EFJ kick off new project on capacity-building and social rights for journalists

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The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) launched its new project “Stand Up for Journalism (SUJ)” in Brussels, on 22 April 2024. The kick-off meeting was attended by representatives of journalists unions and associations from Denmark, France, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey, the project partners, and affiliated entities European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Eurocadres.

The project is led by the EFJ and will be financially supporting six partners, journalists’ unions and associations in the EU and candidate countries: NUNS (Serbia), TUMM (Montenegro), DJ (Denmark), TGS (Turkey), SNJ-CGT (France), all of them being EFJ members.

Stand Up for Journalism is an EU-funded project with the objective to improve the capacity of national journalists’ unions and associations in addressing challenges brought by the digital transformation in the media; and the compounding impacts of various emergencies such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent economic, social and political crisis brought by recent international wars.

More specifically, SUJ will focus on the capacity of journalists’ unions in collective bargaining, workers’ representation (especially freelance/atypical workers), and engaging in social dialogues. A series of five thematic capacity-building workshops, national capacity building programmes to the national partners mentioned above, who were chosen for their regional representativeness, two research studies and a final conference for a wider European exchange and dissemination will be organised.

“Almost everywhere in Europe, working conditions for journalists are worsening and press freedom is suffering. Under these circumstances, Stand Up for Journalism gives a great opportunity for EFJ members to work together, learn best practices on a wide range of issues affecting journalists, develop strategies to reinforce their work and establish social dialogue with publishers, media owners, social platforms and policymakers,” said EFJ General Secretary Ricardo Gutierrez.

The Stand Up for Journalism project is part of EFJ’s continuous work to provide capacity-building projects for its members, the last one being Trust and quality in journalism.

The project started on 1 April 2024 for a period of 18 months. For more information please visit


This project is co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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