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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

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

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Well-known Turkish journalist attacked outside his house; journalists protest against escalating violence

Ahmet Hakan, a popular Turkish TV journalist and columnist, was attacked and beaten by a group of attackers in front of his house when he returned home late at night after the transmission of his regular TV program. He was hospitalized early on Wednesday morning with a broken nose and rib.

AEJ expressesits solidarity with Turkish daily Hurriyet which was twice attacked in 48 hours

Visiting the Ankara office of the newspaperon Wednesdayin the name of Turkey’s G-9 Journalists Associations Platform and the AEJ, Dogan Tilic said:“The attack against Hurriyet and the statements made by an MP who took a leading part in that assault are unacceptable in any democracy”, and that AEJ stood in international solidarity with the paper.

AEJ condemns unjust verdict against Khadiya Ismayilova in ‘fabricated’ case

The AEJ, Article 19, the European Federation of Journalists, International Federation of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders have together denounced the verdict and prison sentence against Khadiya Ismayilova as based on fabricated evidence and legally unsound. We call for the verdict to be reversed, for the case against Ismayilova to be dismissed, and for her immediate and unconditional release.

Turkey’s attempts to silence critical media are widely condemned

Pre-election police raids on Turkish opposition media; arrests of a VICE News TV team in the Kurdish south-east; and fears of more repressive actions to come.

Turkish journalists ‘will go to court’ to challenge changes in press card system

Аn abrupt change in the regulations about who is able to carry a press card in Turkey triggered strong reaction from the country’s professional journalists’ organizations.

AEJ presents blueprint for protection of journalists under international law

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