"Across Europe, the AEJ brings together

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

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

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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.

The new AEJ president is Otmar Lahodynsky

Since 1999 European editor for Austrian political weekly „profil“.

AEJ Resolution on the safety of journalists and the dangers of impunity

The annual General Assembly of the European Association Journalists (AEJ) meeting in Burgenland, Austria, condemns as unacceptable the high number of violent attacks against journalists, acts of arbitrary harassment and interference, and other attacks against media freedom and freedom of expression in European countries, including Azerbaijan, Belarus, Turkey and Russia.

Journalists under fire in Europe: 2014 AEJ Congress exposes attacks, threats and forced self-censorship

At the AEJ’s 2014 Congress on 17 October members of the Association of European Journalists from across Europe met in Burgenland, Austria to discuss topical reports detailing violence, harassment and interference with the work of journalists from colleagues in Armenia, Bulgaria, the countries of the EU’s Eastern Partnership, Hungary, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.

Tributes and urgent calls for justice on the anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder

The AEJ joins Amnesty International and other organisations in calling urgently on the Russian authorities to effectively investigate Anna Politkovskaya’s murder, bring all the killers to justice including the masterminds, remove the existing oppressive and undemocratic barriers to reporters in Russia, and ensure safe working conditions for journalists and media workers in Russia.

AEJ Congress and General Assembly, Neusiedl, Austria, 16-19 November


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