Ukraine: Authorities should withdraw the draft media law

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) shares the call made by its Ukrainian affiliates, the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) and the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine (IMTUU) for the Ukrainian authorities to bring the media legislation in line with European standards of press freedom. The EFJ, NUJU and IMTUU welcome the decision of the European Union Heads of State and Government to grant Ukraine the status of an EU candidate country. The EFJ and its affiliates in Ukraine recall that this implies a thorough revision of the Ukrainian media legislation. The current draft media law, introduced…

How to support journalists’ well-being: five recommendations

The Middlesex University has recently published a set of Recommendation for supporting journalists’ well-being as part of the project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council “Journalists’ emotional labour in the era of social media”. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joined in Spring 2022 a dozen of key stakeholders to exchange knowledge and discuss the ways in which journalists’ well-being could be supported to benefit their mental health and job satisfaction, as well as the quality of journalism. This work has led to the following five recommendations. “These recommendations, as agreed by the multi-stakeholder group, show that the…

Open letter: Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama bans journalists from press conferences

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joined partner organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) in denouncing in an open letter to Prime Minister Edi Rama his decision to ban journalists from press conferences.   06 July 2022 Dear Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania, Endri Fuga, Director General of the Media and Information Agency Teresa Ribeiro, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Olivér Várhelyi, EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Alexis Hupin, Chargé d’affaires at EU Delegation to Albania, Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Yuri Kim, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Albania   Dear Prime…

Maja Sever, the first woman to lead the EFJ

This interview was originally published on Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT) on 01/07/2022. Quickly resolving the economic issue relating to journalists, fighting harder against SLAPPs or gag complaints, using the rule of law to improve media conditions. These are the keywords of Maja Sever, the first woman to lead the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ). Busy, hardworking, cheerful, Maja Sever (born in 1971) is one of the best-known faces of Croatian journalism and, since mid-June, she has also been the new president   of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ). With almost three decades of experience, Sever has built her career in…

Greece: We welcome acquittal of journalists in Novartis criminal case

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joined its partner organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) in welcoming the resounding exoneration of four Greek journalists and publishers who faced criminal charges and potential lengthy prison sentences linked to their media outlets’ investigative reporting which unveiled the Novartis pharmaceutical scandal. The acquittals represent an important validation of watchdog journalism in Greece and a vital – yet costly – victory for the rule of law and press freedom. On 30 June 2022, the Judicial Council of the Supreme Court ruled that all allegations made against the journalists were baseless and declined…