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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

Read more:
» AEJ MF Project
» AEJ MF Representative
» AEJ MF Surveys and Reports
» AEJ & the Council of Europe
» World Press Freedom Day

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AEJ News

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