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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...

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...

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