Seminar “Legislation and Self-Regulation of the Media in Russia and the EU”

The EU Project “Public Diplomacy. EU and Russia” is organising a seminar “Legislation and Self-Regulation of the Media in Russia and the EU – Role of Professional Ethics and Solidarity” in Yekaterinburg, 16-17 May. The EFJ GS Ricardo Gutiérrez will speak on the topic “Role of professional ethical standards in protection of responsible and independent journalism. EU and Russian experiences”, on 16 May. Main goal is to present analysis of Russian and EU media development with special focus on the topics of recent changes of legislation and professional ethics & self-regulation, as well as skills in covering sensitive matters, such…

The situation of media and freedom of expression in Turkey

To mark the World Press Freedom Day, the European Parliament with the support of the European Commission is dedicating a conference to the state of media and journalists in Turkey. Under the heading “The situation of media and freedom of expression in Turkey”, the event will bring together media and civil society representatives from Turkey and across the European Union. The event, to be held in the European Parliament in Brussels on 3-4 May, will be opened by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani. Johannes Hahn, the European Commissioner for the European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations will…

Conference “Is perception of migrants shaping mainstream policies in Europe?”

The EFJ GS Ricardo Gutiérrez will participate to a panel discussion titled ‘Stigmatization of migrants in Europe’, at the European Parliament, in the framework presentation of the research “New Forms of Citizenship in Migration Era”. The panel will discuss this phenomenon with representatives of policy makers, media and NGOs from Brussels. Adopted recommendations and conclusions will be incorporated into a report “New policy ideas combating stigmatization of migrants in Europe” providing fresh ideas on how political actors could address this through their daily work, especially in the light of European elections in 2019. The event is co-hosted by MEP Tanja Fajon, vice-president…

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…

The EU is finalising the directive for protecting whistleblowers

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) welcomes European commissioner Jourová’s recent announcement on preparing a horizontal legislation on whistleblower protection. Speaking of the recent killing of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak in Slovakia, Vera Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equity, said on 5th March, in EU LIBE Committee, that she considers the rule of law as one of the things that really matter. If Kuciak’s case is not dealt with satisfactorily, she said, then it would provide additional support for the establishment by 2020 of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), which could try cases such as financial crime,…

IFJ and EFJ join media coalition urging EU to protect journalists

The International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ and EFJ) today joined a global call for the EU to take action to protect journalists and end impunity within Europe. The IFJ and EFJ cosigned a letter with 15 media freedom organisations addressed to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, calling for EU action to protect journalists in Europe following the recent killings of Slovak and Maltese reporters Jan Kuciak and Daphne Caruana Galizia. The killings of the journalists, who had reported on corruption, organised crime and the abuse of power in their respective countries, are “unacceptable”, says the…

Free European Media: Let’s join forces for freedom of the press!

Over 120 journalists, representatives of journalists’ organisations, national media regulators and press councils, as well as academics, politicians, and civil society activists gathered on 15-16 February at the Solidarność Centre in Gdansk, Poland, for a conference on “Free European Media”. The event has concluded with a number of proposed steps, including the need to strengthen partnerships between all stakeholders. The event has been organised by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) in cooperation with the Council of Europe (CoE), the Nordic Journalism Centre, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and the International Press Institute (IPI), with the support…

GUE/NGL event on protecting journalists and whistleblowers to be held in honour of Daphne Caruana Galizia

The assassination of the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia last October is a tragic reminder of the ever-present dangers that crusading journalists and whistleblowers face on a daily basis – even when reporting here inside the EU. The laws that purport to safeguard their and our basic human rights, professional dignity and media freedom are clearly inadequate. With Galizia’s murder and the ongoing cases against the LuxLeaks whistleblowers and Julian Assange, the EU still has a long way to go in offering proper protection for journalists and whistleblowers. In honour of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the European United Left / Nordic…

Civil Society Media Seminar

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), will hold its 11th Civil Society Media Seminar on “The role of EU civil society in a globalised world of communications” from 23 to 24 November 2017 in Madrid. This event is principally directed to journalists and communications/press officers from civil society organisations representing employers, workers and other social, occupational, economic and cultural organisations. The EFJ will be represented by its GS, Ricardo Gutiérrez.

EU Multi-stakeholder Conference on Fake news

“Fake news” is currently being discussed in sensitive contexts such as the US Presidential elections, Brexit and after EU electoral campaigns. The reasons why this phenomenon is more pervasive and impactful today than ever before are the ease with which news can be posted and shared on social media, the velocity with which such news may spread, and the global reach it might effortlessly attain. Consequently, President Juncker has taken up the challenge of fake news in his letter of Intent to the European Parliament and equally in his Mission letter to Commissioner Gabriel. He calls for action to “address…

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