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European journalists demand the release of Pablo González

European journalists demand the release of Pablo González

Jeickson Sulbaran

May 28, 2024 | 9:24 a.m.

Delegates of professional associations and unions from 37 countries demand a fair trial or the repatriation of the Basque reporter

A total of 48 journalists delegated from professional associations and Unions from 37 European countries have demanded the release of Basque reporter Pablo González Yagüe, as well as the holding of a trial with guarantees, after his imprisonment in Poland in February 2022, or his "immediate" repatriation to hold the trial in Spain.

They have demanded this after unanimously approving a motion presented by the Federation of Associations of Journalists of Spain (FAPE) and seconded by CCOO, FdSP and UGT, within the framework of the 2024 Annual Assembly of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), held in Pristina (Kosovo).

European journalists demand the release of Pablo González

As reported this Monday by FAPE, the European entity has "harshly" criticized the judicial and political authorities of Poland, as well as the "almost inaction" of the Spanish authorities.

Luis Menéndez, international delegate of FAPE, has presented the motion and has spoken of "unspeakable opacity of the case against a prisoner journalist in a country of the European Union in a situation of isolation, which represents permanent personal and psychological torture" after 27 months in prison.

In this sense, the EFJ Assembly has supported new protest initiatives that will be carried out soon in Madrid, and in Poland, in front of the Radom prison, one hundred kilometers from Warsaw, where he is being held.

Journalism in wartime

Under the motto 'Journalism in times of war', the 2024 Annual Assembly of the EFJ has begun with a minute of silence in memory of the 109 journalists killed in the Gaza war, according to data from the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). .

Among the issues they have addressed are pressures against press freedom and threats to journalists in Balkan and Eastern European countries, such as Hungary, as well as the risks of putting Artificial Intelligence into practice in the creation of content and the proliferation of so-called SLAPPs (judicial initiatives against public participation, in its English translation).

González's imprisonment has sparked a wave of solidarity among his colleagues, those who demand his release and repatriation to Spain. Since his arrest, the journalist has remained in isolation, a measure that has been criticized by numerous human rights organizations.

The motion approved by the EFJ underlines the need for a transparent trial with all legal guarantees, something that they consider is not currently being fulfilled. European journalists have insisted on the importance of press freedom and the right to information as fundamental pillars of any democracy.

During the Assembly, The threats and challenges facing journalism in the digital age were also discussed.. The growing influence of artificial intelligence and algorithms on news production raises new ethical and practical questions. Delegates warned of the danger of misinformation and data manipulation, which can undermine the credibility of the media.

The use of strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP) is another notable concern. These lawsuits, often used by large corporations and public figures, seek to intimidate and silence journalists and activists. The EFJ called for unity and resistance against these practices, promoting the defense of freedom of expression and the right to inform.

At the 2024 Annual Assembly of the European Federation of Journalists has served as a forceful reminder of the challenges and dangers facing the profession today. Solidarity with Pablo González and the defense of press freedom have been the central themes of a meeting marked by determination and commitment to the fundamental principles of journalism.

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