Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

 

The literature on journalism and on which we are highlighting does not only concern books but also documents whose importance is inescapable. This is the case with the European Union document through its commission on the need to protect journalists.

Available to the public since mid-September this year the document resulting from the speech on the state of the union of the president of the commission recommends better protection of journalists.

Brutalities and even murders are the order of the day in the Czech Republic, Malta … etc … More than 900 assaults detected within the Union for the last year alone. And women have been particularly targeted. And yet freedom of the press is essential in a democracy.

“…No journalist should be persecuted in the exercise of his profession…”

Observers find the initiative of the commission all the more spicy as countries like Poland or Hungary to name a few, continually limit the rights of journalists in such a way that even chief executives as in Slovenia do not hesitate to attack journalists openly especially on social networks.

Although the document has only limited legal constraints, the salient points of the recommendations which concern the coverage of demonstrations, protests, investigations but also the guarantee of digital protection and security, it opens the door to consultations between member countries which, in eighteen months, should strengthen the action skills of the media on the continent.

editor@csae.eu

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