The Association of European Journalists was a co-organiser of the MEDIADEM conference on Media Freedom and independence: Trends and Challenges in Europe held in Brussels on 7 February.
Mediadem researchers presented their findings and proposals to the EU and the Council of Europe for strengthening media freedom and ethics including stricter media self-regulation. AEJ Representative in Brussels Peter Kramer chaired one session and AEJ Media Freedom Representative William Horsley spoke about acute pressures reported by the Association’s members and called on the EU to act on journalists’ need for protection from political and commercial interference.
Other AEJ participants were President Eileen Dunne, Secretary-General Tibor Macak, Jozsef Horvat from Hungary and John Boyd from Slovakia. The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy((ELIAMEP) and the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) were also co-organisers of the conference, which was hosted by the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union.
Read Mediadem’s account of the conference and see links to the results of Mediadem’s three-year long research project here.