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6 October 2022

Hi, and welcome to the latest news and tools produced by EDJNet!

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Is it possible to have a European generation of non-smokers? 

A civic initiative promoted by the Spanish NGO is calling the EU to prohibit the sale of tobacco and nicotine products to all citizens born since 2010, so as to gradually phase out legal smoking. What are the prospects of this proposal, and the context where it'd apply? Kata Moravecz from EUrologus/HVG looks into them.

  • Hungary is the only member state where the rate of young smokers outnumbers the rate of smokers among the general population. Hungary leads the charts in youth smoking, as 29% of young Hungarians smoke.
  • In order to reduce smoking, countries have been exploring plain-packaging laws; sale in designated shops, and high taxation of cigarettes. Neither of these measures appear to significantly reduce youth propensity to smoke.
  • Finland has the highest tax-rate on cigarettes. Packs of cigarettes are particularly cheap in Bulgaria and expensive in Ireland. Data suggests that where cigarettes are cheaper the people smokes above the EU average.

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From our partners at the European Data News Hub


Europe faces dilemma on Russians fleeing Putin’s draft

The EU is facing a tough balancing act over how to deal with Russians fleeing military mobilisation, as some countries look to block entry and others offer possible refuge.

Prices soaring everywhere

Inflation jumped after countries emerged from Covid-19 and Russia invaded Ukraine. Here is a look at how higher prices are affecting the world.

Tools and Tips

EDJNet's webinars for Tactical Tech

Exposing the Invisible, a project run by the international NGO Tactical Tech, has produced a number of materials and online talks on tools and methods for investigative journalism and greater transparency as part of their Collaborative and Investigative Journalism Initiative.

EDJNet's team was involved in two talks, one discussing challenges of and some best practices for collaborative journalism, and the other one presenting how we used open data from Copernicus in order to assess the local impact of global warming in Europe. Both recordings are now freely available online:

Collaborative Journalism: Strategies to mitigate risk and frustration – with Lorenzo Ferrari
Using open data to assess the local impact of global warming – with Ornaldo Gjergji

From the European data journalism community

 Grant  IJ4EU

The Investigative Journalism for Europe fund has opened two new calls for cross-border investigative journalism projects in Europe. Their Investigation Support Scheme will provide grants up to €50,000 to cross-border teams, another scheme will fund teams made up predominantly of freelance journalists. Team members must be based in at least two EU member states or at least one EU member state and one EU candidate country. Projects must focus on topics of cross-border relevance.
👉 The deadline is 13 October. More information here.

 Event  EU Datathon

The finals of the EU Datathon will take place on 20 October, 12 teams have been selected. The event will be streamed online, here is the latest agenda. Participants will choose the winner of the Public Choice Award, so you can choose your favourite app and vote for it.
👉 More information here.

 Videos  #CIJSummer 2022

The video recordings of the #CIJSummer Investigative Journalism Conference held in London in June this year are now freely available online on the YouTube channel of the Centre for Investigative Journalism.

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