European Federation of Journalists

EFJ organises conference on journalists’ safety to mark World Press Freedom Day

To mark World Press Freedom Day, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) organises a conference at Bozar on 2-3 May 2023, as part of its Safety4Journalists project.

The 1.5 days final conference will highlight the good practices of safety in the media from unions, media employers, policy-makers and international experts.

Experts will discuss the EFJ risk assessment tools to be launched on the day with a focus on what can be done by media managers, employers, journalist unions and associations, and national and international authorities to create a culture of health and safety at work in the media.

Please find the agenda below.

Tuesday 2 May 2023

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch

14:00 – 14:15: Welcoming speech


Maja Sever, President of European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) 

Karl Van den Broeck, Bozar Writer and Thinkers 


14:15 – 15:15: The journalist champions: Empowering journalists to fight against attacks 

Interviews with journalists who “survived” from attacks and dangerous assignments. They will share their testimonies and experience of confronting difficult and dangerous situations. 

Marc Marginedas, war correspondent at El Periódico

Johanna Vehkoo, investigative journalist and journalism professor at Tampere University

Safia Kessas, journalist and presenter, RTBF Belgium

Moderator: Mustafa Kuleli, General Secretary at TGS


15:30 – 17:00: The duty of care for journalists? The role of institutions and states to create a culture of safety in the news media

The panel will address the roles and responsibilities of states, inter-governmental institutions, European institutions as well as media employers in creating a legal framework and media culture to ensure the safety of journalists. 


Věra Jourová, EC Vice-President & Commissioner for Values and Transparency of the European Commission


Ton van den Brandt, Principal Advisor to the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media 

Wouter Gekiere, Head of European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Brussels

Rodica Ciochina, Program Specialist, Administrator, Media and Internet Governance in the Council of Europe

Moderator: Renate Schroeder, EFJ Director


Wednesday, 3 May 2023

9:00 – 10:00: Keynote by Emma Audrey, freelance journalist covering Ukraine for Media25

Journalists speaking about the importance of safety training and carry out risk assessment in their daily practices. And how such measures can save lives.

Launch of risk assessment platform for journalists and media

Demonstration of the online risk assessment platform with a media safety expert. 

David Bevan, Media Safety Expert at Cadre Consultants 

Adrien Collin, EFJ Safety Officer

Moderator: Marc Gruber, Administrator, Media Sub-committee, PACE, Council of Europe


10:00 – 11:30: How to push for safety training and risk assessment for journalists and social dialogues 

Yannis Kotsifos, Director of ESIEMTH

Renske Heddema, President of NVJ

Maja Sever, President of EFJ and TUCJ

Moderator: Andrea Roth, Chair of Europe Commission DJV Germany


11:50 – 12:45: Taking care of journalists’ well-being

Nayla Glaise, President of Eurocadres

Mar Cabra, Investigative Data Journalist and Founder of Self-Investigation

Trond Idås, Expert on trauma and advisor for NJ

Gavin Rees, Senior Advisor at Dart Centre

Moderator: Ute Korinth, Journalist and Trainer at DVJ


14:00 – 16:00: Deep dive sessions with safety experts and advocates

1. Violence against journalists without borders: online harassment in the media 

What can social platforms do to stop online attacks and hate targeting journalists?

How can the journalists and community fight back?

Expert: Elodie Vialle, Fellow at the Institute for Rebooting Social Media at BKC Harvard

Moderator: Rebecca Bonello Ghio, Project & Comms Assistant at EFJ

2. Social dialogue on the risk assessment platform


David Bevan, Media Safety Expert of Cadre Consultants 

Aela Callan, Journalist and Founder of Head Set Immersive

Moderator: Adrien Collin, EFJ Safety Expert


16:25 – 17:00: Reporting back and conclusions  

Rapporteurs from the working group present the key findings from the working group sessions.

Final remarks: Ricardo Gutierrez, General Secretary, EFJ

The project is co-funded by the European Commission (DG Employment, Inclusion and Social Affairs). The national partner organisations are the  TUCJ (Croatia),DJV (Germany), SNJ-CGT (France), NVJ (Netherlands), and SJF (Sweden).