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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 News

Stop Turkey’s ‘relentless’ judicial harassment against free expression champions

The AEJ and other journalists’ and press freedom organisations have publicly condemned the Turkish authorities’ three-year long judicial harassment of the RSF representative in Turkey, Erol Onderoglu, and two other press freedom defenders who are due to appear in court on 15 April... 

AEJ Statement on the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Market

We support the intention of the draft to oblige giant internet platforms and news aggregators to pay content creators. But we are concerned that the draft directive will impact not only large online platforms and news aggregators like Google’s YouTube, Google News or Facebook, but also small start-up media, independent journalists and bloggers....

Protest statement denounces Turkey’s expulsion of foreign journalists

After two German journalists were expelled from Turkey International freedom of expression organisations have urged the authorities to revoke the decisions, stop the expulsion and threats to foreign journalists and renew press cards to foreign media outlets....  

AEJ condemns Ukraine‘s entry ban for Austrian journalist

Austrian Radio and TV-correspondent Christian Wehrschuetz was refused permission to enter Ukraine for reporting purposes on March 7th. The ban was described as unacceptable by Austria’s foreign minister. The Ukrainian security service SBU accused  Wehrschutz of illegally entering the Crimean peninsula and of „anti-Ukrainian propaganda“, but Wehrschuetz has disputed both claims...

Slovakia: Dubcek-son announced candidacy for European elections

AEJ and other media organizations in a common event ask for more pressure of EU-institutions to find real culprits of murders of journalists Jan Kuciak and Daphne Galicia Caruana


Debate in Vienna: Fred Turnheim (OJC), Pavol Dubcek, Tibor Macak (AEJ) and Rubina Mohring (RwB)

Call for justice and accountability of state authorities on the anniversary of the murder of Jan Kuciak