Freelancer Rights Issues

Freelance journalism is no longer a “typical” form of work. In many countries the majority of journalists are freelances. True, some are journalists who would prefer traditional employment and have been forced into what we call “fake freelance” positions by employers who break local rules on employment by using freelances to fill full-time posts while avoiding state welfare and social responsibility or charges.

Many, though, appreciate the freedom, variety and flexibility of independent employment and feel it is increasingly the natural mode of work for journalists. The challenge of a freelance future is a test for journalists’ unions in India and around the world.

We say to our staff colleagues: in order to defend your rights and conditions of work, you can do nothing more effective than to promote the highest standards for freelances.

Contracts, training, authors’ rights, and professional standards are all key issues for the freelance community of journalists. The Journalists Federation of India (JFI) Group for Authors Rights Expert Group (GARE) and Group of Freelance Experts’ (GFE) therefore strive to defend and to promote freelance rights.

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