Picture of the day
Staff from the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joined a large crowd outside the Greek Embassy in Brussels on Friday morning, 14 June, for a Solidarity Protest condemning the closure of Greek public broadcaster ERT, supporting the staff who were sacked, and calling for the Greek government to reverse its decision and put the broadcaster back on air.
Freelance journalism is no longer an "atypical" form of work. In many countries the majority of journalists are freelances. Many are journalists who would prefer traditional employment and have been forced into what we call "fake freelance" positions by employers who break local rules on employment by using freelances to fill full-time posts while avoiding state welfare and social charges.
Some appreciate the freedom, variety and flexibility of independent employment and feel it is increasingly the natural mode of work for journalists. The challenge of a freelance future is a test for journalists' unions in Europe and around the world.
Contracts and fees, training, authors' rights, and professional standards are all key issues for the freelance community of journalists. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) Authors Rights Expert Group (AREG) and the Freelance Experts' Group (FREG) therefore strive to defend and to promote freelance rights.
We say to our staff colleagues: in order to defend your rights and conditions of work, you can do nothing more effective than to promote the highest standards for freelances.
Reports and Information:
EFJ-ETUI Freelance Seminar "Changing News Industry: How can unions respond to increasing precarious and freelance work in journalism"
The Write-up can be found here.
EFJ Guidelines for Fair Creative Competitions, October 2010
IFJ & ILO Report - The Changing Nature of Work; A global survey and case study of atypical work in the media industry, Research Report, April 2006
EFJ Conference 'Empowering Freelance Journalists in Europe', Bratislava, September 2005
EFJ Report - Freelance Journalists in European Media, 2003
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