Friday, May 10, 2013
Many AEJ Sections around Europe held meetings and rallies, and publicised their campaigns and investigative reports on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May.
The AEJ’s Media Freedom Representative, William Horsley, spoke about how to fight repression of journalists and uphold the rule of law during the international meeting of over 300 journalists, editors, lawyers, UN officials and defenders of media freedom from 2-4 May in San Jose, Costa Rica marking the 20th anniversary of the first World Press Freedom Day in 1993. The imprisoned Ethiopian woman journalist Reeyot Alemu was chosen as the winner of the 2013 UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Ms Alemu was praised for her “exceptional courage, resistance and commitment to freedom of expression.”
Sunday, April 28, 2013
“We need political will and leadership to protect media freedom and keep journalists safe”, Jan Malinowski from the Council of Europe told a conference devoted to the safety of journalists organised by the Austrian and Swiss governments in the Polish foreign ministry guesthouse in Warsaw on April 23 and 24. “The legal framework is in place, now it needs to be implemented”, Mr Malinowski added.
Monday, April 22, 2013
AEJ members around Europe are taking part in special events to mark the UN’s World Press Freedom Day on (or around) Friday 3 May. This year’s themes include a new Report on the high risks of practising journalism in Armenia, rising political pressures on Bulgarian journalists, renewed campaigns to free jailed Turkish journalists, and the UN’s 3-day international gathering marking 2013 World Press Freedom Day -- the theme is Ensuring a safe environment for journalists in all media.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
AEJ-Bulgaria called on the prosecutors to refrain from any further actions that may be in breach of the ruling of the Strasbourg Court, which applies directly to institutions in all the countries that have ratified the Convention. The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee and numerous human rights lawyers also condemned the action.
Monday, March 25, 2013
The Association of European Journalists was a co-organiser of the MEDIADEM conference on Media Freedom and independence: Trends and Challenges in Europe held in Brussels on 7 February.
Friday, March 22, 2013
The Association of European Journalists welcomes today’s announcement by Commissioner Neelie Kroes of a public consultation on media freedom and pluralism in the EU with stakeholders and concerned groups. The AEJ has told the Commission that we will take part actively in the debate on the competence and role of the EU in safeguarding media freedom in the face of multiple threats, especially those arising from misuses of state power against independent media.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
The Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Füle invites journalists, media analysts, decision makers from enlargement countries, authorities and experts from international, regional and national freedom of expression organisations to discuss achievements and remaining challenges.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Journalists associations and media self-governing bodies across Europe are suffering from severe economic difficulties, as well as from editorial interference from the state and from media owners that constrains and threatens independent journalism. The European institutions should be more responsive to journalists’ legitimate demands for protection from political and commercial interference.
Monday, February 04, 2013
Entitled “Violence, intimidation and legal cases against journalists and the media in Armenia 2012”, the compendium pays particular attention to incidents of violence perpetrated against reporters and a new method that has surfaced within the past two years to impede the functioning of the press; namely to sue the media on charges of slander and insult.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The AEJ Belgian Section’s New Year season of speakers opened strongly with a lunch time address by MEP Derk Jan Eppink who claimed premier David Cameron’s recent speech promising the British electorate an In/Out referendum on EU membership “asked all the right questions.” The Conservatives and Reformist EP group vice president said the problem was not so much the depth of the coming negotiations between the UK and Brussels, but how to sell the results to voters increasingly hostile voters encouraged by the “political hooligans” of the UKIP party.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
11 December 2012, Journalists and NGOs from Europe, with representatives of the Council of Europe and OSCE, played an active part in an important UN conference in Vienna on journalists’ safety last week. The UN says that 100 journalists have been deliberately killed worldwide already in 2012.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The latest AEJ report for the Council of Europe on the State of Media Freedom in Europe finds that physical assaults and judicial harassment of journalists and media workers in southern and eastern Europe grew more intense in the second half of 2012. Many attacks have gone unreported because of self-censorship. AEJ Media Freedom Representative William Horsley wrote the report for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
This report covers developments during a period of five months from mid-June to mid-November 2012; it updates my full report of 26 June which recorded developments since late 2009 (document AS/Cult (2012) 29).
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Association of European Journalists that “stability, jobs and growth” would be the key themes of Ireland’s EU Presidency which begins on January 1.
Addressing the AEJ Christmas lunch on December 17, he said there would also be a special Cabinet meeting exclusively devoted to job creation “early in the New Year”. He said the State would assume the European Union presidency at what is probably one of the most challenging times of the last few decades. Noting that there were 26 million unemployed in the EU, he said a people-centred union is central to “what we have to do here”.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
CPJ’s new digital campaign demands justice in journalist killings
New York, December 6, 2012—An average of 30 journalists are murdered each year in direct reprisal for their work, and the perpetrators are almost never brought to justice. To fight impunity in press killings, the Committee to Protect Journalists has launched Speak Justice: Voices Against Impunity, a new digital platform to help break the cycle of fear and censorship.
What is Speak Justice?
More than 660 journalists have been murdered since 1992. Their killers have for the most part evaded punishment. Reporting on corruption, crime, conflict, and politics has proven deadly for too many. Threats and kidnappings escalate into killings, a fatal yet avoidable outcome cemented by weak or indifferent authorities who feed a cycle of impunity.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria (AEJ – Bulgaria) took a runner-up award Human of the Year 2012 of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC) on Monday. The award is dedicated to outstanding contribution to human rights and was presented on Human Rights Day, December 10, during a ceremony in Sofia. Spas Spasov, a member of AEJ-Bulgaria and a corespondent of the ‘Dnevnik’ daily and the ‘Capital’in the town of Varna, had a special award for his journalistic integrity and for authoring journalistic works against racism. The motives for the awards are as follows:
Friday, November 09, 2012
During the 50th AEJ Congress in Offida, the AEJ elected a new International Secretary-General Tibor Macak (left) from Bratislava, Slovakia. He is replacing N. Peter Kramer (Brussels) who stepped down after 8 years in function.
On Tuesday November 6 AEJ’s Media Freedom Representative William Horsley spoke at a Hearing on ‘Media Freedom in the EU in the European Parliament in Brussels. The AEJ calls on the EU to take action to fulfill its responsibilities to defend media freedom and safeguard journalists’ physical safety based on Council of Europe norms and standards and the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights. Horsley urged that the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency be given a mandate to monitor violations of press freedom by state authorities and non-state actors within EU countries.