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
» AEJ MF Project
» AEJ MF Representative
» AEJ MF Surveys and Reports
» AEJ & the Council of Europe
» World Press Freedom Day
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Friday, April 29, 2016
Meanwhile, the Media Freedom Group of the Civil Society Forum of the EU’s Eastern Partnership, made up of civil society groups of the 6 Eastern Partnership states and the member states of the EU, has issued the following Statement, calling for an end to the prosecution of the Meydan TV journalists, the release of all the journalists being held in jail in Azerbaijan on politically-motivated charges in jail including Khadika Ismailova, who has been awarded the 2016UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The written statement came following the last incident on Monday, the ban of a U.S. journalist David Lepeska’s entry to Turkey. Seeveral other foreign reporters were banned and deported in the last week.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
AEJ welcomes landmark Europe-wide Guidelines to protect journalism and calls for ‘vigorous implementation’
The Recommendation, which has the force of ‘soft law’ that may be taken into account in rulings by the European Court of Human Rights, calls on states to embark on wide-ranging reviews and revisions of ‘laws and practices’ to ensure that the actions of governments and police include safeguards so that journalists can do their work without fear. It also urges aggravated penalties for public officials who stand in the way of investigations into attacks against journalists, including killings.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
EU must use financial and political weight sto reverse drastic media crackdown in Turkey, press freedom groups demand
The AEJ is among nine European and international press freedom and journalists’ organisations which on Wednesday sent a strongly-worded joint letter to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, calling for the EU to exert maximum pressure on Turkey to reverse its extraordinary crackdown on the media at the forthcoming meeting of EU leaders with the Turkish prime minister on Friday 19 March. The letter, bearing the signatures of representatives of Index on Censorship www.indexoncensorship.org, Article 19, Association of European Journalists, Committee to Protect Journalists, English PEN, European Federation of Journalists, International Press Institute, PEN International and Reporters Without Borders, has also been sent to other top representative of European Union institutions.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
On 11 March the AEJ's statement of protest against the seizure of Zaman newspaper in Turkey was handed in person to EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn.
EU-Commissioner Hahn, AEJ-Pres. Lahodynsky
Thursday, March 10, 2016