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AEJ deplores the closure of Hungarian newspaper Magyar Nemzet: another blow to media pluralism

  The Hungarian Section of  the AEJ sees ‘harmful processes’ at work as the national political daily Magyar Nezmet ceases publication, further weakening the ranks of independent media…

Austria: political pressure on public broadcaster

President of Association of European Journalists, Otmar Lahodynsky, slams “intimidation” of journalists of public radio&TV in Austria by a senior politician in new government’s junior partner, the right-wing Freedom Party (FPO).

Press freedom groups condemn Turkish actions against Kurdish newspaper, call for release of arrested staff

International press freedom groups have issued a strong statement condemning the seizure of Ozgurlukcu Demokrasi newspaper and the mass arrest of its staff in the latest sweeping measures by the Turkish authorities to silence opposition voices and repress the Kurdish language and culture. The AEJ adds its voice to those of the International Press Institute, PEN International, Index on Censorship and others which call on leading European media to publicly challenge Turkey’s unrestrained attempt to stifle freedom of the press...

European Court rules Turkey in violation: free expression groups call for immediate release of two veteran journalists

Following the March 20 Strasbourg court ruling on the cases of journalist Mehmet Altan and Sahin Alpay, a coalition of international freedom of expression organisations has called for the immediate release of the two men who were jailed following a failed coup attempt in Turkey in 2016. The court declared that the imposition of a state of emergency since that time ’must not serve as a pretext for limiting political debate’...

’Accreditations’ for jailed Turkish journalists issued for EU-Turkey Summit

The Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria (AEJ-Bulgaria) issued symbolic accreditation badges for 95 absent Turkish journalists for the EU-Turkey Leader’s Meeting in Varna, Bulgaria, set for March 26. These 95 Turkish colleagues will not be able to attend the meeting and to do their job to ask questions and to hold the politicians accountable for their commitments, because they have been put behind bars...

Fake news undermines democratic freedoms: the AEJ’s road-map for the right responses

The Association of European Journalists has taken a stand on countering the phenomenon of "fake news". This position is the result of consultation with all 20 national sections, and the process is coordinated by Irina Nedeva, chair of the AEJ’s Bulgarian section.  The International AEJ took part in the public consultation opened by the European Commission on Fake news and submits the analysis and proposals below...

Statement by the AEJ Slovak Section about the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee

The Slovak Section of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) is deeply perturbed by the cold-blooded murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee in their house in the town of Velka Maca, east of Bratislava. This heinous crime was committed while Kuciak was pursuing investigative work to expose crimes of persons linked not only to the underworld but also to the political elite of the country....

European journalists and civil society groups share strategies to ‘Free European Media’ in Gdansk

The European Federation of Journalists, the Council of Europe and leading journalists and civil rights activists have met in the Polish city of Gdansk to debate how to fight back against recent setbacks for press freedom across Europe. They set out priorities for winning basic protections for free speech and independent journalism. William Horsley reports…

Turkey moving away from rule of law

The sentencing of five Turkish journalists to life imprisonment shows that the Turkish judiciary cannot make independent decisions...

AEJ-Bulgaria Annual Report measures rise in threats and pressures on the media

AEJ-Bulgaria’s annual report on the media and free expression in Bulgaria in 2017 says many media are suffering from the tightening grip of a national ‘culture of pressure’ against their editorial independence. The consequences include numerous violent attacks, widespread self-censorship and a collapse in public trust in media content generally… …

Press freedom groups call for international srutiny of investigation into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s Murder

Council of Europe’s Partner Organisations on Media Freedom Raise Alarm after Grim Record in 2017 and Urge Close International Scrutiny over the investigation into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s Murder. In a Joint Statement ten Council of Europe partners including the AEJ support a call for the appointment of a European Rapporteur to monitor the investigation, and highlight 'grim record' for press freedom in Europe in 2017.

International media freedom delegation in Croatia: some improvements, old and new issues

On January 15 and 16, 2018, an international delegation of press freedom organisation representatives visited Zagreb to observe the state of media freedom in Croatia.

The Institute for Human Sciences has recently published new calls for application

Milena Jesenská Fellowships 2018/2019 for journalists

AEJ Open Letter calls for dynamic steps by Council of Europe against ‘hostile environments’ for journalists

An Open Letter from the Association of European Journalists to representatives of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe calls for a set of ‘implementation’ actions to uphold past governmental declarations on the safety of journalists, including a ministerial Recommendation of 2016 that urges all states to allow a fully independent review of their laws and practices, and to amend them to bring them into line with their obligations under European human rights law…

Freedom of expression and journalists’ organisations appeal for EU concrete steps to protect human rights in Turkey

The AEJ has joined PEN International and a groups of other international freedom of expression organisations in a joint statement on Turkey. It was communicated to the European Union at an event in Brusselson Wednesday. The statement called on EU states to exert influence on Interpol…

AEJ met with Chief of Bulgarian police against organized crime

Support for threatened Bulgarian journalists promised

Annual AEJ Media Freedom Report on Turkey: ‘No free society without free journalism’

Press freedom, oppression of journalists and the media, and prosecution and imprisonment of journalists continued to be the paramount problems facing Turkish journalists in the year 2017. Turkish journalists’ associations and unions continued their joint struggle under the main slogan “There Can Be No Free Society Without Free Journalism.”...

AEJ confronts a ‘new world order’ in media and a Russian ‘information war’

At the AEJ’s Congress in Vilnius, Lithuania, journalists, editors, Internet experts and academics from across Europe attempted to answer big questions about the future of news. The collapse of media business models and the flooding of the space of journalism by merchants of mischief, falsehood and trivia have led many to ask ‘what’s the point of journalists’?...

AEJ Vilnius Congress debates ways to tackle online threats to female journalists

Jennifer Adams, Project Leader of the OSCE’s ‘Safety of Female Journalists Online’ campaign, spoke at the AEJ’s Congress in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Friday 17 November, highlighting the additional risks faced by female journalists and measures to promote online safety. Online abuse of female journalists is recognised as a disturbing and dangerous aspect of the multiple new threats to the safety of journalists in Europe…

AEJ Annual Congress in Vilnius prompts pledge of ‘smart’ response to Russian disinformation

Lithuania’s Vice Foreign Minister, Darius Skusevičius, used the occasion of the AEJ’s Congress in Vilnius, Lithuania, last Friday to set out to visiting journalists from 20 countries  the ‘smart’ policies his government wants NATO to pursue to combat what he called Russia’s campaigns of ‘hostile disinformation and false news’…

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