[FoME] Neue OSZE Studie mit diversen Länderberichten über den freien Zugang zur Information

Kurkowski, Isabella kurkowski at ifa.de
Di Mai 8 13:58:34 CEST 2007

Liebe KollegInnen,

anbei der Link zu einer neuen Studie der OSZE mit diversen Länderberichten über den freien 
Zugang zur Information und den derzeitigen Sachstand diesbezüglich.

Beste Grüße,

Isabella Kurkowski

Abteilung Dialoge
Projekt Media-Im-Pakt
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.
Charlottenplatz 17, D-70173 Stuttgart
Postfach 102463, D-70020Stuttgart
Tel:  0049 - 711 22 25 221
Fax: 0049 - 711 22 25 218

Media Release
7 May 2007

EFJ Says New Study Shows EU Needs Better Laws to Protect 
Investigative Journalism

At a time when the press is increasingly under surveillance and widespread tightening of 
security and surveillance measures have endangered the "watchdog" role of journalists, the 
European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the regional group of the International Federation of 
Journalists, welcomes the recently published survey on media access to information published 
by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

The study comes just as the European Union reviews its own instrument on access to 
documents, EC regulation 1049 of 30 May 2001, and the European Parliament considers a 
resolution on the protection of sources.

"At a time when governments are prosecuting journalists in order to find and silence 
whistleblowers, we think that there needs to be European-wide agreement that protection of 
sources is a basic right and necessary to have true media freedom in a country,"said EFJ General 
Secretary Aidan White. "Journalists should be able to offer their readers and viewers a clear and 
independent look at the workings of government without fear of prosecution."

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Miklos Haraszti said that the study shows 
that the public has more access to information than ever before, but weak laws and recent 
prosecutions of reporters and media organisations have diminished journalists' investigative 

During 2006 the European Federation of Journalists complained to the European Commission 
and Parliament about a number of instances of illegal tapping of journalists´ phones in the 
Netherlands, about the placing of spies in the newsrooms of German media and about the 
prosecution of journalists in Denmark who wrote stories that embarrassed the government.

Access to Information, transparency and protection of sources are main elements of the EFJ/IFJ 
quality in journalism campaign. To find out more about the campaign, go to: 
The OSCE survey in full, with all country reports, is available at: 

Further information: + 32 2 235 22 00
The EFJ represents over 260,000 journalists in more than 30 countries

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