The EJN’s impact 2017-18
In Europe the EJN gave the keynote speech to the Association of Journalism Education annual conference in the UK and gave one-day training on media ethics to students at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London as well as lectures at Brussels Free University and the European Media Institute in Florence.
Over the year the EJN took part in five events as part of the European Union Media Against Hate project with media support groups and the European Federation of Journalists in Brussels, Dublin, London, Rome, and Zagreb.
We reached 156 media ombudsmen and regulators to discuss issues of self-regulation in countries across Europe from Africa, the Middle East, China, Turkey and across Europe including actions at a dedicated meeting for Lebanese media organized by the Maharat Foundation and at the Organisation of news Ombudsmen annual conference in Chennai, India.
In tune with the changing times we have engaged with 68 leaders of social media companies and online platforms, including speaking on same panels as and asking questions of Facebook, Google and Twitter representatives on the issue of hate speech at events in Europe and the Middle East.
EJN Programme Report for 2016
The Director of Communications attended the General Meeting of the European Federation of Journalists in Sarajevo on April 25-26. The event proved vital in forming new connections with unions and associations across Europe, especially in the Western Balkans and Turkey ahead of the UNESCO project which kicked off in April. We gained new supporters in Montenegro.
On November 29, the EJN made the keynote introduction to the launch of one of Europe’s first codes of conduct for online media in Athens. The EJN highlighted that this was work in progress and there was more to be done to develop a comprehensive, but distinctive code that will meet the demands of journalism in the digital era.
Ethical Journalism in Europe
The EJN accepted the invitation of the Council of Europe to make a keynote address at a regional conference on Combating Hate Speech in Media which took place on 20-21 June in Tbilisi with participants from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. Following the event the Council of Europe translated the EJN’s five-point test for hate speech into Albanian, Macedonian, Serbian, and Ukrainian.
Media literacy is a key issue for the EJN in Europe where we lobby the European Union to ensure that ethical journalism becomes a core element in building a new movement towards more responsible public communications. In 2016 the EJN placed the ethics of journalism at the heart of discussions at the European Union media literacy conference on combating extremism and propaganda held in Riga.