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

Journalist Pelin Ünker sentenced to jail for writing on “Paradise Papers”

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) shared its condemnation of the jail sentence against a Turkish female journalist for writing investigative stories on the “Paradise Papers”,  a set of confidential electronic documents relating to secret offshore investments. “In Turkey the price for doing investigative journalism is not an award but prison. All European Leaders should put pressure on Turkey to drop all the charges against Pelin Ünker”, said Mogens Blicher Bjerregaard, EFJ President. The EFJ reported the case as a media freedom violation to the Council of Europe’s Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists : On 8…

Dutch photojournalists on strike for a payrise to counter inflation, falling tariffs and ignored authors’ rights

The Dutch union of journalists Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten (NVJ, an EFJ affiliate) and its photojournalist section the NVF announced on 09/01/2019 that they will be going on strike in protest at the erosion of rates of pay. The NVJ/NVF has written to six prominent Dutch media companies calling for talks before January 11th – with strike action set to go ahead on January 25th if talks are unsuccessful. Already over 200 photojournalists have pledged their support for the action. A national monitor of freelance rates shows they fell from €80 a photo in 2014 to an average rate today of €42…

Italian journalists assaulted by neo-fascists in Rome

On 7 January 2019, Federico Marconi and Paolo Marchetti, an Italian journalist and a photographer both working for the Italian weekly magazine Espresso, have been attacked by members of two neo-fascist groups, Avanguardia Nazionale and Forza Nuova. The two journalists were near the Verano monumental cemetery in Rome to cover the event organised by Avanguardia Nazionale in memory of the Acca Larentia killings, in 1978. A group of neo-fascists approached Marchetti and took his camera’s memory card. Other militants then surrounded the journalist Federico Marconi and began to hit him with kicks and slaps. The boss of Forza Nuova together…

Workshop on “Modernising Public Service Media through Innovation and Dialogue”

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is organising a workshop on “Modernising public service media through innovation and dialogue”. It will take place on the 4 and 5 March in Bucharest, Romania. The workshop will bring together journalists, trade unions and social partners (public broadcasters) to address recent challenges and develop strategies to ensure quality and independence in public service media in a period of digital changes, to improve working conditions of media workers in public service media and to regain trust in the media. The workshop will discuss the key themes: Public Service Media in Europe: The challenge for Innovation,…

Lithuania: EFJ urges Parliament to guarantee LRT independence

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) calls on again Lithuanian Parliament to guarantee the full independence of public broadcaster LRT. The Director General of LRT, Monika Garbaciauskaite, issued today a letter expressing strong concern about proposed legal changes in LRT governance. A new draft law on LRT is to be debated by the Lithuanian Parliament on 11 January. “The latest developments that are now taking place may have a direct impact on LRT’s independence and at the same time pose serious threats to freedom of speech and democracy on the whole,” reacted Monika Garbaciauskaite. Following the report, issued on 12…

Montenegro: critical working conditions in digital media

The Trade Union of Media of Montenegro (SMCG) presented a few days ago its analysis on the working conditions in digital media in the country, which shows that the average salary of employees at Montenegrin portals is significantly lower than in traditional media. According to the research’s findings, the average salary for a journalist in these media outlets is only 362 euros per month, or rather 38% lower than the salary earned by people working in traditional media (around 500 euros) and 40% lower than the average salary at the state level (510 euros). The research, called “New Media – Old Problems”, covered…