EFJ Supports Requests For more Guarantees on Protection of Sources in Austria

The European Federation of Journalist (EFJ), the

European group of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), today expressed

its strong support in an initiative request by its Austrian affiliate, the

GPA-djp to the government to strengthen freedom of expression and protection of

sources in Austria.


reference to the European Human Rights Convention and its Article 10 (right to

freedom of expression) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the EFJ

affiliate gpa-djp today criticised in a letter to the President of the National

Council Barbara Prammer and to Federal

chanceler Werner Faymann the lack of respect for press freedom and protection

of sources in Austria. "Only Turkey was considerably more often condemned at

the ECHR", the letter says and requests from the government to take effective

measures in order to guarantee protection of sources, and this through legal

measures but also training and awareness-raising of concerned officials.


events, such as moves by the Austrian prosecuting attorneys to accuse innocent

journalists or the attempts by the judicial authorities to take hold of TV

material without respecting protection of sources, are bad signs that in the

Austrian legal systems the democratic function of journalism and its watchdog

function are not guaranteed.

"We are concerned that in Europe's heartland, protection of sources is not respected, said EFJ

President Arne König", and we fully support our colleagues in their decision to

demand more legal guarantees on protection of sources to be in

line with the case law of the European Court of Human rights. Today's Stand up

for Journalism Day is a day to stand up for journalists' professional rights,

where protection of sources is a central issue."

The EFJ recently organised together with

its British affiliate, the NUJ, a roundtable on protection of sources and

updated its policy document on protection of sources.  europe.ifj.org/en/articles/efj-policy-document-on-protection-of-sources;

The EFJ supports the Gewerkschaft der

Privatangestellten, Druck, Journalismus, Papier Journalistengewerkschaft in der GPA-DJP and calls on the Austrian authorities to respect

press freedom and protection of sources.


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