how to achieve impact? In the story about the Latvian Brides, cooperation of journalists from two countries led to research so thorough, that the story was quoted in various European countries. Aleksandra Jolkina fr...
€ 1.5 million postponed NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 3 Years, 3 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Hour, 13 Minutes ago
The European Parliament allocated € 1,5 million to investigative journalism research grants in 2010 and 2011. However last week the money has been withdrawn following a long struggle about editorial independence and editorial confidentiality. But t...
EU-money to the mafia, the tobacco industry and multinationals? NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 3 Years, 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 20 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Journalists have dug out the beneficiaries of EU-farmsubsidies for citizens to see them at Farmsubsidy.org. Now a new team of journalists has dug out the recipients of the other large lump on the EU-budget: The regional funding. In a unique cooperati...
Uncut: Revolution Televised NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 3 Years, 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 12 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
In Moldova, an immediate neighbour of the EU, last year three young people died in protests against election fraud. The election had to be repeated, but the violence remains a national memory. Now a journalistic project asks the Moldovan public to he...
1,1 million euro to journalists NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 3 Years, 5 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 5 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Journalists with a good idea for an investigative story with a European angle can now apply for research grants from the European Union. 1,1 million Euro will be distributed in two rounds of applications. The first deadline is on January 15th 2011. T...
Latvian brides NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 3 Years, 6 Months, 6 Days, 21 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Fraud, rape and sexual exploitation as a result of EU rules combined with national, legal loopholes? An obvious question for journalists to look into. This weekend and today Jamie Smyth from the Irish Times publishes a series of articles about sham m...
Sandcastle Europe NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 3 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 22 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
A writer and a photographer from Belgium have spent several years to document the migrants on their way to the EU and inside the EU. There is no fortress Europe, they conclude – it is rather a sandcastle. Because “you cannot secure a continent ag...
Who are the worst? NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 3 Years, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 20 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
The Dutch ministry of Economy this week received an award for being the most obstructive authority in the Netherlands when it comes to transparency, it was selected as thee Wob Obstructor of 2010 in the context of the international Right To Know Day,...
Ram raids and sources NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 3 Years, 7 Months, 15 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Whining engines, smell of rubber, gasoline in the blood and excitement! In January 2002 an illegal street race was held in the town of Hoorn in the Netherlands. Journalists from the magazine Autoweek were allowed to cover the race and take pictures a...
Right to access is fundamental NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 3 Years, 8 Months, 5 Days, 4 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
The EU Ombudsman Nikiforos Diamandouros confirms the Lisbon treaty, the European Medicines Agency respects that: The right of access to information held by the authorities is a fundamental right in Europe. In the most recent case this has a concrete...
Black Tuesday for transparency NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 3 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 15 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
The public until Tuesday had the right to know the names of the officials working on their behalf and of lobbyists trying to influence those officials. However Tuesday the 29th of June the European Court of Justice decided that the strict data protec...
In praise of Bulgarian journalists NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 3 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 17 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Last month it was revealed, that the daughter and the wife of the responsible Bulgarian minister at the time were amongst the top-recipients of EU farmsubsidies. Subsidies that were administrated by the very same minister. €700.000 to the daughter...