The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) is a non-profit organisation that was founded in Leipzig, Germany, 2015. It operates on the basis of the European Charter on Freedom of the Press and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
The vision of the Centre is a society where media freedom enables open discourse and everyone can seek, receive and impart information.
ECPMF’s mission is to promote, preserve and defend media freedom. We do this by monitoring violations, providing practical support and engaging diverse stakeholders across Europe.
The history of ECPMF can be told in four steps:
In 2009 Hans-Ulrich Jörges, then chief editior of the stern magazine, initiated the European Charter on Freedom of the Press. It defines in ten paragraphs what is required in order to protect a democratic public sphere. The document was signed by 48 editors-in-chief and leading journalists from all over Europe.