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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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Montenegro journalist shot and wounded: “How long must we live in fear of such cowards?”, editor asks

Crime and corruption reporter  Olivera Lakic was injured in a gun attack in Montenegro earlier this month. A graphic cartoon, the bare facts, and outcry for effective investigation to bring those responsible to justice...

Press freedom campaigns and unjust prosecutions of journalists’ put spotlight on Turkey’s breach of international obligations

Reporters Without Borders challenges the UK prime minister to hold Turkey to its democratic obligations as protests mark President Erdogan’s London visit; AEJ reports and commentaries set out the mountain of evidence showing that Turkey is trampling on press freedom and in systematic violation of the rule of law by jailing journalists and silencing opposition voices…

AEJ journalists mark World Press Freedom Day across Europe: the intensifying struggle to save independent media

World Press Freedom Day this year saw anti-media violence during Armenia’s popular uprising against a repressive government; new actions to silence independent journalism in Hungary and Turkey, and multiple protests against the murder of two journalists in the past year in Malta and Slovakia and ‘vicious ties’ between some governments and criminal elements.  

Out of Africa: The winning ways of the enemies of press freedom

AEJ Vice President William Horsley writes from Accra, Ghana about the massive 2018 World Press Freedom Day gathering there. It revealed the advances and setbacks for press freedom in Africa and worldwide 27 years after the Windhoek Declaration of May 1991, when African journalists first raised their voices to demand media freedom, independence and plurality and an end to violence and political interference in journalists’ work. That event in Namibia led to the creation of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, which this year was again marked by commemorations and events in Europe and beyond...  

Joint Statement denounces verdicts handed down at Cumhuriyet trial

Thirty international press freedom organisations condemn the guilty verdicts against Cumhuriyet journalists in Turkey’s latest ‘political’ show trial of professional journalists. In a joint statement the organisations, including PEN International, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom and the AEJ, protest that no credible evidence was presented at the trial, yet 14 executives and journalists of the newspaper were sentenced to prison terms for ‘terrorism-related activities’...  

Multiple murders of journalists in East and West ignored by 53 Commonwealth leaders at summit in London


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