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…

Media Days urges political leaders to ensure press freedom in Western Balkans

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) welcomed the focus, that European Union has provided, when over 250 representatives of media, stakeholders and policymakers from the Western Balkans and the European Union met at the EU Western Balkans Media Days in Tirana, Albania, on 9 and 10 November 2017, dedicated to the important role of media in the accession process. Two panels and six workshops gave the opportunity for participants to exchange their views and work on forward-looking initiatives for independent, sustainable and professional media, in a region where the media freedom situation is not only slow to improve, but also in some…

EU-Western Balkans Media Days

The EU Commissioner for the European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn is organizing the “EU – Western Balkans Media Days”, which will be held on 9-10 November 2017 in Tirana, Albania, in the hotel The Plaza. The EFJ President Mogens Blicher Bjerregård will represent the EFJ.

EU Tripartite Social Summit

The next EU Tripartite Social Summit for Growth and Employment will be held on 18 October 2017 from 14h00 to 17h00. Press Conference at 17h00. A preparatory meeting will be held in the ETUC premises from 10h45 to 12h45. Oliver Roethig (UNI-Europa) and Renate Schroeder (EFJ) will represent the ETUFs. Here are the proposed themes as agreed during the preparatory meeting: General theme: • Shaping Europe’s future: strengthening resilience and promoting economic and social progress for all 3 sub-themes for moderated discussion: • Subtheme 1: The involvement of social partners (in policies and reforms) at national level – progress made…

Right to Know Day

Right to Know Day, Brussels, 28th September 2017 Organising parties: ITCO intergroup, supported by Access Info Europe and AntiCor Belgium Mission and objectives: It is our mission to host an event in Brussels that brings together Freedom of Information (FOI) advocates from across Europe. The main objectives of this event will be:   To celebrate Right To Know Day which is held on 28th September each year, by raising awareness about the right of access to information and sharing inspiring stories of FOI from around Europe   To compare good and bad practices when it comes to Freedom of Information…

ALDE Seminar: ‘Protecting European Democratic in a post-truth society”

MEP Marietje Schaake is organising a seminar on ‘Protecting European Democratic in a post-truth society” on Wednesday, 6 September 2017 between 15:00 and 18.00 in the European Parliament, Brussels (Joszef Antall building JAN 4Q1). Please register at alde.eu/events to attend this hearing.   DETAILED PROGRAMME 1st Panel: Fake news – general overview   15:00                     Marietje Schaake MEP, Moderator 15:10                     Professor Philip N. Howard, Oxford University Computational Propaganda Project 15:20                     David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on Protection of Freedom of Speech 15:30                     Q&A   2nd Panel: Fake news and real actors behind   16:00                     Petras Auštrevičius MEP, Moderator 16:05                     Boris Reitschuster, Author…

The EFJ urges Estonia to reconsider denied accreditation to Russian journalists

The EFJ urges the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union to reconsider denied accreditation to three Russian journalists for the EU informal meeting of the EU ministers of Foreign Affairs in Tallinn (Estonia) to take place on 7-8 September 2017. The Estonian Presidency refused three requests for accreditation from Russian state owned news agency Rossiya Segodnya to cover the EU informal meeting. The requests were filed by the Brussels based correspondent Vladimir Dobrovolskiy, and by Moscow based journalists Maria Kiseleva and Anastasia Sedelnikova. No explanations were provided by the Estonian authorities for their refusal. Sergey Kochetkov, first…

Polish journalist receives death threats after public Polish TV classifies her remarks as “harmful to Poland”

Dorota Bawolek, a Polish journalist working in Brussels for Polish private TV channel Polsat TV, was targeted by hundreds of hateful messages on social media after the Polish public TV station TVP reproached her of having asked the European Commission an “upsetting” question on Thursday 13 July 2017. That Thursday, during the daily press conference of the European Commission in Brussels, Dorota Bawolek asked for explanations on the state of democracy in Poland. On that same day, the Polish Parliament had adopted a draft law that would weaken the independence and impartiality of the judiciary and of the Supreme Court…

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