Rights and jobs in journalism

The media industry are undergoing drastic changes due to the emergence of new technologies in the way news are produced and consumed as well as the structural changes driven by the economic crisis. The emergence of online journalists, social media journalists, multi-media journalists, entrepreneurial journalists and many other forms of doing journalism has not only challenged the traditional notion of being a journalist, it has also led to demand for jobs, new skills, training and protection of their professional and social rights. With the financial support of the European Commission (DG Employment), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is undertaking…

Turkey : Set Journalism Free

The Set Journalism Free in Turkey campaign is part of the Campaign to decriminalise Turkish Journalism , to free speech and protect work place rights project (2014-2016) which receives the financial support of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Program managed by the European Commission. All responsibilities regarding the contents and the actions belong to the authors only and should not be considered as reflecting the views of the European Union. > EU Progress Reports on Turkey 2015 – 2014 – 2013 – 2012 – 2011 > OSCE reports on Turkey – Regular Report to the Permanent…

Reaching out to Atypical Workers

The European Federation of Journalists together with International Federation of Actors (FIA), the International Federation of Musicians and UNI-MEI launched a two-year joint project (2015 & 2016) aiming to promote the rights of atypical workers in the sector and improve the capacity of trade union in servicing these members. This project, which is funded by the European Commission, is intended to create a vital space for the project partners to engage with the challenges of atypical workers in our sector. Across the EU’s audiovisual and live performance sectors, “atypical workers” are an increasing reality. Production and project-based working, as well…

Confronting Austerity in Journalism

The economic crisis is severely affecting journalists and media workers, in particular in Southern Europe, where austerity measures also affect the media, in particular public broadcasting and local media. Often, media owners are cutting jobs, reducing salaries and benefits and no longer guarantee decent working conditions for journalists. A recent survey by the EFJ has shown that the number of unemployed journalists is dramatically increasing, media are closing down which also has a devastating impact on the work of freelance journalists. With the financial support of the European Commission, the EFJ held a two-day seminar (20 & 21 March 2014,…