AEJ Organisation

General Assembly


A summary of major issues about the practice of journalism debated at the AEJ’s 51stCongress and Assembly held in Brussels on 22-23 November: first-hand accounts from East and West of journalists under growing pressure from governments and media owners; threats to investigative journalism from secret ‘dragnet’ surveillance and tracking of electronic communications; and the start of an intensive debate on media futures and new ideas for funding quality journalism. Click here for more information.


The AEJ’s 2012 Congress and Assembly in Offida, in Italy’s east coast Marche region from October 25 to 28, gathered the widest ever selection of journalists from twenty countries from east and west Europe.

The occasion marked AEJ’s 50 anniversary, and the association received messages of congratulations from Giorgio Napolitano and Mario Monti, President and Prime Minister of the Italian Republic; European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes; Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland; Gianni Pitella and Georgios Papastamkos, Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament; Anna Maria Darmanin, Vice-President of the European Economic and Social Committee; and Diogo Pinto, Secretary-General of European Movement International. Click here for more information.


The XLIX Congress of AEJ took place in ROMANIA, from 10th until 13th of November 2011, at Howard Johnson Hotel from Bucharest (capital of Romania) and it was held under the patronage of Foreign Affairs Ministry. Event was organized by AZIR the Romanian section of AEJ and its main theme was “Freedom and responsibility in mass-media. Ethics and professionalism for journalism facing all the new technology challenges.” Click here for more information.


From 7 till 11 October, representatives from 24 national sections of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) and several associated journalist organisations, gathered in the wonderful and picturesque city of Ordu, Turkey for the 48th Annual Congress and General Assembly of AEJ. Click here for more information


Organised by its Dutch section, the Association of European Journalists held its annual Congress / General Assembly this year in Maastricht, from November 19 to 22. More then 100 delegates from nearly all 24 national sections and special guests gathered in the city where one of the most important European Treaties was signed in 1992. Click here for more


The 2008 Congress/General Assembly of the Association of European Jounalists (AEJ), organised by Otmar Lahodynsky, AEJ Austria President, in the Austrian city of Linz, became one of the best AEJ Congresses of the last years. The 80 delegates were offered an insight into the preparations and programme of Linz 2009 European Capital of Europe. A tour of this ancient city on the Danube resulted in a completely fresh perspective of the city.

The General Assembly started with a message of greeting of the Austrian Minister for European and International Affairs Ursula Plassnik (click for text). During he meeting a new international board (see below) and other officials as members of the Executive Committee, the Arbitration Committee and the Audit Committee, were eleted. On the afternoon of the 22nd, during a four hour meeting, the flagship project of the AEJ ‘Media Freedom in Europa’ was on the agenda with reports by the AEJ sections about the situation in their country and very lively discussions. The meeting was prepared and chaired by William Horsley, AEJ Media Freedom Represented. Guest of honour was Mr. Matthias Traimer, chairman of the Council of Europe Media Steering Committee.
For more information about this meeting see the column FOCUS ON on the homepage. For full textes of William Horsleys’ Annual Report on the AEJ and Media Freedom and the Country Reports visit

The delegates showed their thanks and appreciation to the sponsors who supported this annual AEJ event: Linz 209 Kulturhauptstadt Europas; Land Oberösterreich; IV Industriellenvereinigung Oberösterreich; Bundespressedienst Österreich; EPAMEDIA, Public Space Advertising; Schärdinger (milkand cheese) and Brau Union.