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

AEJ Turkey 2015 Report: Arrests, criminalisation of journalism and mass sackings spell ‘new low’ for press freedom

Conditions for all media have deteriorated sharply in Turkey in the past year. The governmental and judicial pressure on independent journalism has reached unprecedented levels.

AEJ Congress in Sibiu, Romania, debates politics and media roles in critical times for Europe

The AEJ Congress theme, “Europe in Turmoil- Reflections in Politics and Media” was timely, as Romania has been plunged into deep political uncertainty following the deadly fire at Bucharest's Colectiv club on 30 October which killed 41 people. Large-scale public vigils and protests against political corruption and mismanagement have taken place in dozens of Romanian towns and cities.

Corruption kills and a corrupt political class must go, Romanian politician tells AEJ Congress

The mayor of Sibiu, Astrid Fodor, welcomed AEJ journalists from across Europe -- the former western Europe and the former Eastern Europe. Protestors have poured into the streets here, too. And journalists, she said. have a responsibility to report honestly about what lies behind the current turmoil.

Harsh laws and editorial pressures make Bosnian journalists the ‘slaves’ of media owners: 2015 Media Freedom Report

The media community in Bosnia and Herzegovina is bearing the brunt of failings in the country’s democratic development. BiH is ranked 66thout in 180 countries in the 2015 World Press Freedom Index. Almost 20 years after the agreement to end the war, civil society and national institutions arestruggling on many fronts againstpolitical forcescausing seriousdamage to the media community.

Bulgaria AEJ Media Freedom report shows drastic worsening of conditions for journalists

A new AEJ-Bulgaria’s National Press Freedom Survey finds that more than half the country’s journalists have experienced undue pressure on their reporting and nearly three-quarters reported observing such pressures exerted on their colleagues. The 2015 AEJ-Bulgaria Media Freedom Report describes growing pressures that constrict the space for independent journalism, including regulators’ attempts to stop coverage of banking scandals, defamation cases aimed at silencing critical voices, public smear campaigns and physical as well as verbal abuse.

AEJ 2015 Media Freedom Reports on Armenia, Ireland and Ukraine

Targeted violence against the media and censorship in Ukraine; police violence at a large street protest in Armenia; and the negative effects of excessive media concentration in Ireland are among the urgent topics highlighted in the 2015 Media Freedom Reports from national Sections of the AEJ.

“Immersive media” covered Open Days in Brussels: smartphone technology for a new media age

On the initiative of AEJ Belgium, Brussels was this week the setting for journalists from across Europe to participate directly in a field test for new “immersive” media during “Open Days European week of regions and cities” from 12 to 15 October 2015. The experimental “Wall of moments”, developed by the European consortium ICoSOLE*, offered registered journalists the opportunity to cover the European Week of Regions and Cities meeting in Brussels simultaneously from different buildings spread over the city

EU struggles to match action with values: CPJ says Press Freedom at risk

‘Press freedom is a reliable barometer of the state of democracy. The EU’s failure to live up to its own standards undermines its influence on the rest of the world’, said Jean-Paul Marthoz, author of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) report ‘Balancing Act: ‘Press Freedom at risk as EU struggles to match action with values’.* The Report was launched September 29, in the Pressclub Brussels Europe (PCBE).

Well-known Turkish journalist attacked outside his house; journalists protest against escalating violence

Ahmet Hakan, a popular Turkish TV journalist and columnist, was attacked and beaten by a group of attackers in front of his house when he returned home late at night after the transmission of his regular TV program. He was hospitalized early on Wednesday morning with a broken nose and rib.

AEJ expressesits solidarity with Turkish daily Hurriyet which was twice attacked in 48 hours

Visiting the Ankara office of the newspaperon Wednesdayin the name of Turkey’s G-9 Journalists Associations Platform and the AEJ, Dogan Tilic said:“The attack against Hurriyet and the statements made by an MP who took a leading part in that assault are unacceptable in any democracy”, and that AEJ stood in international solidarity with the paper.

AEJ condemns unjust verdict against Khadiya Ismayilova in ‘fabricated’ case

The AEJ, Article 19, the European Federation of Journalists, International Federation of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders have together denounced the verdict and prison sentence against Khadiya Ismayilova as based on fabricated evidence and legally unsound. We call for the verdict to be reversed, for the case against Ismayilova to be dismissed, and for her immediate and unconditional release.

Turkey’s attempts to silence critical media are widely condemned

Pre-election police raids on Turkish opposition media; arrests of a VICE News TV team in the Kurdish south-east; and fears of more repressive actions to come.

Turkish journalists ‘will go to court’ to challenge changes in press card system

Аn abrupt change in the regulations about who is able to carry a press card in Turkey triggered strong reaction from the country’s professional journalists’ organizations.

AEJ presents blueprint for protection of journalists under international law

The AEJ’s Media Freedom Representative, William Horsley, has presented proposals for the attention of European governments to establish new and effective safeguards against the unacceptably high level of violence, intimidation and harassment which obstructs the work of journalists in many parts of Europe.

AEJ supports ‘Ossigeno’ press freedom campaigns against Mafia killings and bad media laws

Leading Italian politicians and journalists present heard that as many as 30 Italian journalists are forced to live under permanent police protection because of threats of violence from the Mafia.

Hot tips on how to do Innovative Journalism

The conference on Innovative Journalism: Working with Data, Implementing innovative instruments and verification of user-generated content was organized by the Association of European Journalists-Bulgaria

AEJ Greek Section appeals for accurate media information during the crisis

On behalf of AEJ Greece, Athanase Papandropoulos, President, AEJ Greek Section Fanis Zouropoulos, Executive President, AEJ Greek Section

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