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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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.
Friday, May 10, 2013
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
Around Europe, the AEJ rallies support for media freedom and independence on World Press Freedom Day
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