Petition against new „EU-directive on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information“

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The Association of European Journalists –Bulgaria supports petition against new „EU-directive on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information“. In case comes into action journalists and their sources could be sued by companies if they reveal what these companies want to keep secret. Unless we react to defend the investigative work of journalists and, by extension, the right for citizen to be informed.
In our view, the new regulation is likely to have a negative impact on press freedom, especially investigative journalism. Under the pretext of protecting the internal information of companies some provisions of the directive could hinder disclosure of illegal or unethical behaviour by companies.
On June 16th, a committee of MEPs, the JURI Committee, will meet to validate or not the text. This is the time to mobilize ourselves to say no to censorship in Europe. Sign it here.