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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

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 protests against the destruction of Hungary’s independent "Index" news portal

The AEJ and its national section in Hungary express support and solidarity with Mr. Szabolcs Dull, who was dismissed last week as the editor-in-chief of Index, and with all the journalists working for Index who resigned their jobs after accusing the government of seeking to destroy the media outlet through political interference. Index has been known as Hungary’s top independent news website. The sudden sacking of its editor came after allies of prime minister Viktor Orban took a controlling interest in the ownership of the online news outlet...

Prominent German correspondent sentenced in Turkey

Former correspondent for German daily "Die Welt", Denis Yucel, was sentenced by Turkish court to 2 years, nine months imprisonment for "terrorist propaganda". It overruled an earlier judgement by the Turkish Constitutional Court.

1000 days mark shocking landmark following the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

The AEJ has joined a renewed and urgent call for justice as the shocking landmark of 1000 days approaches since the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. In recent weeks more revelations of state corruption and impunity related to the murder case have continued to emerge....

Germany’s EU-Presidency: AEJ-President’s comment

Merkel takes over the EU Presidency – her second time at helm after 2007 – at a very critical time for the European Union. The COVID-19 pandemic has plunged the EU into its worst recession in the bloc’s history. All EU countries – especially Italy, Spain, France, and Portugal – have been badly hit and are now hoping for solidarity aid for the post-pandemic reconstruction.

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Free expression organisations call for release of Julian Assange from jail

RSF and AEJ are among over 40 press freedom and human rights groups which co-signed a joint letter to the UK Justice Minister. It calls for Julian Assange to be freed from custody and for the UK government to block America’s bid for his extradition and likely life sentence for publishing Iraq “war logs” and other classified information in the public interest….

AEJ expresses urgent concerns about  threat of prison term against Bulgarian media owner for voicing ‘opinions’