46 editors-in-chief and leading journalists from 19 countries adopted the “European Charter on Freedom of the Press” in Hamburg




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46 editors-in-chief and leading journalists from 19 countries adopted the “European Charter on Freedom of the Press” in Hamburg

On May 25th, 2009 46 editors-in-chief and leading journalists from 19 countries adopted and signed the “European Charter on Freedom of the Press” in Hamburg.

In ten articles, the charter formulates principles for the freedom of the press from government interference – in particular for their right to safety from surveillance, electronic eavesdropping and searches of editorial departments and computers, and to unimpeded access for journalists and citizens to all domestic and foreign sources of information

The goal is to assert the charter’s validity across Europe and to make its adoption a condition in EU accession negotiations.

The complete text of the “European Charter on Freedom of the Press” can be read at www.pressfreedom.eu.