"Across Europe, the AEJ brings together

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

Read more:
» AEJ MF Project
» AEJ MF Representative
» AEJ MF Surveys and Reports
» AEJ & the Council of Europe
» World Press Freedom Day

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AEJ News

New EU-policy towards Belarus

It was high time for the EU to distance itself from one of the last dictators in Europe. Lukashenko blinded many of the EU’s politicians with his critical stance towards Moscow. Comment by AEJ-President Otmar Lahodynsky in "New Europe"-magazine, Brussels

AEJ Bulgaria journalist awarded 2020 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for New York Times investigation

Boryana Dzambazova, a member of the management board of the Association of European Journalists–Bulgaria, is part of the New York Times team that won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for its investigation into the actions of the Russian secret services in Ukraine, Madagascar, Bulgaria, Syria, Libya, and the Central African Republic...

New action plan for European democracy

AEJ along with other international media and civil-society organizations demands an ambitious European Democracy Action Plan: Democracies in Europe have been faced with numerous challenges over the past decade, including increasing political polarisation, closing democratic space, increased mass surveillance, popular disillusionment with representative politics and democratic institutions, and increasingly assertive authoritarian global players. There is widespread recognition of the fact that democracy is under pressure across the world. This open letter was sent on September 15th to the Vice-President of the EU-Commission Vera Jourova

AEJ-Slovak section appalled by the acquittal of 2 main persons involved in the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak

Journalists in Slovakia will endeavour to continue monitoring the activities of the police and prosecutors in the case, which continues to traumatize the whole of Slovak society. They are also determined to continue exposing illegal activities and corruption.

AEJ condemns brutal police assault on a Bulgarian journalist covering anti-government protests

The Association of European Journalists condemns the violent assault by police officers on Bulgarian journalist Dimiter Kenarov during anti-government protests in Sofia on Wednesday. Kenarov, a freelance journalist and writer, was detained and beaten up by police late when tensions between protesters and police escalated...  

AEJ calls for strong, concerted international response against violent suppression of free media in Belarus