Alarm as Romania moves to scrap TV and Radio Licence fee: the end of public service broadcasting?

In a fresh alert published on the Council of Europe’s online Platform for the protection of journalism and safety of journalists, the EFJ/IFJ, AEJ and index on Censorship have called on Romanian members of parliament to reject a bill to abolish the licence fee system that underpins the country’s public service broadcasting system. Instead, the proposed legislation would give the state direct control over the funding of Romanian national TV and radio, in direct contravention of agreed European standards which call for states to enable PSB broadcasting systems entrusted with maintaining standards of impartiality and fairness in the public interest.

AEJ joins media and human rights groups’ protest against Turkey’s extension of emergency laws

A coalition of 25 international human rights and journalists’ organisations -- including Amnesty International, Article 19, PEN International and the AEJ -- has issued a joint statement to condemn Turkey’s ‘unjustifiable limitations’ on press freedom and its widespread abuses of fundamental human rights under the state of emergency that was extended for a further three months on Wednesday by government decree. The statement especially denounces Turkey’s removal of essential safeguards against the use of torture and arbitrary justice, and its mass closures of media outlets and arrests and imprisonment of journalists. It calls on Turkey to immediately revoke the state of emergency that was imposed in July within days of a failed and violent coup attempt. It also calls urgently on the European Union, the USA and international human rights bodies to publicly condemn these human rights violations, and to press Turkey to rescind the emergency laws at once.

AEJ deplores abrupt closure of Népszabadság, voices concern about political motivation

Népszabadság, Hungary’s leading daily newspaper and one of the last critical voices among the country’s national media, was suddenly closed on Saturday, prompting thousands of Budapest residents to take to the streets to protest at what many see as a new attack on press freedom in Hungary...

AEJ in Council of Europe consultations on Turkey’s ‘abuse’ of emergency laws against independent media

The AEJ and seven other European journalistic and press freedom organisations met the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, and other officials in Strasbourgon Thursdayfor intensive discussions about the critical situation for independent journalism in Turkey following July’s failed coup and the imposition of a state of emergency which has enabled President Erdogan’s government to rule by decree.

Ten years on, journalists’ groups renew the urgent call for killers of Anna Politkovskaya to be found and punished

Today marks exactly ten years since the cold-blooded murder in Moscow of the highly respected Russian journalists Anna Politkovskaya, whose fearless reporting laid bare numerous atrocities, torture and other severe human rights abuses in Chechnya.

Turkish media freedom groups publish joint statement denouncing ‘silencing’ of media following the failed coup

The international AEJ fully supports the statement and appeal, ‘A Coup Against Journalists’, which was issued today by the G-9 Platform of media and press freedom organisations in Turkey

42 journalists face arrests in clampdown following failed coup in Turkey; press freedom groups protest

European and international media and press freedom monitoring organisations have published the 188th ‘Alert’ concerning serious violations of media freedom since the start in April 2015. All the alerts appear on the Council of Europe’s dedicated website, called the Platform for the protection of journalism and safety of journalists.

Turkey suspends human rights treaty: AEJ calls for respect of state obligations and restraint in actions against media

The Association of European Journalists expresses its extreme concern that freedom of expression, including the essential freedom of the press, is liable to be severely endangered after the announcement by the Turkish government that it intends temporarily to suspend its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights while maintaining a state of emergency...

AEJ asks Polish Foreign Minister to stop campaign against Austrian author

We urge you to instruct your officials to drop this campaign against Martin Pollack forthwith, as it demeans your country and places you and your ministry in a very negative light.

Draconian government actions after Turkeys’ failed coup threaten to suffocate free speech and press freedom

International media and press freedom monitoring organisations have used the Council of Europe’s online Platform for the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists to publish several urgent ‘alerts’ about violent actions to control media and the creation of a climate of severe intimidation of free speech during and after the failed coup attempt against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Statement by the board of the „Association of European Journalists“ (AEJ)

The board members of the AEJ met in Bratislava on July 8th-9th on the occasion of the start of Slovakia’s presidency of the European Union. The board expressed deep concern that the outcome of the referendum on UK-membership of the EU could lead to damaging divisions and harm mutual tolerance and understanding among the countries of Europe.

The AEJ President comments on the Brexit vote

In a personal statement, AEJ President Otmar Lahodynsky said: 'On June 28th, the European Parliament in Brussel passed a resolution asking for "a relaunch of the European project". It added that "The will expressed by the people must be entirely and fully respected".

AEJ joins Turkish journalists’ united protest against arrests over ‘Editors on duty’ campaign of solidairty

Turkey’s major press freedom organisations, the Freedom for Journalists Platform (GOP) and the G9 Platform, today jointly condemned the wrongful arrests of three ‘on-day’ editors of the Ozgur Gundem newspaper, which has been repeatedly closed down by the authorities as part of draconian actions directed against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).The AEJ is a part of both the G9 Platform and the GOP. Protests are under way in Istanbul against the latest arrests. Can Dundar, the editor in chief of Cumhurriyet newspaper, has volunteered to be ‘on-duty editor’ of Ozgur Gundem in place of his three arrested colleagues. Visits are also being made in a show of solidarity, by G9 Platform figures to the newspaper’s offices in Ankara today as well as to the office of the Turkish Human Rights Foundation.

AEJ deplores the killing of a British woman MP during EU referendum campaign

The Association of European Journalists condemns and deplores the murder of 41-year-old Labour Member of the British Parliament, Jo Cox, who was shot and killed in her Yorkshire constituency last Thursday. Jo Cox had reportedly received threats of violence before the deadly attack...

Celia Hampton, former AEJ Vice President and UK Section Secretary, dies

Celia Hampton, who had many good friends among journalists in AEJ sections across Europe and served as an international AEJ Vice President from 2004-08, died earlier this month after a long battle with lung disease. Celia was a familiar and active figure at many past AEJ Congresses, and she put her valuable legal expertise at the service of the AEJ during the complex process of revising the association’s Statutes some years ago.

On Press Freedom Day, many voices tell Europe to put its house in order

The 2016 World Press Freedom Day conference in Helsinki on May 2-4 was marked by a clamour of voices calling on Europe to recognise its own obvious failings in this field and to end oppressive laws, harassment and intrusive surveillance practices that hamper the legitimate work of journalists.

Turkish newspaper editor Dundar survives gun attack by assailant calling him ‘traitor’

Can Dündar, one of the most prominent journalists in Turkey and editor-in-chief of daily Cumhuriyet, escaped unhurt from an assassination attempt by a gunman on May 6th during a break in Dundar’s trial at the Caglayan courthouse in Istanbul in a case related to reports in the newspaper about a shipment of arms from Turkey to Syria.

World Press Freedom Day 2016: special event reports

Special events and debates staged by AEJ Sections and partner organisations have focused on investigative journalism tools (Armenia), public attitudes to media (Bosnia & Herzegovina) and public Radio and TV (Romania). Future events will cover humane reporting of accidents and disasters (Bulgaria) and journalistic investigations into corruption (Slovakia).

Turkey: May 3 is a day to resist oppression

Turkish journalists’ organizations stressed on May 3rd “World Press Freedom Day” that the day was not a day for celebration but a day to resist oppression against the media.

AEJ Sections support multiple actions to mark 3 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.

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