The EU faces challenges to its press freedom record from member states that have repressive laws and regulations, and by its failure to act swiftly when countries renege on their commitments.
Radio Resistance was a pirate radio station born out of necessity. During Burkina Faso's short-lived military coup last month, in which many local radio stations were forced off air, it kept citizens informed and gave them the courage to stand up against the attempted takeover, Burkinabe journalists said.
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During the past few weeks the media all over Europe have been extensively reporting on the refugee and migrant crisis. Despite most of them reporting responsibly, a number of questions have been raised about the limits of publishing sensitive images. The debate will focus on the importance of ethical reporting, the roles and responsibilities of media and journalists in countering stereotypes and hate speech in traditional and online media.
Join the European Broadcasting Union and the European Federation of Journalists for a moderated panel discussion followed by a Q&A. The panel will be moderated by Committee to Protect Journalists EU Correspondent, Jean-Paul Marthoz. The panellists will discuss whether it's feasible to factually tell a human-focused story that is highly emotional, without sensationalism and dehumanising migrants and refugees and, if so, how to do so.
Nicola Frank, EBU Head of European Affairs
Ricardo Guttierez, EFJ Secretary-General
Jean-Paul Marthoz, Committee to Protect Journalists EU Correspondent
Ana Gomez, MEP
Alain Genestair, editor in chief of Polska magazine.
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1. Issue a presidential policy directive prohibiting the hacking and surveillance of journalists and media organizations.
2. Limit aggressive prosecutions that ensnare journalists and intimidate whistleblowers.
3. Prevent the harassment of journalists at the U.S. border.
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