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,…

EFJ urges EU Parliament to protect right of access to information after Kuciak’s murder

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joined 61 civil society organisations on 13 March 2018 in a letter to the European Parliament calling for stronger safeguards for journalists and citizens who exercise their right of access to information in the wake of murdered Slovakian journalist Ján Kuciak. The statement was sent to all 751 Members of the European Parliament in preparation of a plenary debate on “Protection of investigative journalists in Europe: the case of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová” in Strasbourg on 14 March 2018. The letter underlines the importance of the right to access to information in fighting…

IFJ and EFJ join media coalition urging EU to protect journalists

The International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ and EFJ) today joined a global call for the EU to take action to protect journalists and end impunity within Europe. The IFJ and EFJ cosigned a letter with 15 media freedom organisations addressed to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, calling for EU action to protect journalists in Europe following the recent killings of Slovak and Maltese reporters Jan Kuciak and Daphne Caruana Galizia. The killings of the journalists, who had reported on corruption, organised crime and the abuse of power in their respective countries, are “unacceptable”, says the…

Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and partner shot dead

In order to honor their memory, a silent vigil will be organized by Jan Kuciak and Martina Kušnírova’s friends and colleagues outside the International Press Center at Residence Palace, rue de la Loi 155 (Brussels) on Thursday (1st of March 2018) from 12:30 to 13:30.  The European and International Federation of Journalists (EFJ/IFJ) are deeply shocked to learn of Jan Kuciak‘s death, a 27-year-old Slovakian reporter working for “Aktuality.sk” news portal. His body was found on 25 February alongside his partner Martina Kusnirova at their home in Velka Maca, some 65 kilometres from the capital Bratislava. Slovakian police launched a murder probe on Monday 26 February 2018. Kuciak’s reporting focused…

Czech reporters physically harassed by Presidential supporters

The European Federation of Journalists joined its affiliate in Czech Republic, the Syndikat novinaru Ceske republiky, in condemning the violence against journalists that occurred on 27 January 2018 in Prague, during the re-election of the President Milos Zeman. Last Saturday, supporters of Milos Zeman physically harassed journalists at the president’s election headquarters, where journalists were reporting on the President’s re-election. As captured in this video footage, reporters were pushed, punched and one camera’s reporter was threw to the ground in order to prevent him filming. The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, condemned the violence against reporters and urged a…

Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination: Demand for Close International Scrutiny

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is pleased to be an official partner of the discussion “Assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia – Demand for Close International Scrutiny”, held today in Strasbourg as a side event to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Three months to the day after Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination, MPs Anne Brasseur (ALDE, Luxembourg), Pieter Omtzigt (EPP, Netherlands) and Frank Schwabe (SOC, Germany) announce an event to be held in her honour on the margins of the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe today in Strasbourg. The cross-party group of MPs will host Daphne Caruana Galizia’s…