European Federation of Journalists

COVID-19: political interference in the media in Kosovo

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) calls on media in Kosovo to refrain from intensifying tensions in a health crisis. The quarantine of the city of North Mitrovica has resulted in inappropriate and unethical media coverage. The EFJ strongly denounces these discrepancies which show strong political interference in some media in Kosovo. Unsupported statements and provocative questions asked by a journalist from the Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK) while reporting live from North Mitrovica on Saturday evening’s news raised a wave of reactions in Kosovo. The remarks risk contributing in raising tensions between Serb and Albanian communities. On Friday, the…

COVID-19: governments must promote free flow of information

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) welcomed the joint statement issued today by David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, and Edison Lanza, IACHR Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression calling on governments to promote and protect access to and free flow of information during COVID-19 pandemic. In light of the growing disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the monitors for freedom of expression and freedom of the media for the United Nations, the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights,…

OSCE Conference on Missing and Murdered Journalists in Kosovo

Event: Conference on Missing and Murdered Journalists in Kosovo Location: Restaurant Etno Kuča, Gračanica/Graçanicë Date/Time: 4 December 2019, 09:00 09:00 – 09:30 Coffee & Registration of Participants 09:30 – 10:15 Opening Remarks • Ambassador Jan Braathu, Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo • Budimir Ničić, Chairperson of the Association of Journalists of Serbia registered in Kosovo • Gentiana Begolli-Pustina, Chairperson of the Association of Journalists of Kosovo 10:15 – 11.30 I panel: Accounts of Families and Colleagues For two decades, families and friends of murdered and missing journalists in Kosovo have been trying to find out the truth: who…

“Freedom of the Media and Safety of Journalists in the Russian Federation and in the OSCE region”

The OSCE is organising the conference “Freedom of the Media and Safety of Journalists in the Russian Federation and in the OSCE region: Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age”, on 6 November 2019 in Moscow. The conference will expectedly bring together more than 150 Russian journalists, experts from the media community and academia, policy makers, and representatives of government institutions.

OSCE Annual South East Europe Media Conference

The annual OSCE South East Europe Media Conference will take place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 18-19 June. The annual conference will provide a platform for the sharing of best practices and to discuss current media freedom developments across the South East Europe region, with a particular focus this year on media development and sustainability, safety of journalists, legal environment for media freedom and examining sustainable solutions for public service broadcasters. The event will also host a number of side events. The EFJ GS Ricardo Gutiérrez will participate as an expert speaker on the “Safety of journalists” panel.

UN and OSCE media freedom watchdogs raised concerns over the EU whistleblowing directive

In a letter sent on 5 March to the European institutions, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and the protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, and the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, raised concerns about three aspects of the draft directive on the protection of whistleblowers. This letter is published as the negotiations between the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission are in the final stretch. The last trilogue meeting will be on Monday 11 March. The tiered reporting system This is the main…

“Words That Matter” – glossary by Cypriot journalists to address local issues

On 10th of July in Nicosia, the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFOM) in cooperation with the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), and several local journalists, including members of EFJ affiliates Basin-Sen and Union of Cyprus Journalists,  has published “Words That Matter“, a trilingual glossary in English, Greek, and Turkish, to list phrases and words, used by the journalists in communities, which may be taken sensitively. The glossary resulted from a common effort between the organisations to minimise hate speech in journalism, as well as trying to overcome the long-lasting tensions between Greek Cypriot and Turkish…

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