The media as watchdog for transparency in healthcare

Date : 25/10/2016

Media plays a crucial role in exposing and holding those accountable who abuse their power for personal gain. Often, taking up this role is much easier said than done. Various stakeholders might exercise pressure on agents, such as journalists, impeding on their independence and subsequently, harming the quality of journalism.

Transparency International Belgium has the honour to invite three esteemed speakers from various backgrounds related to media and communications in the field of healthcare, to shed some light on the possible challenges they face in their daily work.

Reporting mainly on Health & Consumers, Sarantis Michalopoulos, will tell us more about his work as journalist for Euractiv. He will use a few cases to illustrate the temptations journalists have to resist in order to not betray their ethical principles.

Jean-Paul Marthoz, with his unrivalled track record in defending media freedom and pluralism, will share his views on this important topic as advisor to the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) – the international network of media professionals whose aim is to advance education in and around the principles of ethical journalism.

Director of Communications at EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations), Andy Powrie-Smith will provide us with some insights from the industry addressing the issue of transparency and ethics.

Both NGOs, like Transparency International, and the media play a similar role as providers of reliable information and as creators of awareness. They act as watchdogs in the healthcare ecosystem aiming to reduce corruption and promote transparency, integrity and accountability. During our debate, we will try to answer important questions such as: the role of journalism and free media in preventing and/or making public cases of corruption in the healthcare ecosystem? Is the media subject to the pressures from various stakeholders, both internal and external? How does the industry tackle the issues of transparency and ethics when dealing with the media?


– Jean-Paul Marthoz, a Belgian journalist and longtime press freedom and human rights activist. He teaches international journalism at the Université catholique de Louvain and is a columnist for the Belgian daily Le Soir.

– Sarantis Michalopoulos, Journalist at covering Health & Consumers

– Andy Powrie-Smith, Director of Communications at EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations)

Moderator: Francesco Vinci, Policy Advisor at News Media Europe and member of Young TI


18.15-18.45: Registration

18.45-19:30: Presentations key-note speakers

19.30-20.00: Q&A and concluding remarks

20.00: Snacks and drinks 

Venue: Rue de l’Industrie/Nijverheidsstraat 10, 1000 Brussels

This is event is for free, but in light of the catering, registration is mandatory.

The evening is organised by Young TI members: Lubumbe Van de Velde, Nikoleta Arnaudova and Francesco Vinci.


From Avellino to Buenos Aires: stories of textile industries which are symbolic of the fight against all Mafias.

On the 21st of October in Quindici, near Avellino – Campania-, the knitwear factory “100Quindici passi” was inaugurated. The property was previously a bunker villa belonging to the Graziano clan. The textile company is the result of the commitment from Libera and is symbolic of how the local community took its territory back. The municipality of Quindici is very well known for the activities carried out by the camorra clan of the Grazianos. In fact, the day before the roll-out of 100Quindici passi someone unknown opened fire on the property, destroying the name plaque. Continue reading “From Avellino to Buenos Aires: stories of textile industries which are symbolic of the fight against all Mafias.”

The European Union vs. Organized crime

The European institutions and the European governments have always shown strong feelings towards topics concerning the words “corruption” and “criminal organizations”. Indeed, all over Europe there is the tendency of trying to avoid this topic. Without going into detail on the reasons why this is happening, it is understood that criminal activities and corruption are direct proof of a bad government or, at least, of several big “mistakes” in the administration and the supervision of the public area.
You can find the original version of this article on Restarting the Future website

Franco La Torre, Sulle Ginocchia

LIBERA BRUXELLES E’ lieta di invitarvi ai due

prossimi appuntamenti con

16 Nov 2015 Meet-and-greet @ 18h30

Franco La Torre, Responsabile Libera Europa, Figlio di Pio La Torre

incontra il Presidio Libera Bruxelles

per parlare del suo libro “Sulle Ginocchia” e dell’importanza della memoria

@ La Piola Libri, 66-68 rue Franklin, Bruxelles Per info:

17 Nov 2015: Dibattito e Presentazione Libro @ 19h30

Pio La Torre, uomo di Stato, per una lotta più efficace e

per strumenti più efficienti a livello europeo

Dibattito con Vito Lo Monaco, Presidente del Centro Culturale “Pio La Torre” e

Presentazione del libro Sulle ginocchia” di Franco La Torre. Continue reading “Franco La Torre, Sulle Ginocchia”

SERVING ORGANISED CRIME: the State infiltrated

The GUE/NGL group at the European Parliament organises the conference: “Serving organised crime: the State infiltrated” at the European Parliament (room ASP 1G2) on November 11th 2015 from 16.30- 19.00.
Lorenzo Frigerio, Coordinator of LIBERA INFORMAZIONE: will take part to the Panel “Shaping territories: the social impact of organized crime”

For more information, visit the website

Please note you MUST register online in order to attend the event.

Libera partecipated in the event “Migrants and Us”

“Migrants and us – walls, mafias, cracks in the European Union. How do asylum and assimilation work,” is the title of an event organised by “Club Bologna” and which took place on the 19th October in Bologna. Tonio Dell’Olio spoke on behalf of Libera International in particular about the commitment of Libera in the fight against the mafia involved in human trafficking and in the exploitation of migrant routes.
For more info visit the Libera website

Le 21 septembre est la journée international pour la paix!

de Vania Putatti – Traduction C.M. & Family

Le 21 septembre est la journée internationale pour la paix (International Day of Peace – IDOP) établie par l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU come la journée dédiée au renforcement des idéaux de paix et la promotion de la non-violence au niveau mondiale. Une journée international pour la paix la journée fut établi en 1981 par la Résolution 36/67 de l’ONU. L’assemblée générale déclara que le troisième mardi de septembre de chaque année, au même temps que l’ouverture annuelle des travaux de l’ONU, fusse dédié au respect et la promulgation de la paix, en invitant tous les états membres de l’ONU, organisations locales et non-gouvernementales et individus à commémorer à travers chaque forme d’éducation et de soutien aux activités de l’ONU. En 2001, l’Assemblée générale décide de fixer le 21 septembre comme date pour la journée (Résolution 55/282), en profitant de l’occasion pour avancer dans l'”éducation” à la paix et en invitant toutes les nations et les peuples à cesser toute forme de hostilité en honneur de cette journée. L’IDOP fut inauguré accompagné de la “Cloche de la Paix” au Palais de l’ONU à New York. Continue reading “Le 21 septembre est la journée international pour la paix!”

Il 21 settembre è la giornata internazionale per la pace!

Pubblicato su BellaCiao Belgio, il periodico per gli Italiano a Bruxelles degli Italiani a Bruxelles

di Vania Putatti

Il 21 settembre è la giornata internazionale per la pace (International Day of Peace – IDOP), stabilita dall’Assemblea Generale dell’ONU come il giorno dedicato al rafforzamento degli ideali di pace e la promozione dalla non-violenza a livello mondiale. Una giornata internazionale per la pace La Giornata venne instituita nel 1981 dalla Risoluzione 36/67 dell’ONU. Continue reading “Il 21 settembre è la giornata internazionale per la pace!”

13 – 18 Settembre 2015 – Communication for Change

Elena Cavallone, member of Libera Bruxelles has participated to the training “Communication for Change” – Erasmus plus program led by Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD)

13- 18 September in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Objective of this training course is to develop a strong communication strategy for you as youth workers and your organization; to explore possible future partnerships between the participating organisations to organise projects focusing on improving the quality of youth work; to improve the capacity of youth workers in social media, online fundraising, campaigns and marketing and to allow you to share best practices with other youth workers.

30 Luglio 2015 “11′ – Non corrompere”,

30 Luglio 2015 “11′ – Non corrompere”, incontro organizzato dall’Associazione Altreitalie e Palombella all’Istituto Italiano di Cultura, con ospiti Gherardo Colombo (Magistrato), Giovanni Kessler (Dir. Gen. OLAF), On. Chinnici (PD), On.Ferrera (M5S)

Martedì 30 giugno, presso l’Istituto italiano di cultura di Bruxelles, il “circolo Palombella”, in collaborazione con l’associazione “Altre Italie”, ha organizzato il dibattito pubblico “Undicesimo: Non Corrompere! – La lotta alla corruzione in Italia da mani pulite a mafia capitale passando per l’Europa”.

Gli illustri ospiti presenti erano GHERARDO COLOMBO – ex magistrato e membro del pool “mani pulite” della Procura della Repubblica di Milano, GIOVANNI KESSLER – Direttore Generale OLAF (Ufficio europeo per la lotta antifrode), CATERINA CHINNICI – Eurodeputata PD, membro della Commissione LIBE e LAURA FERRARA – Eurodeputata Movimento 5 Stelle, membro della Commissione LIBE e relatrice della relazione di iniziativa “Corruzione e criminalità organizzata”. read more