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The NUJ is affiliated with the European Federation of Journalists.

The EFJ is a regional organisation of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and is Europe's largest organisation of journalists, representing more than 300,000 journalists in 30-plus countries.

  • EFJ fights for social and professional rights of journalists working in all sectors of the media.
  • EFJ is recognised by the European Union, the Council of Europe and the European Trade Union Confederation as the representative voice of journalists in Europe.
  • EFJ has its headquarters in Brussels.

The EFJ supports its affiliates to foster trade unions, to recruit members and to maintain or create environments in which quality, journalistic independence, pluralism and public service values can flourish.

Find out more about the European Federation of Journalists by visiting the EFJ website.

NUJ in the EFJ

The union continues to play a prominent role in EFJ's work via its representatives on the steering committee (SC) and expert groups. Barry White represents the union on the SC, and Mike Holderness (authors’ rights), John Toner (freelance rights) and John Barsby (broadcasting) represent us on the expert groups which advise the SC.

The EFJ's work is centered on threats to press freedom and journalistic standards, the right to report and the effects of the continuing economic crisis on journalism and journalists.

Freedom for journalists in Turkey

The NUJ has stepped up its campaigning in support of the EFJ efforts to protect journalists in Turkey. As part of the EFJ's campaign, the NUJ has "adopted" a journalist in prison. The union supports an individual journalist until his/her release by following news on his/her case, corresponding with the journalist in jail and highlighting the case to members.

Read more about the NUJ's work in solidarity with Turkish journalists.

Read about the EFJ's campaign for Turkish journalists

Read NUJ news on our Turkish campaign 'set them free'

EFJ broadcasting experts group

The EFJ's broadcasting experts group (BREG) is chaired by NUJ member John Barsby.

John Barsby explains BREG:

"I have been chair of BREG for several years, being elected and re-elected unanimously by member colleagues from sister unions throughout Europe. Although we meet just twice a year, we have built up a very active group. At the EFJ’s annual meeting in Belgium in May 2013, I presented the group’s report on the year’s work and also our working programme for the next three years."

There are common concerns affecting broadcasting members in many parts of Europe because of financial cuts, austerity measures and the resulting flood of redundancies. 

Governments are imposing downsizing in public media and employers are forcing changes in working  practices, altering agreements on pay and conditions and demanding that workers should take on additional duties and skills.

The BREG working programme includes:

  • a dedicatation to both public broadcasting and public service values and ethical standards in commercial media
  • reinforcing its work on the challenge of newsroom mergers in broadcasting and the impact of technology convergence, including workloads, stress and health and safety issues
  • lobbying members of the European parliament and EU officials to raise issues and concerns in broadcasting
  • continuing participation in the EU social dialogue audiovisual group
  • continuing and reinforcing links with employers' organisations about issues of joint interest, such as broadcasting regulation or technological changes
  • support and participation in national or European actions against downsizing and restructuring of public broadcasting
  • reaching out to colleagues in central and eastern Europe who ask for advice and expertise on public service values in broadcasting and professional standards
  • strongly supporting, promoting and, if successful, helping to implement the EU citizens' initiative on media pluralism.    

EFJ authors' rights expert group

NUJ member Mike Holderness is the chair of the group.

The Authors' Rights Expert Group (AREG) continues to work to influence European policy on authors' rights.

Please sign, share and support the fair trade for creators petition.

EU initiatives the AREG have engaged with include:

  • proposing revisions to the current draft directive on the regulation of collecting societies, including inalienable rights of remuneration for journalists
  • responding to a consultation on enforcement
  • intervening in the "Vittorino report" on levies to compensate journalists (and other creators) for the effects of private copying
  • intervening in the European Parliament's Cavada report on online distribution of audiovisual works
  • participating in the EU Observatory on copyright enforcement
  • lobbying officials and members of the European Parliament about “orphan works”

AREG continues to work with the World Intellectual Property Organization on proposals for awareness-raising events and publications.