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AEJ Sections support multiple actions to mark3 MayWorld Press Freedom Day 2016

The latest global assessment by Freedom House has found that press freedom around the world reached its lowest pointin 12 years. At the United Nations, the newly-adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals include a new target, to achieve Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms for All, and that is the theme of the international conference being held in Helsinki, Finland, where 1000 participants are gathering to represent journalists associations, media houses, NGOs and international organisations.

EJ-Greece Journalism Prize awarded to Peter Kramer, former AEJ international Secretary-General

The award is made by the Greek section of the AEJ.

International criticism grows against prosecution of Meydan TV journalists in Azerbaijan

Meanwhile, the Media Freedom Group of the Civil Society Forum of the EU’s Eastern Partnership, made up of civil society groups of the 6 Eastern Partnership states and the member states of the EU, has issued the following Statement, calling for an end to the prosecution of the Meydan TV journalists, the release of all the journalists being held in jail in Azerbaijan on politically-motivated charges in jail including Khadika Ismailova, who has been awarded the 2016 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

Turkish journalists’ Platform protests against exclusion of foreign reporters

The written statement came following the last incident on Monday, the ban of a U.S. journalist David Lepeska’s entry to Turkey. Seeveral other foreign reporters were banned and deported in the last week.

AEJ welcomes landmark Europe-wide Guidelines to protect journalism and calls for ‘vigorous implementation’

The Recommendation, which has the force of ‘soft law’ that may be taken into account in rulings by the European Court of Human Rights, calls on states to embark on wide-ranging reviews and revisions of ‘laws and practices’ to ensure that the actions of governments and police include safeguards so that journalists can do their work without fear. It also urges aggravated penalties for public officials who stand in the way of investigations into attacks against journalists, including killings.

EU must use financial and political weight sto reverse drastic media crackdown in Turkey, press freedom groups demand

The AEJ is among nine European and international press freedom and journalists’ organisations which on Wednesday sent a strongly-worded joint letter to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, calling for the EU to exert maximum pressure on Turkey to reverse its extraordinary crackdown on the media at the forthcoming meeting of EU leaders with the Turkish prime minister on Friday 19 March. The letter, bearing the signatures of representatives of Index on Censorship www.indexoncensorship.org, Article 19, Association of European Journalists, Committee to Protect Journalists, English PEN, European Federation of Journalists, International Press Institute, PEN International and Reporters Without Borders, has also been sent to other top representative of European Union institutions.

AEJ protest at Turkish press freedom assault handed to EU Enlargement Commissioner

On 11 March the AEJ's statement of protest against the seizure of Zaman newspaper in Turkey was handed in person to EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn.


EU-Commissioner Hahn, AEJ-Pres. Lahodynsky

AEJ concerned about the fate of Romania’s public broadcasting services

The AEJ is watching with concern the fast pace of moves by the government in Romania that may put the future of Romanian public TV and radio at risk. TVR, Romanian public TV, has crippling debts and has failed over a period of years to rectify its finances or win public confidence in its editorial independence and standards of management.

Turkey journalists unite against state seizure of Zaman newspaper

The government acts at the same time to throw critical journalists and writers into jail on trumped-up charges, and threatens others with court cases and fines. Such acts are not seen in democracies.

AEJ protests against seizure of Zaman newspaper in Turkey

The Association of European Journalists (AEJ) condemns this blatant attack on press freedom. The authorities‘ abuse of Turkey’s anti-terrorism laws to brand the work of journalists and otherr critical voics as assisting terrorism is absurd and must be ended at once.

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

The Declaration is the result of intensive discussions organised by the International Press Institute, http://www.freemedia.at/ , the Al Jazeera Media Network and other international partners -- including the Association of European Journalists, which is one of the founding signatories of the document.

AEJ joins protests against detention and prosecution of leading Turkish newspaper editors

The Association of European Journalists protests in the strongest terms against the arrest on Thursday evening of Can Dundar, the editor in chief of Cumhuriyet daily newspaper and Erdem Gul, the paper’s Ankara bureau chief. Both men were arrested and detained in Silivri High Security Prison on charges of terrorist propaganda, being members of armed organization, spying and revealing state secrets. .

AEJ Italy 2015 Media Freedom Report: Investigations expose a ‘plague’ of intimidation and legal harassment

This year’s Media Freedom report on Italy is an eye-opener. Ossigeno per l’Informazione, a small Italian NGO, has uncovered a truly shocking picture of the Italian media working under routine threats of reprisals, mafia violence, and libel suits which can still land them in jail.

Corruption and the long arm of Moscow in eastern Europe: a former Financial Times correspondent writes from the AEJ Sibiu Congress

Taking part in this year’s AEJ annual conference in the ancient Saxon town of Sibiu, in the heart of Transylvania, revealed the value of an organisation which links journalists across the richest but arguably the most culturally and linguistically diverse of continents as it faces a series of internal and external crises.

Otmar Lahodynsky, Président AEJ-International: Après les attaques atroces des terroristes à Paris nos sentiments sont avec les familles de victimes et le peuple francais

Les terroristes visent aussi notre manière de vie et les valeurs de l'Europe comme tolérance et liberté de l'opinion

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