After years of preparation 25 representatives of journalists associations, publishing houses, academic institutions, trade unions and media rights experts from 16 countries met at the 24th of June 2015 in Leipzig/Germany and founded the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF). The new organisation is in the process of being established as an independent non-profit European Co-operative Society (SCE). The ECPMF conceives of itself as a pan-European organisation of journalists with the goal of procuring the application of the European Charter on Freedom of the Press throughout Europe. The centre helps shaping a common European media space and supports, defends, elaborates and expands pan-European media freedom.
Voting at the founding assembly. Source: ECPMF
The ECPMF is constituted democratically and is politically independent as a non-profit European Co-operative Society (SCE). The work of the ECPMF is based on thorough, objective and professional analysis based on high research standards.
In the spirit of solidarity the European Co-operative creates a network for the otherwise very fragmented media and journalism community. The centre moderates the member network consisting of individuals, academic bodies, unions, investigative journalist organisations, media industry, campaigning and aid organisations etc. The cooperative will support and coordinate the activities of its members. Together with local and international members and partners it organizes solidarity – covering the continent from Portugal to Russia and from Norway to Malta.
The ECPMF will work as a central registration office for violations of press freedom, and as a central contact point for organisations and individuals who need contacts, analyses and information regarding press freedom in Europe. Violations of press freedom are observed and researched by regional editors and registered in a central data base - the Press Freedom Ressource Centre. Also scientific analysis about press freedom in Europe will be collected systematically.
Structure of the ECPMF
The activities of the ECPMF and its members range from “journalists in residence”, diplomatic efforts, international petitions, fact finding missions, campaigning, rapid response forces, legal aid, to legislative initiatives. The centre will also award the European Journalism Prize and offer training and education in the near future. We set up all our activities in close cooperation with our members and partners.