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AEJ protests against ‘setup’ and wrongful convictions of Myanmar journalists

The AEJ protests in the strongest terms against the recent seven-year jail sentences imposed by a Myanmar court on two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone und Kyaw Soe Oo who were arrested last December while investigating the killings of Rohingya people by the army…

International free expression groups call Turkey’s repeal of emergency laws a sham

Over 40 freedom of expression organisations worldwide have jointly condemned new legislation in Turkey which mirrors the stifling provisions of the country’s recently-lifted state of emergency laws. A statement coordinated by IFEX, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, identified the most extreme of the new laws that deny basic human rights and say...

“Don’t hit journalists!” Protest Statement by AEJ Romania

The Romanian section of the Association of European Journalists calls on the authorities involved in the forceful breaking up the recent protests against the current government to respect the right of journalists to carry out their work under safe conditions. The aggression, eviction or detention of journalists in the exercise of their duties violates constitutional rights enshrined in Articles 30 and 31, as well as numerous provisions of European standards of press freedom and human rights...

AEJ protests about multiple police assaults against journalists during Bucharest mass protests

The Association of European Journalists strongly condemns the behaviour of Romanian police who used unprovoked and unrestrained violence against Romanian and foreign journalists during violent clashes between police and anti-government protestors in Bucharest on the evening of Friday 10 August. Austrian public television (ORF) cameraman Robert Reinprecht...

International press meeting in Brussels explores Brexit impasse and outlook for the EU 27

The AEJ’s recent Press Seminar hosted by the European Parliament in Brussels explored the worrying ‘slowdown’ in Brexit talks and the outlook for the EU’s future without the UK. A senior Austrian diplomat warned that there can be ‘no postponement and no fudges’ and that all sides will be worse off after the UK leaves.  Declan Bredin of the AEJ Irish section reports…

Two journalists’ murders in Europe are a symptom that the rule of law is failing

The murders of two investigative journalists – Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta and Jan Kuciak in Slovakia -- within the past year have shaken the EU’s claim to champion the rule of law and democracy. William Horsley reports on growing concerns about the emergence of a ‘climate of impunity’ related to the killings which were expressed at a press seminar organised by the Association of European Journalists at the European Parliament in Brussels…

Austrian newspaper editors warn on police raids and growing press freedom threats

Five leading Austrian newspaper editors have raised the alarm in editorials that the authorities may be preparing to launch police raids on media offices. The alerts follow a warning from Austria’s Freedom Party interior minister against journalists ‘meddling‘ in state secrets...

Press freedom organisations publish 6-point Open Letter and appeal to the next President of Turkey

The AEJ with 16 other press freedom organisations has published an Open Letter to the future President of Turkey ahead of Sunday’s hotly contested presidential and parliamentary elections. The Open Letter calls for six actions to reverse the drastic decline in conditions for press freedom in Turkey, including the freeing of all journalists jailed for their work and major reforms of Turkey’s laws and regulations to end the criminalisation of journalism and abuses of state power to distort and censor the information provided though media to the people of Turkey.

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’...

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