European Federation of Journalists

CoE Secretary General calls on governments to protect the essential role of journalists in times of crisis

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) welcomes today’s statements by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, and by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, ahead of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May. In a statement issued today, Marija Pejčinović Burić calls on governments to protect the essential role of journalists in democracy, especially in times of crisis, and to avoid unduly restricting media freedom during the pandemic: “Governments are facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 crisis, but the situation must not be used to silence or hinder journalists,” said the Secretary…

COVID-19: Council of Europe calls on members states to protect free flow of information

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) welcomes the Council of Europe’s call on member governments to protect free flow of information in times of crisis. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, wrote to the EFJ and other members of the Council of Europe Platform for the protection of journalism and safety of journalists in response to our call for determined actions to protect free flow of information to tackle COVID-19. In her letter, Ms Pejčinović Burić states that “extraordinary measures may introduce restrictions to a number of rights, including freedom of expression, but these must remain lawful, proportional to the threat…

COVID-19: Council of Europe must ensure press freedom is protected

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the largest organisation of journalists in Europe, representing over 320,000 journalists in 72 journalists’ organisations across 45 countries, today called on Europe’s top human rights and democracy organization to protect free flow of information and ensure that media freedom is guaranteed as states strive to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. EFJ joined with nine other press freedom and journalists groups to write to the heads of the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe to express its profound concerns over the dangers of governments taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to punish independent and critical media and introduce…

Hearing of the CoE Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media

Hearing of PACE (Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly) Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media. Threats to media freedom and journalists’ security in Europe (open to the public) Rapporteur: Lord George Foulkes, United Kingdom, SOC Consideration of an expert report and hearing with the participation of: Mr Marc Gruber, Expert on media and communication, Strasbourg Mr Giacomo Mazzone, Head of Institutional and Member Relations, European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Geneva Mr Ricardo Gutiérrez, Secretary General, European Federation of journalists, Brussels Mr Thomas Friang, Advocacy Officer, Reporters Without Borders, Paris

Side event to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Impunity in Malta: the Assassination of Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in Malta in October 2017. Nearly 18 months on, there has still been no justice for this heinous attack. Although three murder suspects were arranged in December 2017, they have not yet been brought to trial, and there has been no tangible effort towards identifying the masterminds behind her assassination. In light of the clear deficiencies in the criminal investigation, we call for a public inquiry to be immediately established. Speakers Andrew Caruana Galizia Tom Gibson (Committee to Protect Journalists) Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC (Doughty…

EFJ welcomes Council of Europe’s recognition of bargaining rights of self-employed

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and it’s Freelance Experts Group (FREG) today joined the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) to welcome yesterday’s (13.12.2018) decision by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe that put an end to restrictions on collective bargaining for self-employed persons. The Ministers’ Committee’s decision endorses an earlier ruling by the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) following pressure by the Irish Trade Union Confederation (ICTU) and its affiliates, SIPTU, Equity, the Musicians Union of Ireland and EFJ’s affiliate, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), and supported by the ETUC. The decision of the ECSR,…

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