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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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AEJ Italy 2015 Media Freedom Report: Investigations expose a ‘plague’ of intimidation and legal harassment

This year’s Media Freedom report on Italy is an eye-opener. Ossigeno per l’Informazione, a small Italian NGO, has uncovered a truly shocking picture of the Italian media working under routine threats of reprisals, mafia violence, and libel suits which can still land them in jail.

Corruption and the long arm of Moscow in eastern Europe: a former Financial Times correspondent writes from the AEJ Sibiu Congress

Taking part in this year’s AEJ annual conference in the ancient Saxon town of Sibiu, in the heart of Transylvania, revealed the value of an organisation which links journalists across the richest but arguably the most culturally and linguistically diverse of continents as it faces a series of internal and external crises.

Otmar Lahodynsky, Président AEJ-International: Après les attaques atroces des terroristes à Paris nos sentiments sont avec les familles de victimes et le peuple francais

Les terroristes visent aussi notre manière de vie et les valeurs de l'Europe comme tolérance et liberté de l'opinion

AEJ Turkey 2015 Report: Arrests, criminalisation of journalism and mass sackings spell ‘new low’ for press freedom

Conditions for all media have deteriorated sharply in Turkey in the past year. The governmental and judicial pressure on independent journalism has reached unprecedented levels.

AEJ Congress in Sibiu, Romania, debates politics and media roles in critical times for Europe

The AEJ Congress theme, “Europe in Turmoil- Reflections in Politics and Media” was timely, as Romania has been plunged into deep political uncertainty following the deadly fire at Bucharest's Colectiv club on 30 October which killed 41 people. Large-scale public vigils and protests against political corruption and mismanagement have taken place in dozens of Romanian towns and cities.

Corruption kills and a corrupt political class must go, Romanian politician tells AEJ Congress

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