A new report published yesterday lays bare the problems facing journalists in their efforts
to report freely in Europe.
A background paper presented to the Council
of Europe's Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media gives an
analysis of the state of press freedom in Europe.
Welcoming the initiative, the President of
the European Federation of Journalists, Arne König, said: "This report shines a
light on the many serious cases in which press freedom is being undermined in Europe.
It includes the most obvious examples, including threats to journalists in
Russia, the imprisonment of around 100 journalists in Turkey and the grave
concerns that surround Hungary's media legislation. But the report also shows
that problems exist across the continent, including countries that many would
expect to have a strong record in defending fundamental rights."
The document will form the basis for a full
report into the state of press freedom in Europe that will ultimately be put to
the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly. It is being steered through the
institution by Swedish parliamentarian Mats Johansson.
The EFJ is calling on the final report to
put pressure on countries to change their ways. Arne König added: "This report
just goes to show how fragile these fundamental rights can be. It is important
that the Council of Europe now takes time to consider the document and comes
forward with firm recommendations that will put pressure on countries to
respect the freedom of the press."
The EFJ is the European group of the International Federation of Journalists
The EFJ represents over 260,000 journalists in 30 countries
For more information contact the EFJ at +32 2 235.2200