European Federation of Journalists

Free European Media: the second edition will take place on 17-18 March

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The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is pleased to co-organise the second edition of theFree European Media conference which will take place in Gdansk, Poland, on the 17th and 18th of March. Last year, the event was cancelled due to the increased outbreak of the coronavirus.

Across two days, journalists, media outlets, journalists’ organisations, academics and other stakeholders will discuss the vital role of press and media freedom in democracy, addressing the issues of journalists’ safety, media pluralism and diversity, media literacy and self-regulation.

On this occasion, European Commission Vice-President Vera Jourova will launch the European Media Freedom Act, an instrument designed to safeguard the pluralism and independence of the media in the EU. Patrick Penninckx, Head of Information Society Department of the Council of Europe, will present new recommendations to support the development of free media. The situation of Polish media will also be discussed in a panel chaired by Grzegorz Nawrocki, former TVP journalist.

In addition, the conference will highlight current initiatives at the European level, including the project on media self-regulation ‘Media Council in the Digital Age’  led by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and Media Freedom Rapid Response led by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF).

The programme will revolve around the following topics:

  • Session 1: Launch of the European Media Freedom Act
  • Session 2: Self-regulation to empower credibility in the media
  • Session 3: Media Viability
  • Session 4: Poland, who controls the media?
  • Session 5: Media Literacy
  • Session 6: Media Freedom and Safety as a prerequisite for democracy

“I am very happy that our Free European Media Conference will finally take place again in the city of Gdansk. Being in the European Solidarity Center, a great symbolic place, I believe that the conference will have an impact both for European democracies in general and for countries like Poland in particular,” said EFJ Mogens Blicher Bjerregård.


Find the full programme and list of speakers on Free European Media 2022.


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The conference is organised by Free European Media and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) in cooperation with the European Commission (EC), the Council of Europe (CoE), the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), the Nordic Council of Ministers (NMR), the Nordic Journalist Centre (NJC), Pomorskie Voivodeship, ESC – European Solidarity Centre, City of Gdansk.