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-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…

The Future of News in a Hyperconnected World

On March 1st, MEP Marietje Schaake will be hosting an event on the future of news, from 12:30 to 15:00 in the European Parliament in Brussels. Independent journalism is under pressure as a result of financial constraints. Local media are hardly surviving and free online content is sprawling. On social media platforms that are built for maximum profit, sensational stories easily go viral, even if they are not true. Online propaganda is at an all-time high and personalised newsfeeds result in filter bubbles, which has a direct impact on the state of democracy. On March 1st, we will explore how journalists,…

EU Conference on the European Pillar of Social Rights

The European Pillar of Social Rights: going forward together In March the European Commission published a first outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights and launched a broad public consultation to gather views and feedback. On 23 January 2017, the Commission will organise a high level conference in Brussels, which will be a unique opportunity to take stock of the consultation and to contribute to shaping the European Pillar of Social Rights. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) will be represented by its director Renate Schroeder. see programme: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=1226&eventsId=1187&furtherEvents=yes      

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