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Europe-wide Survey reveals widespread intimidation of journalists in East and West

The Council of Europe today published the results of the first large-scale survey of journalists across Europe. More than two-thirds of the 940 journalists taking part said they had experienced physical assaults, intimidation or harassment on account of their work in the past three years. The AEJ calls the survey a ‘wake-up call’ to national governments in Europe to review their laws and practices to better protect press freedom. The increasingly hostile working conditions for journalists reflects dangerously repressive tendencies and a shrinking of the space for free speech and the proper scrutiny of state power…

AEJ comments on severely one-sided conditions for voting in Sunday’s referendum in Turkey

 On the eve of the national referendum in Turkey on constitutional change, the Association of European Journalists draws attention to significant flaws in the conduct of the referendum vote, as detailed by the Council of Europe and referendum observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe...

Hungarian protests grow against ‘anti-liberal’ laws and closure threat to Central European University

AEJ members in Budapest attended Sunday’s mass demonstration outside the Hungarian parliament. Tens of thousands of protestors rallied to protest against a new law which was rushed through parliament last week by the Fidesz-led government of Viktor Orban.

AEJ plugs into many voices from the European Parliament on Brexit and Future of Europe

A chorus of discordant voices rang out in the European Parliament in Brussels as AEJ journalists met with MEPS from all parts of Europe and all political groups for 2 days of lively debates in the run-up to the UK’s delivery of its ‘Brexit letter’ on Wednesday. The event took place as the EU sailed into unknown territory beyond its 60th birthday and the UK prepared its own lifeboat to disembark from the mother ship...

Joint statement from seventy organisations at UN meeting urges global pressure to restore press freedom in Turkey

The AEJ joined Article 19, PEN International and many other press freedom organisations from around the world in delivering a joint statement delivered at the current UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva. The Joint Oral Statement on the Deterioration of Freedom of Expression and Media Freedom in Turkey asked the international community to urge Turkey to end its emergency law limits on free speech before the April 16 referendum vote about sweeping changes to the Turkish constitution. The Joint Statement lists 68 signatories and three more organisations – Cambodian Center for Human Rights, Freedom Forum and Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance – later added signatures to make a total of 71 organisations’ names backing this urgent appeal.

AEJ-President on media-situation in Turkey after fact-finding-mission: FREE JAILED TURKISH JOURNALISTS

A message from AEJ-president Otmar Lahodynsky after a fact-finding mission to Turkey

DECLARATION OF JOINT INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY PRESS FREEDOM MISSION TO TURKEY

Following an international press freedom mission to Turkey on 27 February to 2 March 2017, the undersigned participants, representing six international free expression watchdog organisations, express severe concern about media freedom and respect for human rights and warn that the country’s democracy is under threat.

Freedom of expression and journalists’ organisations want OSCE states to show commitment to the Media Freedom Representative’s Office

On 16 February eight leading organisations including the EFJ/IFJ, Reporters Without Borders and Association of European Journalists sent a joint letter of appeal to the decision-making Permanent Council of the OSCE.

Freedom of expression and journalists’ organisations want OSCE states to show commitment to the Media Freedom Representative’s Office

On 16 February eight leading organisations including the EFJ/IFJ, Reporters Without Borders and Association of European Journalists sent a joint letter of appeal to the decision-making Permanent Council of the OSCE.

International campaign grows against ‘dictatorship’ threat to Turkish journalists and free expression

Reporters Without Borders today appealed to EU leaders to do all in their power to rescue journalism in Turkey, where over 100 journalists have been jailed as suspected terrorists and over 700 press cards have been rescinded. Exiled Turkish newspaper editor Can Dundar warns that the coming referendum on changing the Turkish constitution could lead to the country becoming a dictatorship.  

The British parliament’s ‘long and windy road’ towards Brexit: the story so far

The UK government has passed its important first hurdle on the way to triggering Article 50 – the notification of the UK’s intention to leave the EU – which may happen in the first half of March. But the splits and tensions within both the main parties in parliament – Conservatives and Labour -- point to more political battles ahead as the prospect of actual negotiations approaches. This account of the story so far was published on the AEJ UK Section’s website www.aej-uk.org .

Armenian investigation of attacks on journalists brings convictions; demands for police role to be investigated

The Association of European Journalists welcomes the Armenian government’s acknowledgement of police ‘blunders’ in their treatment of journalists injured on the night of 29 July 2016 during a police operation to clear the area around a police station in Yerevan that was the site of a violent siege and hostage-taking incident. But a lawyer for victims of the street violence strongly contests the authorities’ claim that no police officer was engaged in the actions directed against journalists. Dozens of injuries were caused by the use of police stun grenades among a crowd of protestors...

In Poland, media freedom fears persist as new plans restricting journalists’ access to parliament to be unveiled in January

Poland’s governing Law and Justice party appears to be intent on pressing ahead with a modified set of restrictions on access for print and electronic media journalists to parliament, despite concerted protests by opposition politicians, media leaders and pro-democracy demonstrators which have continued since December 15. Initial plans which were presented on December 14 sought to place new restrictions on what until now has been free access for journalists to plenary and committee meetings as well as to individual members of parliament in Parliament’s corridors and restaurants...

Speeches and reports from the AEJ Congress in Kilkenny, Ireland

Ireland’s foreign minister Charles O’Flanagan, European Parliament vice-president Mairead McGuinness and Richard Pym, chairman of AEI Bank were among the prominent guest speakers at the annual AEJ Congress at Kilkenny on 5 November. The dual theme of the Congress was “1916-2016: The changing face of Europe and its media” and “Brexit: its implications for Europe”. The debates and resolutions were reported by media around Europe in several languages.

After verbal attacks on journalists: AEJ calls on Prime Minister Robert Fico to apologise for his comments

The Slovak Section of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) is highly disturbed at the statements of Prime Minister Robert Fico targeted at journalists, which he retorted at the press conference held on 23.11.2016. This verbal attack by the Prime Minister not only went beyond all bounds of decency, but also represents a dangerous precedent for continued denigration of the work of journalists in public, which could pose a threat to freedom of expression and of the press in Slovakia.

AEJ calls on Prime Minister Robert Fico to apologise for abusive slur against journalists

The Slovak Section of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) is highly disturbed at the statements of Prime Minister Robert Fico targeted at journalists, which he uttered at a press conference held on 23 November.

AEJ report: Bulgarian media blighted by false news, censorship and political manipulation

AEJ-Bulgaria’s newest survey among the country’s journalists finds a widespread ‘chilling effect’ on their work from targeted smear campaigns, false accusations and other unethical practices. The government, it finds, bears a heavy responsibility for failing sufficiently to protect journalism from political manipulation, conflicts of interest and the allocation of lucrative contracts to media that lack professionalism and serve the partisan interests of those in power.

AEJ condemns exclusion of journalists at a congress of German AfD-party (text in German))

Die Vereinigung Europäischer Journalisten (AEJ) sieht im Ausschluss von Medienvertretern beim jüngsten Landesparteitag der „Alternative für Deutschland“ (AfD) in Kehl/Baden-Württemberg am 19. November einen Verstoß gegen die Pressefreiheit.

AEJ Congress debates Brexit and media in a ‘post-truth’ world

The AEJ’s Congress in Kilkenny in south-eastern Ireland on 4 -6 November debated Brexit and the rise of demagoguery, the threat to journalism in a brave new media world, and talk of a so-called ‘post-truth era’, under the overall theme of ‘The changing face of Europe and its media’. William Horsley, AEJ Vice President and Media Freedom Representative, gives this account of the highly-charged discussions.

AEJ expresses solidarity with Turkish daily Cumhuriyet and its jailed journalists

AEJ Honorary Vice President L. Dogan Tılıç visited the Ankara Bureau of Cumhuriyet daily on Monday to express the AEJ's solidarity with the newspapers and its 9 jailed journalists in a meeting with Erdem Gül, the Ankara representative of the newspaper.

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