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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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Press freedom groups condemn Turkish actions against Kurdish newspaper, call for release of arrested staff

International press freedom groups have issued a strong statement condemning the seizure of Ozgurlukcu Demokrasi newspaper and the mass arrest of its staff in the latest sweeping measures by the Turkish authorities to silence opposition voices and repress the Kurdish language and culture. The AEJ adds its voice to those of the International Press Institute, PEN International, Index on Censorship and others which call on leading European media to publicly challenge Turkey’s unrestrained attempt to stifle freedom of the press...

European Court rules Turkey in violation: free expression groups call for immediate release of two veteran journalists

Following the March 20 Strasbourg court ruling on the cases of journalist Mehmet Altan and Sahin Alpay, a coalition of international freedom of expression organisations has called for the immediate release of the two men who were jailed following a failed coup attempt in Turkey in 2016. The court declared that the imposition of a state of emergency since that time ’must not serve as a pretext for limiting political debate’...

’Accreditations’ for jailed Turkish journalists issued for EU-Turkey Summit

The Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria (AEJ-Bulgaria) issued symbolic accreditation badges for 95 absent Turkish journalists for the EU-Turkey Leader’s Meeting in Varna, Bulgaria, set for March 26. These 95 Turkish colleagues will not be able to attend the meeting and to do their job to ask questions and to hold the politicians accountable for their commitments, because they have been put behind bars...

Fake news undermines democratic freedoms: the AEJ’s road-map for the right responses

The Association of European Journalists has taken a stand on countering the phenomenon of "fake news". This position is the result of consultation with all 20 national sections, and the process is coordinated by Irina Nedeva, chair of the AEJ’s Bulgarian section.  The International AEJ took part in the public consultation opened by the European Commission on Fake news and submits the analysis and proposals below...

Statement by the AEJ Slovak Section about the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee

The Slovak Section of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) is deeply perturbed by the cold-blooded murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee in their house in the town of Velka Maca, east of Bratislava. This heinous crime was committed while Kuciak was pursuing investigative work to expose crimes of persons linked not only to the underworld but also to the political elite of the country....

European journalists and civil society groups share strategies to ‘Free European Media’ in Gdansk

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