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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 Bulgaria denounces ‘unprecedented’ administrative censorship of public interest journalism

AEJ - Bulgaria stands firmly for the right of journalists to inform the society and for their right not to disclose their confidential sources, who may easily be exposed to a serious risk to their physical safety and integrity if their identity is known.

Charlie Hebdo murders increase pressures on European governments for actions to prevent attacks on journalists

The Council of Europe’s deputy secretary-general, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, told the gathering that she looked forward to ‘immediate statements’ and quick, dynamic moves by the Council of Europe in the light of such data on concrete cases of violence and legal intimidation. The agreement to set up the ‘online platform’ was earlier approved by representatives of the member states.


William Horsley, Jim Boumelha, Thorbjorn Jagland, Mogens Blicher Bjerregård, David Banisar, Christophe Deloire

AEJ and University of Ioannina announce Greek Culture and Media Summer School courses in July 2015

The Greek Section of the AEJ and University of Ioannina invite students, educators and professionals to register for their Summer School on the theme of ‘Greece today: Language, Culture and Media’.

AEJ Statement condemns ‘barbaric and cold-blooded’ killings in Paris magazine attack; urges effective protection

This is the most bloody attack ever carried out against journalists in France or anywhere in Europe. The international AEJ joins its colleagues in the association’s French section in expressing horror at this barbaric act against press freedom; as well as deep condolences to the relatives of the victims and solidarity with all the staff at Charlie Hebdo.

AEJ protests against new arrests of journalists in Turkey

The detention of several Turkish journalists within the frame of an operation against the so called “parallel state” operation is an attack on press freedom and is not acceptable. It should be stopped and detained journalists should be released.

AEJ Statement on the arrest of leading Azerbaijan journalist Khadija Ismailova


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