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
» AEJ MF Project
» AEJ MF Representative
» AEJ MF Surveys and Reports
» AEJ & the Council of Europe
» World Press Freedom Day
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Monday, January 09, 2017
Armenian investigation of attacks on journalists brings convictions; demands for police role to be investigated
The Association of European Journalists welcomes the Armenian government’s acknowledgement of police ‘blunders’ in their treatment of journalists injured on the night of 29 July 2016 during a police operation to clear the area around a police station in Yerevan that was the site of a violent siege and hostage-taking incident. But a lawyer for victims of the street violence strongly contests the authorities’ claim that no police officer was engaged in the actions directed against journalists. Dozens of injuries were caused by the use of police stun grenades among a crowd of protestors...
Thursday, December 22, 2016
In Poland, media freedom fears persist as new plans restricting journalists’ access to parliament to be unveiled in January
Poland’s governing Law and Justice party appears to be intent on pressing ahead with a modified set of restrictions on access for print and electronic media journalists to parliament, despite concerted protests by opposition politicians, media leaders and pro-democracy demonstrators which have continued since December 15. Initial plans which were presented on December 14 sought to place new restrictions on what until now has been free access for journalists to plenary and committee meetings as well as to individual members of parliament in Parliament’s corridors and restaurants...
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Ireland’s foreign minister Charles O’Flanagan, European Parliament vice-president Mairead McGuinness and Richard Pym, chairman of AEI Bank were among the prominent guest speakers at the annual AEJ Congress at Kilkenny on 5 November. The dual theme of the Congress was “1916-2016: The changing face of Europe and its media” and “Brexit: its implications for Europe”. The debates and resolutions were reported by media around Europe in several languages.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
After verbal attacks on journalists: AEJ calls on Prime Minister Robert Fico to apologise for his comments
The Slovak Section of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) is highly disturbed at the statements of Prime Minister Robert Fico targeted at journalists, which he retorted at the press conference held on 23.11.2016. This verbal attack by the Prime Minister not only went beyond all bounds of decency, but also represents a dangerous precedent for continued denigration of the work of journalists in public, which could pose a threat to freedom of expression and of the press in Slovakia.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
The Slovak Section of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) is highly disturbed at the statements of Prime Minister Robert Fico targeted at journalists, which he uttered at a press conference held on 23 November.
Thursday, November 24, 2016