"Across Europe, the AEJ brings together

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 French Section protests after Polish state TV pressures Brussels-based journalist over critical question

The French Section of the AEJ has vigorously protested against attempts by Polish state TV to pressure Dorota Bawolek, Brussels correspondent of the  independent Polsat TV channel, over her questioning of the latest moves by the Polish government to take political control of the country’s judiciary…

AEJ welcomes appointment of new OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

The Association of European Journalists warmly welcomes the appointment of Harlem Désir, a former French minister for European Affairs and president of SOS Racisme, as the OSCE’s new Representative on Media Freedom. The decision was taken by consensus by the OSCE’s Ministerial Council on Tuesday, at the same times as the announcement of new appointments for the posts of OSCE Secretary-General, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, and OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.

Press freedom organisations press Ukraine’s president for full investigation of journalist’s death

On the first anniversary of the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet, in Kiev, Index on Censorship joined Article 19, Association of European Journalists, Committee to Protect Journalists, European Federation of Journalists, International Federation of Journalists, International Press Institute and Reporters Sans Frontieres in urging the Ukrainian president to ensure an effective investigation of the crime. Read the full text of the letter here .

AEJ joins Turkish opposition leader’s march for justice to Istanbul

AEJ Honorary Vice Chair and Turkey Representative L. Dogan Tılıç participated in the ‘march for justice’ of Turkey's main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

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


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