AEJ joins Turkish opposition leader’s march for justice to Istanbul

AEJ Honorary Vice Chair and Turkey Representative L. Dogan Tılıç participated in the ‘march for justice’ of Turkey's main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

AEJ backs press freedom groups’ Turkey written statement to UN Human Rights Council

A written statement submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva ahead of its June session describes the continuing deterioration of freedom of expression and rule of law in Turkey, and calls for urgent remedies including the freeing of jailed journalists and ending the state of emergency. The formal statement is in the name of Reporters Without Borders, PEN International and four other human rights organisations

AEJ challenges Polish government claim of independence in revised public broadcasting system

  The AEJ has challenged the Polish government to apply ‘remedies’ for an ongoing threat to media freedom caused by the removal of legal guarantees of independence from the  management of the country’s public broadcasting system. The AEJ contests the argument advanced by Poland, that the government lacks any ‘influence over the shape of the public media.’ That assertion is contained in Poland’s written response, dated March 14 2017, to an earlier Alert on the Council of Europe’s online Platform for the Safety of Journalists…

  AEJ President calls election contest in France a wake-up call for Europe

 Otmar Lahodynsky, president of the AEJ, commented on the result of the presidential election in France: “The victory of Emmanuel Macron in France is a good sign for the future and viability of the European Union…

AEJ Greece links populist dangers and worsening threats to fact-based journalism: WPFD statement

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day and the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the Greek section of the Association of European Journalists expressed its deep concern for the rise of populism and transformation of truth which are growing more and more in Europe and elsewhere.

AEJ journalists mark World Press Freedom Day with rallies, statements and public debates

Leading press freedom organisations have all published reports showing a steep decline in press freedom and the protections given to journalists. To mark Press Freedom Day the AEJ staged and took part in advocacy events, protests and civil society gatherings across Europe, including in Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Romania, Turkey and the UK. Read more…

AEJ Romania puts spotlight on journalistic ethics and halting political pressures

AZIR, the Romanian Section of the AEJ, celebrated World Press Freedom Day with a debate about „Fake news in a post-truth era”.

World Press Freedom Day: AEJ Hungary protests at many-sided crackdown on press freedom

To mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May the Hungarian section of the AEJ has issued a statement protesting against the forced closure of Népszabadság, the law establishing partisan regulation of public media, and the ongoing threats to liberal institutions such as Central European University. These have pushed Hungary down to 44th place in the press freedom rankings of Freedom House...

World Press Freedom Day in Brussels: 'Technology and TRust' live event

The AEJ in Brussels is a partner in a lively day of debate marking World press Freedom Day on 3 May -- including a link with Edward Snowden and leading media speakers from around Europe.   ‘Difference Day 17’ is being live-streamed from Bozar in the Belgian capital via : full details via the site. The topical theme is ‘The challenge of building trust: Is technology there to save the media?..

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


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.

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 .

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...

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