European Federation of Journalists

The European Parliament urges the Commission to protect whistleblowers

With the adoption of Virginie Rozière‘s report today (24.10.2017) in plenary session in Strasbourg, the European Parliament is sending a strong signal to the European Commission, demanding an EU-wide legislation protecting whistleblowers across the 27 Member States. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) warmly thanks the Members of the European Parliament (MEP) who voted in favour of a full protection for whistleblowers.

A total of 666 MEPs took part in the vote: 399 (60%) voted in favour of the report, 101 (15%) voted against and 166 (25%) abstained from voting. Proposed by Virginie Rozière (S&D), the report demands an EU-wide protection for whistleblowers, including a protection for whistleblowers who have no other possibility but going directly public (to a journalist or a media) to disclose an information of public interest. There was a risk that some MEPs may backtrack on this key request when adopting the report. In the end, only some minor paragraphs have been rejected.

The vote took place shortly after the minute of silence in memory of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia killed in a car bomb on Monday 16 October.

Together with its partners (the European Broadcasting Union, Eurocadres, Transparency International, ETUC, EPSU…), the EFJ is now asking the European Commission to turn words into action and to propose a directive as soon as possible:

“This is the least the Commission can do following the public consultation which received more than 5.500 responses – a huge majority is in favour of an EU-wide legislation; the petition signed by more than 80.000 citizens and 80 organisations; and now the adoption of this report. There is a momentum that no one, in particular the Commission, can ignore”, says EFJ General secretary Ricardo Gutiérrez.

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