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MFRR SUMMIT - Protect or Persecute?: Police Threats to Europe’s Journalists
PART OF THE MEDIA FREEDOM RAPID RESPONSE SUMMIT 2021

Speakers:

- Larissa Rausch, Agence France-Presse (Germany)
- Stoyan Tonchev, Liberta.bg (Bulgaria)
- Ameer Alhalbi, freelance photographer (France)
- CHAIR: Renate Schroeder, EFJ (Belgium)

To ensure their safety, oftentimes journalists and media workers need police protection. But what happens when this protection is not forthcoming or is inadequate? Even worse, what happens when the police officers themselves are the source of the threat to the journalist? We cannot talk about media freedom in Europe, without talking about the actions of police officers. Whether through acts of violence, unlawful detention, confiscation of journalistic equipment or arrest, police officers across Europe have chipped away both at media freedom and the environment that encourages journalists to keep working. This panel discussion, chaired by Renate Schroeder of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), will use experiences from Greece, Bulgaria and France and the Press Freedom Police Codex to explore ways we can ensure the police live up to their commitments to media freedom.
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