Tuesday, December 03, 2013
It is with great regret that the AEJ has learned of the decision to proceed with the closure of Presseurop on Dec. 20th. We said in June we had misgivings about the stated terms of the new media tender, but that in no way implied criticism of Presseurop and we fully endorse the recent audit by Deloitte which recommended that the Commission continue the project.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
A summary of major issues about the practice of journalism debated at the AEJ’s 51stCongress and Assembly held in Brussels on 22-23 November: first-hand accounts from East and West of journalists under growing pressure from governments and media owners; threats to investigative journalism from secret ‘dragnet’ surveillance and tracking of electronic communications; and the start of an intensive debate on media futures and new ideas for funding quality journalism.
We have just learned that Magnus Falkehed, a Swedish correspondent based in Paris, has been kidnapped in Syria, with the photographer Niclas Hammarstrom. The two journalists were leaving Syria on Saturday, November 23rd, when they were captured by an unknown group. Magnus Falkehed has been a member of the French AEJ since 2008 and has also been an adjudicator of the Prix Louise Weiss.
Monday, November 25, 2013
The General Assembly of the Association of European Journalists, meeting in Brussels on Saturday 23 November, unanimously adopted two Resolutions.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The ERT headquarters building in Athens was cleared by riot police on 7 November as part of the government’s attempt to replace the old public broadcasting system with a new and very different one.
In Europe there are many cases of intimidation and instrumental lawsuits against journalists: systematic monitoring works to unmask and defeat hidden threats . November 2013.
The AEJ report on Turkey states that some 30 journalists were sacked for refusing to bow to pressures to censor the way they reported the Gezi Park protests. Self-censorship has become widespread.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Media freedom in Eastern Partnership countries: Moldova takes the lead, Ukraine is lagging behind Armenia.
The Report by Maya Zahovayko of the AEJ Ukraine Section highlights escalating violence against journalists, threats to security of the Internet and unwelcome legislative ‘surprises’ for free speech
Rick Thompson, a former chairman of the AEJ’s UK Section, has trained many journalists at public broadcasting stations in Serbia over the past seven years.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
The pledge by ministers of the 47 Council of Europe member states to include close scrutiny of government mass surveillance activities in its future work programme, in order to determine whether or not they conform with the European Convention on Human Rights, was one of the core issues discussed at the conference of ministers responsible for media and information society held in Belgrade on November 7 and 8.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Ministers from the 47 states of the Council of Europe with responsibility for media matters, meeting in Belgrade, have declared themselves ‘appalled’ that journalists in Europe are increasingly subject to threats, assaults, imprisonment and even being killed because of their work.
Sunday, November 03, 2013
The Association of European Journalists extends its condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of French journalists Ghisliane Dupont and Claude Verlon who were kidnapped and killed in Northern Mali yesterday.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The Association of European Journalists will gather this year on 22-24 November for its 51st Congress and General Assembly in Brussels in the PressClub Brussels-Europe.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
We are witnessing a violent and public collision between the UK and other states racing to make maximum use of new surveillance technologies and the actions of whistle-blowers and journalists to reveal what those governments are keeping secret.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Our friend and colleague Dr. Horst Keller sadly died at the age of 76 on August 24. Horst was a charming and sociable colleague who was always a pleasure to be with. He was President of AEJ Germany in the nineties and always remained a member of the German section.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The Association of European Journalists has joined many other journalistic and free expression organisations in supporting an Index on Censorship Petition calling on European leaders to take action to stop the US and other governments from carrying out mass surveillance.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
The Association of European Journalists is acutely dismayed and alarmed at the verdicts and the severity of the sentences announced on 5 August against many journalists and writers involved in the Ergenekon trial. The judgements and decisions of the court in Istanbul represent a large backwards step for freedom of expression and other basic human rights in Turkey.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
This is one of the main conclusions of a journalists’ meeting organized by AEJ-Bulgaria with the support of the Council of Europe, dedicated to the problems of hate speech and self-regulation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Macedonia. The conference took place on June 29th in Sofia, Bulgaria with the aim of identifying the most significant problems of the media and journalism in the three countries and establishing a basis for further common actions on regional level.
Monday, July 15, 2013
The European Commission has written (in a letter dated 11 July) to the International Press Association, which represents the Brussels press corps, saying that the Call for tender for an online media on EU affairs has been discontinued. The decision is likely to fuel further debate on how public funds can and should be used to support free, independent and quality media in Europe at a time when many journalistic jobs are being lost.