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12th Jun 2019 - From 8th to 27th April 500,000 Polish teachers from all levels of pre-university education went on strike. It was the longest national walkout in postwar Poland and the biggest in education since 1993. They asked for a pay rise and protested against recent changes in their collective agreement. Even though the government didn't meet their requests, the strike was suspended. It might restart at the beginning of the new school year, two months ahead of the general elections.
1st Jun 2019 - Since 2011, when a new controversial media law came into effect, a score of independent media outlets have been ousted from Hungary. Some of them were shut down, others were purchased by entrepreneurs with close ties to the government and now mostly publish propaganda. While freedom of the press in the country is plummeting, there are a few independent media that fight back such as Direkt36, Atlatszo, Index, and 444.
29th May 2019 - A look into the way investigative reporters from the four Visegrad countries have been cooperating on stories and developing cross-border journalism overcoming difficulties to get their own space. Text originally published on Visegrad Insight and re-published by the Global Investigative Journalism Network.
21st Mar 2019 - Less than a year after the assassination of investigative reporter Ján Kuciak, some of his former Czech and Slovak colleagues have founded the first investigative centre in Slovakia (ICJK) under his name. A double interview with the director of the ICJK in Bratislava, Arpád Soltész, as well as with Pavla Holcová who heads the Czech centre for investigative journalism in Prague and covered stories with Kuciak.
27th Jan 2019 - The story of the Oneg Shabbat group who gathered and catalogued diaries, photographs, realia, oral and written accounts to chronicle life in the Warsaw Ghetto between 1940 and 1943. Thousands of original documents that, partially dug out after WW2, are now reunited in the Ringelblum Archive. An invaluable collection of historical sources now available for historians, researchers and the new generations.
22nd Jan 2019 - 'Oggi in Italia' was a secret radio station created in Prague by the Italian Communist Party and operating between 1950 and 1971. It was manned by many political exiles who lived abroad under false identities. It broadcast its share of news and propaganda reaching out to millions of Italians. However, it also delivered journalistic scoops and host Radio Free Prague during the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968.
9th Jan 2019 - An interview for Radio3 Rai concerning the Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini meeting Jarosław Kaczyński leader of the Law and Justice party in Warsaw to discuss possible alliances for the forthcoming European Parliament elections.
30th Dec 2018 - Editor in chief of the 3rd thematic issue of an online literary mag made by foreigners in Warsaw. This issue includes texts and artworks by 20 authors hailing from 12 countries: Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Nigeria, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sierra Leone, Spain, the UK, and the US.
16th Dec 2018 - The approval of a new law on overtime work by the Hungarian parliament on December 12th sparkled huge protests in Budapest. Dozens of thousands of people took to the streets for four nights in a row to voice their resentment against the so called 'slave law'. The new law extends mandatory annual overtime hours for employees from a maximum of 250 to 400 hours and give employers the right to pay them back three years later.