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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Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Council of Europe today published the results of the first large-scale survey of journalists across Europe. More than two-thirds of the 940 journalists taking part said they had experienced physical assaults, intimidation or harassment on account of their work in the past three years. The AEJ calls the survey a ‘wake-up call’ to national governments in Europe to review their laws and practices to better protect press freedom. The increasingly hostile working conditions for journalists reflects dangerously repressive tendencies and a shrinking of the space for free speech and the proper scrutiny of state power…
Saturday, April 15, 2017
On the eve of the national referendum in Turkey on constitutional change, the Association of European Journalists draws attention to significant flaws in the conduct of the referendum vote, as detailed by the Council of Europe and referendum observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe...
Monday, April 10, 2017
Hungarian protests grow against ‘anti-liberal’ laws and closure threat to Central European University
AEJ members in Budapest attended Sunday’s mass demonstration outside the Hungarian parliament. Tens of thousands of protestors rallied to protest against a new law which was rushed through parliament last week by the Fidesz-led government of Viktor Orban.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
A chorus of discordant voices rang out in the European Parliament in Brussels as AEJ journalists met with MEPS from all parts of Europe and all political groups for 2 days of lively debates in the run-up to the UK’s delivery of its ‘Brexit letter’ on Wednesday. The event took place as the EU sailed into unknown territory beyond its 60th birthday and the UK prepared its own lifeboat to disembark from the mother ship...
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Joint statement from seventy organisations at UN meeting urges global pressure to restore press freedom in Turkey
The AEJ joined Article 19, PEN International and many other press freedom organisations from around the world in delivering a joint statement delivered at the current UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva. The Joint Oral Statement on the Deterioration of Freedom of Expression and Media Freedom in Turkey asked the international community to urge Turkey to end its emergency law limits on free speech before the April 16 referendum vote about sweeping changes to the Turkish constitution. The Joint Statement lists 68 signatories and three more organisations – Cambodian Center for Human Rights, Freedom Forum and Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance – later added signatures to make a total of 71 organisations’ names backing this urgent appeal.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017