European Federation of Journalists

Ethical reporting on migration and refugee crisis

The video broadcasted on 8 September around the world has surprised many people especially journalists. The Hungarian journalist, Petra László, was videotaped for tripping a migrant, who tried to escape the police in the Serbian-Hungarian border. A few months earlier, Der Spiegel’s journalists have adopted a totally opposite approach, publishing a welcoming message to refugees on their front page. The migration-refugee crisis raises the question of journalist’s commitment and responsibility. How to cover this touchy subject? How to interview migrants? How to be objective while showing empathy and respect? How to counter stereotypes? The answers to these questions are not easy. While there are bad practices which may show…

Reporting the refugee crisis

LUNCH TIME DEBATE The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) cordially invite you to join us at a lunch time debate on ”Reporting the refugee crisis”  on 20 October at 12:30 – 14:00 in Brussels organised by EFJ and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). During the past few weeks the media all over Europe have been extensively reporting on the refugee and migrant crisis. Despite most of them reporting responsibly, a number of questions arose about the limits of publishing sensitive images. The debate will focus on the importance of ethical reporting, the roles and responsibilities of media and journalists in countering stereotypes and hate…