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Report on media freedom in Croatia recommends reforms for independence of public broadcasting.

The European Broadcasting Union has published a joint report on Croatia with the AEJ and others. It recommends reforming the law on the public broadcaster HRT and other changes to meet European standards on public service media. It follows a joint mission to Croatia by the EBU, AEJ, EFJ, SEEMO, ECPMF and Reporters Without Borders (RSF)...

Montenegro journalist shot and wounded: “How long must we live in fear of such cowards?”, editor asks

Crime and corruption reporter  Olivera Lakic was injured in a gun attack in Montenegro earlier this month. A graphic cartoon, the bare facts, and outcry for effective investigation to bring those responsible to justice...

Press freedom campaigns and unjust prosecutions of journalists’ put spotlight on Turkey’s breach of international obligations

Reporters Without Borders challenges the UK prime minister to hold Turkey to its democratic obligations as protests mark President Erdogan’s London visit; AEJ reports and commentaries set out the mountain of evidence showing that Turkey is trampling on press freedom and in systematic violation of the rule of law by jailing journalists and silencing opposition voices…

AEJ journalists mark World Press Freedom Day across Europe: the intensifying struggle to save independent media

World Press Freedom Day this year saw anti-media violence during Armenia’s popular uprising against a repressive government; new actions to silence independent journalism in Hungary and Turkey, and multiple protests against the murder of two journalists in the past year in Malta and Slovakia and ‘vicious ties’ between some governments and criminal elements.  

Out of Africa: The winning ways of the enemies of press freedom

AEJ Vice President William Horsley writes from Accra, Ghana about the massive 2018 World Press Freedom Day gathering there. It revealed the advances and setbacks for press freedom in Africa and worldwide 27 years after the Windhoek Declaration of May 1991, when African journalists first raised their voices to demand media freedom, independence and plurality and an end to violence and political interference in journalists’ work. That event in Namibia led to the creation of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, which this year was again marked by commemorations and events in Europe and beyond...  

Joint Statement denounces verdicts handed down at Cumhuriyet trial

Thirty international press freedom organisations condemn the guilty verdicts against Cumhuriyet journalists in Turkey’s latest ‘political’ show trial of professional journalists. In a joint statement the organisations, including PEN International, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom and the AEJ, protest that no credible evidence was presented at the trial, yet 14 executives and journalists of the newspaper were sentenced to prison terms for ‘terrorism-related activities’...  

Multiple murders of journalists in East and West ignored by 53 Commonwealth leaders at summit in London

Commonwealth leaders who met in London last week proclaimed their ‘proud history’ of promoting democracy and human rights. But they turned a blind eye to well-publicised cases of  journalists being threatened or killed with impunity in member states – not only in Pakistan and India but in Malta, where anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed six months ago by a car bomb after alleging widespread corruption in high places.

Reporters Without Borders issues damning 2018 report on backsliding of press freedom in Europe

  The annual Press Freedom Index issued by Reporters Without Borders focuses attention on two recent murders of journalists in Europe, legislative changes that threaten press freedom and long-standing legal protections for journalists, on aggressive antimedia rhetoric by senior politicians and strong criticism of the UK government for fostering a repressive environment for investigative journalism.

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.

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