European Federation of Journalists

Debate – “I can’t write that”: Self-censorship in European media, 2 May 2016 in Brussels

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) together with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom will organise a debate on self-censorship in European media on 2 May in Brussels.

If an internet search has the potential to land a journalist on the blacklist of security services or if a reporter cannot guarantee for the anonymity of sources, free reporting is in danger. The same goes for journalists who have to pick their words carefully in order to secure their media company’s advertisement revenue.

In several Central European states and in Europe’s neighborhood, particularly in Turkey, the government is tightening its grip on media companies. Meanwhile German journalists face accusations of biased reporting on the refugee crisis and the journalists faced attacks in Cologne(“Lügenpresse”). In France, journalists are alarmed by the new security laws which grant sweeping powers to intelligence agencies.

How does all this affect journalists’ reporting? How big is the danger that journalists start mincing words?

Join our expert discussion on the potential dimensions, prevalence and consequences of self-censorship in European media. The debate will be welcomed by Caroline Haury, Programme Manager Friedrich Naumann Foundation. The speakers will be János Kárpáti, former journalist of the Hungarian national newswire, Wolfgang Grebenhof, Deutscher Journalisten-Verband (DJV), Sezin Öney, Taraf Newspaper, Açik Radyo from Turkey, Dominique Pradalié, Chief editor at France 2, Tanja Porčnik, Author “Human Freedom Index”. And EFJ director Renate Schroeder will moderate the debate.

Pratical information:

12.00-14.00 at Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

To register:

Please register here or send an email to before 29 April.