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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

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» 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 backs press freedom groups’ Turkey written statement to UN Human Rights Council

A written statement submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva ahead of its June session describes the continuing deterioration of freedom of expression and rule of law in Turkey, and calls for urgent remedies including the freeing of jailed journalists and ending the state of emergency. The formal statement is in the name of Reporters Without Borders, PEN International and four other human rights organisations

AEJ challenges Polish government claim of independence in revised public broadcasting system

  The AEJ has challenged the Polish government to apply ‘remedies’ for an ongoing threat to media freedom caused by the removal of legal guarantees of independence from the  management of the country’s public broadcasting system. The AEJ contests the argument advanced by Poland, that the government lacks any ‘influence over the shape of the public media.’ That assertion is contained in Poland’s written response, dated March 14 2017, to an earlier Alert on the Council of Europe’s online Platform for the Safety of Journalists…

  AEJ President calls election contest in France a wake-up call for Europe

 Otmar Lahodynsky, president of the AEJ, commented on the result of the presidential election in France: “The victory of Emmanuel Macron in France is a good sign for the future and viability of the European Union…

AEJ Greece links populist dangers and worsening threats to fact-based journalism: WPFD statement

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day and the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the Greek section of the Association of European Journalists expressed its deep concern for the rise of populism and transformation of truth which are growing more and more in Europe and elsewhere.

AEJ journalists mark World Press Freedom Day with rallies, statements and public debates

Leading press freedom organisations have all published reports showing a steep decline in press freedom and the protections given to journalists. To mark Press Freedom Day the AEJ staged and took part in advocacy events, protests and civil society gatherings across Europe, including in Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Romania, Turkey and the UK. Read more…

AEJ Romania puts spotlight on journalistic ethics and halting political pressures


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