Thursday, April 20, 2017
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…
Saturday, April 15, 2017
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...
Monday, April 10, 2017
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.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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...
Thursday, March 16, 2017
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.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
A message from AEJ-president Otmar Lahodynsky after a fact-finding mission to Turkey
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
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.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
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.
Friday, February 03, 2017
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.
Thursday, February 02, 2017
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 .
Monday, January 09, 2017
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...
Thursday, December 22, 2016
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...
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
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.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
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.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
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-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.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
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.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
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.