EFJ adopts urgent motion on threats against journalists in Ukraine

Delegates of the Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Journalists, meeting in Lisbon, Portugal on June 6, 2018 have mandated the Steering Committee members of the EFJ to adopt an urgent motion on “threats against journalists in Ukraine” in order to put an end to climate of threats, violence and persecution against our colleagues in this country. Following the decision, the Steering Committee members have adopted on June 8, 2018 the following motion : The Annual Meeting of the EFJ, meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 6th, 2018, condemns the increasing verbal and online violence against journalists in Ukraine.…

CoE Platform: partners’ meeting

EFJ calls for investigation into death of Russian journalist Maksim Borodin

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) calls again for an investigation into the suspicious death of Russian journalist Maksim Borodin. From Ekaterinburg (Ural, Russia), where he is attending the EU International Conference on Professional Standards and Ethics of Journalism in the Digital Age, the EFJ General Secretary Ricardo Gutiérrez calls on Russian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the death of Maksim Borodin. He died a month ago, after falling from the balcony of his fifth-floor apartment, on 12 April in Ekaterinburg. “It is not the first time we face such a “mysterious” death in Russia. Public authorities should…

RIA Novosti journalist held on treason allegations in Ukraine

The EFJ-IFJ has submitted the following alert to the Council of Europe’s platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists : Kyrylo Vyshynsky, a Ukrainian journalist working for Russia’s state-run news agency RIA Novotsi in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, was detained on 15 May 2018 on allegations of treason. His arrest came hours before raids by Ukrainian security service (SBU) at the news agency’s offices. According to media reports, the authorities suspected Vyshynsky, who was granted Russian citizenship in 2015 by Presidential decree, of allegedly collaborating with Ukrainian armed separatists in Eastern Ukraine. The prosecuting officials in…

Trasparenza e libertà di informazione nello Stato di diritto

A Roma, alla Protomoteca del Campidoglio. Crediti per i giornalisti. Tavola rotonda: i rischi dei giornalisti e i sistemi di protezione. Patrocinio Unesco “Trasparenza e libertà di informazione nello Stato di diritto. Giornalisti minacciati e sistemi di protezione”: è questo l’argomento del Convegno internazionale organizzato da AGCOM e Ossigeno per l’Informazione, con il patrocinio dell’UNESCO e in collaborazione con l’Ordine dei Giornalisti del Lazio, che si svolgerà martedì 8 maggio 2018 a Roma. L’evento è inserito nel programma europeo delle celebrazioni per la Giornata Mondiale per la Libertà di Stampa, indetta dall’ONU. Il Convegno è aperto al pubblico ed è riconosciuto dall’Ordine…

Harassment of journalists and how to tackle it – Sharing best practices

Harassment of journalists and how to tackle it – Sharing best practices Time: 7.5.2018 at 14:00–17:00 Venue: Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU Avenue de Cortenbergh 80 B-1000 BRUXELLES BELGIUM In a networked and polarized world, journalists are more and more often at the receiving end of harassment. To share ideas, experiences and best practices in tackling the phenomenon, the Association of Finnish Foreign Affairs Journalists organises an international seminar in Brussels in May 2018. Its goal is to have interesting, informal conversations on the topic between people of different backgrounds so that all participants leave with better tools…

CoE Working Group “Journalists under Pressure”

A journalist killed: The pursuit of justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia, six months on

Please join the Right Honourable Tom Brake MP on Monday, 16th April from 6 to 7 pm in Committee Room 17 of the House of Commons for: A journalist killed: The pursuit of justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia, six months on Speakers: Paul Caruana Galizia, son of Daphne Caruana Galizia Rebecca Vincent, UK Bureau Director for Reporters Without Borders Maggie Murphy, Senior Global Advocacy Manager for Transparency International Moderated by Tom Brake MP On 16th October 2017, Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was tragically murdered by a car bomb. Caruana Galizia was a courageous investigative journalist whose reporting exposed corruption…

Remembering Daphne Caruana Galizia in Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Dresden, Edinburgh, London, Valetta and Washington DC

It was as sad and enraging as it was utterly humbling: hundreds of media freedom activists gathered on 16 April in eight cities worldwide to remember Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was murdered six months ago to this day, and to call on the Maltese government to finally bring those to justice who ordered her killing. Vigils were held in Valletta, London, Brussels, Berlin, Dresden, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Washington DC. The EFJ co-organised with CPJ, RSF, TI, Il Kenniesa the gathering in Brussels and the ECPMF did the same in Dresden and Berlin. As shows the Daphne Project. 45 journalists from 15 different countries have been…

Serbian journalists attacked by police in Kosovo

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joined its Serbian affiliate, the Journalists’ Union of Serbia (SINOS), the Journalists’ Association of Serbia (UNS) and the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (NUNS) in condemning the attacks on Serbian cameraman Vladimir Milic as well as journalists Dragana Zecevic and Radmila Komazec on 26 March 2018 in Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo. They were covering a meeting of the local community about the Kosovo dialogue in the Mitrovica Community Centre. The level of violence was very high as shown in this reportage. Milic, who works for the public television Radio Television of Serbia (RTS), was reportedly attacked by Kosovar policemen who…

Western Balkans: media freedoms and safety of journalists still at risk

A delegation of the Western Balkans’ Regional Platform project for advocating media freedom and journalists’ safety visited Brussels on March 21st and 22nd and held meetings and consultations with the members of the European Parliament and representatives of the European Commission from the Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement negotiations (DG NEAR). Representatives of journalists’ associations and a trade union from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia presented the journalists’ safety and the media situation in their countries. They emphasised joint problems their members and other journalists face, including poor working conditions, fear for personal safety due to work,…