17 May 2013
Dr Richard Corbett
Member of the cabinet of
Herman van Rompuy,
President of the European Council
10 June 2013
Sir Nicolas Bratza
President of the European Court of
Human Rights until October 2012
8 July 2013
Rt Hon David Lidington MP
UK Minister for Europe
The AEJ has reluctantly decided to raise the fee charged for attending these meetings to £25.
We have held the charge stable for more than a decade but now have to acknowledge the power of inflation. We therefore hope that our members and friends will understand our need and will continue to give us their greatly valued support. Journalists under the age of 25 pay a special rate of £10.
Meetings are usually held at the European Parliament’s London Office (Europe House, 32 Smith Square, SW1). The EP’s UK website gives details of its own events, of which visitors may be notified by email.
Charlemagne Lecture 2013
The annual Charlemagne Lecture will be given this year by HE Georg Boomgarden, German Ambassador to the UK. It will be held at Europe House on 7 June at 6.30 p.m.
Anyone wishing to attend should register their interest on the attached form with the Wyndham Place Charlemage Trust.
Rory Peck Awards 2013
These awards to freelance cameramen and camerawomen are now open for entries. They must be broadcast between 1 June 2012 and 31 May 2013 and belong to one of three categories: news, features and the Sony Impact Award. A news entry may be up to 10 minutes long and the other two, up to 60 minutes. The closing date for entries is 3 June 2013. Rory Peck Awards
World Press Freedom Day 2013
The UK section supported the NUJ's 2 May meeting on solidarity with Turkish journalists. This was part of a campaign organised by the European Federation of Journalists.
UNESCO's annual conference was held in Costa Rica on 2-4 May. William Horsley, AEJ Media Freedom Representative, spoke on fighting impunity for crimes of violence against journalists.
Media freedom – latest documents
William Horsley's latest in-depth report for the Council of Europe on the State of Media Freedom in Europe finds that physical assaults and judicial harassment of journalists and media workers in southern and eastern Europe grew more intense in the second half of 2012. See Media Freedom page.
UNESCO’s record for the year shows that as many as 115 journalists were killed in 2012. The media community delivered the London Statement on journalists' safety and the issue of impunity to an important UN conference in Vienna late last year.
UNESCO has since drawn up an ambitious implementation strategy for the UN Plan, including 120 lines of action by UN agencies, governments and social groups.
EU consults on media freedom
The AEJ welcomed the announcement of a public consultation on media freedom and pluralism in the EU by Commissioner Neelie Kroes on 22 March. The AEJ has told the Commission that we will take part actively in the debate on the role and powers of the EU in safeguarding media freedom in the face of multiple threats, especially those arising from misuses of state power against independent media. See the AEJ website for a fuller account of the Media Freedom Representative's remarks.
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).
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.
A selection of writings
with an AEJ connection
(17 April 2013)
William Horsley and Jackie Harrison:
Firdevs Robinson: Has Turkey
(18 February 2013)
Firdevs Robinson: Turkey's Juggling Act (23 October 2012)
David Buchan: Outsiders on the inside: Swiss and Norwegian lessons for the UK (24 September 2012)
William Horsley: BBC to host global editors' meeting on life-and-death issues (21 September 2012)
See left-hand column
Richard Wordsworth: Russia's jilted generation (8 September 2012)
Firdevs Robinson: Turkey's Syria Conundrum (22 August 2012)
William Horsley: It's the journalism, stupid: Defending free expression can be the BBC's new gift to the world (17 June 2012)
Firdevs Robinson: Cyprus: One step forward, two steps back (May 2012)
Please feel welcome to contact our executive for further information