Freelance journalist facing alone lawsuits after publication of articles on Italian businessman

Petra Reski, female journalist and author of several books, recently published as freelancer for Freitag magazine some articles on the relations of an Italian businessman operating in Germany. The businessman accused of being member of the Italian maffia launched lawsuits against the journalist who did not received support from Freitag magazine based on the argument that “redaction are not legal protection insurance against inadequate research work”. The freelancer felt let down by “Freitag” magazine. The German union Verdi couldn’t support her financially for technical reasons as to receive legal support from the union, a journalist is asked to contact the…

Belgian Journalist Philippe Leruth elected as IFJ President

Delegates of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) meeting at the 29th World Congress in Angers elected Philippe Leruth, member of the Belgian Association Générale des Journalistes Professionnels de Belgique (AGJPB) as president of their organization on 9 June 2016. Journalist at the daily L’Avenir, Philippe Leruth was vice-president of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European organisation of the IFJ, from 2004 to 2013, and AGJPB president from 1995 to 2005. He is taking over from departing British President, Jim Boumelha, who headed the IFJ from 2007 to 2016. “The first challenge is to restore IFJ unity” said the newly elected…

German Government to Propose Law to Limit the Right to Strike

Every worker is entitled to the right to strike which is guaranteed by the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights and the constitutions in many EU countries. However, Germany will challenge this right by proposing a new law to limit the right to strike. According to the proposal, only the union with the most members in a company should have the right to negotiate with the employers and carry out strike actions. This would mean that larger unions will have a monopoly of power, making the smaller unions practically superfluous. The EFJ affiliates in Germany, DJV and dju.in Verdi, are joining…

Germany

Deutsche Journalistinnen und Journalisten Union (dju) in ver.di Address Paula-Thiede-Ufer 10 10179 Berlin Germany Mail Delivery Address: Bona-Peiser-Weg 4 10179 Berlin Germany   Staff Ulrich Janssen (President); Renate Gensch and Peter Freitag (Vice-Chairmen) Phone +49 30 69 56 23 22 Email dju@verdi.de Contact Person Cornelia Hass cornelia.hass(at)verdi(dot)de Website https://dju.verdi.de/     Deutscher Jounralisten-Verband Address Bennauerstrasse, 60 53115 Bonn I Germany Staff Frank Überall (President) Phone +49 228 201 720 Email djv(at)djv(dot)de Contact Person Michael Klehm kle(at)djv(dot)de  Website www.djv.de