The work of journalists is often associated with risk and danger. Journalists are exposed to unwarranted interferences during their activities, which may result in high levels of fear. The pressure, attacks and psychological abuse journalists face may result in self-censorship.
The Council of Europe is committed to promoting the safety of journalists. To throw more light on the issue, the Information Society Department has launched a comprehensive quantitative study on unwarranted interference, fear of crime and self-censorship among journalists in Europe. The study will present a unique opportunity to research one of the most important issues facing journalists today.
The study will attempt to reach around 1.000 journalists in all 47 Council of Europe member states. They will complete a questionnaire exploring unwarranted interference. This includes attacks on the physical integrity of journalists, the harassment of journalists, the experience of impunity and threats to journalistic sources. It will explore how these experiences may have a chilling effect on media freedom. (more)