EU struggles to match action with values: CPJ says Press Freedom at risk

‘Press freedom is a reliable barometer of the state of democracy. The EU’s failure to live up to its own standards undermines its influence on the rest of the world’, said Jean-Paul Marthoz, author of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) report ‘Balancing Act: ‘Press Freedom at risk as EU struggles to match action with values’.* The Report was launched September 29, in the Pressclub Brussels Europe (PCBE).

Well-known Turkish journalist attacked outside his house; journalists protest against escalating violence

Ahmet Hakan, a popular Turkish TV journalist and columnist, was attacked and beaten by a group of attackers in front of his house when he returned home late at night after the transmission of his regular TV program. He was hospitalized early on Wednesday morning with a broken nose and rib.

AEJ expressesits solidarity with Turkish daily Hurriyet which was twice attacked in 48 hours

Visiting the Ankara office of the newspaperon Wednesdayin the name of Turkey’s G-9 Journalists Associations Platform and the AEJ, Dogan Tilic said:“The attack against Hurriyet and the statements made by an MP who took a leading part in that assault are unacceptable in any democracy”, and that AEJ stood in international solidarity with the paper.

AEJ condemns unjust verdict against Khadiya Ismayilova in ‘fabricated’ case

The AEJ, Article 19, the European Federation of Journalists, International Federation of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders have together denounced the verdict and prison sentence against Khadiya Ismayilova as based on fabricated evidence and legally unsound. We call for the verdict to be reversed, for the case against Ismayilova to be dismissed, and for her immediate and unconditional release.

Turkey’s attempts to silence critical media are widely condemned

Pre-election police raids on Turkish opposition media; arrests of a VICE News TV team in the Kurdish south-east; and fears of more repressive actions to come.

Turkish journalists ‘will go to court’ to challenge changes in press card system

Аn abrupt change in the regulations about who is able to carry a press card in Turkey triggered strong reaction from the country’s professional journalists’ organizations.

AEJ presents blueprint for protection of journalists under international law

The AEJ’s Media Freedom Representative, William Horsley, has presented proposals for the attention of European governments to establish new and effective safeguards against the unacceptably high level of violence, intimidation and harassment which obstructs the work of journalists in many parts of Europe.

AEJ supports ‘Ossigeno’ press freedom campaigns against Mafia killings and bad media laws

Leading Italian politicians and journalists present heard that as many as 30 Italian journalists are forced to live under permanent police protection because of threats of violence from the Mafia.

Hot tips on how to do Innovative Journalism

The conference on Innovative Journalism: Working with Data, Implementing innovative instruments and verification of user-generated content was organized by the Association of European Journalists-Bulgaria

AEJ Greek Section appeals for accurate media information during the crisis

On behalf of AEJ Greece, Athanase Papandropoulos, President, AEJ Greek Section Fanis Zouropoulos, Executive President, AEJ Greek Section

Strasbourg court judgement on liability for online user comments ‘threatens free speech’

Lorna Woods, a Professor of Law at Essex University and an expert in the field of media and human rights, remarked following the landmark ruling from the Strasbourg court that the reasoning behind it appears to contradict the established approach to freedom of expression cases.

Investigative journalism under threat

AEJ - with the French section in the lead- was among the first organizations which warned that the new EU-directive for the protection of "trade secrets" will harm investigative journalism.

Council of Europe online Platform highlights dangers for journalists

AEJ and other Partner organisations made clear they expect that the Council of Europe will live up to the public pledges made by the Secretary-General and other senior figures to take prompt and meaningful action to press member states to meet their binding legal obligations under Article 10 of the Convention, on freedom of expression and media freedom.

World Press Freedom Day 2015 is marked in Armenia, Brussels and Ireland

The AEJ took part in celebrations, appeals and public events for World Press Freedom Day 2015 in Armenia, Belgium and Ireland

AEJ French Section condemns charges against French journalist Edouard Perrin

L’AJE-France issued this statement protesting against the charges raised by the Luxembourg authorities against Edoaurd Perrin for exposing the Luxleaks scandal.

The „Association of European Journalists“ (AEJ) is deeply concerned about a new „EU-directive on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information“

We urge all relevant persons, ministers, commissioners and MEPs to take account of these concerns, and to ensure that the necessary safeguards are in place in EU-regulations so that investigative journalism is not obstructed or made more difficult as a result of the new regulation.

‘Let Journalism thrive!’ AEJ Bulgaria launches campaign for better reporting and against crude sensationalism

The AEJ Bulgarian section has marked World Press Freedom Day 2015 with a campaign for better reporting and against the crude sensationalism which now mars the output of much of the media in Bulgaria.

The new normal of journalism: Assume you’re being watched

At the international gathering in Riga, Latvia, that marked World Press Freedom Day this week, journalists from many countries acknowledged the new reality of mass surveillance online, and its massive impact on journalists’ ability to hold governments to account.

AEJ supports Turkish press freedom groups’ demands for an end to government’s intolerance and assaults on free media

The Turkish authorities are currently imprisoning 21 journalists and they have launched lawsuits against several hundred others, causing massive disruption and interference in the vital work of the media.

World Press Freedom Day is marked with campaigns to end state interference with media freedom

This year the events marking World Press Freedom Day on Sunday 3 May assert the urgent need to uphold press freedom with determination in the face of multiple attacks, threats and harassment directed against journalists who report on matters of public concern. The AEJ is one ofmore than fifty press freedom organisations which issued a joint Statement "Not in our name: World Press Freedom Day 116 days after Charlie Hebdo".

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