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Turkish cartoonists sentenced to jail for insulting Erdogan

Turkish cartoonists Bahadir Baruter and Ozer Aydogan, from the Turkish satirical magazine Penguen, have been found guilty of insulting Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a cartoon on the cover of the magazine’s August issue. The court sentenced both cartoonists to 11 months and 20 days in prison on March 24. That sentence was subsequently commuted to a fine of 7,000 Liras (2,500 euros) each. The cartoon depicted newly elected Erdogan arriving at his presidential palace and saying: “What a bland celebration. We could have at least sacrificed a journalist.” The prosecutor alleged that the cartoon was insulting in that one…

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Copenhagen: IFJ and EFJ stand united with Danish citizens in refusing intimidation

(updated 15/02/2015) The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) strongly condemn the deadly shootings which took place Saturday and early Sunday in Copenhagen. One civilian has been killed and three police officers injured after armed men opened fire on Krudttønden meeting place, on Saturday. The title of the meeting was: “Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression”. In the second attack, early Sunday, outside the city’s main synagogue, a man was shot in the head and later died, and two officers were wounded. The Saturday meeting was attended by Lars Vilks, the controversial Swedish artist who has…

After Charlie: against terror, journalists must redouble their commitment

On Thursday, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) organised a media lunchtime debate with the EBU, the European Broadcasting Union and ENPA, the European Association of Newspaper Publishers. The theme of the meeting was: “#JESUISCHARLIE: Publish or not to publish, that is the question.” Jean-Paul Marthoz, European adviser for the CPJ, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and member of the EJN, Ethical Journalism Network, moderated the debate. He opened the discussions by recalling that “journalists are not irresponsible. Before each publication, there’s always a debate. (…) However, today we see a difference between the online media, like Buzzfeed and the…

#JESUISCHARLIE: To Publish or Not To Publish, That is the Question

The European Federation of Journalists, in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)  and the European Newspaper Publishers Association (ENPA), will organised a lunch debate on freedom of speech and the media in the wake of the Paris shooting at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. We will discuss how journalists and media should feed the debate, and discuss the conditions needed for them to work freely. Social cohesion, media independence, ethical codes, self-regulation and editorial lines are at stake when dealing with highly sensitive and emotional subjects. How can journalists express their opinions, inform and capture the mood of their…

Charlie Hebdo Solidarity : Call for Donation

In collaboration with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the French journalists’ unions SNJ, SNJ-CGT and CFDT-Journalistes have opened a bank account to help the families of journalists who were killed during the attack to Charlie Hebdo, last Wednesday. Below you will find all the bank data for us to exercise the core mission of our international work: solidarity to journalists in all their needs.   SOLIDARITE CHARLIE HEBDO IBAN FR76 3006 6106 7100 0103 3550 376 BIC (Swift): CMCIFRPP Mention: « Je suis Charlie »   Many thanks for your solidarity. The IFJ, the EFJ, SNJ,…

#JeSuisCharlie photos, videos and tributes: journalists stand in solidarity

This story is developing. We will continue to update it as we gather more information. Meanwhile, we are gathering solidarity messages sent from jounalists, journalists’ unions, NGOs and supporters in Europe and around the world. Read and send your solidarity message at the commentary box of this post at the bottom of this page. Updates: Brussels’ press corps pays tribute to Charlie Hebdo journalists. See video from Belga : #JeSuisCharlie in Thessaloníki. @EFJEUROPE attends. pic.twitter.com/3AZ5MmCdOl — Yannis Kotsifos (@YannisKotsifos) January 8, 2015 08/01/2014: In this video, Belgian cartoonists (Kroll, Cécile Bertrand, Sondron, Marec, Samuel, Dubus,…) were joined by AGJPB-ABVV (Journalists…