European Federation of Journalists

EFJ and IFJ welcome decision not to extradite Julian Assange

Judge Vanessa Baraitser today ruled against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange‘s extradition to the United States arguing it would be “oppressive by reason of Assange’s mental health”. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its UK and Australian affiliates, the NUJ and the MEAA, and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) welcome the decision and are urging the authorities to immediately release Julian Assange. The judge argued Assange suffers from depression and that there is a high risk of suicide. If extradited, she considered it likely the US would send him to prison under special administrative measures (SAMs) and wouldn’t prevent Assange from committing suicide. Therefore, she considered his…

EFJ calls on all journalists’ organisations to support Assange

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joins its affiliate in the UK, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), in condemning the detention of Julian Assange pending his extradition proceedings. We call on journalists’ organisations in Europe to support the NUJ’s DEA campaign to draw to broad attention concern about the implications of this lawsuit for free speech. The EFJ joins the NUJ in further condemning the attempted use of the US Espionage Act to prosecute Assange for his work exposing the war crimes committed by US service personnel in the Iraq and Afghan war logs. The Espionage Act has also…

“Assange, Snowden, Manning and Harrison are the resistance fighters of the 21st century”

Citizens, journalists, artists, human rights organisations and journalists’ unions gathered on January 29th in Brussels to call on the Belgian government to do its utmost to protect Julian Assange and impede his extradition to the United States. The International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ and EFJ) joined the two Belgian civil society organisations, Carta Academica and Belgium4Assange, in two public actions organised in Brussels to defend freedom of expression, freedom of the press and our right to know in general, and Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Sarah Harrison and Edward Snowden in particular. Over 120 personalities, artists, activists and journalists…

The arbitrary detention of Julian Assange set a dangerous precedent for journalists

Julian Assange, publisher of Wikileaks, is currently detained in Belmarsh high-security prison in the United Kingdom. He faces extradition to the United States and criminal prosecution under the US Espionage Act. He has been charged for publishing the Afghanistan and Iraq war diaries and US embassy cables, important documents that many journalists around the world used and helped to publicise. The “War Diaries” provided evidence that the US Government misled the public about activities in Afghanistan and Iraq and committed war crimes. “We believe that the arbitrary detention and criminal prosecution of Julian Assange set an extremely dangerous precedent for…

Assange indictment threatens media freedom

The International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ-EFJ) join their Norwegian affiliate Norsk Journalistlag in condemning the US government’s decision to prosecute WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange under the Espionage Act. “Uncovering secret or classified information relevant to the debate in society is at the heart of media’s public mission. By publishing information that powerful stakeholders want to keep undisclosed, media can contribute to keep those in power accountable. It is therefore crucial that the publication of such material lies within the freedom of the media, even when authorities wish to keep the information undisclosed,” says a statement issued today by…

EFJ in the news 2021

Balkan Insights – Greece’s Ban on COVID ‘Fake News’ Sets Worrying Precedent (24.12.2021) Público – Amenazas de muerte y persecuciones judiciales: los principales problemas que sufren los periodistas en España (14.12.2021) Columbia Journalism Review – European regulation of online disinformation may be a “game changer” in 2022 (08.12.2021) The Shift – Court records law under spotlight of seven international press freedom NGOs (08.12.2021) The Malta Independent – International organisations send letter to PM over court judgement erasure Legal Notice (08.12.2021) Malta Today – Repeal court judgment deletion notice, international press groups urge PM (07.12.2021) EBU – Interview with Monika Garbaciauskaite-Budriene,…

Six journalists killed in Europe in 2021, 95 more in prison

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has published the lists of imprisoned and killed journalists in 2021. Since 1 January 2021, 45 journalists have been killed and 365 are still behind bars. The figures for Europe are still very worrying: according to the statistics of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), 6 journalists have been killed this year and 95 others are in prison in Europe. In Europe, the number of murders of journalists has tripled this year compared to the previous two years. In 2021, the International and European Federations of Journalists have recorded six murders of journalists on…

EFJ in the news 2020

Deutsche Welle – Belarus charges independent journalists with tax evasion (31.12.2020) Belsat.eu – Press Club Belarus case: Five persons detained (23.12.2020) France 24 – Turkey sentences exiled journalist Can Dundar to 27 years in prison (23.12.2020) France 24 – Turquie : le journaliste d’opposition en exil Can Dündar condamné à 27 ans de prison (23.12.2020) Voice of America – The Infodemic: Social Media Posts Spread Misinformation About COVID-19 Deaths (22.12.2020) Wyborcza – European Federation of Journalists: Media pluralism greatly endangered by Orlen’s Polska Press takeover (18.12.2020) Exit – EFJ: Albanian Journalists Should be “Essential Workers” During COVID-19 Pandemic (18.12.2020) Deutsche Welle…

EFJ in the news 2019

RT – Harassment of Sputnik reporters by police in Estonia ‘beyond all existing norms’: Journalist groups call to protect colleagues (20.12.2019) The Shift – Maltese in Brussels call for PM’s resignation (12.12.2019) Media1.hu – Az Európai Bizottsághoz fordult a Médiatanács újbóli elfideszesítése után a Momentum (12.12.2019) Balkan Insight – Albania Govt Ignores Outcry Against Online Media Laws (12.12.2019) RTK LIVE – “KOSOVO NAJGORE U NEKAŽNJAVANJU ZA UBISTVA NOVINARA” (09.12.2019) Radio Kim – Rikardo Gutierez: Na Kosovu najviše ubijenih i nestalih novinara (09.12.2019) Slobodno srpski – Slobodno srpski sa Rikardom Gutierezom (09.12.2019) Kosovo Online – Gutierez: Mediji globalno ugroženi, najviše ubijenih…