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I can’t write that: Self-Censorship in European media

May 2, 2016 @ 12:00 am - 2:00 pm

Meeting media challenges.

Dear ,

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on 3rd May, the European Federation of Journalists and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom cordially invite you to their joint lunchtime debate in the “Meeting Media Challenges” events series:
“I can’t write that”: Self-censorship in European media
Monday, 2 May 2016
Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

About the event:

If an internet search has the potential to land a journalist on the blacklist of security services or if a reporter cannot guarantee for the anonymity of sources, free reporting is in danger. The same goes for journalists who have to pick their words carefully in order to secure their media company’s advertisement revenue. In several Central European states, the government is tightening its grip on media companies while German journalists face accusations of biased reporting on the refugee crisis and the Cologne attacks (“Lügenpresse”). Meanwhile in France journalists are alarmed at the new security laws which grant sweeping powers to intelligence agencies.
How does all this affect journalists’ reporting? How big is the danger that journalists start mincing words?
Join our expert discussion on the potential dimensions, prevalence and consequences of self-censorship in European media.

Sezin Öney 
journalist working for Taraf newspaper and Açik Radyo in Turkey
János Kárpáti
Former journalist of the Hungarian national newswire

Tanja Porčnik
Author “Human Freedom Index”

Wolfgang Grebenhof
German Federation of Journalists

Dominique Pradalié
Chief editor, France 2


Renate Schroeder
Director, European Federation of Journalists

Kindly register for this event by 29 April 2016 at

Please note that you will be forwarded to a Google Drive sheet. Should you wish to register with us directly please send an email to Photographs will be taken at the event for use on the FNF website, social media, in the press, FNF marketing materials, and other publications. By entering this event, you consent to FNF photographing and using your image and likeness.


May 2, 2016
12:00 am - 2:00 pm


Friedrich Naumann Foundation
Avenue de Cortenbergh 71
Brussels, Belgium
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