Belgian bill threatens investigative journalism

first_img RSF_en November 23, 2020 Find out more This view is shared by the General Association of Belgian Professional Journalists (AGJPB-AVBB), which wrote to Reynders on 14 August voicing concern about the bill’s impact on freedom of expression. Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Organisation BelgiumEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources CorruptionWhistleblowers News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive The government has said the bill would be amended before being resubmitted to the cabinet and parliament. August 20, 2019 Belgian bill threatens investigative journalism Didier Reynders, foreign affairs and defence minister / AFP Proposed by Didier Reynders, Belgium’s minister for foreign affairs and defence, the bill was hardly noticed when it was approved by the cabinet in early May. As it stands, it makes no exceptions although not everyone would face the same penalty. Under article 22 of the bill, journalists could be fined up to 5,000 euros while whistleblowers would face a possible five-year jail term. Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Belgian authorities to exempt journalists andwhistleblowers acting in the public interest from a proposed law under which divulgingclassified information would be punishable by up to five years in prison. December 2, 2020 Find out more In an opinion issued in late June, Belgium’s Council of State warned that the bill’s broad wording could violate jurisprudence on the right to information stemming from the European Convention on Human Rights. “In its current form, this bill could criminalize investigative journalism and threaten the Belgian public’s right to information,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans desk. “The government must restore a balance between press freedom and the protection of classified information or else Belgium’s ranking in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index could be affected.” to go further Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU BelgiumEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources CorruptionWhistleblowers June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Belgium News Receive email alerts News Belgium is ranked ninth out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Newslast_img read more

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