Spanish government threatens to take over public media in Catalonia

The media segment of the trade union FSC-CCOO and the journalists’ trade union of Catalonia (SPC-FeSP) strongly condemn the threat of takeover of Catalan public media by the Spanish central government, following the measures announced on Saturday by the Prime minister Mariano Rajoy (People’s party), with the support of the two main opposition parties (Socialist party and Ciudadanos). The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joins its affiliates FSC-CCOO and the Catalan Union of Journalists SPC-FeSP in denouncing this inacceptable political interference in dealing with public service media. This Friday, the Spanish senate could vote a series of measures in application of article 155…

DIVERCITY Project workshop

DIVERCITY: “Preventing and combating homo- and transphobia across Europe” The EFJ GS Ricardo Gutiérrez will deliver a training on “Reporting LGBT” to local journalists in Sabadell (Spain). LGBT people in the EU experience discrimination, harassment and violence in different areas of life. Homo- and transphobia in smaller and medium-sized cities has particular dynamics, as the access to resources for LGBT people may be more problematic due to the dimension of local agencies, the associative structure and the LGBT community. The DIVERCITY project intends to make a diagnosis of homo- and transphobia in six medium-sized cities in Europe, to exchange best…

Journalist Hamza Yalçin has been released in Spain

Update (28.09.2017) – Hamza Yalçin has been released on 28/09/2017 by decision of Spain National High Court. “We are very pleased for our colleague, whose release we have been requesting since August 3rd,” said EFJ GS Ricardo Gutiérrez. “The Spanish Government has now to clarify that there is no basis to extradite Hamza Yalçin. There was simply no reason to arrest him: Interpol did not require his arrest.” Margot Wallström, Swedish minister for Foreign Affairs, said “I welcome the Spanish decision not to hand out Hamza Yalcin to Turkey. Hamza Yalcin is now free to travel and can return his family.Sweden…

Baltasar Garzon defending the arrested Swedish-Turkish journalist in Spain

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) welcomes the decision of Baltasar Garzón, a former member of Spain’s National High Court (Audiencia Nacional) to take a pro bono defense of the Swedish-Turkish journalist Hamza Yalçin currently detained in Barcelona and pending extradition by an Interpol order issued by Turkey. The International Baltasar Garzón Foundation (Fibgar) represents Hamza Yalçin through the ILOCAD law firm, runned by the magistrate, who considers that the detention violates the journalist’s rights. Hamza Yalçin, 59, a journalist citizen of Sweden, is being held in custody in Spain after being arrested on 3 August at the Barcelona airport in compliance with an…

Spain must release Swedish-Turkish journalist #HamzaYalçin!

UPDATE (24/08/2017):  Hamza Yalçin publishes letter in El Periodico criticising his arrest in Spain The International and European Federation of Journalists (IFJ and EFJ) together with its affiliates in Spain and Sweden have strongly condemned the continued imprisonment of Swedish-Turkish journalist Hamza Yalçin by Spanish authorities since 3 August 2017. “It turns out that Tayyip Erdogan declared me a terrorist because I have written and spoken against him and he warned Interpol to capture me and deliver me. The Spanish authorities, therefore, detained me and imprisoned me. I would hope that the Government of Sweden, a country to which I came…

Jornadas del SPA-FeSP – V Congreso

Jornadas abiertas a la profesión V CONGRESO DEL SINDICATO DE PERIODISTAS DE ANDALUCIA, SPA-FeSP ‘Pequeñas historias y grandes explicaciones’ Rectorado de la Universidad de Málaga, 2 y 3 de junio, 2017 PROGRAMA PROVISIONAL VIERNES 2 DE JUNIO DE 2017 16:30/ Recepción e inscripciones. 17:00/ Apertura. – Antonio García Galindo. Vicerrector de Política Institucional de la Universidad de Málaga. – Inmaculada Postigo Gómez. Decana Facultad de Ciencias de la Comunicación de la Universidad de Málaga. – Lola Fernández Palenzuela. Secretaria General del Sindicato de Periodistas de Andalucía (SPA-FeSP), miembro de la Comisión de Género de la Federación Internacional de Periodistas (FIP).…

CCOO Annual Meeting

ECPMF Conference: “Libertad de expresion – Que pasa en Espana, Italia y en el mundo?

Conference “Libertad de expresion, discurso y delitos de odio”

LIBERTAD DE EXPRESIÓN, DISCURSO Y DELITOS DE ODIO: UN DIÁLOGO ENTRE MEDIOS, SOCIEDAD CIVIL Y POLICÍA. Participan: Ricardo Gutiérrez – Federación Europea de Periodistas (EFJ). Secretario General. Aitor Larrea Negro – Jefe de Sección de Derechos de la Ciudadanía y Seguridad Pública. Secretaría General de la Ertzaintza. Anaitze Agirre Larreta – Observatorio de la Diversidad. Mugak – SOS Racismo. Edna Giménez Suárez – Proyecto TOGETHER! SOS Racismo Gipuzkoa. EU Project Together Fighting Against Hate Crimes mesaredonda11oct

A true democracy cannot function without a public broadcaster

Comisiones Obreras (FSC-CCOO), one of the EFJ affiliates in Spain, just launched a campaign in defense of public broadcasting. “Public broadcasting is under attack in Europe. Political and economic decision makers are questioning its credibility and even its existence. People should not forget the function of public broadcasting: to ensure public opinion is based on truthful, plural and independent information.” Here is the video of the FSC-CCOO campaign (subtitled in English):

Growing concerns over the disappearance of three Spanish journalists in Syria

Alongside their Spanish affiliates, the Federation of Journalists Unions (FeSP), the Spanish Press Federations of Journalists Associations (FAPE) and Periodistas de CCOO (FSC-CCOO),  the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its regional organisation, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), express their concern over the missing of three Spanish freelance journalists in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria. FAPE President Elsa Gonzalez told media that José Manuel López, Antonio Pampliega and Ángel Sastre entered Syria from Turkey on July 10 and were last heard from on July 12. The three journalists were reporting from the northwestern Aleppo region, a city divided between rebel…