Reporters Without Borders issued their EU Report of Press Freedom to coincide with World Press Freedom Day.
On World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2008, Reporters Without Borders publishes for the first time an investigation into violence against journalists within several countries of the European Union (EU)
In France, journalists are exposed to physical reprisals when they cover unrest in the suburbs. Events have taken an even more disturbing turn since the November 2005 riots, particularly in the Paris area.
In Italy, the threat comes from the mafia, or rather the mafias which operate in the south of the country ...
In Spain’s Basque Country, journalists have born, often for years, intimidation from the terrorist organisation Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA). Gorka Landaburu, director of Cambio 16, says “pressure worsened at that time because of assassinations, particularly of journalists.
In Northern Ireland, several reporters continue to receive death threats, despite the peace process of the last few years and the formation in 2007 of a regional power-sharing government made up of former Unionist and Republican enemies.
The threats come chiefly from gangs that have sprung from Protestant Loyalist paramilitary groups, such as the Ulster Defence Association, that are in favour of keeping strong links with the United Kingdom.
Danish intelligence on 11 February 2008, uncovered a murder plot against Kurt Westergaard, who drew the most controversial cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. He has since been forced to live under the protection of the Danish secret services, changing his residence every two weeks.
Violence against journalists was also committed in recent years in Sweden, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Cyprus.
The full report is worth the read. Here's the link to the web page and the pdf of the report.