AZIR

Asociatia Ziaristilor Independenti din Romania

Apel al Comitetului de Protectie a Jurnalistilor

CJP CERE NOULUI PREȘEDINTE AL COMISIEI EUROPENE SĂ PUNĂ PE PRIMUL PLAN LIBERTATEA PRESEI

 

Comitetul de Protecție a Jurnaliștilor a trimis o scrisoare noului președinte al Comisiei Europene, cerându-i ca libertatea presei, siguranța jurnaliștilor și accesul la informațiile publice să constituie o prioritate în politica Uniunii Europene, de acum încolo.

Asociația Jurnaliștilor Europeni se află printre cele 20 de organizații de presă care susțin această propunere.

Prezentăm  mai jos, în limba engleză, scrisoarea adresată doamnei Ursula von der Leyen, precum și apelul pentru a conferi „un mandat evident și puternic” pentru protecția libertății presei pe perioada următorilor cinci ani. Scrisoarea a fost trimisă VIneri, 19 iulie și dată publicității luni, 22 iulie a.c.

 

Dear President von der Leyen,

 

We are writing as members of the press freedom community to congratulate you on your appointment as President of the European Commission, and to urge you to ensure that media freedom, the protection of journalists, and EU citizens’ access to information are top political priorities over the coming term of your Commission.

 

The last Commission took important steps to address media freedom. But given the rapidly changing media environment, increasingly severe threats and restrictions to press freedom, and the recent murders of journalists, more must be done. We, the undersigned organizations, strongly urge you to appoint a Vice-President of the new Commission with a clear and robust mandate to use all available EU mechanisms, including policy, legislation, and budget, to defend press freedom and the safety of journalists. In particular, we urge you to explicitly list this mandate in your mission letter to one of the Vice-Presidents establishing it as a political priority over the next five-year term.

 

We ask that the Vice-President have a sufficiently robust and far-ranging mandate to address the following areas of reform:

 

Creating an enabling legal and regulatory environment for free, independent, pluralistic, and diverse media and the safety of journalists, whether staff, freelancers, or bloggers. Journalists need to be protected from judicial harassment, arbitrary surveillance, defamation, overly broad national security and anti-terrorist legislation, as well as SLAPP and tax laws.

Protecting journalists, freelancers, and bloggers from physical, legal, psychological, and digital threats, and ensuring access to effective protection and prevention measures and mechanisms, with specific attention to the risks facing female journalists.

Combating impunity for all attacks against journalists, freelancers, and bloggers, including support and capacity-building for law enforcement, prosecutors, and the judiciary and the development of specialized protocols for investigations.

Continuing to combat disinformation through robust public defense of independent journalism and its critical importance in democracy. This should accompany efforts to increase public understanding of media freedoms, supporting social media self-regulation, and building media literacy.

Supporting sustainable models for independent journalism in promoting media independence, pluralism, and diversity, as well as allowing for effective self-regulation, capacity building, and training.

 

 

Media freedom and pluralism are pillars of modern democracy. For the next Commission to guarantee European citizens their right to access to information, it must use the coming term to address the numerous threats to journalism. We hope you will take steps to ensure it does.

 

We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and thank you in advance for taking our concerns into consideration. We look forward to receiving your response.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Alliance Internationale de Journalistes

Article 19

Association of European Journalists

Committee to Protect Journalists   (www.cpj.org)

European Federation of Journalists

European Journalism Centre

European Media Initiative

European Centre for Press and Media Freedom

Free Press Unlimited

Global Forum for Media Development

IFEX

Index on Censorship

International Press Institute

Media Diversity Institute

PEN International

English PEN

Reporters Without Borders

Rory Peck Trust

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)

World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)

Ziua Mondiala a Libertatii Presei 2019

AZIR Asociaţia Ziariştilor Independenţi din România

Secția română a Asociației Jurnaliștilor Europeni

 

 

 

Asociația Ziariștilor Independenți din România

organizează, marți, 7 mai 2019, ora 18:00,

la „OK Center”, din Str. Traian nr. 1, sector 3,

dezbaterea cu tema:


Jurnaliști și … „jurnaliști”.

Raportul cu puterea politică.


Moderatori:

Tania Radu – RFE,

Radu Carp – Prof. univ. FSPUB


Sunt invitați să participe la dezbatere:

membri ai AZIR, oameni de cultură,

studenți de la Facultatea de Științe Politice (UB), jurnaliști din presa scrisă și audiovizuală.

Dezbaterea marchează

Ziua Mondială a Libertății Presei” (3 mai).

 

Cu această ocazie, AZIR acordă premiul

Ziarist Independent

doamnei TIA ȘERBĂNESCU.

 

AEJ Special Events and Media Freedom Campaigns mark Press Freedom Day - more...

AEJ Special Events and Media Freedom Campaigns are marking Press Freedom Day in Austria, Bulgaria,.Finland, Greece, Turkey; and a British ministers announces an ambitous global campaign to protect the work of free journalists to expose and counter ’corruption and misrule’. Details below:-

 

Austria:  Article by AEJ President Otmar Lahodynsky in Die Presse: “Straffreie Attacken auf die Medienfreiheit”

Zum Welttag der Pressefreiheit am 3. Mai: Ubergriffe auf Journalisten wurden zuletzt auch in Europa zur Normalitat.

https://diepresse.com/home/meinung/gastkommentar/5621097/Straffreie-Attacken-auf-die-Medienfreiheit

 

AEJ-Bulgaria

AEJ Bulgaria marks #WorldPressFreedomDay  with the Launch of a Survey to identify the needs for specific trainings for journalists; and Supports a new Initiative Against Disinformation: Fakery - a campaign to increase media literacy and counter fake news and disinformation. See details below:

1) On May 3rd, AEJ-Bulgaria launches a survey among Bulgarian journalists asking them what kind of professional trainings they need. AEJ-Bulgaria has a portfolio of trainings, including data journalism, reporting of emergencies, fact checking using online tools, copyright in digital markets for journalists, ethical reporting on children (in partnership with UNICEF), but we also need to know what other trainings Bulgarian journalists need and to try to include these new ideas in our portfolio. Not only we organize trainings for journalists, but also we work on a media literacy project in  a number of Bulgarian high schools, in partnership with America for Bulgaria Foundation and Fulbright, Bulgarian American Commission for Educational Exchange.

 

2) AEJ-Bulgaria supports the initiative  that is launched on the occasion of May 3rd, World Press Freedom Day,  by the Fine Acts named Fakery - a campaign to increase media literacy and counter fake news and disinformation. AEJ-Bulgaria is a partner of the initiative. Fine Acts is a global platform that bridges art and activism in the name of social change.

“Fake news is no longer news. ?heir real consequences however are yet to be analyzed and understood. Fake news always affects us personally. But it is difficult to understand how until one falls victim to their grasp. That’s why we have created an experiment with a media "sensation" that has turned out to be irresistible. The "news" story we published demonstrated to unsuspecting people the smell and taste of fake news in real life”, stands the creators of Fakery.

Behind the idea of Fakery (The Fake News Bakery) are the stage designer Iliyana Kancheva and the IT programmer Ivan Shulev. Fakery is the winner of the second edition of ACT Labs - innovative events where multidisciplinary teams of artists and technologists seek solutions to human rights issues. The teams work together over a weekend and prototype ideas that raise awareness or provide solutions for a specific problem. The jury awards the best idea with a development grant.

 

3) AEJ-Bulgaria also supported the initiative of the British Embassy and the Chairwoman Irina Nedeva and Ivan Radev, member of the Board of AEJ-BUlgaria participated in the video initiated by the British Embassy https://www.facebook.com/UKinBulgaria/videos/vb.130010333679527/292656051646797/?type=2&theater

"Today is ?? #WorldPressFreedomDay??. The UK Government is committed to #DefendMediaFreedom both at home and overseas. We believe a free and independent media is an essential component to economic prosperity, social development and resilient democracies." To mark the day, The British Embassy in Bulgaria asked everyday Bulgarians and journalists about what media freedom means to them. See how the citizens and representatives of AEJ_Bulgaria responded in the video.

 

AEJ Finland:

In Helsinki the AEJ will celebrate World Press Freedom Day on Thursday 16 May with a talk by Juha Rekola, International Ombudsman for Journalists in Finland. His presentation will deal with the future of journalism in Finland and beyond including ethical issues relating to hate speech.

 

AEJ Greece

Freedom of Press in Danger?  On the occasion of the international day of Freedom of Press on 3 May, Europe’s Day on 10 May but also European Elections, the Greek Section of the Association of European Journalists will organise an event at the office of European Parliament in Athens on Friday 10 May. The purpose is to discuss the following issues:

§  Freedom of press in Europe,

§  Communication deficit and European Elections,

§  Protection of journalists,

§  Journalists and reporting in the past and today.

§  The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its application in social media.

§  Data protection

§  The Mass Media and intelligence and defence agencies.

§  The new digital era in the Media.

A dialogue will be held among distinguished speakers in order to exchange views on the current situation in the Media as the freedom of press is continuously in danger. This event is addressed to professional journalists, representatives of news organisations, young journalists, journalism students, students and young people.

 

Turkey

On 3 May a coalition of pre freedom and journalists’ groups in Turkey issued a joint declaration which aid in part:  “Again on May 3rd this year, we regret that we are experiencing severe problems. Tens of thousands of journalists are jobless, censorship and self-censorship are preventing the media from informing the public truthfuolly; the government is controlling 90 percent of the media, and hundreds of journalists are in jail.”

Haber-Sen, the Media, Communication and Postal Employees Union, which is also organized in the state run radio tv TRT,  called on the AEJ for international solidarity. Haber-Sen Secretary General Burak Ustaoglu said; "Today at 1600 TRT employees will be sent from their positions to other places. This is one of the biggest oppression operations on the TRT employees in the history of TRT. A massive exile. And it happens on the World Press Freedom Day. TRT was already turned into a mouthpiece of the government and did not give space to the voice of opposition during election campaign. With these operations, TRT employees who are not pro-AKP, pro-government will be totally wiped out."

 

The UK:

British Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt  set out his vision to improve media freedom in Africa and worldwide. He was speaking at the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day event hosted by the African Union in Addis Ababa

He praised fearless investigative journalists who exposed massive corruption in Ghana, criticised the Tanzanian government for closing down The Citizen newspaper to suppress its trenchant criticism of government policies, denounced the Russian RT television channel for peddling the Kremlin’s line, and gave details about the UK’s ambitious global campaign for media freedom which will include a major international conference in July in London where all the world’s foreign ministers are invited.

Some extracts from his speech:-

“I want to start by celebrating the best of African journalism. Whether it is the editors who bring out independent newspapers against the odds; the journalists who brave threats and intimidation; or the bloggers who keep a vigilant eye on their leaders; all know better than anyone that a lively and free media provides the best possible safeguard against corruption and misrule.

Today, my argument is simple: media freedom is not a ‘Western’ value, still less a colonial-style imposition, but instead a force for progress from which everyone benefits.

The truth is that when governments start closing newspapers and suppressing the media, they are more likely to be storing up trouble for the future than preserving harmony. And far from being a cause of instability, responsible journalism and free media should help to avoid it.

And perhaps the greatest freedom fighter that Africa has known, Nelson Mandela, described a “critical, independent and investigative press” as the “lifeblood of any democracy”.

He added: “It is only such a free press that can temper the appetite of any government to amass power at the expense of the citizen…It is only such a free press that can have the capacity to relentlessly expose excesses and corruption.”

Media Freedom campaign: I want Britain too to play its part in championing media freedom. So I’ve joined my Canadian counterpart, Chrystia Freeland, to launch a global campaign to protect journalists doing their job and promote the global campaign to protect journalists doing their job and promote the benefits of a free media. In July, we will host the world’s first ministerial summit on media freedom in London.

Amal Clooney will serve as my Special Envoy, bringing to bear her expertise as a human rights lawyer. She will convene a panel of experts to recommend ways of strengthening the legal protection of journalists.

On this and other subjects, we want to work closely with the African Union and UNESCO, who I thank for hosting us today.Our overriding aim is to shine a spotlight on abuses and raise the price for those who would murder, arrest or detain journalists just for doing their jobs.

At the same time, we shouldn’t forget the international context Channels like RT – better known as Russia Today – want their viewers to believe that truth is relative and the facts will always fit the Kremlin’s official narrative. Even when that narrative keeps changing.

…The best defence against those who deliberately sow lies are independent, trusted news outlets. So the British Government is taking practical steps to help media professionals improve their skills.  By helping truth to prevail, a free media ultimately helps us all to flourish.”

 

ROMANIA AND OTHERS:…

For more information and events and activitie in Romania and the UK, see this AEJ news from 2 May:-

https://www.aej.org/page.asp?p_id=680

AEJ national sections and journalists around Europe mark World Press Freedom Day

AEJ Sections and journalist around Europe mark World Press Freedom Day: paying tribute to courageous journalists and demanding safe working environments.

 

The Romanian Section of the AEJ (AZIR) celebrates World Press Freedom Day with a special event on 7 May focused on journalists’ dealing with those who wield political power. For the first time the AZIR Prize for the Independence of the Journalist will be awarded. The winner will be Tia Serbanescu, one of the most free spirits of contemporary Romanian journalism. Tia writes incisively and with humour about the society around her and the unedifying spectacle of Romanian politics today, maintaining her independence and exposing the follies and weaknesses of all political sides with equal candour. The event will be attended by AZIR members, fellow-journalists, media experts from the University of Political Sciences and the University of Journalism, and others who are committed to strengthening and protecting independent journalists who now have to work in difficult and often hostile environments.

 

In the UK the AEJ has responded jointly with Index on Censorship to urge the British government to rethink its proposals for new, wide-ranging regulation of “online harms” as set out recently in an online harms white paper. The government’s outline proposals are that a new legal duty of care by platforms would be established covering a very broad range of “harms”, for example disinformation and violent content. In combination with substantial fines and potentially even personal criminal liability for senior managers there I concern that it would create a strong incentive for platforms to remove content proactively – including news stories that might be deemed ‘harmful’ by the propoed new regulator although their contents is not illegal.

Other proposals in the white paper may also have damaging impacts on media freedom, such as potential ISP blocking (making a platform inaccessible in or from the UK). The draft provisions for ensuring protection of users’ rights online, particularly freedom of expression, rights to privacy and the public interest are now sketchy and inadequate, and they need to be robust, detailed and provided for in law.

The government’s proposals were the subject of a media freedom alert on the Council of Europe’ Platform for the afety of journalist on April 25.

Index on Censorship and the AEJ have asked the government to provide in unequivocal and concrete detail how it intends to establish such safeguards to make the future system of online regulation compatible with the UK’s obligations to uphold journalism and media freedom.

The alert can be viewed here:

https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2019/04/index-urges-uk-government-to-rethink-proposals-for-online-harms-regulation-over-risks-to-media-freedom/

 

Also in the UK the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) will pay tribute to the life and work of the murdered Northern Ireland journalist Lyra McKee. The event take place on the evening of May 3, with NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet, and other speakers at the Free Word Centre in London. Funds raised by ticket sales will go towards the International Federation of Journalists Safety Fund.

On World Press Freedom Day the occasion will be an opportunity to review the range of challenges and threats facing journalists and press freedom throughout the world, and to pay respects to journalists who are currently in prison as well as to those who paid the ultimate price in the line of duty.

 

World Press Freedom Day UNESCO conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Journalism in Times of Disinformation

 

The relationship between the press and democracy will be the main theme of this year’s edition of World Press Freedom Day (3 May) jointly organized by UNESCO, the Ethiopian government and the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), from 1 to 3 May. More than one hundred events will also take place around the world in observance of the day.

 

How can journalism rise above emotional content and fake news during an election? What should be done to counter speeches demeaning journalists? To what extent should electoral regulations be applied to the internet? This year’s World Press Freedom Day, whose theme is “Media for Democracy, Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation”, will be the occasion to reflect on these current issues.

 

Among the highlights will be the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize award ceremony on the evening of 2 May. The prize will be awarded, on the recommendation of an independent international jury, to imprisoned Myanmar journalists Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone by Audrey Azoulay, in the presence of Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, and African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson, Amb. Kwesi Quartey.

 

This year, UNESCO also launched the Defend Journalism Campaign that encourages media to show their solidarity for a free and independent press through the use of banners on their printed publications and digital platforms.