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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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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

AEJ demands action to stop adoption of intrusive Bulgarian data law, sees new threat to press freedom

  The international AEJ appeals to Bulgarian politicians and to European institutions that defend freedom of the press to speak out urgently against proposals now before the Bulgarian parliament. Sweeping changes planned in the Law for Protection of Personal Data would remove vital safeguards for journalists and open the door to censorship…    

Launch of Annual Report on threats and attacks against media freedom in 2018 by Council of Europe partner organisations