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AEJ condemns the killing of journalist Oles Buzyna in Kiev and calls for swift, impartial investigations

The Association of European Journalists is appalled by the contract-style murder of Oles Buzyna, a former editor of the pro-Russian newspaper Segodnya, on 16 April outside his home in Kiev. We call on the Ukrainian authorities to conduct swift, impartial and effective investigations into the killing of Buzyna and of other journalists whose deaths in Ukraine have not been properly investigated or resolved.

AEJ voices grave concern about on-air verbal abuse against journalists in Romania

The Association of European Journalists has expressed its grave concern about gratuitous verbal abuse and mockery directed against Romanian journalists Stelian Negrea and his wife, Eli Roman, by employees of the Antena 3 TV channel.

AEJ welcomes launch of Council of Europe Internet platform to protect journalism and journalists’ safety

The platform is an early warning and enhanced response mechanism based on verified reports from five partner organisations: the IFJ/EFJ, Reporters Without Borders, Article 19 and the AEJ.

The EU must do more to protect press freedom at home and abroad

European Union leaders accept that media freedom and pluralism is essential for the Union’s international credibility and are out-sourcing several activities in this area. But they have allowed the self-interests of member states to dictate their lack of determined action.

Council of Europe parliamentarians demand press freedom protections and renew diplomatic sanctions on Russia

Two years of work by European parliamentarians on the Protection of Media Freedom in Europe have culminated in a new resolution by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), adopted on 29 January.

A media strategy for the EU: proposals by media professionals to safeguard the future of independent media

A Working Group of journalists, publishers and media professionals hosted by Fondation EurActiv has presented a set of core proposals as the outline of a new ‘EU strategy for independent and sustainable media’.

Dutch woman journalist faces trial under Turkish terrorism laws: AEJ says charges must be dropped

Turkey’s existing penal codes and security laws, with their broad definition of terrorism and membership of an armed organisation, have led to prosecution and imprisonment of many journalists for fulfilling their professional duties. Anti-terrorism law, in particular, carries heavy penalties. If she is found guilty, Frederike Geerdink could face up to five years in prison.

Officer of the Légion d'honneur for Juraj Alner

On Friday 6th February the French Ambassador to Slovakia Didier Lopinot will hand Mr Juraj Alner the most prestigious order of the French Republic, the Officer of the Légion d'honneur. The order is granted by decree of the President of France.


AEJ Bulgaria denounces ‘unprecedented’ administrative censorship of public interest journalism

AEJ - Bulgaria stands firmly for the right of journalists to inform the society and for their right not to disclose their confidential sources, who may easily be exposed to a serious risk to their physical safety and integrity if their identity is known.

Charlie Hebdo murders increase pressures on European governments for actions to prevent attacks on journalists

The Council of Europe’s deputy secretary-general, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, told the gathering that she looked forward to ‘immediate statements’ and quick, dynamic moves by the Council of Europe in the light of such data on concrete cases of violence and legal intimidation. The agreement to set up the ‘online platform’ was earlier approved by representatives of the member states.


William Horsley, Jim Boumelha, Thorbjorn Jagland, Mogens Blicher Bjerregård, David Banisar, Christophe Deloire

AEJ and University of Ioannina announce Greek Culture and Media Summer School courses in July 2015

The Greek Section of the AEJ and University of Ioannina invite students, educators and professionals to register for their Summer School on the theme of ‘Greece today: Language, Culture and Media’.

AEJ Statement condemns ‘barbaric and cold-blooded’ killings in Paris magazine attack; urges effective protection

This is the most bloody attack ever carried out against journalists in France or anywhere in Europe. The international AEJ joins its colleagues in the association’s French section in expressing horror at this barbaric act against press freedom; as well as deep condolences to the relatives of the victims and solidarity with all the staff at Charlie Hebdo.

AEJ protests against new arrests of journalists in Turkey

The detention of several Turkish journalists within the frame of an operation against the so called “parallel state” operation is an attack on press freedom and is not acceptable. It should be stopped and detained journalists should be released.

AEJ Statement on the arrest of leading Azerbaijan journalist Khadija Ismailova

The AEJ expresses outrage at the arrest of Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismailova, who was sentenced to two month pre-trial detention on Friday.

Topical AEJ Media Freedom Report shows need for stronger political actions against anti-media attacks and impunity in Europe

The new AEJ Report outlines the most significant attacks on journalists and independent media in the six months since the previous Report of June 2014 , which chronicled and assessed developments since 2012. This Report points to the urgent need for states to remove oppressive legislation and administrative harassment related to defamation, anti-terrorism and security in Council of Europe member states.

AEJ joins Council of Europe Internet platform to highlight attacks on media

The Association of European Journalists and four other journalists’ and freedom of expression organisations are to become partners with the Council of Europe in setting up a new Internet platform which is to act as an alert and Early Warning System for all forms of attacks on the media.

AEJ General Assembly in Burgenland elected new International Board

After an AEJ Presidency of four years (2010-2014) Eileen Dunne (Ireland) stepped down. The AEJ General Assembly elected Otmar Lahodynsky (Austria) as her successor! Secretary-General Tibor Macak (Slovakia), Treasurer Luigi Cobisi (Italia) and the Vice-Presidents Saia Tsaousidou (Greece) and Javier F. Arribas (Spain) were re-elected.

Burgenland – 25 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain ....

The AEJ Congress in Neusiedl opened with an address by László Nagy, one of the organisers of the Pan European Picknick at Sopronpuszta near the Neusiedl Lake in August 1989 – a defining moment in the lead-up to the collapse of the Iron Curtain.

New challenges and Priorities for the EU – do we need a new Foreign and Security policy?

The session "New challenges and Priorities for the EU – do we need a new Foreign and Security policy?" during the The AEJ Congress in Neusiedl was dominated by the crisis in Ukraine. It was led off by Olexander Scherba , special ambassador to Ukraine’s foreign Minister

Austria's foreign minister Sebastian Kurz message on the occasion of AEJ's 2014 Congress

Your General Assembly provides me with an excellent opportunity to express my appreciation for your work. Because what you do is nothing less than an essential ingredient for the proper functioning of our democracies.

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