Projects

Ongoing experiences in project management include :

  • Turkey : #JournalismIsNotaCrime : http://europeanjournalists.org/projects/turkey-set-journalists-free/
  • Mapping media freedom in Europe : http://europeanjournalists.org/projects/mapping-and-defending-media-freedom-in-europe/
  • Building Strong Journalists Unions in Eastern Europe: http://europeanjournalists.org/projects/building-strong-journalists-unions-in-eastern-europe/
  • Advancing gender equality in media industries http://europeanjournalists.org/projects/advancing-gender-equality-in-media-industries/
  • European Media Literacy Toolkit for Newsrooms http://europeanjournalists.org/projects/european-media-literacy-toolkit-for-newsrooms/
  • IFJ-EFJ Regional Development Fund : http://europeanjournalists.org/projects/efj-regional-development-fund/
  • Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey : http://europeanjournalists.org/building-trust-in-media-in-south-east-europe-and-turkey/
  • Journalists’ network for media freedom in Macedonia http://europeanjournalists.org/past-projects-2/journalists-network-for-media-freedom-in-macedonia/
  • Building on experiences : a win-win approach to transnational industrial relations in multinational companies http://europeanjournalists.org/projects/building-on-experiences-a-win-win-approach-to-transnational-industrial-relations-in-multinational-companies/
  • openMedia, investigating press freedom http://europeanjournalists.org/openmedia-investigating-press-freedom/
  • Managing change in media http://europeanjournalists.org/managing-change-in-media/
  • Gender equality and diversity in the European audiovisual sector http://europeanjournalists.org/past-projects-2/gender-equality-and-diversity-in-the-european-audiovisual-sector/
  • Organising Turkey’s human rights based journalism fit for the digital age http://europeanjournalists.org/projects/organising-turkeys-human-rights-based-journalism-fit-for-the-digital-age/
  • Women’s Reporting Point http://europeanjournalists.org/campaigns/womens-reporting-point/

Actions

International coalition calls for independent public inquiry for the death of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Prior to the anniversary of the murder of the Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on 16 October, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has today joined a coalition of international organisations calling for a public inquiry into the her murder. The 26 international media freedom and journalists’ organisations have published an open letter to the Maltese Prime Minister, Mr. Joseph Muscat. The letter reads: Dear Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, I write to you on behalf of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom and 25 organisations (listed below) representing thousands of journalists and human rights activists concerning Malta’s response…

Lithuanian journalists criticise new restriction to access public information

Journalists and editors have written to the Lithuanian Centre of Registers complaining about the recent policy to restrict media’s access to public data. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) criticises the Centre for restricting free press and supports the requests made by the journalists to the Lithuanian government. On 14 September, the Lithuanian Centre of Registers ended its long-time practice of providing the media with registry data free of charge. This happened without any prior notice to the media. Since the new policy implemented, registry data are provided to the media for the same fees as those paid by other commercial users.…

Parliament adopts revised EU Audiovisual Directive to ensure media independence

On 2 October, the European Parliament approved the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). The new rules aim to guarantee a fairer regulatory environment for the entire audiovisual sector. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) welcomed in particular the new requirement for Member States to have independent regulatory authorities for audiovisual media services. The Directive establishes a set of criteria that the regulator has to follow in ordered to be considered independent. First of all, it should be legally distinct from the government and functionally independent. Secondly, it should not take instructions from any other body in accomplishing its tasks.…

Journalist Victoria Marinova brutally murdered in Bulgaria

The European and International Federations of Journalists (EFJ-IFJ) are deeply shocked by the brutal murder of Victoria Marinova, a 30-year-old Bulgarian journalist working for regional TV channel TVN. She is the fourth journalist killed in the EU since 2017 after Kim Wall in Denmark, Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta and Jan Kuciak in Slovakia. A vigil in Marinova’s honour will be organised in the capital, Sofia, on Monday evening. Victoria Marinova has been brutally killed on Saturday, around noon, in the city of Ruse, located in the north of the country. According to local media reports, her body was found in an area…

The European Parliament calls for free press in Belarus

On 4 October, the European Parliament unanimously approved a resolution “on deterioration of media freedom in Belarus, notably the case of Charter 97” condemning the current situation of press freedom in Belarus, where independent news outlet and journalists suffer constant detention and state harassment. The resolution addresses the Belarusian government’s decision to block the internet access to the news website Charter 97 as well as pressures against journalists, freelancers and independent media. It calls on the EU institutions to monitor the situation of media freedom within the country and to condition the negotiations with Belarussian government to its commitment for the independence…

Netherlands: New ‘Source Protection Act’ finally enters into force

On 1st October, the Source Protection Act in Criminal Cases has finally become effective in the Netherlands. The law provides strengthened protection for the confidentiality of journalists’ sources, which have been recognised in several cases as an essential part of freedom of expression by the European Court of Human Rights. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joined its Dutch affiliate the NVJ in welcoming the law, defined by NVJ General Secretary Thomas Bruning as “necessary to the correct functioning of journalism”. With the Source Protection Act, there will always be a preliminary consideration by a judge before the police can have access to the sources data…