The EU is finalising the directive for protecting whistleblowers

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) welcomes European commissioner Jourová’s recent announcement on preparing a horizontal legislation on whistleblower protection. Speaking of the recent killing of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak in Slovakia, Vera Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equity, said on 5th March, in EU LIBE Committee, that she considers the rule of law as one of the things that really matter. If Kuciak’s case is not dealt with satisfactorily, she said, then it would provide additional support for the establishment by 2020 of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), which could try cases such as financial crime,…

GUE/NGL event on protecting journalists and whistleblowers to be held in honour of Daphne Caruana Galizia

The assassination of the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia last October is a tragic reminder of the ever-present dangers that crusading journalists and whistleblowers face on a daily basis – even when reporting here inside the EU. The laws that purport to safeguard their and our basic human rights, professional dignity and media freedom are clearly inadequate. With Galizia’s murder and the ongoing cases against the LuxLeaks whistleblowers and Julian Assange, the EU still has a long way to go in offering proper protection for journalists and whistleblowers. In honour of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the European United Left / Nordic…

Eurobarometer survey shows whistleblowing is seen as difficult and dangerous

The latest Special Eurobarometer on Corruption, published on 19 December 2017, shows a widespread perception that whistleblowers across Europe face a difficult and dangerous situation. This collection of surveys across 28 European Union member states, conducted by the European Commission, focuses on corruption, giving a clear overview of the state of corruption in Europe. According to the results, more than two thirds (68%) of Europeans think that corruption is widespread in their country. This number has fallen by 8% since 2013, however the majority of Europeans (73%) still believe that there is corruption in national public institutions, and that the…

ECPMF debate: New laws to secure media freedom?

New laws to secure media freedom? Can whistleblowing protection and AVMS directive contribute to media freedom in the EU? Expert exchange with the European Centre for Press & Media Freedom, ECPMF. Meeting is hosted and chaired by Martina Michels, MEP and Cornelia Ernst, MEP Venue: Committee of the Regions (CoR), Rue Belliard 99-101 B – 1040 Brussels, meeting room: JDE 70 Languages: EN, DE, IT, HU 8:30 – 9:30 admission, main building of Committee of the Regions (CoR) Coffee at 9:00 (On the left hand side in the entrance hall you will find us at the large lit reception of the…

ETUC says new research shows need for EU whistleblower protection law

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) issued today a press release calling for an EU-wide whistleblower protection. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is a member organisation of the ETUC and fully supports the following statement. The EFJ is encouraging individuals and organisations to sign its petition on the issue. The EU can and should do a lot more to protect workers who come forward and blow the whistle on wrongdoing. Legal protection for whistleblowers throughout  the EU is a complicated maze of protections and the various civil liability laws mean that some people may be penalised and held personally liable…

Press conference on whistleblowing, 17 October, Brussels

On Monday 17 October, Eurocadres will launch – in partnership with the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and other trade unions, academics, NGOs and political groups – a platform calling for an EU-wide whistleblower protection. It will be open for organisations and individuals to sign after the event. Preliminary agenda for the press event 12:30-13:00 Standing lunch 13:00-13:20 Launch of the platform (speakers: President Martin Jefflén, Eurocadres; Confederal Secretary Esther Lynch, ETUC; Director Renate Schroeder, EFJ; Policy Officer Nadja Salson, EPSU; Director Carl Dolan, Transparency International EU Office) 13:20-13:30 Q&A 13:30-14:00 Discussion with MEPs 14:00-14:15 Discussion & Closing 14:30 END When: 17 October 2016, 12h30-14h30…