Trade secrets: the Danish union secured protection for journalists and whistleblowers

The Danish Union of Journalists (DJ) welcomed the recently adopted law to protect companies from the disclosure of business secrets. An exception clause has been added to ensure that it is not a criminal offence to reveal a business secret that is in the public interest. Denmark has transposed into national law the directive 2016/943/EU ‘on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure’, adopted by the European Parliament and Council on 8 June 2016. The bill, which aims to protect the confidential information of companies, sets out the remedies that may be applied…

Danish government to cut 20% funding for public service media

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), representing 320.000 journalists across Europe, is shocked to learn that the Danish government intends to cut 20 percent of funding for Danish public service media (DR). The EFJ urges the government in Denmark to withdraw its proposal. The Danish government has agreed on a new media agreement that is expected to come into effect on January 1, 2019. The new measures include a cut in DR’s budget of 20%. It will also scrap the licence fee for public broadcasting. The measures were taken by the VLAK government with the support of the Dansk Folkeparti party. Free and…

Turkish authority to investigate assault on Danish journalist covering refugees

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the Danish Journalists’ Union (DJ) have strongly condemned Turkish border police for the assault of Danish journalist Nagieb Khaja on 2 December while crossing the border into Syria to cover the refugee crisis. The EFJ member in Denmark, DJ, has immediately written to the Ambassador of Turkey in Denmark protesting the attack on Khaja.  Following the demand of the organisations to investigate the assault, the Turkish authority has responded today that they have started an investigation into Khaja’s case. Mogens Blicher Bjerregård, the EFJ President said, “We have witnessed Turkey’s disregard for the…

Danish journalists urge new government to improve transparency

The Danish Journalists’ Union (DJ), a member of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has launched a campaign calling on the newly elected government in Denmark to amend the Danish freedom of information law (called Open Administration Act in Denmark) to improve transparency and open access to government documents and information for citizens and journalists. The EFJ gave its strong back to DJ and demand the government to amend the freedom of information law to comply with European standards on freedom of information. The Danish Open Administration Act, also known as the “Closure Act”, was passed in 2013 with a…

Membership makes unions stronger

Top 10 tips on recruitment and serving membership Membership makes unions stronger. How do unions reach out and engage youth while developing services that cater for the needs of a wide range of membership? This was the theme of the EFJ workshop on “Let’s organise, invest in youth and services” attended by 30 union leaders and recruitment officers from the EFJ affiliates on 10 – 11 May in Copenhagen, Denmark. Participants raised the need to adapt recruitment strategies and services to respond to the changing landscape and labour market in journalism and media. Here are the top 10 tips and…

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Copenhagen: IFJ and EFJ stand united with Danish citizens in refusing intimidation

(updated 15/02/2015) The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) strongly condemn the deadly shootings which took place Saturday and early Sunday in Copenhagen. One civilian has been killed and three police officers injured after armed men opened fire on Krudttønden meeting place, on Saturday. The title of the meeting was: “Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression”. In the second attack, early Sunday, outside the city’s main synagogue, a man was shot in the head and later died, and two officers were wounded. The Saturday meeting was attended by Lars Vilks, the controversial Swedish artist who has…

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EFJ kicks off “Rights and jobs in journalism” project

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) kicked off a two-year project “Rights and jobs in journalism” in a preparatory meeting held in Brussels with project partners. The project’s steering committee and representatives from four partner organisations (Trade Union of Croatian Journalists, Slovenian Association of Journalists, Federacion de servicios a la ciudadania de CC.OO, Danish Union of Journalists) discussed what measures can be taken to improve the capacity of unions in protecting the professional rights of journalists and reaching out to new members. Louise Theil, the recruitment officer of the Danish Journalists’ Union presented its recruitment strategy to the participants and…

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Danish Union of Journalists (Dansk Journalistforbund) Address Journalisternes Hus 46, Gammel Strand 1202 Copenhagen, Denmark Staff President: Lars Werge, law@journalistforbundet.dkCEO: Linda Garlov, lg@journalistforbundet.dk Communications manager: Troels Johannesen, tjo@journalistforbundet.dk   Phone +45 33 42 80 00 Email dj(at)journalistforbundet(dot)dk ; Contact Person Troels Johannesen, tjo@journalistforbundet.dk Website www.journalistforbundet.dk Assistance to foreign journalists in connection with major events in Denmark (pdf)