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AEJ Statement on the draft media law proposed by the Albanian government

The Association of European Journalists’ Albanian section expresses its urgent concern that the proposed new law on online media registration is a “direct attack” on the freedom of online media. We join the statements of 15 other associations and that of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media that this draft has serious defects that directly affect the freedom of online media. The so called anti-fake news draft...

AEJ ’Appel de Paris’ criticises EU inaction to protect journalists’ safety and media freedom

A public appeal by the AEJ and four other journalists’ and media freedom organisations was made at the association’s annual Congress, meeting at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris on Friday, The ’Appel de Paris’ strongly criticised the lack until now of effective actions by the EU to protect journalists’ safety and media freedom especially at times of elections, and called on the relevant European institutions to take a series of urgent steps to remedy the ongoing assault against the essential work of the media that is threatened by over 640 recorded press freedom alerts registered on the Council of Europe’s Platform for journalists’ safety since 2015. The co-authors of the ’Appel’ -- the AEJ, EFJ, RSF and ECPMF,-- are all partners to the Platform, which was started less than five years ago. The South East Europe Media Organisation, SEEMO, also put its name to the ’Appel de Paris’...

Polish Public Broadcasting in the Eye of the Storm

Krzysztof Bobinski of AEJ Poland and the Society of Journalists contributed this analysis of the risks to Polish democracy and to free and fair election processes arising from the ’capture’ of Polish Public Broadcasting by the ruling Law and Justice party to the AEJ’s conference on media freedom held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 6 December...   Contribution to AEJ media freedom conference Panel on ‘Public audiovisual media facing new threats’ in Paris, December 6 2019   By Krzysztof Bobinski, AEJ Poland, Society of Journalists

AEJ marks International Day against Impunity with joint call for justice to be done without delay

To mark International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the AEJ and ten other partner organisations of the Council of Europe Platform to Promote the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists are calling on European governments to take urgent action to ensure that crimes against journalists are no longer carried out with impunity; and that all the perpetrators are made to face effective justice. Too little has been done since last February when, in the 2019 Annual Report of the Platform partners, they expressed public alarm that “a climate of impunity has started to take hold in parts of Europe”...

Peter Handke, Austrian writer, was awarded the Nobel prize for literature

The award of this year’s nobel prize for literature to Peter Handke caused a lot of criticism around the world. He wrote six books about the war in former Yugoslavia which include a lot of praise for Serbian war-criminals. He also attacked journalists as "war dogs" and recently attacked journalism as such.


The Impact of Brexit on Scotland: The AEJ hears three contrasting views from north of the border

The increasingly hot-tempered and bitter public debate about Brexit in the UK is having important knock-on effects on Scotland and Northern Ireland, the two constituent parts of the UK which voted convincingly to Remain in the EU in the 2016 referendum. AEJ members visited the Scottish Parliament for a lively debate among three MSPs representing the Scottish National Party (’Westminster is broken and Scotland now demands its independence’’), the Conservative Party in Scotland (’The Brexit referendum must be honoured and Scotland’s interests are still best served inside the UK’) and the Scottish Labour party (’Scotland will be especially hard hit by Brexit but should have extra devolved powers, not independence’)...

AEJ UK Meeting: Understanding the state of play on Brexit

Journalists, like everyone else, get confused by the complexity and political posturing involved in the long drawn out Brexit negotiations. So the AEJ UK section invited a top professor of EU Law to explain the consequences of the various options facing the UK government just one month before the scheduled date of Brexit:a no-deal or ’hard’ Brexit? Another extension? A referendum? Will the agony ever end? Professor Catherine Barnard provided the best available answers ...

   Sombre reflections on thirty years after the historic opening of the Hungarian-Austrian border

1989 was a "miraculous year" of transformations in Central Europe. Thirty years later Viktor Orban’s "illiberal democracy" uses demogoguery to stoke ethnic nationalism and win elections; Jozsef Horvath, president of the AEJ Hungarian section, says the time (as Shakespeare said) is out of joint......

AEJ co-signs Open Letter for upgraded efforts to protect media freedom to new Council of Europe Secretary-General

Upgraded measures to stop the criminalisation and demonisation of journalists, counter the toxic atmosphere of hostility to the media, and stamp out impunity: those are among the core demands of an Open Letter signed by the AEJ and more than 20 other journalistic and freedom of expression organisations which was today sent to the incoming Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejcinovic Buric. The letter highlights the demand by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for an independent, effective and urgent Public Inquiry into the unsolved murder in Malta of Daphne Caruana Galizia almost two years ago....   

Bulgarian journalists unite behind the #NoPornJournalism campaign; AEJ Bulgaria makes a Declaration for ethical journalism 

More than one hundred Bulgarian journalists and leading media outlets have called on local politicians to cease legitimizing the yellow press that pours praise on those in power and harms all who criticize them while receiving financial incentives to do so. Over the years there have been hundreds of lawsuits filed and won by journalists and public figures against such media outlets... 

How Poland’s public service TV was turned into a government mouthpiece

Monitoring of the news output on Polish public service television (TVP) during nationwide local and European elections shows how it has been made into a propaganda mouthpiece for the government. AEJ Poland’s Krzysztof Bobinski relates the main steps by which the Law and Justice (PiS) Party-led government has engineered the effective capture of TVP. The result is that Poland’s most influential source of news and information displays systematic editorial bias in favour of the government, in a clear breach of accepted national and European standards of accuracy and impartiality for public broadcasters...

Media Capture in Italy by violence and intimidation: the proof

Over the past ten years Ossigeno per l’Informazione (Oxygen for Information) has documented thousands of threats and incidents of intimidation suffered by journalists in Italy, but even those astonishingly high figures represent only the tip.of the iceberg. Ossigeno’s founder, Alberto Spampinato, presents this dossier of evidence showing the extent of ’media capture’ in Italy through violence, intimidation and unjust laws that impose severe constraints on the country’s newspapers and other media...

CPJ leads call for new European Commission President to prioritize press freedom

The Committee to Protect Journalists has written to the new President of the European Commission to ask that media freedom, journalists’ safety and access to public information are made into a policy priority for the EU from now on. The AEJ is among 20 media and press freedom organisations which support the proposal. Read the full text of the message to Ursula von der Leyen, including a call for the appointment of a Vice-President of the Commission to be given a ’clear and robust mandate’ to protect and promote media freedom during the Commission’s coming five year term,,,

Global Media Freedom Conference in London aims to ‘improve safety of journalists’

The first ever Global Conference for Media Freedom was co-hosted by Canada and the UK on 10 and 11 July. Delegations from over 120 countries, including 60 ministers, and more than 1,500 journalists, academics and campaigners gathered in London to promote media freedom worldwide and to create new mechanisms to alert and respond to cases of violations and abuse. British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that the aim of the conference was to agree on a way to protect media freedom and impose a cost on those who abuse it...  

Press freedom groups tell governments in London for press freedom meeting: pledges "not credible" without action

On Tuesday as foreign ministers from across the world gathered in London for a 2-day Global Media Freedom Conference.Press freedom and media development organisations including the AEJ put out a statement to the participating States saying that their pledges will only be credible if States immediately free jailed journalists and take other clear and decisive actions....   The group, representing and working with hundreds of thousands of journalists and media workers, said

Bulgaria: Prominent journalist and AEJ-member fined after biassed defamation charges

Judge acted in conflict of interests. Serious doubts about court ruling.

Media freedom in Austria under attack, again

 "Association of European Journalists" (AEJ) criticizes ban on questions at "press conferences" of the OVP and FPO. Ibiza video proves disrespect for media freedom by FPO leaders.  In German and English

Le Jour Mondiale de la Liberte de la Presse en Roumanie: Le rapport avec le pouvoir politique

Le rapport avec le pouvoir politique a ete le theme de tres reussite debat, organise par la section roumaine de l’AEJ, a l’occasion du Jour Mondiale de la Liberte de la Presse.... AEJ Romania report, in French

World Press Freedom Day event in Italy to focus on better protections for journalists

A public celebration of World Press Freedom Day will be held on 10 May in the Italian parliament in Rome with a focus on improving journalists’ protections.The meeting with politicians, policy-makers and journalists is entitled "So much Mafia, so little news" and it is promoted by "Ossigeno per l’Informazione" ....

The Media in Armenia One Year After the “Velvet Revolution”

A Velvet Revolution swept through Armenia in April 2018 and gave hope that the oppression of the country’s free media would be lifted. A year later Liana Sayadyan of AEJ Armenia reports that the early optimism is tempered by evidence of a renewed surge of political influence affecting the media’s independence...

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