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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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Book of interviews with “journalists at risk” reveals harsh reality of the assault on press freedom in Europe

A book just published by the Council of Europe provides remarkable insights from 20 ‘journalists at risk’ about the growing dangers they face for reporting on crime and corruption, and publicises their appeals for more effective protection from threats of violence, harassment and even jail on account of their  work. ‘A Mission to inform: Journalists at risk speak out’ came out in mid-October just before the third anniversary of the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017. The book is co-authored by AEJ media freedom representative William Horsley and Dr Marilyn Clark of the University of Malta…

Top lawyers’ panel to launch an Investigative Task Force to speed up justice for killed and attacked journalists

The AEJ has formally endorsed an authoritative report launched on Wednesday by an independent High Level Legal Panel supporting the Global Media Freedom Coalition that is now made up of some 40 UN member states. The report calls for creation of a new International Investigative Task Force to ensure effective investigations into violent attacks and abuses against journalists…

AEJ backs top international lawyers’ panel on ‘safe refuge’ for persecuted journalists worldwide

The AEJ today joined organisations across the world which endorse a far-reaching Report on Providing safe refuge to journalists at risk published by an  international Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom. If implemented, the Report’s recommendations could enable hundreds journalists who face persecution in their own countries to obtain safe refuge elsewhere….

Media organisations demand full investigation of alleged bid to bribe a journalist in Malta

Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners and freedom of expression organisations are concerned about the alleged attempt to bribe a journalist by a member of Yorgen Fenech’s legal team. We call on the Maltese authorities and Chamber of Advocates to ensure the matter is thoroughly and impartially investigated…   

Leading human rights lawyer says “concrete changes” needed to reverse setbacks for media freedom worldwide

A member of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom says “concrete changes” in the actions of states are needed to reverse a marked decline in media freedom standards worldwide. Human rights lawyer Can Yeginsu spoke at a virtual meeting of AEJ members and other journalists hosted by the Association’s UK Section...

Council of Europe Journalists’ Platform organisations’ statement of concern for safety of journalists in Nagorno Karabakh