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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

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» 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 joins call by news and journalists’ groups for US government not to curtail its visa regime for foreign journalists

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has won support from 24 global media organisations including the AEJ for today’s public appeal to the US Department of Homeland Security to drop plans to shorten visa lengths for foreign journalists. The joint statement says the proposed changes would put media freedom at risk and jeopardise the work of foreign media to provide accurate, unbiased news reporting for global audiences from the USA…

French professor died in defence of European values

The brutal murder of French teacher Samuel Paty was an attack on freedom of expression and a secular state like the terrorist attack on the magazine "Charlie Hebdo" almost six years ago. AEJ-President Otmar Lahodynsky (foto) expresses his solidarity with current protests in France: "The authors of a "fatwa" against the teacher - among them a radical islamic preacher- have to be brought to justice. Such hate speech has to banned from social media. Sharia is not compatible with the rule of law in the EU. We have to defend our European values in defence of which Samuel Paty was murdered. The EU-directive on digital services has to be passed quickly."

Otmar Lahodynsky - foto by Ralph Manfreda

Three years after her assassination still no justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia

On 16 October 2017 journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in Malta. Today the AEJ adds our voice to those of international free expression, anti-corruption, civil society, and journalists’ organisations everywhere which demand justice over her appalling murder exactly three years ago Obstructions and delays have marked the actions of the Maltese authorities throughout this time. Impunity is completely unacceptable in a member state of the Council of Europe and the European Union...

  Last interview with Daphne Caruana Galizia published on third anniversary of her death

In tribute to Daphne Caruana Galizia and to raise awareness about the dangers faced by journalists in exercising their profession, the Council of Europe has today published the last interview the Maltese investigative journalist gave before her assassination three years ago to the day. The full-length interview is edited by William Horsley, the media freedom representative of the AEJ, and Dr Marilyn Clark of the University of Malta. Simultaneoulsy the Council of Europe published an in-depth study of the actual threats and hostile environments faced by independent journalists in Europe, entitled "A Mission to Inform: Journalists at Risk Speak Out”...

Press freedom mission in Turkey says state capture of media has choked press freedom

Following a hybrid online and in-country mission to Turkey, an 11-organisation coalition of press freedom groups including the AEJ has published its conclusions. They say that state capture or interference in key sectors and institutions, including news media and regulatory bodies, has “choked” press freedom…  

AEJ issues highly critical Annual Survey of growing dangers to media freedom in Bulgaria