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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

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» AEJ MF Surveys and Reports
» AEJ & the Council of Europe
» World Press Freedom Day

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SPOOKS BEWARE FACEBOOK – IT’S NOT ALL THAT SECRET

The temptation to boast of shadowy – sometimes bloody - triumphs must sometimes become unbearable for secret service agents. For the twilight heroes from Communist Vietnam who kidnapped an exile in Berlin, flew him back to Hanoi, and got him locked up for life, the lure of Facebook fame evidently became too much. So here they are, 12 proud Vietnamese 007s in freshly-pressed white uniforms being awarded medals and diplomas for “building socialism and defending the homeland” by the Vietnamese president at a lavish ceremony in Hanoi. The photo is now familiar around the world (though quickly erased from Facebook) thanks to the work of Tibor Macak, recently-arrived in Berlin as Slovak TV and radio correspondent. Macak scooped the German media, actually everyone, with this latest development in the dark tale of the kidnapping and abduction of a now 54-year-old runaway oil executive Trinh Xuan Than, accused of corruption allegedly involving millions of dollars. 


Launch of 15th Louise Weiss Prize for European Journalism

The French Section of the AEJ is pleased to announce the launch of the 15th edition of the Louise Weiss Prize, supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Hippocrene Foundation. Did you produce journalism relating to European affairs and Europe in general between January 1 and December 31, 2020? The French Section of the AEJ would be delighted to count you among their candidates. Created in 2005, this prize is for journalists working on European subjects in French in the most systematic, educational, and original way, whatever the medium (written, audio, video, web). A jury made up of journalists experienced in dealing with European and international issues will award three categories of prizes: Report prize: 1500 euros “Decoding”prize: 1500 euro (investigations,profiles, interviews, dossiers) Young journalist’s prize (intended for under 25s, school students, and interns): 1000 euros

AEJ condemns ‘targeted’ assault on leading Kosovo investigative journalist

The AEJ and international press freedom groups have expressed shock and alarm after Wednesday’s vicious assault on investigative journalist Visar Duriqi in Kosovo. He was hospitalised with serious head and face injuries after a late-night ambush by several assailants outside his home. Duriqi had just made a TV appearance in which he accused public officials of corruption and abuse of their positions...

Press freedom groups urge European Commission to act fast against Hungarian media market distortions

Sixteen media and NGO organisations today wrote to EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager urging her to swiftly address concerns over media market distortions in Hungary. The coalition of press freedom organisations is led by IPI and includes the AEJ. It warns that the EU’s inaction and delays are empowering copycat tactics in Poland. The letter points to a continuing deterioration of media pluralism in Central Europe and renews earlier calls to Executive Vice-President Vestager to open a formal investigation into pending state aid complaints without delay...

“HALF-GOOD” NEWS ON ARRESTS FOR DAPHNE MURDER

The arrest of – supposedly – the rest of the gang who killed the famous Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017 was “half-good news”, AEJ President Saia Tsaousidou said today. “But not more than that.” Daphne Caruana Galizia’s blog on political corruption on the island earned her a reputation as a one-woman WikiLeaks. Her murder with a car bomb near her home in 2017 mired Malta’s ruling Labour party in political scandal. Prime minister Joseph Muscat resigned in 2019 over allegations that members of his administration had tried to sabotage the police investigation. Daphne’s son Matthew, who addressed the AEJ conference in Paris in December 2019 , told the AEJ today “What has happened is a step from no to partial justice. The homicide squad has done a good job, but there are severe problems with Malta’s capacity to fight corruption.”


“NEW FOCUS ON EU, MORE REAL JOURNALISM” - NEW AEJ PRESIDENT