CPJ to release report on European Union’s press freedom record

New York, September 14, 2015–The Committee to Protect Journalists will release its first report on the EU’s press freedom record, Balancing Act: Press freedom at risk as EU struggles to match action with values, at a press conference in Brussels on September 29, 2015.

The report analyzes how the EU struggles to balance its ideals as a global leader in press freedom with its member states’ criminal defamation and blasphemy laws and counterterrorism measures, including mass surveillance. The report also explores what happens when member states renege on their press freedom commitments, and recommends specific actions to the EU as an institution and to individual countries.


Balancing Act: Press freedom at risk as EU struggles to match action with values


Launch event: September 29, 2015, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. CET

Online launch: September 29, 2015, 10 a.m. CET/ 4 a.m EST / 0800 GMT


Launch event: Brussels Press Club Europe

Rue Froissart 95

1040 Brussels

Online: www.cpj.org

Note to Editors:

Advance copies of the full report are available on request in English. Advance copies of the report summary and CPJ’s recommendations are available on request in Arabic, English, French, German, Hungarian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.

To RSVP for the launch event, please contact Ashley Parent at aparent@cpj.org


CPJ is an independent, nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide.

Media contact:

Samantha Libby
Advocacy Officer
Tel. +1 212-300-9007
Email: slibby@cpj.org

Ashley Parent
Communications Associate
Tel. +1 212 300 9032
Email: aparent@cpj.org

Sophia Lyscom
Senior Consultant, FTI Consulting
Tel. +32 473 8847 40
Email: Sophia.lyscom@fticonsulting.com