Meeting with Serbian journalists

The EFJ GS Ricardo Gutiérrez will meet with a group of 5 media founded by civil society organisations from Serbia: European Western Balkans, Juzne Vesti (News from South), TV Forum Prijepolje, Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia, Independent Journalist’ Association of Serbia. They are partners of Belgrade Open School, CSO from Belgrade, Serbia, within the project “Civil Society as a Force of Change in Serbia’s EU Accession – CS4EU”, funded by the Kingdom of Sweden. Group consists of local and national journalists, who follow different aspects of Serbian EU integration/accession process.  

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…

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…

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