Projects

Ongoing experiences in project management include :

  • Turkey : #JournalismIsNotaCrime : https://europeanjournalists.org/projects/turkey-set-journalists-free/
  • Mapping media freedom in Europe : https://europeanjournalists.org/projects/mapping-and-defending-media-freedom-in-europe/
  • Building Strong Journalists Unions in Eastern Europe: https://europeanjournalists.org/projects/building-strong-journalists-unions-in-eastern-europe/
  • Advancing gender equality in media industries https://europeanjournalists.org/projects/advancing-gender-equality-in-media-industries/
  • European Media Literacy Toolkit for Newsrooms https://europeanjournalists.org/projects/european-media-literacy-toolkit-for-newsrooms/
  • IFJ-EFJ Regional Development Fund : https://europeanjournalists.org/projects/efj-regional-development-fund/
  • Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey : https://europeanjournalists.org/building-trust-in-media-in-south-east-europe-and-turkey/
  • Journalists’ network for media freedom in Macedonia https://europeanjournalists.org/past-projects-2/journalists-network-for-media-freedom-in-macedonia/
  • Building on experiences : a win-win approach to transnational industrial relations in multinational companies https://europeanjournalists.org/projects/building-on-experiences-a-win-win-approach-to-transnational-industrial-relations-in-multinational-companies/
  • openMedia, investigating press freedom https://europeanjournalists.org/openmedia-investigating-press-freedom/
  • Managing change in media https://europeanjournalists.org/managing-change-in-media/
  • Gender equality and diversity in the European audiovisual sector https://europeanjournalists.org/past-projects-2/gender-equality-and-diversity-in-the-european-audiovisual-sector/
  • Organising Turkey’s human rights based journalism fit for the digital age https://europeanjournalists.org/projects/organising-turkeys-human-rights-based-journalism-fit-for-the-digital-age/
  • Women’s Reporting Point https://europeanjournalists.org/campaigns/womens-reporting-point/

Actions

UK: journalist Owen Jones attacked by four men

Guardian journalist Owen Jones has been physically assaulted in London while celebrating his 35th birthday with friends in the early hours of Saturday morning. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) condemned the outrageous attack on Owen Jones and called on the British authorities to investigate the case and bring the perpetrators to justice. After leaving a bar near King’s Cross in London on the night of Saturday 17 August, at about 3am, a group of men approached Owen Jones and his friends and began hitting him in the head from behind. According to reports, Jones fell to the ground after…

Azerbaijan: Supreme Court denies Khadija Ismayilova’s request for early end of her probation

On August 7, the Azerbaijani Supreme Court decided to uphold its charges against investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, who was accused of tax evasion. After she has been living under a probation sentence for three and a half years, the former correspondent of RadioFreeEurope / Radio Liberty seeked for an early termination of her probation. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) condemns the court’s decision and demands Azerbaijani authorities to stop her repressions. Since 2010, Ismayilova had been writing on cases of corruption linked to the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s family, until she was imprisoned in 2014 after a government-driven smear…

Russia: communications regulator demands censorship on information about Moscow demonstrations

On 11 August, the Russian national communications regulator Roskomnadzor published a statement demanding Google to prevent its video-sharing service Youtube from distributing information on the recent protests in Moscow. The agency said, it wants to prevent “advertising for unauthorized demonstrations”. Otherwise, countermeasures could be taken. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) condemns this attempt of censorship and demands Russian authorities to respect the citizen’s right for information. “According to available information, several entities possessing YouTube channels have bought advertising instruments [such as push notifications] with the aim of distributing information about unsanctioned [illegal] mass events, including those aimed at disrupting…

Germany: lawyer’s attempts to influence reporting are increasing

German media’s legal departments see an increase of lawyer’s attempts to prevent journalists from reporting. That was found out by the new study “If you write that, I will sue you! Preventive strategies of lawyers against media”, published on 08 August. The research filed by the German Otto Brenner Foundation in cooperation with the “Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte” determined that legal departments receive an average of three preventive warnings per month. The strategy: “press law information letters” Knowing that they don’t have a legal right to prevent a media from publishing an article concerning their clients, lawyers have the common practice…

Freelancers in Belgium: wages remain precariously low

Freelance fees in the french-speaking Belgium haven’t developed for more than ten years. That reveals the latest inquiry “Les tarifs de la pige”, published on 05 August by our Belgian affiliate Association Générale des Journalistes Professionnels (AJP). The fourth edition of the study shows, some tariffs of freelance-journalists have remained on the same precarious level since it was first raised in 2007 – and some even dropped below. But it doesn’t have to be like that, says Sophie Lejoly, Deputy Secretary General of the AJP. Whether it’s newspapers, magazines, web editions, TV or radio, public or private media – the…

Turkish court imposes access block on news portals

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) calls on Turkish authorities to cancel the outrageous decision of Ankara 3rd Peace Judge to block access to 136 websites and social media accounts. Ankara 3rd Peace Judge Hasan Demirtas decided on 16 July to block access to 136 internet resources, including bianet and Gazete Fersude news portals, on the basis of “national security” (article 8/A of İnternet Law). The ban targets 15 websites and dozens of social media accounts (on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest). The court’s unjustified ruling prevents access to at least 200,000 news stories in bianet, which has been broadcasting…