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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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The Impact of Brexit on Scotland: The AEJ hears three contrasting views from north of the border

The increasingly hot-tempered and bitter public debate about Brexit in the UK is having important knock-on effects on Scotland and Northern Ireland, the two constituent parts of the UK which voted convincingly to Remain in the EU in the 2016 referendum. AEJ members visited the Scottish Parliament for a lively debate among three MSPs representing the Scottish National Party (’Westminster is broken and Scotland now demands its independence’’), the Conservative Party in Scotland (’The Brexit referendum must be honoured and Scotland’s interests are still best served inside the UK’) and the Scottish Labour party (’Scotland will be especially hard hit by Brexit but should have extra devolved powers, not independence’)...

AEJ UK Meeting: Understanding the state of play on Brexit

Journalists, like everyone else, get confused by the complexity and political posturing involved in the long drawn out Brexit negotiations. So the AEJ UK section invited a top professor of EU Law to explain the consequences of the various options facing the UK government just one month before the scheduled date of Brexit:a no-deal or ’hard’ Brexit? Another extension? A referendum? Will the agony ever end? Professor Catherine Barnard provided the best available answers ...

   Sombre reflections on thirty years after the historic opening of the Hungarian-Austrian border

1989 was a "miraculous year" of transformations in Central Europe. Thirty years later Viktor Orban’s "illiberal democracy" uses demogoguery to stoke ethnic nationalism and win elections; Jozsef Horvath, president of the AEJ Hungarian section, says the time (as Shakespeare said) is out of joint......

AEJ co-signs Open Letter for upgraded efforts to protect media freedom to new Council of Europe Secretary-General

Upgraded measures to stop the criminalisation and demonisation of journalists, counter the toxic atmosphere of hostility to the media, and stamp out impunity: those are among the core demands of an Open Letter signed by the AEJ and more than 20 other journalistic and freedom of expression organisations which was today sent to the incoming Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejcinovic Buric. The letter highlights the demand by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for an independent, effective and urgent Public Inquiry into the unsolved murder in Malta of Daphne Caruana Galizia almost two years ago....   

Bulgarian journalists unite behind the #NoPornJournalism campaign; AEJ Bulgaria makes a Declaration for ethical journalism 

More than one hundred Bulgarian journalists and leading media outlets have called on local politicians to cease legitimizing the yellow press that pours praise on those in power and harms all who criticize them while receiving financial incentives to do so. Over the years there have been hundreds of lawsuits filed and won by journalists and public figures against such media outlets... 

How Poland’s public service TV was turned into a government mouthpiece