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individual journalists through their membership of national sections. As an independent and self-funding association we promote critical journalism in the European integration process; and defend the freedom of information and freedom of the press in Europe. The AEJ offers journalists the chance to be part of our professional and social network."

Focus on Media Freedom

The AEJ is an official Observer in the Council of Europe's Media Steering Committee.

The AEJ’s Media Freedom Representative, William Horsley, with other media and NGO organisations, has called on Member States to fulfil their 2009 pledge to ensure that national anti-terrorism laws are not misused to block legitimate freedom of expression.

The AEJ welcomes the focus on media freedom in the Decision by Ministers’ Deputies, but questions the failure to adopt more far-reaching measures to counter attacks on journalists’ lives and work.

» Full report on the AEJ-EP Seminar on Media Freedom in the EU
» AEJ Media Freedom Representative: Proposals for EU Action
» Council of Europe 2012 Decision on Media Freedom
» AEJ finds media freedom crumbling across eastern Europe

Read more:
» AEJ MF Project
» AEJ MF Representative
» AEJ MF Surveys and Reports
» AEJ & the Council of Europe
» World Press Freedom Day

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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

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