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2014

 

 

 

14 January

The AEJ welcomed the release of Magnus Falkehed, Niclas Hammarström and Bunyamin Aygün by their Syrian captors. These releases follow forceful protests from the French and Turkish sections in November and December. See aej.org

23 January

The Council of Europe has put forward a package of radical measures to protect journalists whose safety is at risk, including a rapid response mechanism and an internet-based early warning system. See aej.org

31 January

AEJ colleagues in Ukraine appealed for the support and solidarity of the AEJ and other journalism bodies. Those reporting the disturbances in Kiev and elsewhere routinely faced abuse and violence. The International and European Federations of Journalists launched the "SOS Kiev" campaign.

17 February

Peter Greste was one of four al-Jazeera journalists held in Tora prison on spurious charges. Their trial opened on 20 February. Avaaz launched a petition for his release, already signed by nearly 35,000 people. The 600 "Friends of Peter Greste" were privileged to receive his "Letters from Tora Jail" – testimony to his courage and clarity, and a significant document in the history of journalism standing up to state misuse of power. See also William Horsley's article in Blogs & Briefings

19 February

Don Hatwell, member of the UK section since its creation, published another book. This time he collected up a miscellany of his writings as a journalist and reviewer on just about every topic one can think of. Details in AEJ in the UK

21 February

European monitoring groups expressed concerns about the pressure the Turkish government was bringing to bear on the media. A full report by Meneske Tokyay was published in SES Türkiye

22 February

A protest was held in Ankara calling for an end to media oppression and asking Turkey's President Gül to veto a bill, passed by parliament on 6 February, that would allow the government to block online content. The protest was organised by the G-9 journalists' groups chaired by AEJ Hon President Dogan Tilic. See aej.org

4 March

The Ukraine section of the AEJ joined other journalistic organisations in an appeal to foreign media to beware of Russian propaganda. See aej.org

7 March

Harassment of journalists in Crimea has prompted the AEJ to condemn an attack on two Bulgarian journalists who had their equipment confiscated by paramilitaries after filming masked gunmen stealing from other media workers. The two were uninjured and continued to work in Crimea. See aej.org

17 March

The European Court of Human Rights called on Ukraine and Russia to refrain from taking any measures that might entail breaches of Convention rights of the civilian population of Crimea and to take measures as soon as possible to ensure that the Convention was fully complied with (see aej.org). Earlier, the IFJ and EFJ protested at the conditions imposed on journalists by the regional government when covering the referendum on 16 March. See aej.org

 

 

 

28 April

The AEJ expressed grave concern that the year's World Press Freedom Day marked a further escalation in the violent repression of journalists’ work and attempts to stifle free speech in many countries. See aej.org

1-12 May

Reports on press freedom activities to mark World Press Freedom Day around Europe have been posted on the AEJ's international website:

·        Armenia

·        Croatia

·        Romania

·        Slovakia

·        Turkey

·        UK (symposium held on 7 April)

5 May

The Council of Europe called on its 47 member states to fulfil their obligation to protect journalists and other media actors from intimidation and attacks, and to adopt national legal frameworks for the protection of whistleblowers. See aej.org

8 May

Marking World Press Freedom Day, UNESCO launched its World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development, including shocking evidence of many states’ persistent failure to find and punish those responsible for killings of journalists. See aej.org

21 May

The second edition of the OSCE Safety of Journalists Guidebook by William Horsley was made available in English and Russian on the OSCE's website.

23 May

The European Court of Human Rights handed down a Chamber judgment in Mammadov v Azerbaijan on 22 May finding four violations in the case of Ilgar Mammadov, director of the Baku School of Political Studies and a blogger. He had been arrested, detained in custody and sentenced to imprisonment, without reasonable suspicion or evidence, for fomenting public disorder. This ruling was issued within two months of his trial. Azerbaijan was chair of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers.

8 July

With great sadness we announced the death on 6 July of Andrew Mango, AEJ member and distinguished scholar on modern Turkey. See Nevsal Hughes's obituary, written for this website.

17 July

A report on defamation by the International Press Institute revealed 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.

25 July

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.

30 July

With much sadness we announced that Don Hatwell, 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.

10 August

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

 

 

 

7 October

The AEJ across Europe marked the eighth anniversary of the murder of Anna Politkovskaya by calling on Russia to investigate the crime effectively, bring all those responsible for the killing to justice, remove barriers to journalists and ensure safe working conditions for them.

17 October

The AEJ's 52nd annual congress and assembly was held on 16-19 October in Neusiedl in Austria's Burgenland. Otmar Lahodynsky, European editor of profil, was elected as AEJ President. Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz sent a letter of welcome and it was opened by Laszló Nagy's account of events in 1989 that eventually led to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

One debate was devoted to EU foreign and security policy, and the other to the wrongs done to journalists and the impunity of their persecutors. A resolution was adopted exhorting Europe's governments, the Council of Europe, EU and OSCE to take the necessary action. See also Firdevs Robinson's report, Europe and Media Freedom.

28 November

The AEJ is to be one of four partners of the Council of Europe in setting up a website to act as an early warning system for all forms of attack on the media, due to go live in the first quarter of 2015. The proposed rapid response mechanism had yet to be agreed. See aej.org

4 December

The AEJ took part in an all-day conference in Paris on 4 December on media freedom and the security of journalists. William Horsley presented his Report on Protection of Media Freedom in Europe. It brought the report he prepared in June up to date. The CoE agreement on an early warning system was finalised and details of the online platform announced. See Conference programme

5 December

The AEJ expressed outrage at the arrest of Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismailova, who was sentenced to 2-month pre-trial detention on 5 December.

Khadija Ismailova, a broadcaster with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Azerbaijani Service, was detained on charges of inciting a person to commit suicide, which could carry a prison sentence of up to seven years if she is convicted. She has also been charged in a separate case with posting a document on social media accusing the Azerbaijani secret services of blackmailing an opposition activist.

One day before her sentencing in the latter case, Azerbaijan’s Presidential Chief of Staff Ramiz Aliyev has accused Ms Ismailova of treason. He also accused employees of RFE/RL of spying.

Khadija Ismailova’s arrest is the latest and most chilling attempt by the Azerbaijani authorities to silence her through intimidation and harassment. In 2012 an intimate video, secretly recorded in her bedroom, was released to the official media and a coordinated smear campaign was mounted against her. In October this year she was prevented from travelling abroad to attend an international conference in Prague. On 19 November she was prevented from testifying at a US congressional hearing on “Combatting Corruption in the OSCE region”.  No legal or official explanation was given for her travel ban.

As one of the most outspoken critics of persistent human rights violations in Azerbaijan, Khadija Ismailova  has investigated and reported extensively on the forceful repression of civil society organisations and on the business interests of leading political figures in the country.

The AEJ condemned utterly this blatant attempt to silence one of the last remaining free and critical voices in Azerbaijan, and called on the government to release her immediately and unconditionally.

17 December

"The Turkish authorities, by carrying out the latest wave of arrests of a large number of journalists, have crossed a line which is rightly seen as 'out of bounds' in any democracy ..." – continue reading on aej.org

 

 

2013

 

 

 

15 January 2013

William Horsley's in-depth report for the Council of Europe on the State of Media Freedom in Europe found 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. For a summary, see www.aej.org

17 January 2013

By the end of 2012, UNESCO’s record showed that as many as 115 journalists were killed during the year. An important UN conference in Vienna in early December received the London Statement on journalists' safety and the issue of impunity from members of the global media community. Since then, UNESCO has drawn up an ambitious implementation strategy for the UN Plan, including 120 lines of action by UN agencies, governments and social groups.

22 January 2013

Mehmet Ali Birand, the veteran Turkish journalist, died on 17 January. AEJ member Michael Lake has written an obituary.

7 February 2013

The EU-sponsored Mediadem Project held its final conference on 7 February. The AEJ was one of three partners contributing to the study of public policy and tools designed to secure media freedom. See William Horsley's comments at the conference.

22 March 2013

The AEJ Media Freedom Representative welcomed the announcement by Commissioner Neelie Kroes of a public consultation on media freedom. The AEJ told the Commission that we would 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.

3 May 2013

World Press Freedom Day was celebrated by AEJ sections across Europe. The UK section supported the NUJ's meeting on 2 May on solidarity with Turkish 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.

 

 

 

12 July 2013

On 12 July, the Commission cancelled the project to spend €3.2m on an external provider of news about EU affairs. It was announced on 19 June as part of the EU's public procurement programme. Budgetary constraints were given as the reason for cancellation. Journalistic and press freedom concerns also spoke for cancellation, as to which see aej.org

16 July 2013

Oppressor or sponsor? Governments strengthen their influence on the media in Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia.

7 August 2013

The AEJ expressed acute dismay and alarm at the verdicts and the severity of the sentences announced on 5 August against many journalists and writers involved in the Ergenekon trial in Istanbul. See aej.org

3 September 2013

William Horsely's message on the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights

12 September 2013

Theresa May affirmed the UK's commitment to freedom of expression. She sent a reply to a Council of Europe request that includes the following avowal by the UK government:

We are fully committed to meeting our obligations under international human rights law, including article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and article 10 of the ECHR.

See CoE's TV channel

20 September 2013

The UK government replied to the Council of Europe on its 9-hour detention of David Miranda at Heathrow under counter-terrorism legislation, as well as on the order that The Guardian destroy hard drives. It had earlier justified both on grounds of the threat to national security posed by the material disclosed by Edward Snowden.

Remarks by William Horsley, the AEJ Media Freedom Representative, and Jan Kleissen, the Council of Europe's Director for Information Society and Action against Crime, were recorded here (starting at 34 seconds).

 

 

 

7 October 2013

With sorrow, we announced the death of our great friend Frank Gray on 7 October. He was known to many in the AEJ as he had been an attentive member for years, indeed decades. Taken ill in May and apparently on the road to recovery, he suffered a setback at the end of September. He will be sorely missed. See Obituary.

11 November 2103

Ministers from the 47 states of the Council of Europe with responsibility for media matters, meeting in Belgrade on 7-8 November, declared themselves "appalled" that journalists in Europe are increasingly subject to threats, assaults, imprisonment and death because of their work. For the full article, see the aej.org

14 November 2013

The UK broke the Council of Europe consensus on scrutiny of mass surveillance methods at the Belgrade Conference. It appended a footnote to the resolutions adopted by the conference dissociating itself from the Council of Europe's plans to examine the gathering of "vast amounts" of electronic communications data on individuals by security agencies, including the deliberate weakening of encryption systems through flaws and backdoors in the security system of the Internet. For the text of the UK's reservation and further detail, see the aej.org

22-24 November 2013

The 51st AEJ Annual Congress opened in Brussels on 22 November with a wide-ranging debate on "Journalism and Democracy in a Time of Flux". For country reports on media freedom, see Survey.

26 November 2013

The AEJ's French Section issued a statement on the kidnap of Magus Falkehed and Niclas Hammarström in Syria on 23 November. We in the UK section joined our French colleagues in fervently hoping for the safe return of these journalists and expressing our concern for all journalists missing or detained in Syria.

17 December 2013

William Horsley was invited to address a debate by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 12 December. The text of his address is available here.

19 December 2013

Turkey's G-9 Platform called for the immediate release of Bunyamin Aygun, a Turkish photo-journalist captured by al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria. The G-9 brings together 11 journalists' associations.

 

 

2012

 

 

 

19 January 2012

The UN Human Rights Committee gave its definitive interpretation of article 19 of the International Covenant, published as “General Comment 34”. Professor Michael O’Flaherty, the Committee’s Deputy Chair, gave a speech in June outlining the Committee’s main findings at the Vilnius Conference on the safety of journalists (below).

13 March 2012

The AEJ called on the Turkish government to put a stop to the bullying of employees and union-busting techniques used by the Anatolian News Agency. See www.aej.org

5 April 2012

Pressure on Turkey to release all 95 journalists in jail has been stepped up by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media. A new report highlights the use of anti-terrorism and other laws to silence those reporting the Kurdish struggle for civil and political rights. See www.aej.org

20 April 2012

Report on the Council of Europe's Brighton Conference on 18-20 April by William Horsley, UK Chairman and AEJ Media Freedom Representative.

Entitled "UK hails 'substantial reforms of Europe's Human Rights Court, but what difference will they make?" William's report can be found here.

 

 

 

The following are useful documents relating to his findings:

Text of the Brighton Declaration

Council of Europe web page

Council of Europe press release

Sir Nicolas Bratza, UK Judge and President of the ECHR: Draft speaking notes for the Brighton Conference

Speech by Thorbjǿrn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe

UK Ministry of Justice press release

UK Commission on a Bill of Rights:

Options for reform of the ECHR

Interim advice to the government

Joshua Rozenberg (Guardian):

Yes, criticise individual cases but Strasbourg court should develop law

3 May 2012

The UK World Press Freedom Debate was on the theme Strasbourg: Journalists' Foe or Friend?

8 May 2012

The European Parliament and AEJ held a seminar in Brussels on "Media Freedom in the EU Member States". See the AEJ's internatonal website, including a full report by Krzysztof Bobinski of the AEJ's Polish Section.

 

 

 

8 May 2012

Firdevs Robinson has written Cyprus: One step forward, two steps back following a visit to Cyprus in April. Reports by other members of the AEJ delegation appear on www.aej.org.

17 June 2012

William Horsley has called on the BBC to lead by example in the defence of press freedom and journalistic independence throughout the greater Europe in a forceful blog on Open Democracy.

26 June 2012

The Report on the state of media freedom in Europe 2009-12 was presented to the Council of Europe by its author, William Horsley, on 26 June. It studies the situation in CoE member countries and makes disturbing reading.

1 November 2012

A very successful session was held at the AEJ's annual congress at Offida on 26 October. The AEJ's international website includes a report of the event. Overviews by William Horsley and Krzysztof Bobinski and reports from nine countries with major media freedom problems appear on the Media Freedom Survey page.

9 November 2012

On 6 November, William Horsley addressed the European Parliament hearing in Brussels on media freedom in the EU. He called on the EU to defend media freedom and to safeguard journalists' physical safety in accordance with the European Convention and Council of Europe standards.

 

 

2011

 

 

21 January 2011

The documents delivered to the AEJ's 2010 congress in Ordu, Turkey, are now available online. These include country reports on Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria (PowerPoint) and Ukraine, and "Information without Borders" a speech by Birgitta Jonsdottir, Icelandic MP and author of the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative. See also Survey

27 January 2011

Media self-regulation and codes of ethics are good, but free and independent media can only exist if governments themselves practise self-restraint and hold back from attempts to own, control or manipulate the media. This message was urged by the AEJ’s Media Freedom Representative, William Horsley, at a UNESCO Conference for international journalists.

William Horsley's speech

The UNESCO Conference

Conference programme

28 March 2011

In response to a further serious deterioration of media freedom conditions in Turkey, with more than 60 journalists now in jail and nationwide press protests against the abuse of repressive laws, the AEJ has called for concerted pressure from all responsible European authorities on the Turkish government to end its harassment of journalists.

Why? What is happening in Turkey? – AEJ Vice-President L Dogan Tilic

Please sign the petition calling for the release journalists in prison and repeal of the laws that were used to punish them.

 

 

 

30 May 2011

The Council of Europe's Secretary General appointed a special envoy to assess freedom of expression in Turkey. See CoE press release

13 June 2011

In the past ten years, 41 journalists have been the object of targeted murders in OSCE countries. AEJ Media Freedom Representative William Horsley called on the 56 member states to ratify the Vilnius Recommendations put forward at an OSCE conference on the safety of journalists on 7-8 June (see his report).

William Horsley is also active in the Initiative on Impunity and the Rule of Law (above), a joint project of the University of Sheffield and City University. He has written a study of the political aspects that accompanies a study of the legal instruments needed to give effect to the initiative. Both documents can be found on the Sheffield website, together with many other contributions made at a conference on the initiative, held at City University on 1 June.

22 October 2011

International Day to End Impunity – 23 November 2011. More than 500 journalists have been killed worldwide in the past 10 years, but in 9 out of 10 cases the killers have not been brought to justice.

The International Day is organised by IFEX, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, and is supported by the AEJ. Each day from 1 to 23 November, the story of one journalist, writer or free expression advocate killed in the line of duty was featured on IFEX’s website. See video.

 

 

 

12 November 2011

At the AEJ’s Bucharest Congress, the topic of the day-long debate was “Freedom and Responsibility in the Mass Media”. A resolution calling on the Turkish authorities to stop persecuting journalists was adopted.

5 December 2011

William Horsley has authored the Guidebook on Safety of Journalists for the 56 states of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. It was presented at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Vilnius on 5 December by the Lithuanian Foreign Minister, Andronius Ažubalis, and the OSCE’s Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović.

The Guidebook sets out the obligations of OSCE participating states regarding all aspects of the safety of journalists, and describes best practice for protecting press freedom and freedom of expression in democratic societies. See also 13 June 2011, below.

7 December 2011

AEJ member Firdevs Robinson intervened at a Council of Europe meeting in Luxembourg on "Media, Beliefs and Religions".

 

 

 

2010

 

 

27 January 2010

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted Recommendation 1897 on abuse of media freedom in Europe. Quarterly bulletins based on information supplied by professional organisations, including the AEJ, will be published.

Recommendation on Respect for Media Freedom

William Horsley's background report to the Media Subcommittee of the PACE

7 September 2010

Lord Andrew McIntosh, who was a British politician who led many campaigns for media freedom in Europe, died on 27 August 2010, aged 77. William Horsley wrote an obituary.

13 September 2010

An AEJ statement was made on the death of Belarus journalist, Aleh Byabenin, by William Horsley, AEJ Media Freedom Representative.

15 October 2010

At its 2010 Congress at Ordu, Turkey, the AEJ pledged its active support for three initiatives: the Council of Europe's Database on Media Violations, the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, and the petition by Turkish journalists to secure freedom for more than 40 of their colleagues who are in prison. See Conference report

 

 

 

5 November 2010

The AEJ urgently called on the Turkish government to treat media workers and citizens in line with its international commitments. AEJ members across Europe support the "Set Journalists Free Petition" of the Turkish Union of Journalists and the European Federation of Journalists. See also News on aej.org

9 November 2010

The AEJ joined the OSCE Representative for Freedom of the Media in calling on all relevant European institutions to take concerted action to protect journalists:

The AEJ is shocked and alarmed by two brutal and life-threatening attacks on Russian journalists within the past few days. We call on the Russian authorities to take quick and decisive action against the climate of impunity that encourages such atrocious acts.

We also call on all relevant EU and European institutions to speak out and take concerted action to protect journalists and others who dare to expose and criticise abuses of power.

Statement by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

9 November 2010

Mr Edward McMillan-Scott, the European Parliament's Vice-President for human rights and democracy, was the section's guest.

 

 

 

3 December 2010

Ambassador Marc Otte, the EU’s Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process, met the UK section of the AEJ for a lunchtime meeting on 3 December 2010.

He gave the AEJ a sober assessment of the “complex, fluid and dangerous” situation in the Middle East after spending seven years in his current post. He described the EU’s contribution to the faltering peace process both as a “norm-setting” member of the international Quartet and as the major source of aid, trade and state-building projects in the region.

He stressed that the EU has repeatedly called on Israel to stop its settlement-building on occupied Palestinian land in order to create the right conditions for the peace process to gain momentum, while the EU also continues to press all Arab groups concerned to end acts of violence and incitement against Israel.

6 December 2010

The AEJ supports the petition for Belarus to respect basic human rights and end repressive laws in Belarus. It was launched by journalists and human rights campaigners in Belarus with Index on Censorship.

It is hoped that this will increase pressure on the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko to remove repressive laws as the presidential election on 19 December approaches. It is also addressed to the EU’s High Representative, Catherine Ashton.

20 December 2010

The death of Brian Hanrahan, BBC foreign correspondent and AEJ member, was announced. William Horsley, formerly a colleague at the BBC, wrote a tribute to him.

 

 

2009

 

 

 

26 January 2009

The report on communication by government from the House of Lords Committee was published. It includes evidence submitted by William Horsley. For the Committee's work generally, see its home page.

1 May 2009

World Press Freedom Debate 2009 on "Strasbourg: journalists' foe or friend?"

30 May 2009

The AEJ won a significant success in defence of media freedom. A key amendment with a pledge to review anti-terrorism laws, tabled by William Horsley on behalf of the AEJ as an Observer, was approved by 46 out of 47 member states at the Reykjavik ministerial conference on the media. Only Russia abstained.

11 September 2009

An assessment of the role of media in combatting discrimination was sent to the Council of Europe as part of its "Speak out against Discrimination" campaign. The report, compiled by William Horsley, covers Armenia, Croatia, Poland, Turkey and the UK. A full account of it, with links to the country reports and a feature about Russia, can be found on the main AEJ website.

 

 

 

26 October 2009

Twenty journalists were killed in the past three years in Europe, and the region suffered another setback in media freedom because of violence, repressive laws and political interference against the media.

Those are the findings of a report by the AEJ's Media Freedom Representative William Horsley, commissioned by the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly. It was presented to the Media Sub-Committee in Luxembourg on 26 October.

The research is to help the Assembly create a stronger mechanism for monitoring and countering assaults on journalists and abuses of freedom of expression in the media across Europe.

Council of Europe press release

Council of Europe report

 

 

 

20 November 2009

The 2009 Annual AEJ Congress, hosted by the AEJ's Dutch Section in November, was addressed by Mr Thomas Hammarberg, European Human Rights Commissioner. See the text of his speech and "Limits on press freedom in Europe", a contribution by William Horsley to the BBC College of Journalism blog.

10 December 2009

William Horsley took part in a debate to mark Human Rights Day, broadcast as the inaugural edition of ViewPoint, the Council of Europe's web TV programme (see video). The debate focused on internet and the violation of human rights by online means. See main AEJ website

10 December 2009

Journalists working in print and broadcast media in Ukraine face an alarming set of political and other pressures on their independence. Arthur Rudzitsky and colleagues wrote a special report in 2009 and a follow-up report on 9 April 2010. In 2010, they launched a new AEJ section in Kiev

 

 

2008

 

 

 

28 February 2008

Launch in Brussels of AEJ Media Survey Update, "Goodbye to Media Freedom?"

2 May 2008

World Press Freedom Debate on the motion "New Media Is Killing Journalism".

19 May 2008

"Freedom of the press" – Letter to the Editor of The Times about protection of journalistic sources.

 

 

 

7 October 2008

On the second anniversary of the murder of the Russian journalist, Anna Politkovskaya, AEJ Media Freedom Representative William Horsley sent a message to Russian journalists mourning her death and calling urgently for her killers to be brought to justice.

 

 

 

 

25 November 2008

Eduk Baghdasaryan, editor of Hetq Online and an AEJ member, was assaulted by unknown assailants in Yerevan on 17 November. He was treated in hospital for a head injury caused by a rock that was thrown at him. His colleague Liana Sayadyan told the AEJ's congress of countless attacks on journalists by criminals who are rarely brought to justice.

We deplore this situation, express our solidarity with our Armenian colleagues and wish Eduk a swift recovery. The AEJ's President and its Media Freedom Representative sent a letter to the President Serzh Sarkissian of Armenia.

 

 

2007

 

 

 

3 May 2007

World Press Freedom Debate on "Freedom of the media is in retreat".

3 May 2007

The Council of Europe marked World Press Freedom Day by holding an online question and comment session from journalists. It was moderated by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, who responded to some of the interventions.

9 July 2007

The Association of European Journalists, which includes journalists from more than 20 countries, welcomes and celebrates the release of the BBC correspondent, Alan Johnston, after 114 days of captivity in Gaza. The AEJ was one of many international organisations which had called on those holding him to set him free.

 

 

 

9 November 2007

Resolution passed at the Annual General Assembly of the AEJ in Dublin, Ireland, on 9 November 2007:

The Association of European Journalists deplores the action of Slovakia's Supreme Court in rejecting the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg concerning the right of journalist Martin Klein to publish a satirical article about a church leader, Archbishop Jan Sokol. The position of Slovakia's judicial authorities places the country in breach of its legal obligations as a member of the Council of Europe to uphold freedom of expression. This has happened at a time when Slovakia should be setting a correct example as it starts its six-month term as chairman of the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe's executive body, on 12 November 2007.

 

 

 

10 November 2007

The AEJ’s Media Freedom Workshop was held on 10 November as the final session of the Dublin Congress. About 100 members debated the growing threats to journalistic freedom from undue interference and censorship. The OSCE’s Media Freedom Representative Miklos Haraszti welcomed as “excellent” the AEJ’s 20-country Survey Goodbye to Freedom? William Horsley, the Survey’s editor, was in the chair.

1 December 2007

The Association of European Journalists sent a letter to the Chairman of the Central Election Commission in Russia, Mr Vladimir Churov, expressing concern about the “overwhelming evidence” of media bias in favour of United Russia in the current State Duma election campaign. The letter was sent in the name of the AEJ Media Representative, William Horsley. It has been circulated today to the UK Press Freedom Network, including more than 20 media organisations and civil rights NGOs active in the UK and internationally.