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Call for respect for press freedom and journalistic independence in Europe

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At the conference it is organising in Paris on 6 December, the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) joined forces with other organisations defending press freedom to call on European institutions and governments to adopt effective measures to protect the Fourth estate for the sake of democracy. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joins the call. Meeting in Paris, this 6 December, We note that, while European journalists enjoy a generally privileged situation compared to many other regions of the world, Europe is no longer a completely safe place for the profession and for press freedom. Indeed we observe that Europe…

Press freedom in Turkey: Repression is all too real

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By Tim Dawson Tim Dawson is a London-based journalist, and a member of the executive of the National Union of Journalists in the UK and Ireland. He traveled to Turkey from November 27-30 2019 to observe and monitor journalists trials as well as participate in an International Conference within the framework of the “Journalism is not a crime” EU-funded project implemented by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the Turkish Journalists Union (TGS). Eren Keskin is possibly the most striking defendant hauled before Istanbul’s criminal courts today. Dressed in black from head to…

ECPMF launched the first ever Press Freedom Police Codex

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Download the Codex The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) launched its Press Freedom Police Codex on 4 December in Brussels. The Codex formulates in eight clauses how the police and journalists can work amicably together. The clauses are based on research into areas of conflict between the two professions from all over Europe. It addresses issues of police violence, surveillance, accreditation, protection of sources and confiscation of journalistic materials. With the launch of the  Codex, ECPMF aims to provide guidelines, establish and continue a dialogue between journalists and the police, to help the two professions work together…

Malta: EFJ urges close scrutiny as the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia begins

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The long awaited public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia will begin this Friday 6 December at the Law Courts in Valletta. For two years, our organisations have supported the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia in calling for an independent, impartial and effective inquiry. The inquiry will address questions including whether the State knew or ought to have known of the risk to Daphne Caruana Galizia’s life; whether they failed to take measures to protect her life; and whether the State is fulfilling its obligations to protect journalists whose lives are at risk from criminal acts. We will…

New report: Hungary dismantles media freedom and pluralism

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Download the report This report reflects the initial findings of the joint mission to Hungary carried out by the International Press Institute (IPI), Article 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Free Press Unlimited (FPU) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). These findings are additionally supported by the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO). The mission took place from November 25 to 27, during which time the delegation met with a wide range of Hungarian journalists from Budapest and other cities as well as civil society…

Maltese journalists threatened and harassed while covering protests

The European Federation of journalists (EFJ) has backed its member, the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM), in condemning the latest attacks on Maltese journalists covering public events. #Malta: Journalists threatened, harassed during course of their duties – The Malta Independent https://t.co/m9efR8l7lC — Ricardo Gutiérrez (@Molenews1) December 3, 2019 In a statement published by the IGM, it has denounced the violence against journalists. It IGM said: “We appreciate the work of the police who stopped the incident from escalating in Valletta, where a journalist was attacked by a government security officer. “However, it is unacceptable that journalists were attacked and being prevented…