The EFJ and
the Belgian Association of Journalists (AGJPB/ABVV) have unveiled a banner in the
Center in Brussels calling for ‘Ethical Journalism, Quality
Information, Real Democracy'.
The Union of Bulgarian
Journalists (UBJ) chose the eve of the "Stand up for Journalism" day to hold
its official ceremony for awarding the prestigious annual prizes of the Union for best
Journalists Union (Journalistengewerkschaft in der GPA-djp) sent a petition to
Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann, Vice Chancellor Josef Pröll and
Media Secretary Josef Ostermayer, regarding the state of the public
broadcasting services, labour law, collective agreements for journalists and
the integration of online media in Austrian media law.
The union of journalists KMSfB organises a forum for journalists
in Innsbrück on the theme "blogs, citizen-journalism and financial crisis:
a deadly threat for journalists?". A letter was sent to all members of the
table discussion has been organized in the Journalists' Home by the Croatian
Journalists' Association and Union of Journalists of Zagreb.
Union of Journalists called for more quality, diversity and pluralism in the
Danish media, as well as stable financial support for future public
A keynote article by the president of the Union of
Journalists, Arto Nieminen, was published in at least a dozen national and
regional newspapers, and has lead to a real debate over the issue of media
support for quality journalism and better working conditions.
journalists' unions leaders sent a joint open letter to President Sarkozy to
deplore the situation of quality journalism in France. A press release was relayed
by press agencies and some national dailies.
The Deutscher Journalisten Verband (DJV) circulated a
press release calling on citizens and politicians to actively defend freedom of
the media and free reporting throughout Europe.
Michael Konken, DJV President also called for the need to make the Stand Up for Journalism Day as a wider
social issue concerning the rights of all citizens.
The union of journalists
DJU in Ver.di will organise a broad debate on the journalists' profession at
the occasion of its Congress later in the month, called "Vom Wert unserer
Arbeit" (From the Value of our Work"). For the 5th November the dju
released a press release referring to the media crisis and the Varna
declaration, which had been adopted at this year's EFJ Annual meeting in Varna as a unions'
response to the enormous transitions taking place in the sector.
Journalists' Union of Macedonia and Thrace Daily Newspapers (ESIEMTH) ihold a
one-day conference entitled New Media,
New Roles for the Journalists, on November 12 with an intervention of
James Doherty, the President of the National Union of Journalists of the
the NUJ in Ireland was
joined by students from the Dublin
colleges and supported the National Trade Union Congress campaign
"Get Up and Stand Up" to get involved and highlight the plight of
journalists. On November 5 the Irish Executive Council was holding a meeting in
discuss the challenges facing the media industry.
Federazione Nazionale della Stampa Italiana organised a debate and a press
conference on media freedom and freedom of information in their headquarters in
Rome, and then
issued a press release.
affiliates, Impressum and Comedia handed over a petition for fair remuneration
of freelance photojournalists resisting publishers' attempt to impose unfair
Union of Serbia and Journalists Association of Serbia marked the anniversary
with heated debate at the Department of the Faculty of Journalism in the city
of Nis and
called for better protection of journalists' rights.
Syndicate of Journalists hold a press conference at the occasion of the launch
of a special publication on legal protection for
journalists regarding press freedom
Union of Journalists of Slovenia issue a statement available at
EFJ affiliates organises protests and
public demonstrations in Barcelona, Sevilla, Madrid
Journalists' Union of Turkey (Türkiye Gazeteciler Sendikas? - TGS) made three
demonstrations and a joint declaration calling for the Turkish authorities to
respect the rights of trade unions, collective agreements for journalists and
journalists' fundamental human rights.
EFJ Campaign "Stand Up For Journalism" has now become a major regular
event. On that day, journalists across Europe and in other places of the
world come together in solidarity with their colleagues to spotlight
some of the challenges they face. Last year we tried to extend Stand Up
for Journalism globally and we hope this year it will even be more
One year after the beginning of the global financial
crisis which has severely affected media workers through restructurings
and massive lay-offs, a bleak future in journalism and media is
chilling. At its last Annual Meeting, the EFJ adoped the Varna
Declaration, "Journalism at the Vanguard of Change", which calls for a
continental campaign to revive commitments to public service values in
media and quality journalism and which also highlight the importance of a
society of values, dialogue and press freedom for all.
On 5 November 2009 or around the 5th November, unions in Europe and around the world can plan an activity or
highlight a campaign in their country as part of a worldwide week
focusing on journalists' issues.