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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 & the Council of Europe
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Armenia: investigating harassment against journalists during December’s referendum vote

AEJ Armenia and the Armenian Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression are closely following the progress – and often the lack of progress – in official investigations following a spate of violent incidents targeting journalists on 6 December 2015, the day of the controversial constitutional change referendum.

Austrian daily ‘Die Presse’ reports AEJ Open Letter to Polish ministers against broadcasting law; new rules now in force despite widespread appeals and protests

On Thursday 7 January the president of Poland, Andrzej Duda, signed the contested law into force, ignoring appeals by many media and NGO organisations, as well as the Council of Europe and the European Commission, among others.

Council of Europe chief asks Poland’s president not to sign contested public broadcasting law, citing ‘alert’ from AEJ and other journalists’ organisations

In a rare top-level public intervention the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, has written a letter to Poland’s President, Andzej Duda, asking him to refrain from signing into law the controversial public service media legislation just adopted by the Sejm, and to open a dialogue focusing on Poland’s commitments to freedom of expression under the European Convention on Human Rights. Mr Jagland’s letter cites the Alert submitted to the Council of Europe’s ‘Platform to promote the protection of journalists and the safety of journalists’ by the AEJ, Article 19, Committee to Protect Journalists, the European Federation and International Federation of Journalists, Index on Censorship and Reporters Without Borders.

Politico calls 2015 ‘an awful year for Europe’s free media

Politico reporter Alex Spence surveys the catalogue of arrests, assaults, murders and legal restrictions targeting journalists that have made 2015 a terrible year for press freedom in Europe.

AEJ Open Letter asks Polish ministers to shelve ‘hasty’ plans for government control over public broadcasting

On Tuesday the Association of European Journalists urged the newly-elected Polish government to halt its proposal to place the country’s public service TV and radio channels under its direct control, and instead to respect the widely-accepted principles of public service broadcasting, including editorial independence and impartiality.

International media freedom organisations appeal for actions to end the high death toll among journalists

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