EFJ calls on the EP to adopt a strengthened and timely European Media Freedom Act

  • 09.02.2023
  • European Federation of Journalists

At Union of Bulgarian Journalists (UBJ), we received a letter from the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), with which it calls on all its affiliates to publish and distribute on February 9 at exactly 9 a.m. the message of dozens of journalist formations, civil society organizations, digital rights and media freedom to European Parliament. It calls on MEPs to adopt a strengthened and timely European Media Freedom Act (EMFA). The SBJ complies with this request by publishing here the message, the content of which it subscribes to.

The UBJ complies with this request by publishing here the message, the content of which it subscribes to:

Dear Members of the European Parliament,

We, the undersigned journalists, press freedom, civil society and digital rights groups, are writing to you to reiterate our full support for a strengthened and timely European Media Freedom Act (EMFA).

Many journalists around the EU find themselves in increasingly captured media markets, where independent voices are sidelined by economic pressure. Journalists and media outlets struggle for financial viability and critical media are often discriminated against by (illiberal) politicians blocking access to sustainable financial resources. Others are coerced to report a certain official narrative because of political pressure. Politically-influenced media takeovers create an environment where critical reporters are in the minority.

Media freedom and pluralism is the precondition of stable democracy and the rule of law. Independent media helps to form public opinion and has a direct influence on the outcome of elections.

The EMFA seeks to protect media independence by drawing up common European standards on freedom from editorial interference and illegal surveillance, guaranteeing media pluralism, providing greater transparency on ownership and financial relations with the state, ending the abuse of state funds to create clientalist media, protecting the independence of public service media and the independence of national regulatory authorities and ensuring there is an economic environment in which independent journalism can flourish.

These are crucial issues and we call on Members of the European Parliament to engage constructively in this vital debate to ensure that the EMFA becomes a strong, coherent regulation establishing harmonised legal safeguards across Europe.


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Aditus foundation


Association of European Journalists (AEJ Belgium)

Association of European Journalists (International federation)

Association of online publishers, CZ (AOV)

Centre for Democracy & Technology, Europe Office

Civil Liberties Union for Europe (Liberties)

Civil Rights Defenders

Citizens Network Watchdog Poland

Coalition for Creativity (C4C)

Committee to Protect Journalists

Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation

DEMAS – Association for Democracy Assistance and Human Rights

European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

European Federation of Journalists

European Partnership for Democracy

Free Press Unlimited (Netherlands)

Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)

Global Media Registry (GMR)

Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR, Warsaw)

Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF)

Human Rights Monitoring Institute

Human Rights Watch

Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU)

Institute of Public Affairs, Warsaw

International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR)

International Press Institute

Internet Society - Bulgaria (ISOC-Bulgaria)

Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL)

Media Diversity Institute (MDI)

Novinářský klub Jindřicha Oppera, z.s. (Henry Opper´s club of journalists)

Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT)


Poland’s Association of Journalists and Authors of the Public Radio, Warsaw

Peace Institute, Ljubljana

Public Media Alliance (PMA)

Reporters Without Borders (RSF)


Society of Journalists, Warsaw

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)

Sindikat novinarjev Slovenije

Transparency International EU

Union of Bulgarian Journalists

Wikimedia Europe

Wikimédia France