Вебинар Европейской федерации журналистов: Противодействие политическому вмешательству в СМИ (19 и 20 апреля)

01.04.2021 Крыніца: europeanjournalists.org

On 19 and 20 April, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) will be hosting a series of two webinars as part of the project “Building independent media to counter political interference” funded by Open Society Foundations.

Journalists and media organisations in Europe have been facing unprecedented political pressure in recent years and especially during the Covid pandemic crisis. Such attempts may stem from politicians requesting to alter or halt the production of certain news stories to control the flow of information; smear campaigns to discredit journalists constitute another threat to media freedom; a third type of interference is through national laws such as recent Covid restrictions on media, which may prevent the dissemination of information even though that is a matter of public interest.

To reduce the potential harm on media independence caused by such various political pressures, the webinars aim to gather committed organisations and policy-makers defending media independence to find ways and mechanisms to counter political interference in media and to maintain the independence of media in Europe.


You may register to join the webinars on Day 1 here and on Day 2 here.


Monday, 19 April 2021

11:00 – 11:40: “Why does media independence matter to us?”

Anna Donath, MEP, Hungary 

Ramona Strugariu MEP, Romania

Yana Toom, Estonia, MEP, Estonia 

Massimiliano Smeriglio, MEP, Italy

Moderator: Renate Schroeder, EFJ Director 

11:40 – 12:55: “The status of media independence in Europe: An illiberal turn?”

Dr Vaclav Stetka, Loughborough University, UK

Marc Gruber, researcher and media consultant 

To be confirmed 

Moderator: Maja Sever, President, Croatian Trade Union of Journalists

12:55 – 1:00: Wrap up – End of Day 1

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

13:00 – 13:05: Welcoming and introduction

13:05 – 14:00: Case studies
“Building independent media to counter political interference in in challenging regimes”: Belarus, Turkey and Ukraine

Introduction and Moderation: to be confirmed, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media 

Alina Stepanovic Journalists’ Association of Belarus (BAJ)

Mustafa Kuleli, Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS)

Sergiy Tomilenko, National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU)

14:00 – 15:55: In EU and applicant countries: Austria, Macedonia and Spain

Gregor Kucera, Austria (GPA)

Marina Tuneva, North Macedonia, Press Council

Joan Barata Spain (PDLI)

Moderator: to be confirmed

16:00 – 16:30: “EU policies and instruments to ensure media independence”

To be confirmed 

Elda Brodi, Centre for Media Pluralism and Freedom

To be confirmed

Mogens Blicher Bjerregård, President, EFJ

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