Stop the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA)

Proposed by the Syndicat national des journalistes CGT (SNJ-CGT)

The World Congress of the International Federation of Journalists, meeting in Angers from June 7th – 10th 2016,

observing that upon completion of the Miami round the Tafta chief negotiators reaffirmed the objective to conclude the negotiations before the U.S. presidential election (beginning of November 2016);

mindful that to achieve this objective, intensive technical discussions are being planned for the coming months prior to a new formal session due to be held in Brussels;

aware that despite petitions and protests of millions of European citizens, these free-trade negotiations between United States and Europe have remained secret;

recollecting that at its Assembly General Meeting in June 2015 in Budva (Montenegro), EFJ voted a motion instructing especially its Steering Committee to:

  • continue demanding a greater transparency on the content of the negotiations against the secrecy of the discussions;
  • identify topics under negotiation which may affect the rights of journalists such as freedom of expression, press freedom, free access to information but also the author’s rights and the journalists’ welfare;
  • maintain and develop the public information service, to preserve the quality of the content from commodification dangers and to safeguard the public service funding;

Under these conditions, the Congress calls upon the IFJ Executive Committee to adopt these proposals and to create the conditions of a joint endeavour uniting European and U.S. trade unions to oppose any decision that would harm the citizens’ information on both sides of the Atlantic.

Carried unanimously