European Federation of Journalists

Launch of the Press Freedom Police Codex

In Europe, the relationship between journalists and the police has not improved in recent years with an increase of protests and sometimes violent demonstrations. Research has revealed that journalists blame the police, the police blame journalists. 

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joined the European Center for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) which will  launch the Press Freedom Police Codex. Index on Censorship, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT), Ossigeno per I’informazione, and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) are the other partners.

With this we aim to start, maintain and build good practice guidelines. For the discussion and dialogue, the European Confederation of Police (EuroCOP) will join us. Such a dialogue that involves parties from the different sides, we believe, is necessary for the de-escalation of tensions between the police and journalists and for building mutual respect. Renate Schroeder, EFJ Director will present some good practice initiated by EFJ affiliates regarding dialogue and training between police and journalists.

Join us for the launch of the Press Freedom Police Codex
On: Wednesday 4. December 2019
At: 10:00-12:00, the Brussels Press Club, Rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

To register for this free event, please email

Photo: ECPMF

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