Monday, January 09, 2017
The Association of European Journalists welcomes the Armenian government’s acknowledgement of police ‘blunders’ in their treatment of journalists injured on the night of 29 July 2016 during a police operation to clear the area around a police station in Yerevan that was the site of a violent siege and hostage-taking incident. But a lawyer for victims of the street violence strongly contests the authorities’ claim that no police officer was engaged in the actions directed against journalists. Dozens of injuries were caused by the use of police stun grenades among a crowd of protestors...
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Poland’s governing Law and Justice party appears to be intent on pressing ahead with a modified set of restrictions on access for print and electronic media journalists to parliament, despite concerted protests by opposition politicians, media leaders and pro-democracy demonstrators which have continued since December 15.
Initial plans which were presented on December 14 sought to place new restrictions on what until now has been free access for journalists to plenary and committee meetings as well as to individual members of parliament in Parliament’s corridors and restaurants...
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Ireland’s foreign minister Charles O’Flanagan, European Parliament vice-president Mairead McGuinness and Richard Pym, chairman of AEI Bank were among the prominent guest speakers at the annual AEJ Congress at Kilkenny on 5 November. The dual theme of the Congress was “1916-2016: The changing face of Europe and its media” and “Brexit: its implications for Europe”. The debates and resolutions were reported by media around Europe in several languages.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
The Slovak Section of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) is highly disturbed at the statements of Prime Minister Robert Fico targeted at journalists, which he retorted at the press conference held on 23.11.2016. This verbal attack by the Prime Minister not only went beyond all bounds of decency, but also represents a dangerous precedent for continued denigration of the work of journalists in public, which could pose a threat to freedom of expression and of the press in Slovakia.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
The Slovak Section of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) is highly disturbed at the statements of Prime Minister Robert Fico targeted at journalists, which he uttered at a press conference held on 23 November.
AEJ-Bulgaria’s newest survey among the country’s journalists finds a widespread ‘chilling effect’ on their work from targeted smear campaigns, false accusations and other unethical practices. The government, it finds, bears a heavy responsibility for failing sufficiently to protect journalism from political manipulation, conflicts of interest and the allocation of lucrative contracts to media that lack professionalism and serve the partisan interests of those in power.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Die Vereinigung Europäischer Journalisten (AEJ) sieht im Ausschluss von Medienvertretern beim jüngsten Landesparteitag der „Alternative für Deutschland“ (AfD) in Kehl/Baden-Württemberg am 19. November einen Verstoß gegen die Pressefreiheit.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
The AEJ’s Congress in Kilkenny in south-eastern Ireland on 4 -6 November debated Brexit and the rise of demagoguery, the threat to journalism in a brave new media world, and talk of a so-called ‘post-truth era’, under the overall theme of ‘The changing face of Europe and its media’. William Horsley, AEJ Vice President and Media Freedom Representative, gives this account of the highly-charged discussions.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
AEJ Honorary Vice President L. Dogan Tılıç visited the Ankara Bureau of Cumhuriyet daily on Monday to express the AEJ's solidarity with the newspapers and its 9 jailed journalists in a meeting with Erdem Gül, the Ankara representative of the newspaper.
Monday, November 07, 2016
The Association of European Journalists wishes to express its concern about the threatened termination of the Euranet Plus radio service for listeners across Europe at the end of its service contract with the European Commission in March 2017.
The AEJ general assembly meeting in Kilkenny, Ireland on Saturday deplores the economic, political and police pressure which is being put by certain Council of Europe member governments on privately owned media. Most recently this has been evident in Hungary, Poland and Turkey and has affected the Nepszabadsag, Gazeta Wyborcza and Cumhuriyet daily newspapers in these countries.
Saturday, November 05, 2016
The members of the Association of European Journalists, meeting at their annual General Assembly in Kilkenny, Ireland, utterly condemn the ongoing systematic and relentless oppression by the Turkish government authorities against the media. Excessive and arbitrary measures, taken without normal democratic safeguards under state of emergency laws, have turned Turkey into the world's biggest jail for journalists...
Monday, October 31, 2016
The AEJ’s Media Freedom Report for Ukraine covering the past year highlights violent attacks, office raids and official obstruction of the activities of Ukrainian journalists in ‘occupied’ parts of eastern Ukraine and Crimea. The rate of impunity (official failures to properly investigate and prosecute perpetrators) across the whole of Ukraine was again very high in 2015, with only 11 out of 171 cases so far brought to court, it is reported.
Friday, October 28, 2016
On October 27 the AEJ co-hosted a lively and well-attended meeting of Brussels-based journalists, European Commission officials and visiting speakers at the Press Club Brussels Europe, to highlight the UN-declared International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, which is officially on 2 November.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
The AEJ marks the UN-declared International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, which falls on 2 November, with a Statement: ‘Impunity kills. End Impunity!’ The Statement is published here. It calls on government authorities and all concerned to combat impunity with vigour and determination.
Friday, October 21, 2016
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.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
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.
Sunday, October 09, 2016
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...
Friday, October 07, 2016
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.
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.