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individual journalists through their membership of national sections. As an independent and self-funding association we promote critical journalism in the European integration process; and defend the freedom of information and freedom of the press in Europe. The AEJ offers journalists the chance to be part of our professional and social network."

Focus on Media Freedom

The AEJ is an official Observer in the Council of Europe's Media Steering Committee.

The AEJ’s Media Freedom Representative, William Horsley, with other media and NGO organisations, has called on Member States to fulfil their 2009 pledge to ensure that national anti-terrorism laws are not misused to block legitimate freedom of expression.

The AEJ welcomes the focus on media freedom in the Decision by Ministers’ Deputies, but questions the failure to adopt more far-reaching measures to counter attacks on journalists’ lives and work.

» Full report on the AEJ-EP Seminar on Media Freedom in the EU
» AEJ Media Freedom Representative: Proposals for EU Action
» Council of Europe 2012 Decision on Media Freedom
» AEJ finds media freedom crumbling across eastern Europe

Read more:
» AEJ MF Project
» AEJ MF Representative
» AEJ MF Surveys and Reports
» AEJ & the Council of Europe
» World Press Freedom Day

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AEJ protests against ‘setup’ and wrongful convictions of Myanmar journalists

The AEJ protests in the strongest terms against the recent seven-year jail sentences imposed by a Myanmar court on two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone und Kyaw Soe Oo who were arrested last December while investigating the killings of Rohingya people by the army…

International free expression groups call Turkey’s repeal of emergency laws a sham

Over 40 freedom of expression organisations worldwide have jointly condemned new legislation in Turkey which mirrors the stifling provisions of the country’s recently-lifted state of emergency laws. A statement coordinated by IFEX, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, identified the most extreme of the new laws that deny basic human rights and say...

“Don’t hit journalists!” Protest Statement by AEJ Romania

The Romanian section of the Association of European Journalists calls on the authorities involved in the forceful breaking up the recent protests against the current government to respect the right of journalists to carry out their work under safe conditions. The aggression, eviction or detention of journalists in the exercise of their duties violates constitutional rights enshrined in Articles 30 and 31, as well as numerous provisions of European standards of press freedom and human rights...

AEJ protests about multiple police assaults against journalists during Bucharest mass protests

The Association of European Journalists strongly condemns the behaviour of Romanian police who used unprovoked and unrestrained violence against Romanian and foreign journalists during violent clashes between police and anti-government protestors in Bucharest on the evening of Friday 10 August. Austrian public television (ORF) cameraman Robert Reinprecht...

International press meeting in Brussels explores Brexit impasse and outlook for the EU 27

The AEJ’s recent Press Seminar hosted by the European Parliament in Brussels explored the worrying ‘slowdown’ in Brexit talks and the outlook for the EU’s future without the UK. A senior Austrian diplomat warned that there can be ‘no postponement and no fudges’ and that all sides will be worse off after the UK leaves.  Declan Bredin of the AEJ Irish section reports…

Two journalists’ murders in Europe are a symptom that the rule of law is failing


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