European Federation of Journalists

UNESCO-EFJ project ‘Building Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey’ to start phase 2

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The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) will start in 2020 the phase 2 of the EU-funded project “Building Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey” in partnership with the UNESCO.

Together with its members in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Kosovo, the EFJ will organise three annual regional workshops to further develop national social dialogues and ensure the implementation of labour rights in the field of media in the region. Strong cooperation with the EFJ Labour Rights Expert Group (LAREG) will be continued to develop exchanges between journalists’ organisations from Eastern and Western Europe.

This project is a direct follow-up of the phase 1, implemented from 2016 to 2019, which led to the creation of the first Charter on Journalists’ working conditions.

Other partners include press councils of the region, the Albanian Media Institute, the University of Sarajevo, the Ethical Journalism Network and the South East European Network fo Professionalization of Media. Their areas of work will be media and information literacy (MIL), the fight against online misinformation and disinformation, and the strengthening of media accountability thanks to sustainable self-regulation mechanisms.

“We look forward to starting working on the phase 2 and supporting our affiliates in the region who, despite the numerous challenges, keep committed to improve journalists’ labour rights. Decent working conditions for journalists is a prerequisite to achieve trust in media,” said EFJ General Secretary Ricardo Gutiérrez.