EFJ Backs Calls for Euro-wide Protest against Photo Fees in Germany


European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), together with its German affiliate,

Deutscher Journalisten-Verband (DJV),

today called on photographers and civil society groups to   back

a European-wide petition against the photography fees imposed

by the Zeche Zollverein, one of the world's most important industrial

historical monuments in the heartland of Germany's industrial Ruhr district,

which is designated this year's European capital of culture.  


is a ridiculous fee system imposed by authorities in what is

supposed to be a cultural showcase for Europe," said Arne König,

President of the EFJ, "Anybody should be allowed to take pictures of public buildings

and such a system should be removed immediately."


to the former landmark of German coal and steel industry, which is

classified as the World Heritage by UNESCO, are asked to obtain a permit to

take photos of the building. The management of Zeche Zollverein, which is

largely funded by public money, requests visitors to pay for pictures

taken for "non-journalistic" use.


online journalist was reportedly asked recently by the management of Zeche

Zollverien to pay for photos published on his blog.


question on non-journalistic use is highly questionable," argued König, "Zeche

Zollverein should answer this question before considering imposing the fee."


for so-called non-journalistic use will jeopardise the work of freelance

journalists," warned König, "Freelance journalists are now required

to pay hundreds of Euros for photos published on their blogs or even stored in

the database of publishing houses."


EFJ says freelance journalists often publish their work on their blogs or other

channels for free before they obtain commissions from publishing houses.

For more information

contact the EFJ at + 32 2 235 2215  

The EFJ represents over 250,000

journalists in over 30 countries across Europe