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Latest News

Council of Europe: William Horsley presented his in-depth report on the protection of media freedom to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly on 4 August. It records all violent attacks and official harassment in the last two years. It was first presented in Strasbourg in June 2014. (10 August 2014).

Don Hatwell: With much sadness we have to announce that Don, a great friend of many in the section and its former secretary, died on 29 July at the age of 88. After a lifetime in newspapers, he published his autobiography in 2012 and a collection of his reviews and other writings as recently as February (see AEJ in the UK). See Obituaries for a tribute by Kevin d'Arcy. (30 July 2014).

Olli Kivinen: Olli Kivinen, once foreign editor of Helsingin Sanomat and still a distinguished contributor, died on 20 July. He spent the years 1965-70 as the paper's London correspondent. An active member of the AEJ's Finnish Section, he was a forceful defender of press freedom (25 July 2014).

Defamation: A report by the International Press Institute reveals that most European countries still punish defamation as a crime. Only Cyprus, Estonia, Ireland, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and the UK have fully decriminalised it, although it is no longer punishable by imprisonment in four. Insulting the symbols of statehood is still punishable in 20 countries and public officials are accorded special protection in 14 (17 July 2014).

Andrew Mango: With great sadness we announce the death on 6 July of Andrew Mango, AEJ member and distinguished scholar on modern Turkey. Nevsal Hughes has written his obituary for this website, Jonathan Fryer for the Guardian and Firdevs Robinson for Firdevs Talks Turkey (8 July 2014).

Annual AEJ Congress: This year the Congress and Annual Assembly will be held in Frauenkirchen in Austria's Burgenland on 16-19 October 2014. See Europe (8 July 2014).


Latest Briefings

A selection of writings with an AEJ connection

Firdevs Robinson's writing is now accessible on FirdevsTalkTurkey.com

William Horsley: Pakistani journalist murder attempt flags wider struggle for press freedom (24 April 2014)

Jonathan Fryer: Labour mobility within the EU (4 March 2014)

William Horsley: Jailing of al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt highlights need for new defences (24 January 2014)

William Horsley: An unholy mixture: surveillance, the law and a setback for journalism (30 August 2013)

 

 

Lunchtime meetings

8 September 2014

Fawaz A Gerges

Professor of International Relations at LSE, author and specialist in Middle East affairs

Meetings are held at the European Parliament’s London Office (Europe House, 32 Smith Square, SW1). A fee of £25 is charged to cover the cost of refreshments (special £10 rate for students and journalists under the age of 25).

The EP’s UK website gives details of its own events, of which visitors may be notified by email. You can see a list of our recent lunchtime guests in Past Events


Petition for Al Jazeera journalists

Please sign Amnesty International's petition for the release of the three Al Jazeera journalists, Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, who were convicted and sentenced to long jail terms for imaginary crimes on 23 June by a Cairo court.


Liberty petition on Snowden law

Liberty, the human rights NGO, has launched a petition for action against mass state surveillance. It is based on six basic legal principles:

·        no surveillance without suspicion

·        transparent, not secret, laws

·        judicial, not political, authorisation

·        effective democratic oversight

·        the right to redress

·        a secure web for all

Please sign it!


Petition for the Levada Centre

A petition to support this Russian NGO is open for signature. The Levada Centre is a respected independent Russian opinion research organisation. It is one of the academic and NGO organisations being harassed by Russian authorities to register as a "foreign agent" because of receiving funds from abroad.


Media visits to the European Parliament

The EP’s London Office has a small budget to offset some of the travel and hotel costs incurred by journalists when visiting the European Parliament. Only a limited number can be helped in this way, so you must first be invited by the UK Office before seeking reimbursement (see website).

 

 

 

About us

The AEJ is an independent, self-funding association for journalists, writers and specialists in European affairs. The UK section is part of a Europe-wide network of some 20 national sections across Europe, with more than 1000 members in all.

In the UK section, we arrange for leading newsmakers from across Europe to give briefings to us about once a month, over lunch at the office of the European Parliament in London. We also organise special events, such as seminars, from time to time.

The AEJ offers journalists the chance to be part of a network of media professionals and experts on European issues. Membership can provide valuable mutual support for individual journalists (it is open to both UK and non-UK nationals). If you would like to join, please go to the Membership page.

We are not tied to any institutional or political group but are recognised by the Council of Europe, the OSCE and UNESCO. Our goals are to advance knowledge and debate on European affairs and to uphold media freedom.

Internationally, the AEJ has an active programme of professional activities and the annual AEJ Congress is a forum for debate on matters of common concern to journalists across the continent. A high priority is given to the AEJ's Media Freedom Project.


AEJ Media Freedom Project

The AEJ works to protect freedom of expression and independent journalism by bringing issues to the attention of governments and advising inter-governmental organisations on behalf of our members. The AEJ's Media Freedom Representative is William Horsley, a former BBC foreign correspondent and the current chairman of the UK section.

Since the AEJ Media Freedom Survey in 2007 (Goodbye to Freedom?), the AEJ has published Europe-wide surveys that reveal the erosion of press freedom through physical assaults, wrongful imprisonment, oppressive laws, and unacceptable political and commercial pressures.

The AEJ is an observer at the Council of Europe. It actively supports the ongoing efforts of UNESCO, the UN Agency with a mandate to safeguard media freedom, to implement the draft UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity (text). The AEJ Media Freedom Representative authored the OSCE's Safety of Journalists Guidebook setting out the obligations of participating states to protect the security of journalists, including those using the Internet.


AEJ and the Council of Europe

The AEJ takes part in the policy work of the Council of Europe (CoE) on key issues, including journalists' safety and the freedom of the Internet, as a participant in the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society. It works on behalf of its members across Europe to hold the CoE and its 47 member states to their commitments on media freedom and freedom of expression.

To read further, please go to Media Freedom.

Our campaigns and activities can be tracked on the News and Media Freedom pages of the international AEJ website, www.aej.org  See also World Press Freedom Day.