What do we want?

THE EUROPEAN Federation of Journalists has published a policy statement, Journalism and Authors' Rights - Setting Standards For Media Freedom In the Information Society.

In one paragraph: "Authors' rights define and protect the intellectual property of journalists. They are also a benchmark of media quality -- without them citizens cannot be sure of the reliability and ethical contents of information."

And in conclusion: "Harmonisation of authors' rights in the European Union should be according to continental law. The law already provides economic and moral rights for the author. The allocation of rights can be subject to collective agreements." It's disappeared from the IFJ website: call +32-2-235 22 00 to find out about getting it on paper.

Jan/Feb 1997

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