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Europe: We need a game changer

We need a game changer, and as mechanisms to make a difference, the project consists of four elements, where the focal point will be a conference on the topic of Free European Media.
An analysis on how media are affected in targeted areas in Europe (incl. outcome of the EU “Media Pluralism Monitor” and results of the CoE study on self-censorship).
The media situation in countries where democracy is in decline or threatened (i.e. outcome of the CoE Platform for the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists).
Results of the follow-up of the report on press freedom and media pluralism carried out by the so-called High-Level Group delivered to the EU Commission.


The output from the conference should point out the methodology to find the crucial link in the triangle: Citizens – Media – Governmental bodies.

Free European Media 2018 book

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) launches the book “Free European Media” in connection with the conference, barring the same name Free European Media 2018, Gdansk, Polen.

Hate speech and fake news are rife, citizens are getting more and more confused as propaganda undermines the credibility of our news media, and our fundamental values are under attack. Impartial and accurate journalism is under attack. It is high time to address the importance of uncensored, pluralistic media for the development of our free democracies in Europe.

The conference Free European Media 2018 adresses that challenge and Nordic Journalist Center is partner in both the conference and launch of the book “Free European Media” (see several chapters below).


Pictures and video from Free European Media 2018

Photos and video from the Free European Media Conference. The Free European Media Conference 2018 was organized by European Federation of Journalists, (EFJ) Council of Europe, Nordic Journalism Centre (NJC), European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and the International Press Institute (IP). Partners in 2018: European Solidarity Centre (ECS), City of Gdansk, Pomorskie Region, European Federation of Public Service Unions, SDP (Association of Polish Journalists), SDRP (Journalists’ Association of the republic of Poland),TD (Society of Journalists) and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).

Paweł Bogdan Adamowicz (1965-2019)

In 2018 the Mayor of Gdansk, Mr. Pawel Adamowicz, make it possible to make the first Free European Media conference in Gdansk. On 13 January 2019, Adamowicz was stabbed during a live charity event in Gdańsk. Adamowicz died the following day from his injuries, at the age of 53. In his spirit the next Free European Media conference will take place in Gdansk the 12. – 13. March 2020.

In 1990, he was elected to the Gdańsk City Council and holding this post until 1998. He was elected Mayor of Gdańsk in 1998 and re-elected in 2002 with 72% of the vote. In 2018, he was re-elected. He was known as a liberal, progressive figure, speaking in support of LGBT-rights, immigration and minority groups.
Here you can see and hear his welcome speak at the first Free European Media conference.

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