TTIP: EFJ complains to the EU Ombudsman

On Monday, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), ClientEarth, the European Environmental Bureau, Friends of the Earth Europe, and the Corporate Europe Observatory jointly submitted a complaint to the EU Ombudsman regarding maladministration by the European Commission in relation to access to documents relating to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The complainants note, and welcome, the own-initiative investigations launched by the European Ombudsman in relation to the transparency of the TTIP negotiations and the public consultation, and the decision published on 6 January 2015. We furthermore note the publication by the Commission of additional documents on its website on…

Protection of sources

(16.04.2013) The European Federation of Journalists published a policy document on protection of sources. The right of journalists to protect their own sources is well recognised in international law. Many countries now recognise the protection of journalists’ sources adopting specific legal provisions either in laws or constitutions. The policy document sets “basic criteria” in order to assist EFJ affiliates  to evaluate through a review of existing legislation law proposals discussed in various national  Parliaments throughout Europe. The first publication of this EFJ policy document was in October 2008 drafted by former EFJ Vice President Philippe Leruth and Steering Committee member Patrick…