New report: Hungary dismantles media freedom and pluralism

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…

Launch of the Press Freedom Police Codex

In Europe, the relationship between journalists and the police has not improved in recent years with an increase of protests and sometimes violent demonstrations. Research has revealed that journalists blame the police, the police blame journalists.  The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joined the European Center for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) which will  launch the Press Freedom Police Codex. Index on Censorship, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT), Ossigeno per I’informazione, and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) are the other partners. With this we aim to start, maintain and build good practice guidelines. For the discussion and…

Ukraine: Journalist attacked by unknown assailant

Ukrainian journalist Oleksandr Vlashchenko was assaulted on 30 November, in the port city of Mykolayiv. So far, the perpetrators have not been caught despite a police investigation. The International and the European Federation of Journalists (IFJ/EFJ) backed their affiliate – the National Union of Journalists in Ukraine (NUJU) – in calling for a full investigation into the case and for action to bring the attackers to justice. Oleksandr Vlashchenko, who works for the web site Novosti N, was on his way home when an unknown assailant sprayed liquid in his eyes and then hit him several times in the face and on the…

International organisations condemn further degradation of press freedom in Malta

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), together with seven other international organisations including ARTICLE 19, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), Index on Censorship, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), International Press Institute, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Scottish PEN condemns the further degradation of press freedom in Malta and the continued intimidation of journalists. The statement We, the undersigned organisations, condemn the actions taken by Maltese authorities to restrict press coverage and public scrutiny of the ongoing investigation into the assassination of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. We call on Maltese authorities to uphold their international obligations to…

New possibilities for media freedom: joint call to Austria’s new government

Austria’s media freedom is under threat. Over the last two years, the policies of the previous government showed that the current media system can be influenced politically. In its first year under the government of Sebastian Kurz, Austria fell five places on the international press freedom ranking of Reporters Without Borders, to 16th place. According to a survey, nearly half of Austria’s journalists feel that media freedom is in a precarious state. Harassment and threats against journalists, both online and offline, also reached a new level under Kurz’s government. In addition, restrictions on journalistic access to information related to the…

UNESCO-EFJ project ‘Building Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey’ to start phase 2

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) will start in 2020 the phase 2 of the EU-funded project “Building Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey” in partnership with the UNESCO. Together with its members in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Kosovo, the EFJ will organise three annual regional workshops to further develop national social dialogues and ensure the implementation of labour rights in the field of media in the region. Strong cooperation with the EFJ Labour Rights Expert Group (LAREG) will be continued to develop exchanges between journalists’ organisations from Eastern and Western…