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AEJ General Assembly in Burgenland elected new International Board

After an AEJ Presidency of four years (2010-2014) Eileen Dunne (Ireland) stepped down. The AEJ General Assembly elected Otmar Lahodynsky (Austria) as her successor! Secretary-General Tibor Macak (Slovakia), Treasurer Luigi Cobisi (Italia) and the Vice-Presidents Saia Tsaousidou (Greece) and Javier F. Arribas (Spain) were re-elected.

Burgenland – 25 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain ....

The AEJ Congress in Neusiedl opened with an address by László Nagy, one of the organisers of the Pan European Picknick at Sopronpuszta near the Neusiedl Lake in August 1989 – a defining moment in the lead-up to the collapse of the Iron Curtain.

New challenges and Priorities for the EU – do we need a new Foreign and Security policy?

The session "New challenges and Priorities for the EU – do we need a new Foreign and Security policy?" during the The AEJ Congress in Neusiedl was dominated by the crisis in Ukraine. It was led off by Olexander Scherba , special ambassador to Ukraine’s foreign Minister

Austria's foreign minister Sebastian Kurz message on the occasion of AEJ's 2014 Congress

Your General Assembly provides me with an excellent opportunity to express my appreciation for your work. Because what you do is nothing less than an essential ingredient for the proper functioning of our democracies.

The new AEJ president is Otmar Lahodynsky

Since 1999 European editor for Austrian political weekly „profil“.

AEJ Resolution on the safety of journalists and the dangers of impunity

The annual General Assembly of the European Association Journalists (AEJ) meeting in Burgenland, Austria, condemns as unacceptable the high number of violent attacks against journalists, acts of arbitrary harassment and interference, and other attacks against media freedom and freedom of expression in European countries, including Azerbaijan, Belarus, Turkey and Russia.

Journalists under fire in Europe: 2014 AEJ Congress exposes attacks, threats and forced self-censorship

At the AEJ’s 2014 Congress on 17 October members of the Association of European Journalists from across Europe met in Burgenland, Austria to discuss topical reports detailing violence, harassment and interference with the work of journalists from colleagues in Armenia, Bulgaria, the countries of the EU’s Eastern Partnership, Hungary, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.

Tributes and urgent calls for justice on the anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder

The AEJ joins Amnesty International and other organisations in calling urgently on the Russian authorities to effectively investigate Anna Politkovskaya’s murder, bring all the killers to justice including the masterminds, remove the existing oppressive and undemocratic barriers to reporters in Russia, and ensure safe working conditions for journalists and media workers in Russia.

AEJ Congress and General Assembly, Neusiedl, Austria, 16-19 November

At Congress, we will have a panel discussion on the future of the European Union (EU) and the challenges for the newly elected institutions of the EU with the participation of prominent leaders.

AEJ deeply shocked by deaths of journalists in Gaza

The Association of European Journalists is shocked and deeply dismayed at the reported deaths of 13 media workers in Gaza during Israel’s military action which began in early July. The AEJ expects the international community to investigate possible war crimes in which journalists are or have been victims, regardless of the alleged identity of those who may have committed them.

‘Protection of media freedom in Europe’ expert Report holds States to account for worsening threats to journalists

AEJ Media Freedom representative William Horsley has presented his in-depth Report on The protection of media freedom to parliamentarians of the 47 Council of Europe States.

Concerns for security of Antonio Papaleo after stabbing incident in Thailand (updated on 13 October 2014 with new links)

Concerns remain for Papaleo’s security after he declared that he had received threats in connection with his secret filming of members of an alleged international money-laundering ring operating in Hong Kong.

Where is the EU in the Bulgarian media campaign for the European elections?

The main question is “Where was the EU in the media campaign for the European elections in Bulgaria?” And the answer to that question is that the EU was “completely absent”, according to Ralitza Kovacheva, a Sofia university media researcher who has made a detailed analysis of media coverage of the May 25 European Parliament elections for AEJ-Bulgaria.

Romanian national order for Teodora Stanciu

Our colleague,Teodora Stanciu, President of AZIR - the Romanian Section of AEJ - has been decorated by Mr. Traian Basescu, President of Romania, with the "National Order of Merit".


International Media Literacy Seminar in Bratislava will mark World Press Freedom Day

‘New Media Literacy for Journalists’ is the theme of a two-day International Seminar being co-organised by the Slovak section of the Association of European Journalists in Bratislava on May 29-30, 2014 to mark this year’s Press Freedom Day.

OSCE ‘Safety of Journalists Guidebook’: Second Edition published in response to rising concerns over anti-media violence and harassment

The Guidebook outlines States’ obligations towards journalists’ safety and media freedom arising from OSCE commitments as well as binding international law provisions. It provides detailed guidance to state authorities about good practices in legislation, law-enforcement and systems of justice that are essential to fulfil those obligations.

AEJ Romanian Section (AZIR) stages critical debate on the search for press freedom to mark World Press Freedom Day 2014

The Association of Independent Journalists of Romania (AZIR), the Romanian section of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ), held a critical public debate on the theme " Freedom of the press: What press? What freedom?”


World Press Freedom Day meeting sounds the alarm at increasing attacks; declaration calls free media vital to future UN ‘development goals’

At the major gathering at UNESCO in Paris for 2014 World Press Freedom Day UNESCO launched itsWorld Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development, including shocking evidence of many states’ persistent failure to find and punish those responsible for killings of journalists and other attacks that deprive societies of access to reliable and uncensored information.

Council of Europe formally urges member states to protect journalists and whistleblowers

The Council of Europe has called on its 47 member states to fulfil their obligation to protect journalists and other media actors from intimidation and attacks, and to adopt national legal frameworks for the protection of whistleblowers.

In Turkey and Croatia, AEJ joins Press Freedom Day events to protest at interference in free media

On May 3rd Turkish journalists organised public protests in Ankara and Istanbul. In Istanbul the Freedom For Journalists Platform, including the AEJ in Turkey among 94 journalists associations and unions, took part in a protest march in the Cagaloglu district. In Ankara the G-9 Platform organised another public protest.


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