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PRESS FREEDOM UNDER ATTACK IN EUROPE

        On the 7th of November, the Croatian journalist Boris De ž ulovi ć published an article called “ Fuck Vukovar ”, in which he criticizes the way the Vukovar has been turned into a dead town used only for nationalistic celebration and remembrance. He argues all cultural and social life has been erased from the village on the pretext of respecting the fallen during the Vukovar massacre. Moreover, De ž ulovi ć had been commenting on this reality for many years and had won the European Press Prize in 2014 for the article “ Vukovar: a life-size monument to the death city” . View of the town of Vukovar. Image by The Dubrovnik Times Hate, insults and threats were the responses that De ž ulovi ć got. Most notably, the Ministry of Veteran Affairs and the mayor of Vukovar, among other authorities, endorsed the public lynching, the criticism and the threats aimed at the journalist. Among the criticism, there were many accusations of him being unpatriotic, ungrateful to those who fought a
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Racism in Portugal: Actor Bruno Candé brutally murdered

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Protests against the Prime Minister in Bulgaria

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Bride Kidnapping

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Racism: a world issue

George Floyd, 2016 On May 25, in the United States of America, Minneapolis police officers arrested George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, after a convenience store employee called 911 and told the police that Floyd bought cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. During the arrest, Derek Chauvin, one of the police officers that were sent to the scene, knelt on his neck and back for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Seeing the excessive use of police force, since George Floyd was collaborating with the detention and posed no threat, several people joined in asking the police to get off of him, mainly because Floyd complained several times about being hurt and constantly said "I can't breathe". As time went by, videos made by witnesses display Floyd showing no signs of life, and neither Chauvin moved away or his colleagues tried to stop him; officer Derek Chauvin only removed his knee from George's neck when the paramedics arrived at the scene and told him to, although