European Federation of Journalist
The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) works in all parts of Europe to enforce trade unionist and professional matters of journalists. It coordinates the activities of unions affiliated to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in Europe with a focus on developing and promoting common interests in the fields of social, economic, cultural and media policy. Its aim is to protect and defend freedom of expression and information as well as journalists' human rights.
Activities and outputs
In close cooperation with the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and other trade unions representing groups of workers in the mass media, the EFJ draws up general principles and guidelines for common trade union policy in the field of mass media and information. At the same time, the EFJ seeks broad trade union support for professional and industrial policy regarding the development of mass media. For this purpose the EFJ is in regular contact with the European institutions, primarily the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of Ministers and the Council of Europe.
The current projects focus on the social and professional issues emerging from the enormous changes affecting the media industry, which include:
- A campaign for Authors’ rights - The EFJ's Author's rights Expert Group (AREG) aims to build a global strategy for the defence of authors' rights;
- Freelance issues - The EFJ's Freelance Expert Group (FREG) facilitates the exchange of information among member unions on social-policy issues which affect freelance journalists;
- A campaign for public Broadcasting - The EFJ supports this campaign launched by the IFJ in order to defend public service broadcasting and good quality standards;
Furthermore, the EFJ publishes a bi-monthly bulletin, Euronews, covering aspects such as enlargement, authors’ rights and broadcasting as well as European policy developments. EFJ position papers, conference reports and survey results are published online in the archive section.
The European Federation of Journalists provides reliable information on major issues affecting journalists and useful contacts, such as member contact details.