Armenian investigation of attacks on journalists brings convictions; demands for police role to be investigated

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...

In Poland, media freedom fears persist as new plans restricting journalists’ access to parliament to be unveiled in January

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...

Speeches and reports from the AEJ Congress in Kilkenny, Ireland

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.

After verbal attacks on journalists: AEJ calls on Prime Minister Robert Fico to apologise for his comments

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.

AEJ calls on Prime Minister Robert Fico to apologise for abusive slur against journalists

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 report: Bulgarian media blighted by false news, censorship and political manipulation

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.

AEJ condemns exclusion of journalists at a congress of German AfD-party (text in German))

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.

AEJ Congress debates Brexit and media in a ‘post-truth’ world

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.

AEJ expresses solidarity with Turkish daily Cumhuriyet and its jailed journalists

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.

AEJ asks the EU to grant renewal to Euranet Plus’ service contract

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.

AEJ journalists view governments’ hostility to private media as ‘attack on free speech’

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.

AEJ Resolution slams Turkey’s massive attack on journalists’ rights and demands more pressure from Europe

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...

AEJ Ukraine’s annual media freedom report highlights abuse and intimidation against journalists in Donbass and Crimea

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.

AEJ co-hosts topical debate on journalists’ safety and impunity at Brussels Press Club

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.

AEJ marks Day to End Impunity with call to governments to end ‘climate of impunity’ over killings of journalists

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.

Alarm as Romania moves to scrap TV and Radio Licence fee: the end of public service broadcasting?

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.

AEJ joins media and human rights groups’ protest against Turkey’s extension of emergency laws

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.

AEJ deplores abrupt closure of Népszabadság, voices concern about political motivation

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...

AEJ in Council of Europe consultations on Turkey’s ‘abuse’ of emergency laws against independent media

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.

Ten years on, journalists’ groups renew the urgent call for killers of Anna Politkovskaya to be found and punished

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.

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