We warmly invite you to this interesting seminar about the harassment of journalists and the spread of fake news organized by the Association of Finnish Foreign Affairs Journalists.

How to avoid self-censorship and protect your integrity?

Time: 7.5.2018 at 14:00–17:00

Venue: Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU Avenue de Cortenbergh 80 B-1000 BRUXELLES

A light lunch will be served from 13:00 to 14:00.

In a networked and polarized world, journalists are more and more often at the receiving end of harassment. This can lead journalists to self-censorship and avoiding certain topics. What will be waiting for us at the end of this road?

It’s definitely not free press and full democracy!

Some of our colleagues have risked their lives by protecting these values. We must stand by their side.

The Association of Finnish Foreign Affairs Journalists is inviting you to join us to talk more about

  • Threats of violence, mass posting campaigns, spreading rumours and lies about journalists, abuse of defamation laws…
  • What can be done about harassment? Prevention, acting during a harassment crisis, what to do after a harassment crisis
  • How journalism survives when your country is in war? Case Ukraine.
  • What happens before and after a journalist is forced to leave Moscow?
  • Sharing current best practices to tackle harassment against journalists

There is also a light lunch served 13:00-14:00 before the seminar.

Space on the venue is limited to 85 people and our gatekeeper needs a list of the names of the participants, so please to fill this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScAJXH_kVPwh0Z1sjVaFTJwdkLeSfMWmyQ0MLGxXHoQGK3yHg/viewform?usp=sf_link

The form closes on the 3rd of May. All data will be used only for conducting this seminar, and will be destroyed afterwards.

To enter the venue, please take a photo ID with you.


  • Overview: Ricardo Gutiérrez, General Secretary of European Federation of Journalists
  • Case EU: Ms. Anneli Ahonen, East Stratcom Task Force
  • Case Ukraine: Mr. Vasyl Myroshnychenko, CFC Consulting
  • Case Germany: Mr. Boris Reitschuster, Writer and Journalist (former head of FOCUS Moscow office)

About the speakers

Ricardo Gutiérrez, General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists

Ricardo Gutiérrez is General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the largest journalists’ organisation  in Europe, representing over 320,000 journalists in 44 countries. Former journalist for the Belgian daily newspaper “Le Soir”, he is senior lecturer at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He is also member of the Belgian Press Council (CDJ) and the Executive Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). He has conducted training for journalists on hate speech, ethical journalism and reporting on ethnicity and religion. You can catch a bigger glimpse into his interests (i.e. journalism and media) by following him on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Molenews1) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/RicardoGutierrezVe).

Anneli Ahonen, disinformation analyst in East Stratcom Task Force

Before joining the East Stratcom Task Force, Ahonen was working as a foreign reporter for the Finnish national broadcasting company Yleisradio. For eight years 2009-2016, she was reporting for the biggest Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat from St. Petersburg and covered, among other topics, Russia’s disinformation campaigns. Title of her presentation is: “How to counter Russia’s ongoing disinformation campaign – the EU perspective”.

Vasyl Myroshnychenko, partner with CFC Consulting, a Kyiv-based strategic communications firm.

He has 15 years of experience advising clients on corporate communications, reputation management and business-government relations. Vasyl is a co-founder of Ukraine Crisis Media Center, an organization set up in early March of 2014 aimed at amplifying Ukraine’s voice internationally and counteracting the Kremlin disinformation and fake news. He holds MSc in international political economy from the London School of Economics (UK) and M.A and B.A degrees in international relations from Institute of International Relations, Kyiv National Shevchenko University.

“In my presentation I will focus mostly on the Russian disinformation in Ukraine. I will also make references to the harassment of journalists in this context. As you know, two years ago a prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in downtown Kyiv. The investigation is still going on, but Russian involvement can’t be ruled out.”

Boris Reitschuster is a German writer and journalist that has spent numerous years in Russia and now resides in Berlin. He worked for the Press Agency DPA and AFP in Munich and returned to Russia in 1999 as Head of FOCUS’ Moscow office.

Following threats he was forced to leave Russia, yet still headed the Moscow office from Berlin until August 2015. Today he works as a journalist and lecturer. He hosts a talk show on Russian exile-TV-channel Ost-West in Berlin and covers Russia for the HuffPost Germany