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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...

Media Freedom attacked with impunity

My comment for World Press Freedom Day 2019.

AEJ Poland and monitoring partners declare ‘blatant’ pro-government bias in public TV’s European election coverage

On World Press Freedom Day AEJ Poland and the Polish Society of Journalists declared ‘blatant’ pro-government bias in public TV’s European election coverage. The private monitoring group appeals for future European Union monitoring of media coverage elections to stop significant ’rule of law breaches’ by Poland and other EU states...

AEJ Special Events and Media Freedom Campaigns mark Press Freedom Day - more...

AEJ Special Events and Media Freedom Campaigns mark Press Freedom Day in Austria, Bulgaria,.Finland, Greece, Turkey; and a British ministers announces a global campaign to protect the work of free journalists to expose and counter ’corruption and misrule’...

AEJ national sections and journalists around Europe mark World Press Freedom Day

AEJ National Sections and journalists around Europe mark World Press Freedom Day on and around 3 May: paying tribute to courageous journalists and demanding safe working environments...

The Assange case concerns the public’s right to know but also public trust in a free press

The US bid to extradite Julian Assange from London is to be heard on May 2. The case has far-reaching implications for press freedom and the public’s right to know but also for public trust in journalism. A commentary by AEJ Media Freedom Representative William Horsley…

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

On behalf of the undersigned media freedom organisations, representing thousands of journalists and human rights activists across Europe, the AEJ and other signatories of this appeal urge the Slovak authorities to immediately start examining state responsibility in the failure to prevent the assassination of Jan Kuciak....

Joint press freedom report says Europe’s democracy in danger: way opens to more ‘assertive’ actions to curb anti-press violence and impunity

This week’s launch of a hard-hitting report by the AEJ and 11 other organisations on the decline of press freedom and democratic safeguards in Europe has fuelled a re-think of the tools and mechanisms to be used by European institutions to prevent a further slide towards authoritarianism. There will be a new focus on close-up monitoring and other ‘determined’ responses to what are recognised as real threats to democratic institutions across Europe…

"Athens Review of Books" in danger by defamation-ruling

The Greek magazine is in danger after a court ruling because of a reader’s letter branding the former Greek Foreign minister Kotzias as stalinist

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