European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)

Articles by European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)

Photographer Javier Bauluz fined under Spain’s controversial ‘Gag Law’

Bauluze is one of many journalists, photographers, and activists who have been fined under the 2015 law for alleged behaviour that endangers the work of law enforcement authorities.

Russia: ‘Novaya Gazeta’ suspends publishing after warnings from state media regulator

The renowned independent newspaper announced it would ease online and print operations until the end of the war in Ukraine after it received a second warning from the state media regulator for allegedly violating the country’s “foreign agent” law.

Ukraine: Journalist Oleg Baturin missing in Kherson region

On 12 March, Baturin left home to meet an acquaintance nearby. Although he promised to return in 20 minutes, he has not been seen since.

Russian court in Crimea hands journalist Vladislav Yesypenko six years in prison

Yesypenko was convicted on dubious charges relating to possession of explosives. He says that he was tortured after his arrest in March 2021 and was forced to confess his ‘guilt’ on the Russia-controlled TV channel ‘Crimea 24’.

Belarus: 32 journalists will spend New Year’s Eve in prison

In 2021, 113 journalists were arrested in Belarus just for doing their job; 32 of those are still in detention. The authorities also raided 146 journalists’ homes and offices, and designated 13 media outlets as extremist.

European Federation of Journalists calls for immediate release of 10 Crimean journalists

The 10 citizen journalists are mostly Crimean Tatars. They are charged with “participation in the activities of a terrorist organisation”, “complicity in sabotage” or “preparation for the violent seizure of power by an organised group by prior agreement”.

Serbia: Retrial reaffirms convictions of those who murdered journalist Slavko Ćuruvija in 1999

On 2 December 2021, four former officials of the Serbian state security services were handed a total of 100 years in prison for the murder of investigative reporter Ćuruvija.

EU Parliament calls for legislation to protect journalists from SLAPPs

MEPs voted to adopt a report on the use of SLAPPs that calls for: early dismissal mechanisms which would prevent costly and time-consuming litigation; sanctions for claimants; and provisions to prevent seeking legal action in a more favourable jurisdiction.