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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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Former top UK official sees mistakes on both sides in Brexit negotiations and warns of ‘precipice’ in future relations

Lord (John) Kerr of KInlochard, the author of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty by which the UK intends to leave the EU, spoke at a meeting with AEJ journalists in London and sharply criticised mistakes by the UK and the EU as the negotiations in Brussels have become mired in disagreements. Kerr warned of a ‘precipice’ in relations if the talks end without agreement. He also said it would still be possible for the UK to revoke Article 50 if the country’s ‘intent’ to leave the Union changes before Brexit actually happens. William Horsleysummarises Lord Kerr’s 6-point critique of the course of Brexit so far…

AEJ Hungarian Section protests against the drastic erosion of media pluralism

The AEJ Hungarian section has issued a strong protest against the bid by an enterprise with close links to prime minister Viktor Orban to buy two regional newspapers. If approved, the takeover would mean that all of the country’s regional newspapers, as well as public TV and radio and a large segment of the national media, are subject to influence from forces allied to the prime minister. AEJ Hungary calls for a stop to this drastic erosion of media pluralism in Hungary... Read more

Association of European Journalists refutes “groundless smears” by Bulgarian MEP

The Association of European Journalists (AEJ) rejects the groundless allegations and a threat of legal action against AEJ-Bulgaria, the association’s Bulgarian section, made by Nikolay Barekov, a member of the European parliament. We demand that Mr Barekov should refrain from using gratuitously insulting language about AEJ-Bulgaria and withdraw his completely unfounded claim that AEJ-Bulgaria sought to serve the interests of his opponents

Ukrainian Journalists’ Union under attack

AEJ with its Ukrainian section condemns this intimidation and all kinds of political pressure on a journalists`union.

Greek Foreign Minister acts to shut down Athens Review of Books

On 24 July the Greek Foreign Minister Mr Nikos Kotzias took action to freeze the bank accounts of the publisher of the monthly Athens Review of Books (ARB) and impound the proceeds of the sales from its distribution company. The AEJ Greek section condemned the actions as unacceptable and issued the following press release:-

AEJ French Section protests after Polish state TV pressures Brussels-based journalist over critical question

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