Belgium : protection of sources under threats

The European and International Federations of Journalists (EFJ-IFJ) have alerted the Council of Europe about new worrying threats in Belgium against the protection of journalistic sources and the status of journalists. The Minister of Justice of Belgium, Koen Geens, announced his intention to increase sentences for violation of professional secrecy, which would permit wiretapping or computer tracing of journalists’ sources. According to media reports, the Minister also has plans to allow intelligence services to “withdraw the protection linked to the status of professional journalist” if these services consider that the beneficiary of that legal status in Belgium is not really a…

Belgian Journalist Philippe Leruth elected as IFJ President

Delegates of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) meeting at the 29th World Congress in Angers elected Philippe Leruth, member of the Belgian Association Générale des Journalistes Professionnels de Belgique (AGJPB) as president of their organization on 9 June 2016. Journalist at the daily L’Avenir, Philippe Leruth was vice-president of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European organisation of the IFJ, from 2004 to 2013, and AGJPB president from 1995 to 2005. He is taking over from departing British President, Jim Boumelha, who headed the IFJ from 2007 to 2016. “The first challenge is to restore IFJ unity” said the newly elected…

Belgium

    Association Générale des Journalistes Professionnels de Belgique (AGJPB) Algemene Vereniging van Beroeps-journalisten in België (AVBB) Address Rue de la Senne 21 1000 Brussels, Belgium Staff Gérard Gaudin (President) Kris Van Haver (Vice-President) Martine Simonis, General Secretary (FR); Pol Deltour, General Secretary (NL) Phone +32 2 777 08 60 (FR) +32 2 777 0840 (NL) Email info(at)ajp(dot)be  info(at)journalist(dot)be  Contact person Martine Simonis martine.simonis(at)ajp(dot)be Pol Deltour pol.deltour(at)journalist(dot)be Sophie Lejoly: sophie.lejoly@ajp.be Website www.ajp.be www.journalist.be