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Turkish news website threatened with violence “like the Charlie Hebdo attack”

Mufti calls for attacks against journalists of major Turkish News-website

AEJ Turkey’s annual survey of press freedom shows further steps tightening the chains on media’s ability to report the truth

AEJ Turkey, with other members of the joint G-9 press freedom Platform, says that 145 journalists are still in jail for their work in Turkey, and another terrible year saw a series of deliberate actions by the government that have further stifled the ability of the media to inform the public...

Europe must be more than a ATM-machine

The European Union is poised to lose a member. The citizens of Europe should now stand up to safeguard the basic values of the EU.


Press freedom solidarity mission to Slovakia calls for full justice over Jan Kuciak’s murder

On Thursday December 6 the AEJ joined eight other partner organisations that publish regular press freedom alerts on the Council of Europe’s Safety of Journalists website in making a visit to the Slovak capital, Bratislava. In meetings with Slovak Interior Ministry and police officials members of the mission pressed for all those responsible for February’s murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee to be brought to justice…

Enemies of media freedom on the rise in Bulgaria, AEJ report finds

An in-depth-ranging Report by AEJ-Bulgaria analyses the retreat of media freedom in the spheres of politics, business and society. Its troubling conclusion is that a repressive regulatory media environment and fierce campaigns to discredit investigative journalism strengthened the grip of the enemies of independent media in Bulgaria in 2018...

New AEJ-board elected at congress in Greece

Elections at AEJ-congress in Vonitsa/Western Greece


VP Javier Arribas, VP Saia Tsaousidou, Pres. Otmar Lahodynsky, VP Oana Enachescu, Gen.Secr. Tibor Macak

AEJ protests: pro-government media conglomerate in Hungary threatens the survival of media plurality

The international Association of European Journalists (AEJ) joins calls made by European journalists’ unions and independent national journalistic bodies in Hungary for a halt to the newly-announced plan to form a nation-wide bloc of pro-governmental media titles in Hungary which threatens to put an end to media pluralism…

AEJ Hungarian Section calls for a stop to the criminal prosecution of journalist Andras Dezso

The Board of the Hungarian Section of the AEJ endorses and joins the protest of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) against the decision by Budapest prosecutor to bring criminal charges against investigative reporter Andras Dezso. The journalist work for Index.hu, the biggest independent Hungarian website...

AEJ says „No impunity“ for Saudi journalist’s murder: joint statement issued with Arab media NGO

The AEJ and the Journalist Support Committee NGO call jointly for international law and justice so that everyone responsible for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi are duly punished...

AEJ joins London Vigil for Daphne on first anniversary of her brutal murder: an urgent call for justice

The AEJ, with PEN International, Reporters Without Borders and five other free expression and anti-corruption organisations will hold a candle-light Vigil in central London, with readings from Daphne’s own writings, on Tuesday 16 October, the first anniversary of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta’s best-known investigative journalist. The event pays tribute to Daphne’s exceptional courage in the pursuit of truth, and calls for her killers to be brought to justice without delay…  

AEJ hosts ‘consensus-seeking’ London debate on future UK-EU relations and marks a major anniversary

The AEJ has hosted an ambitious event in London in a search for a degree of consensus among rival camps in the ongoing fierce debate about Brexit and the shape of UK-EU relations beyond Brexit. The Colloquium, held last Friday just six months before the UK’s scheduled departure from  the EU, was hosted by the AEJ’S UK Section. The event marked 50 years since the formation of the UK branch, and it generated a rare, open-minded dialogue among figures from opposing sides of the Brexit debate…

Austria:  Interior Ministry wants to restrict information for „critical media“

 The Association of European Journalists condemns a proposal by the Austrian ministry of Interior to restrict information for what they called „critical media“. A ministry spokesman close to Minister Herbert Kickl (Freedom Party FPO) told police authorities to favour media outlets which report favourably about the ministry and police affairs and to withhold information to those newspapers which report in a „one-sided and negative“ way about the Ministry and police....

AEJ protests against ‘setup’ and wrongful convictions of Myanmar journalists

The AEJ protests in the strongest terms against the recent seven-year jail sentences imposed by a Myanmar court on two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone und Kyaw Soe Oo who were arrested last December while investigating the killings of Rohingya people by the army…

International free expression groups call Turkey’s repeal of emergency laws a sham

Over 40 freedom of expression organisations worldwide have jointly condemned new legislation in Turkey which mirrors the stifling provisions of the country’s recently-lifted state of emergency laws. A statement coordinated by IFEX, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, identified the most extreme of the new laws that deny basic human rights and say...

“Don’t hit journalists!” Protest Statement by AEJ Romania

The Romanian section of the Association of European Journalists calls on the authorities involved in the forceful breaking up the recent protests against the current government to respect the right of journalists to carry out their work under safe conditions. The aggression, eviction or detention of journalists in the exercise of their duties violates constitutional rights enshrined in Articles 30 and 31, as well as numerous provisions of European standards of press freedom and human rights...

AEJ protests about multiple police assaults against journalists during Bucharest mass protests

The Association of European Journalists strongly condemns the behaviour of Romanian police who used unprovoked and unrestrained violence against Romanian and foreign journalists during violent clashes between police and anti-government protestors in Bucharest on the evening of Friday 10 August. Austrian public television (ORF) cameraman Robert Reinprecht...

International press meeting in Brussels explores Brexit impasse and outlook for the EU 27

The AEJ’s recent Press Seminar hosted by the European Parliament in Brussels explored the worrying ‘slowdown’ in Brexit talks and the outlook for the EU’s future without the UK. A senior Austrian diplomat warned that there can be ‘no postponement and no fudges’ and that all sides will be worse off after the UK leaves.  Declan Bredin of the AEJ Irish section reports…

Two journalists’ murders in Europe are a symptom that the rule of law is failing

The murders of two investigative journalists – Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta and Jan Kuciak in Slovakia -- within the past year have shaken the EU’s claim to champion the rule of law and democracy. William Horsley reports on growing concerns about the emergence of a ‘climate of impunity’ related to the killings which were expressed at a press seminar organised by the Association of European Journalists at the European Parliament in Brussels…

Austrian newspaper editors warn on police raids and growing press freedom threats

Five leading Austrian newspaper editors have raised the alarm in editorials that the authorities may be preparing to launch police raids on media offices. The alerts follow a warning from Austria’s Freedom Party interior minister against journalists ‘meddling‘ in state secrets...

Press freedom organisations publish 6-point Open Letter and appeal to the next President of Turkey

The AEJ with 16 other press freedom organisations has published an Open Letter to the future President of Turkey ahead of Sunday’s hotly contested presidential and parliamentary elections. The Open Letter calls for six actions to reverse the drastic decline in conditions for press freedom in Turkey, including the freeing of all journalists jailed for their work and major reforms of Turkey’s laws and regulations to end the criminalisation of journalism and abuses of state power to distort and censor the information provided though media to the people of Turkey.

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