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  6 September 2018  


Freedom of expression goes hand in hand with authors' rights

It is a myth that authors' rights and press freedom are conflictual. Authors’ rights are the guarantee for quality journalism and the continuous creation of content. Who is there to create content for tech giants and readers if authors' rights are being exploited without payment? This is why it is crucial that the European Parliament should support the current draft EU copyright law. 

Together with a group of authors in the creative industry, the EFJ is supporting the proposal to create a fair and transparent conditions for authors so that they can protect their rights and get a fair pay for their work. 12 September is a crucial date for journalists and authors: the European Parliament is going to vote on the latest draft directive. A no vote will be disastrous for journalists and authors. Therefore, we ask for your support lobbying your MEP to vote yes to this draft law.  

The current situation gives a big advantage to tech giants as they reap the profits from the work of authors without paying for it. Meanwhile, their market influence is getting bigger and bigger. We need a EU legislation that can create a level-playing field for all actors so that quality journalism and creative content can thrive. 

Mogens Blicher Bjerregård
EFJ President


Appeal to German police: Stop violence against journalists

(03.09.18) Thousands of people have taken part in the protest in Chemnitz in the last few weeks, led by members of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, an anti-Islam Pegida movement and a large group of Hooligans. The Deutsche Journalisten-Verband and the Deutsche Journalisten Union in ver.di have both urged the police and security authorities to better protect journalists covering demonstrations and public events. As outlined in the OSCE safety of journalists guidebook, police and governmental authorities should be mindful of the fact that journalists may be especially vulnerable to malicious physical attacks during when covering such events.

  Northern Ireland                                  Turkey  

Investigative journalists
arrested for theft 

of confidential documents

(31.08.18) Investigative journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey were arrested, then released on bail, on 31 August after police search was held in their houses and offices. The journalists were accused of theft of confidential documents related to the Loughinisland massacre, where six people were gunshot in a bar in 1994 by a loyalist gunmen. The police is accused of collusion with the terrorist group responsible for the shooting. Sign the NUJ petition and watch the documentary here.
Journalists face uncertainties at the Turkish public TV TRT

(05.09.18) Haber-Sen General Secretary Burak Ustaoglu came to the EFJ/IFJ headquarters in Brussels to discuss the worrying development of the public service workers in Turkey. Both federations supported Haber-Sen in expressing their concern with the impact of new regulations affecting the future of Turkish Radio and Broadcasting TRT and its staff. A joint declaration signed by Haber-Sen and UNI Global Union, supported by the EFJ/IFJ, is available here.


Press Conference | Freelance journalism in Belarus

(18.09.18) Independent journalists Larysa Shchyrakova and Volha Chaichyts will hold a press conference as a part of their visit to Brussels institutions to discuss the worsening situation of freelance journalism in Belarus . They will share their personal stories during the press conference. It will take place at 13:00-14:00, on 18 September, at the Press Club Brussels. Registration link.


  European Media Literacy Toolkit  

Professionals with experience or special interests in media literacy are invited to attend the unconference “Producing a European media literacy toolkit for newsrooms”, which will take place in Brussels on 6 November 2018. How journalists interact with users of media content, how can they help stop the spread and creation of false content and what tools can help them? The reflection of this meeting will be used to develop a media literacy toolkit to be implemented by newsrooms across Europe. If you are interested, please submit the application form before 1 October 2018Find out more about the project here

  Managing change in the media  

Workshop | Equal Rights for Freelancers

(10-11.10.18) A workshop addressing best practices and solutions for freelance work in journalism will be held in Stockholm, in cooperation with our Swedish affiliate Svenska JournalistförbundetAround 30 union representatives and legal experts will gather to exchange on improving working conditions, decent pay, access to training for freelancers and precarious media workers in Europe.


Summer school hits the mark with European students

(27-31.08) Thirty students from universities of Newcastle, Gothenburg and Padova convened in Gothenburg University for a one-week summer school programme on gender and media, as  part of the “Advancing gender equality in the media industry” (AGEMI) project to which the EFJ is a partner.Students’ activities in Gothenburg included the development of mobile journalism stories, a series of roundtable and key notes speeches involving key media specialists. The internships programme was launched and will allow each student to get a practical experience in an organisation focusing on gender and media. The EFJ and some of its affiliates will be hosting a number of students in the upcoming months as part of the internship programme. 

 Media Against Hate  

Check out our resources to counter hate speech

The Media Against Hate project is over but all the resources are still available online. We have just published four online modules produced by the EFJ and parters ARTICLE19, CMFE, COMMIT and COSPE. We encourage you to use them and share them in your work and among your networks. The campaign website will remain active.


The Journalism Practice module on covering migrants and refugees was developed by the EFJ to share existing good practices of its affiliates and encourage ethical reporting. The module focuses on the terminology, news angles, sources, the use of audio-visual content and most importantly journalism ethics which are part of the daily practice of journalists. Click here to read and download it.


This training module was developed by CMFE and COMMIT based on the three media literacy workshops they organised in 2017. The module highlights the role and responsibilities of media, civil society and institutions in enabling (or hindering) empowerment of citizens. Five strands linked to the principle of inclusion were identified: direct participation, gender equality, storytelling, language and audience interaction. Click here to read and download it.


This training module developed by ARTICLE19 aims to help media regulators and law enforcement authorities to carry out their mission while respecting the international freedom of expression standards. Through case studies, it shows how international human rights standards on freedom of expression and equality should be applied in practice.Click here to read and download it.


This training module developed by COSPE is addressed to journalists, bloggers, media activists, social media managers and professionals involved in the contrast of online hate speech and addresses good practices to counter hate speech and manage an online community. Click here to read and download it.

  Atypical workers  

Register now! Organising Forum: Approaches to Union Organising of Freelance and Self-Employed Workers

As part of our a project "Reaching the Potential of Social Dialogue for All Workers: Organising and Representing Atypical Workers in the Media, Arts and Entertainment Sector", FIA, together with FIM, UNI MEI and EFJ will be organising a 1,5 day event this Autumn, dedicated to reflection on the challenges of organising atypical workers in our sector, in particular freelance and self-employed workers. The event will be a mixture of workshopping, training, exchanging and presenting inspiring examples, as well as looking for relevant experience from outside the trade union sector. It will aim to drive forward the thinking and practice in union organising in our sector. It will take place in the NH Atlanta Rotterdam on 30 and 31 October 2018. You can register directly using the online registration form.


Protect your author’s rights: write to your MEP!

We continue our campaign in favour of the adoption of the draft EU Copyright Directive, calling on members of the European Parliament to vote on 12 September for the proposal, as put forward by the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI). Together with the IFJ we have asked all journalists to write to their MEPs to ensure the support of the directive. You will find a sample letter in English, French and Spanish here.
In addition, the journalists’ federations have issued a joint call with authors’ groups urging MEPs to support the draft directive and adopted a joint position on Article 11 and wording for Recital 35 with European newspaper publishers’ organisations to ensure that the benefits deriving from the future publishers’ neighbouring right are fairly and proportionately shared between journalists and publishers.

New brochure examines whistleblowing 
from the journalists' perspective

Legal expert Quentin Van Enis - a visiting lecturer at the University of Namur and UCL as well as member of the Belgian press council (CDJ) - analysed through the lens of the journalists the draft directive on whistleblowers, currently in discussion in the European Parliament. The 6-page brochure is available in French, English and German (to be published). If you wish to receive a few hard copies by post, please contact  

New draft directive addresses transparent
and predictable working conditions

On 29 August the European Parliament Employment Committee debated a draft directive on transparent and predictable working conditions, which aims to provide more certainty for working conditions prior to being hired and to guarantee a set of minimum rights for all workers irrespective of the form of employment. The proposal essentially aims to guarantee such rights across newer forms or non-standard employment in which workers are easily exploited with lesser rights and labour protection. It aims to set new rights for all workers, particularly addressing insufficient protection for workers in more precarious jobs. However, the definition of workers to cover as wide as possible all workers proposed by the European Commission is considered controversial by some member states. The Employment Committee of the Parliament will vote on the report on 18 October. 

  CoE platform  

Latest alerts

Three years ago, in April 2015, the platform for protection of journalism and safety of journalist has been launched, aiming to improve the protection of journalists and information under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The platform is set to alert about any violation of Article 10 in a more systematic way and to take timely and coordinated action when necessary. Don't hesitate to get in touch at to report a violation occurring in your country.

Turkish journalists can apply for the Journalists-in-Residence programme

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) offers practical solidarity to journalists residing in Turkey. It  has extended its Journalists-in-Residence programme to up to three more journalists from Turkey and is now accepting applications. Find more details here.

CoE: blocking online content is a serious interference with freedom of expression

The Council of Europe has published the fifth annual report by the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, reviewing the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the EU-28. The report emphasises that blocking of online content and social media, throttling of internet traffic and shutdowns of entire websites constitute the most serious interference with online expression. Find the full report here.

Examining and assessing PSM editorial guidelines
of the Western Balkans


A new publication drafted by EFJ director Renate Schroeder examined and assessed Public Service Media codes of conduct and ethical guidelines in six Western Balkan countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.
It includes an overview of every country as well as tailored recommendations.

Find the full report here.

M.L. AND W.W. v. Germany: Recent Developments in Judicial Balancing of Privacy and Free Speech Online

The sum of all knowledge online keeps growing, while the need to balance free expression and data protection imperatives becomes more and more pertinent. This is why the future developments of the case-law of the two high-level European courts concerning the “right to be forgotten” are so relevant. Presenting a ECtHR case concerning the “right to be forgotten” vis-à-vis two convicted criminals Oleg Soldatov offers an in-depth analysis of the issue, including the analysis on the question of judicial balancing online.

Find out this and other legal analysis on our Media Freedom Resource Centre.

   EFJ Annual Meeting 2019   

If you are interested in hosting the next EFJ Annual Meeting, please express your interest and send your application form to Ricardo Gutiérrez ( before the  26th of October 2018.


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