IFJ marks third UN Day against impunity for crime targeting journalists with call to turn words into action

Brussels, 31 October 2016- On the third commemoration of the UN Day against impunity for crime targeting journalists, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the world’s largest organisation of journalists with 600.000 members, today challenged governments to show political will in tackling the prevailing impunity for violence on media professionals in the world. The IFJ, which has […]

New wave of arrests targeting daily Cumhuriyet in Turkey

The European and International Federations of Journalists (EFJ/IFJ) today condemned the new wave of mediarepression by Turkish authorities following the detention of Murat Sabuncu, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Cumhuriyet, arrested this morning together with 15 other media staff of the newspaper. They are accused ofassisting the so-called Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party […]

Serbia: Journalist Jovica Vasic broke a ten-day hunger strike

The European Federation of Journalists backs its Serbian affiliates UNS, NUNS and SINOS in their call to protect Jovica Joca Vasic, journalist and publisher at daily Narodne Novine, who engaged in a hunger strike for 10 days from 8 to 18 October. With this hunger strike, Vasic wished to draw attention to his extremely precarious situation he, […]

Why the Newsquest journalists are right to go on strike

A couple of months ago Frances Rafferty wrote: “The newspaper industry is in crisis… The response of newspaper owners has been to cut staff and costs often at the expense of investing in quality journalism.” You might well reply that since Rafferty is the communications officer for the National Union of Journalists she would say that, […]

Auditors: EU Underfunded Balkan Media, Anti-Graft Projects

European auditors said the European Commission has provided relatively little funding for projects in the field of freedom of the media and the fight against organised crime and corruption in Western Balkan countries. The European Court of Auditors said on Thursday that in comparison to projects in the field of rule of law, relatively small […]

Journalists call for lifting the ban on news channels in Turkey

The European and International Federations of Journalists (EFJ/IFJ) today organised a press briefing at the Brussels’ Press Club to protest the on-going clampdown on media in Turkey and to urge the government tolift the ban on news channels.  The Turkish government recently shut down about 20 TV and radio channels, including the Kurdish Channel Med-Nuçe […]

Worrying study on media freedom and pluralism in 7 EU countries: Urgent EU action needed

The recently published study on  “A comparative analysis of media freedom and pluralism in the EU Member States“conducted research on Bulgaria, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy,Poland and Romania, all countries which have shown political pluralism at high risk, accompanied by heavy state interference in the media, or close economic ties between politics and media. The 175 […]

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. […]