First meeting of the EU Multistakeholder Forum on Disinformation

The EFJ GS Ricardo Gutiérrez will participate on behalf of the European Federation of Journalists in the EU Multistakeholder Forum on Disinformation. The Forum will include representatives of online platforms (Google, Facebook, Twitter, Mozilla, Wikimedia…), the advertising industry and advertisers, which will form a Working Group in charge of drafting a Code of Practice on tackling disinformation, as well as academics, media and civil society organisations (including EFJ, EBU, NME, ACT, EPC, AER, EMMA, ENPA, Poynter, BEUC…) which will be entrusted with an advisory function and act as a Sounding Board for the Forum. EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will attend the plenary…

Difference Day – Leçon du Siècle

LEÇON DU SIÈCLE L’objectif de la “Leçon du Siècle” est d’identifier des abus et des situations insoutenables par le biais de textes et d’images, de lectures et de discussions dans une dynamique de dialogue, Des acteurs du monde académique, politique, journalistique et artistique y donneront leur vision des choses.  

European Commission’s plan to tackle online disinformation

The European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, presented today (26/04/2018) the Communication on “tackling online disinformation”. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) welcomes the commitment of the European Union to call on member states for significant financial support for independent news media, fact- and source-checking, and media and information literacy. The European Federation of Journalistes strongly believes that quality journalism and a sustainable media ecosystem are the best antidotes to disinformation. The European Commission recognises the key role played by online platforms in the spread and amplification of online disinformation, deeply affecting journalists and media outlets. It…

EU conference on digital sector: policymakers and citizens join forces to shape digital future

A High Level Conference “Shaping our digital future” brought together around 600 participants including MEPs, ministers and citizens to discuss challenges and opportunities of the digital sector on 25 April in Brussels. The event was jointly organised by the European Parliament and the European Commission in the light of the rapidly changing digital landscape to enter into a dialogue with policy makers and citizens about Europe’s digital future. Four panels discussed the following topics: Investing in connectivity and the data economy infrastructure (5G, High Performance Computing, Artificial Intelligence) and avoiding a digital divide Innovation in the digital age based on…

The best antidote to disinformation is a sustainable media ecosystem

Together with 38 experts, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) participated in a EU High-level Expert Group (HLEG) set up by the European Commission, since January 2018, in order to tackle the phenomenon of so-called “fake news” and disinformation. The final report of this group has been published today in Brussels by the EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel. The EFJ welcomes the final report despite some doubts on some specific proposals. The report clearly indicates that the real threat is disinformation, not “fake news”. Disinformation is defined as “false, inaccurate, or misleading information designed, presented and promoted to intentionally…

Journalists at war, from Crimean War to Ukraine Crisis

This blog is based on a presentation given by Ricardo Gutiérrez, General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists, at the University of London, 1st March 2016, as part of ‘Journalists & Commanders. Reporting in times of war, tensions and crises’.  ——————– All wars are dirty. But wars, for journalists, are fascinating. War is action. Power. Flesh, blood and guts. War reporting is also a democratic requirement. Nothing is worse than a conflict covered far from the battlefield, such as some of the war reporting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Covering a war is always challenging for journalists because of the the risk…