EFJ Director Renate Schroeder was invited by the European Free Alliance/The Greens to a panel discussion about “Press Freedom-keeping Journalists safe” yesterday in the European Parliament. She informed the meeting about the different activities the EFJ is involved when it comes to mapping media freedom, the Council of Europe Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists and pledged the EP to stand up for journalist’ rights, media freedom and democracy, which at the moment is too often compromised by geopolitical interest.
Sasa Lekovic, President of EFJ affiliate, the Croatian Journalists’ Association, and co-author presented the SEEMO Safety Net Manual, guidelines for journalists in extraordinary or emergency situations. It is a practical manual for journalists in South Eastern Europe and Turkey giving concrete examples and advice about how to behave and react in extraordinary situations, as well as some basic rules of professional and unbiased conduct. It is available in 12 languages including Bulgarian, Greek, Italian, Romanian, Serbo-Croatian,Turkish etc.. He informed the meeting about death threats he received as first freelance President of the Croatian Association of Journalists.