• Petitioning Herman van Rompuy

This petition will be delivered to:

President of European Council
Herman van Rompuy
All Members of the European Parliament, Ministers of European Council and the European Commission
President of the European Commission
José Manuel Barroso (President of the European Commission)
President of European Parliament
Martin Schulz (President of European Parliament)

Defend Our Right to Inform the Public

    1. Petition by

      European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)

Journalists and press publishers play a crucial role in our democratic society informing citizens about important issues of public interest. A key part of this work is investigative journalism, which has resulted in unearthing countless revelations of concern to our society and which remains a vital part of the process of holding those in power to account.

Professional secrecy is a cardinal principle of journalism and requires that journalists protect the anonymity of the source of information including sensitive data obtained in confidence. Journalists and press publishers are guided by this professional ethics to take great risks as well as responsibilities to publish information that is in the public interest.

But press and journalistic freedom will be under threat if journalists and press publishers are being punished by using certain data in their investigative reporting. We fear that (self) censorship will become a common practice if the EU adopts either proposals awaiting vote in the European Parliament or those currently under discussion in the Council of Ministers, to amend a draft European General Data Protection Regulation (Article 80).

These proposals would restrict the possibility for journalists and publishers to serve the public interest and fulfill their democratic mission as regards being able to investigate, report, write and publish editorial content without any obstacle, and to guarantee that sources are adequately protected.

Our concerns have been adequately reflected in the amendments adopted by the Parliament Committees for Legal Affairs (JURI opinion)and for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE opinion) as part of the opinions on the draft Regulation, and tabled in the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

We call on your support to sign the following petition letter asking members of the European Parliament, Council of Ministers and the European Commission to guarantee the freedom of expression and information under Article 80 of the draft General Data Protection Regulation.


How does Article 80 of EU data protection law affect your rights?

Without the explicit exemption for journalists and publishers to process data there is a risk that:
Journalists will not be able to process certain data for use in their reports or investigations, even though the data are integral to the report and concern an issue of public interest.

Publishers will not be able to publish articles including such data, even though it is in the public interest to do so, and will face huge fines for a breach of the rules.

An EU Citizen’s right to be informed about important issues of public interest will be undermined, as will democracy in Europe.

For further details of the specific problems relating to the approaches to Article 80 of the draft Data Protection Regulation, see the joint statement of EFJ, EMMA, ENPA and EPC here.

This petition is initiated by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European Newspaper Publishers' Association (ENPA), the European Magazine Media Association (EMMA) & the European Publishers' Council (EPC). 


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. EurActiv, the European Media Network, is happy to sign the petition!

      EurActiv, the European Media Network present in 12 EU capitals, publishes free EU news and facilitates EU policy debates for policy professionals in 12 languages. With 2.8+ million page views and 660,524 ‘unique visitors’ per month, EurActiv is the leading online media on EU affairs.

      Fondation EurActiv, a public service foundation established under Belgian law and linked to EurActiv.com, promotes online media independence, aids the communication and dissemination of factual information from civil society actors and promotes the debate for the creation of a European democracy. Fondation supports the growth of cross-border co-operation between media as a pillar of democracy.

      More information on: http://www.euractiv.com/


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    3. The Hellenic Union of Editors of Periodical Press has signed the petition!

      The HUEPP (Hellenic Union of Editors of Periodical Press) is the union of 250 editorial - journalistic enterprises (newspapers and magazines), the periodical publication of which varies between 15 days and three months.

      The 250 professionals and recognized journalists that are members of our Union cover a big variety of interests and their readers outnumber the 3.000.000.

      The HUEPP is the second older press union of the country (it was founded in 1939) and supplements now 75 years of creative presence and offer to the Hellenic Society. Main characteristic of the members of HUEPP is the reliable presentation of the various subjects always with respect for the truth and the reader.

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    4. The PPress has signed the petition!

      The Ppress is the publishers association of Belgian periodical press and has five departments: B2B Press (Business press), Custo (Customer media), OPPAb (Professional Online Publishers Association of Belgium), Febelmag (Consumer magazines) and Free Press (Free sheets).
      The departments, each with their specificities and their definite target, each represent a specific business model between and often also within publishing houses. The interaction between the five departments generates significant added value. As a professional association The Ppress defends the moral and material interests of the major publishing houses of periodicals on our local market. She works to improve the knowledge of the magazine industry and provides promotion to the world of the professionals and citizens. Helping members to meet the expectations of readers and advertisers is also a key interest in the constantly evolving media landscape. (...) More information on: http://www.theppress.be/


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    5. The Hungarian Publishers' Association has signed the petition!

      The aim of the Hungarian Publishers’ Association is to promote the success of it’s member enterprises on the field of economy and business life, to strengthen the profitability of the publishers, to explore, summarize and firmly represent their interests.

      An other significant pursuit of the Association is to maintain the high professional level of the publishing trade, and to further strengthen the position of the printed media on the Hungarian media market.

      This is an association for the protection of common interests of the Hungarian magazine and newspaper publishing trade, above all negotiates, co-ordinates and represents the business interests of the fellow members towards the state- and government institutions, and non-government organizations.


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    6. The AJP has signed the petition!

      En Belgique, en octobre 2012, 5.920 journalistes sont agréés au titre de journaliste professionnel. Ils sont représentés au plan national par l’AGJPB, Association Générale des Journalistes Professionnels de Belgique, union professionnelle reconnue. Parmi les journalistes professionnels, 3.149 ont demandé leur agréation dans le rôle francophone. Ils sont représentés par l’AJP, Association des Journalistes Professionnels, qui regroupe les journalistes francophones, germanophones et la plupart des correspondants étrangers (864) établis en Belgique. Les journalistes néerlandophones (2.771) sont regroupés au sein de la VVJ, Vlaamse Vereniging van Journalisten.
      L’AJP, la VVJ et l’AGJPB assurent ensemble la défense des journalistes professionnels et la promotion de la qualité de l’information. Elles veillent au respect de la liberté d’information et au maintien de conditions de travail correctes pour les professionnels de l’information (...)
      Plus d'information sur: http://www.ajp.be/ajp/


      Association des journalistes professionnels

    7. The VÖZ has signed the petition!

      The VÖZ (Verband Österreichischer Zeitungen / Austrian Newspaper Association) is a voluntary association of daily and weekly newspapers and magazines. As an organisation of shared interest and in accordance with its mission it deals with all topics of central relevance for publishers, including media policy and legislation, marketing, sales, staff regulations, initial and further training, etc.
      More info:
      Austrian Newspaper Association (VÖZ)
      Gerald Grünberger (Managing Director)
      Tel.: +43 1 533 79 79

      VÖZ Austrian Newspaper Association

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    8. Reached 250 signatures
    9. The Union of Cyprus Journalists has signed the petition!

      The Union of Cyprus Journalists (ESK) was established in 1960 and has now about 570 members. It practically embraces all the professional journalists in Cyprus employed in newspapers, periodicals, the radio and the television and the news agencies of the island. Eligible to join the Union of Cyprus Journalists are professional journalists, regardless of ethnic origin, race and religion, provided they work in the local media, gain their means of live hood from journalism and have at least six months service in the profession. Foreign journalists working in Cyprus can become members of the Union as an autonomous entity with their own Association. The Union has a nine-member committee: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and councillors.

      The aims and targets of UCJ are clear: To strengthen and safeguard the freedom of the press, to defend the right to free expression and opinion, to protect the independence, freedoms and rights.

      ESK -Cyprus

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    10. The Society of Editors has just signed the petition!

      The Society of Editors has more than 400 members in national, regional and local newspapers, magazines, broadcasting and digital media, journalism education and media law. It campaigns for media freedom, self regulation, the public's right to know and the maintenance of standards in journalism.


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    11. The Deutscher Journalisten-Verband has signed the petition!

      The Deutscher Journalisten-Verband (German Federation of Journalists) is the professional association, trade union and service center for journalists.
      More information on: http://www.djv.de/startseite.html
      E-Mail: djv@djv.de
      Tel.: +49 030 72 62 79 20


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    12. Why Article 80 of the EU data protection law is important for journalists?

      Defend Journalists' Right to Inform the Public

      The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has lauched an online petition jointly with with European publishers' associations (European Newspaper Publishers' Association, European Publishers Council & European Magazine Media Assocation) calling on the EU policy-makers to ensure a journalistic exemption being made in the latest European data protection law (of Article 80) reform.

    13. NDP Nieuwsmedia has signed the petition!

      NDP Nieuwsmedia is the trade organization for Dutch privately funded news media companies. NDP Nieuwsmedia conveys the strength and societal function of news media and serves the commercial and journalistic interests of its member companies.

      T 020 4309 171
      M info@ndpnieuwsmedia.nl

      NDP Nieuwsmedia

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    14. NPA has signed the petition!

      The Newspaper Publishers Association (NPA) is the association
      for Britain's national news brands. Its current members are: Associated Newspapers, Evening Standard, Guardian News & Media, Independent Newspapers (UK), Newspaper Licensing Agency, Newsworks, Trinity Mirror
      News UK, Telegraph Media Group, News Media Coalition, Safe Home Ordering Protection Scheme.


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    15. Norsk Journalistlag has signed the petition!

      NJ’s secretariat employs a staff of 20, among them experienced journalists and lawyers. They assist members and union representatives on all levels in matters great and small.

      The secretariat works to promote members’ interests by negotiating collective agreements to secure members the best possible pay, pensions, copyright and working conditions in general.

      The Norwegian Union of Journalists is a strong organisation because Norwegian journalists see the value of membership. A powerful and diverse NJ is the key to our ability to influence journalism and ethics. A strong NJ also assures the rights of the individual journalist to decent pay and working conditions.

      More information on http://www.nj.no/

      Norsk Journalistlag

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    16. Le Syndicat National des Journalistes has signed the petition!

      Une organisation de militants. Au baromètre de la profession (les élections triennales à la commission paritaire qui délivre la carte de presse), le SNJ est de loin le plus représentatif. Lors du dernier scrutin, en juin 2012, 51,29% des journalistes qui se sont exprimés ont choisi les candidats du SNJ alors que six listes étaient en compétition. En second, la CGT est à 20,89%. Notre syndicat doit également sa position de leader au nombre de ses adhérents et à la diversité de ses implantations (presse écrite nationale et régionale, radios, télévisions, agences de presse, entreprises en ligne, Métropole et Outremer). Pour autant, le SNJ demeure une organisation de militants, sans aucun permanent. Ses seules salariées sont les trois secrétaires employées au siège parisien de la rue du Louvre, ainsi qu’une responsable de ses outils informatiques et de communication.
      ... Plus d'informations sur: http://www.snj.fr/spip.php?rubrique11


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    17. National Newspapers of Ireland has signed the petition!

      National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) is the representative body for 16 national and 25 local and regional newspapers. NNI represents the industry on a wide range of issues and supports the creation of a legislative framework that ensures fair competition in the media industry.
      More information on: http://nni.ie/

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    18. The Newspaper Society has signed the petition!

      The Newspaper Society (NS) represents and promotes the interests of Britain's regional and local media. It was founded in 1836 and is believed to be the oldest publishers' association in the world. The sector is focused on providing local news and information across its 1,100 daily and weekly, paid-for and free newspaper titles, and 1,700 websites.
      More information on: http://www.newspapersoc.org.uk/


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    19. Les journaux Francophones Belges has signed the petition!

      The cooperative company Les Journaux Francophones Belges (JFB) represents all the publishers of French- and German-language daily newspapers in Belgium : Editions de l’Avenir SA (L’Avenir), Grenz-Echo SA (Grenz-Echo), SA IPMGROUP NV (La Libre Belgique, La Libre Belgique/Gazette de Liège, La Dernière Heure), Mediafin SA (L’Echo), Rossel & Cie SA (Le Soir) and Sudpresse SA (La Capitale, La Meuse, La Nouvelle Gazette, La Province, Nord-Eclair Belgique).

      JFB pursues the following objectives:
      - To ensure an efficient representation of the daily press sector towards public authorities at all levels
      - To bring the daily press publishing companies to light by showing their economic and social role off to advantage
      - To defend the newspaper publishers’ common interests
      - To stimulate and promote the image of the daily press
      - ... More information on http://www.jfb.be/

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    20. Norwegian Media Businesses' Association has signed the petition!

      Norwegian Media Businesses' Association (MBL) is the media trade- and tariff organisation in Norway. The organisation counts approximately 311 member businesses, of which 172 are newspapers, 21 printing offices, 26 distribution companies, 24 TV companies, 13 advertising groups, 15 media groups, 11 magazines, 9 multimedia companies, 3 press agencies, 2 radio stations and 1 advertising company.
      More information on http://www.mediebedriftene.no


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    21. Reached 100 signatures
    22. Finnish Newspapers Association has signed the petition!

      The Finnish Newspapers Association is a trade association for newspaper and city newspaper publishers. It is a member of the Federation of the Finnish Media Industry, which safeguards the common interests of the media industry.

      The association's task is to strengthen the social significance and vitality of multichannel-based newspaper media and its position as a leading media for advertisers and readers, as well as its position in people's daily life.


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    23. What people are saying on our petition and why they are joining on Twitter?

      Follow our hashtag #ART80

      Twitter / Search - #ART80

      The latest and best tweets on #ART80. Read what people are saying and join the conversation.

    24. The German Magazine Publishers VDZ has signed the petition!

      VDZ Verband Deutscher Zeitschriftenverleger is the umbrella organization of German magazine publishers and their online services. It represents more than 400 publishers, including internationally known publishing houses and – with a share of more than 95% – many small and medium-sized publishing houses. The members of VDZ publish over 3,000 magazines and hence account for around 90% of the German magazine market. The share of electronic issues is growing continuously here, and so is the share of independent electronic media services. The purpose of VDZ is to protect and represent the common ideal and economic interests of magazine publishers.


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    25. The Federation of German Newspaper Publishers has signed the petition!

      The Federation of German Newspaper Publishers (BDZV) is the leading organization of newspaper publishers in the Federal Republic of Germany. Through its 11 regional member associations there are 298 newspapers with a total circulation of 16,5 million copies sold, as well as 13 weekly newspapers with approximately1 million issues sold connected to BDZV including the associated online and digital offers. In terms of sales represent the BDZV member publishers 85% of the German newspaper market.


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    Reasons for signing

    • Leire Luengo BRUXELLES, BELGIUM
      • 5 months ago

      Firmo esta petición porque sin Periodistas libres no hay democracia real.

      • 5 months ago

      I believe fervently in the public's right to be informed and I believe that article 80 represents an obstacle to this right

    • Francine Feret WATERLOO, BELGIUM
      • 5 months ago

      Il reste peu de droits de l'homme, essayons de défendre le peu de ce reste et pour les ambitieux, peu enclins à se résigner, essayons d'aller au-delà...

    • Max Obenaus BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
      • 6 months ago

      Because fundamental rights of journalists are under threat again, e.g. in the action of the UK government vs. The Guardian

    • Britta Smyrak BERLIN, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      Wissen ist Macht!


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