The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has warned against significant changes to the working arrangements of its members, including cost-cutting measures imposed on sport and cultural journalists and media workers.
Together with the UN, OSCE and IACHR media freedom watchdogs, the EFJ believes that “governments must be making exceptional efforts to protect the work of journalists.”
Several media companies in Europe have started to impose unilateral reductions in working hours or pay cuts (up to 7.5% reduction) on media workers. Many freelance journalists, especially those working in the sports or cultural sector, are no longer getting bookings from media companies and have lost all sources of income.
The EFJ has been calling on decision makers and social partners across Europe, including the UK, to put in place necessary compensatory measures.
The EFJ has now called on the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Council Charles Michel and the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli to promote a coordinated Europe-wide response to counter-productive and unjust measures taken by some media companies which risks demotivating journalists and depriving the public of reliable information.
“I totally agree with the Vice-President of the European Commission Věra Jourová when she says that journalists can save lives,” said EFJ General Secretary Ricardo Gutiérrez. “I therefore call on publishers and media owners to show solidarity and responsibility in safeguarding the working conditions of media workers and journalists.”
Who is the EFJ?
The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is the largest journalists' organisation in Europe representing more than 320,000 journalists in 70 journalists' organisations across 44 countries in Europe.