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      

RUJ-EU-EFJ Conference: Threats and opportunities for regional media in digital age

The EU Delegation to the Russian Federation, in association with the Russian Union of Journalists and the European Federation of Journalists is organising the fourth and final in a series of meetings of EU and Russian journalists in 2016. The two-day event in Moscow (14-16 December) will be devoted to discussions on the future of regional press and the challenges faced by regional and local media in digital age and in changing geopolitical climate. EU journalists and their Russian colleagues will share their expertise and experience in transforming traditional newspapers into online and multi-media operations, and in developing new business…

Meeting with OLAF

Meeting with Silvana Enculescu, deputy spokesperson of OLAF, European Anti-Fraud Office.

The Greens/EFA Roundtable Discussion: Turkish Journalists in the State of emergency

12h00 Introduction by MEP Rebecca Harms, Co-president of the Greens/EFA Group 12h15 – 12h45 Presentation of the cases of imprisoned journalists and writers – The solidarity campaign: Andrew Finkel and Veysel Ok 13h00 – 14h00 Discussion and Q&A: What can be done to support the imprisoned? How can we strengthen the solidarity campaign Interpretation English-Turkish If you need access to the European Parliament, please register with your name, date of birth, ID/passport number and nationality at rebecca.harms@ep.europa.eu P24 (the Platform for Independent Journalism in Turkey) was founded three years ago to promote press integrity and quality journalism in a country…

ECPMF debate: New laws to secure media freedom?

New laws to secure media freedom? Can whistleblowing protection and AVMS directive contribute to media freedom in the EU? Expert exchange with the European Centre for Press & Media Freedom, ECPMF. Meeting is hosted and chaired by Martina Michels, MEP and Cornelia Ernst, MEP Venue: Committee of the Regions (CoR), Rue Belliard 99-101 B – 1040 Brussels, meeting room: JDE 70 Languages: EN, DE, IT, HU 8:30 – 9:30 admission, main building of Committee of the Regions (CoR) Coffee at 9:00 (On the left hand side in the entrance hall you will find us at the large lit reception of the…

GUE/NGL debate on digitization

8h30. Acreditación. 9h00 – 10h30 Digitalización de los servicios a la ciudadanía. Intervienen: Juan Arregui – DG Connect eGovernement and Trust Christine Jakob – EPSU Juana Olmeda – FSC-CCOO Debate [Café] 11h-12h30. Dividendo Digital Bernard Barani – DG Connect, tbc Miguel Jurado– FSC.CCOO Paloma Lopez Bermejo Debate (Pamela Morinière, FEP) [Café] 13h-14h Digitalización del Transporte y la Logística. Costis Yeraris – Secretariado TRAN, tbc Representante de ETF Fátima Aguado-FSC-CCOO Debate y cierre de las jornadas. 14h-Comida.

Meeting with GFMD

Meeting with Caroline Giraud, GFMD Programmes and Policy Manager. Follow-up of the EU Resolution on anti-EU propaganda.  

EU Parliament Resolution to tackle anti-EU Propaganda comes under criticism from journalists

Propaganda pressure on the EU from Russia and Islamist terrorist groups is growing, the European Parliament warned in a non-legislative resolution voted on Wednesday. To counteract so-called anti-EU campaigns, MEPs suggested reinforcing the EU’s “strategic communication” task force and investing more in awareness raising, media literacy, online and local media as well as investigative journalism. The resolution calls on EU member states to boost funding for counter-propaganda projects. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is not convinced by this controversial resolution. A total of 691 MEPs participated in the vote: 304 (44%) voted in favor of the resolution dubbed “EU…

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