Free European Media 2018 BOOK
In the book you will find 12 chapters from various parts of Europe telling the story how media freedom is challenged, and why it is more important than ever that our state leaders, politicians in the front line unconditionally support freedom of the media as a prerequisite for free speech.
This book should remind us that we cannot take our fundamental rights for granted and that we constantly have to protect press freedom, find mechanisms for the safety of journalists and be in dialogue with governments and parliaments to develop mutual understandings for our human rights.
The conference at the European Solidarity Center in Gdansk was hopefully the beginning of a process for improving our freedom and our democracies. Besides the 12 country-chapters you will find a preface and the recommendations from the Gdansk conference.
Free European Media book 2018 is published by Free European Media, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and Nordic Journalism Centre (NJC).
Editor: Mogens Blicher Bjerregård
Cover: Morten Mordi Andersen
Coordination: Radek Krajewicz & Jens Mørch
Printed by: Certus Druk, Chojnice, Poland
Thanks to Helsingin Sanomat Foundation for financial support of this book.
Page 3: Words matters
Page 7: Preface
Free European Media Mogens Blicher Bjerregård, President EFJ
Page 13: Malta
Ethical standards and self-sensorship? Matthew Caruana Galizia, activist and journalist
Page 19: Poland
Polish media Wars Mikolaj Chrzan, editor-in-chief in Gdansk, Gazeta Wyborcza Paulina Siegien, journalist Gazeta Wyborcza
Page 27: Turkey
From corrupt bullies to Kings fools Evin Baris Altintas, journalist, Mehmet Koksal, project officer, EFJ
Page 35: United Kingdom
British Journalism threatened by State Surveillance Tim Dawson, president of National Union of Journalists UK & Ireland
Page 43: Serbia
Who Rings the Bell? Maja Vasic-Nikolic, Project Team Coordinator Independent Journalists Association Serbia
Page 51: Russia
Free Media in danger – Self-Censorship and Lack of Solidarity Nadezda Azhgikhina, journalist
Page 59: Denmark
40 registered logs of my phone Freja Wedenborg, journalist, European Parliament
Page 67: Greece
Muzzling the press Antonis Repanas, journalist
Page 75: Czech Republic
Prime minister accused of grant fraud Lucie Sykorova, journalist
Page 83: Azerbaijan
Bullet for Critics, Free Housing for Propagandists Gulnara Akhundova, Head of Department for Global Response, International Media Support (IMS)
Page 89: Spain
Putting the chili in media freedom Silvia Chocarro, journalist and advisor, IFEX
Page 97: Germany
A solution for online hate speech Christian Honey, journalist
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Recommendations from Gdansk Free European Media 2018 conference, Poland
The Free European Media Conference 2018 was organized by European Federation of Journalists, Council of Europe, Nordic Journalism Centre, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom and the International Press Institute.