World Day for Decent work: secure collective bargaining for all journalists, says the IFJ

Brussels, 6 October 2016- Collective bargaining is the best tool journalists have to secure fairness at work, reduce inequality and improve pay and working conditions. To mark World Day for Decent Work on 7 October the International Federation of Journalists (FIJ) is celebrating the achievements of collective bargaining for journalists throughout the world. Results of a recent IFJ survey highlight that…

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A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE – LOOKING AT THE NEW DONOR-JOURNALISM RELATIONSHIP

By Anya Schiffrin The influence that advertisers and owners have on the editorial line has been well documented, but what happens when the funder is a well-meaning foundation that is on a mission to change the world? Indeed, in recent years we’ve seen an uptick in alternative funding scenarios for journalism that include private foundations directly funding media outlets and…

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Justice for Anna Politkovskaya

On 7 October 2006 Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, a reporter for the Novaya Gazeta, newspaper and a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead at her apartment building in central Moscow. The International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ and EFJ) join their affiliate the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) in commemorating the death of the…

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IFJ runs safety training for journalists and Media workers in Yemen

Seventeen journalists and photographers completed a two-day safety training yesterday in Sana’a/Yemen. The training was organised by the Yemen Journalists’ Syndicate (YJS) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). Participants received specialised training on risk management, safety procedures and first aid. With at least 6 deaths this year and multiple cases of violence, torture and abductions of Yemeni journalists…

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When atypical working becomes typical

   To force workers into a certain category as either employees or employers is getting more difficult in a changing labour market with new forms of employment is increasing. More and more workers are becoming freelances, self-employed or see themselves as micro-companies. New legislation is highly needed to reflect this growing segment of the labour market. European workers in the…

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JOURNALISM IS NOT DEAD

EMILY FISHER — SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 But isn’t journalism a dying profession?” said the kind old man I met while pumping gas last Monday. It took me a few seconds to figure out what I should say. I was sure he didn’t mean to be rude, and was…

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IFJ/EFJ welcome proposed EU directive strengthening authors’ contractual position

Brussels, 14 September 2016. The European Commission today published a proposal for a directive on authors’ rights that would help give more power to journalists. The proposal provides mechanisms to address authors’ and performers’ weaker contractual position when negotiating terms for use of their work. The federations welcomed the proposal as a “great step forward” in protecting journalists’ authors rights…

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How to retain press freedom while cracking down on terrorism

How can we preserve freedom of expression when societies are under attack from terrorism? Following the Isis attacks, heightened security in European capitals has made it more difficult to preserve our hard-won rights and freedoms. While we want to be safe, we also want to retain our rights to personal privacy and to free expression. If we sacrifice those rights…

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European Commission eager to foster media pluralism and public service media in Western Balkans

 The EU should support and initiate social dialogue between stakeholders in the media industry”, said EFJ President Mogens Blicher Bjerregård at the meeting with the EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn A delegation of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) met with Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations yesterday (05/09/2016) to discuss how…

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‘Countries with strong public service media have less rightwing extremism’

EBU report finds countries that have popular public broadcasters also have better voter turnout and press freedom Countries that have popular, well-funded public service broadcasters encounter less rightwing extremism and corruption and have more press freedom, a report from the European Broadcasting Union has found. For the first time, an analysis has been done of the contribution of…

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