"The AEJ is

an independent, self-funding association for journalists, writers & specialists in European affairs.
It offers journalists the chance to be part of a professional & social network of media professionals & experts on European issues."

About the AEJ

Association of European Journalists (AEJ)

Across Europe, the AEJ brings together individual journalists through their membership of the national sections. The AEJ was set up in 1961 in the then six EEC-countries and was founded by 70 journalists, convinced by the need for European integration in a democratic way who believed in the potential of journalism to promote European harmony.  For that reason they were determined to defend the freedom of information and freedom of the press in Europe. 

Most activities of the AEJ are arranged by the sections at national level. However, one of the aims of the international association is to create links between individual journalists; to exchange contacts, information and ideas. The AEJ partners with the European Journalism Centre (EJC), an independent institution for further training of journalists.

There are now more than 20 sections ( click here for national contacts), independently established in countries that belong to the Council of Europe. Members in each section are drawn from a wide spectrum of the media staff and freelance contributors to television, radio, national, regional and specialists newspapers and periodicals and the new media. Membership in each section is open to all journalists including foreign media representatives based in the country.

AEJ organisation

Registered under Belgian law ( click here for the AEJ Statutes), the AEJ is an independent non-profit-making international organisation with neither party-political nor union ties. It has NGO status with UNESCO and the Council of Europe; is a member of the European Movement and has a working relation with the Representative on Freedom of the Media OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe). 


At European level, the AEJ is governed by a democratic structure consisting of the General Assembly, an executive committee, elected officers and the general secretariat. The executive committee consists of all the national section secretaries and some elected members.

Each year one of the sections hosts the AEJ's annual congress ( click here for the complete list of AEJ congresses). The sections participate in the voting and debate at the General Assembly through their representatives. 


The annual congress provides an opportunity to meet a network of like-minded journalists from around the continent. One day is given over to a conference on an issue of current interest. The General Assembly debates and can pass resolutions on current cases where journalistic freedoms are in jeopardy.

International Board

At the 2016 AEJ General Assembly in Ireland, the following officers were elected for a 2 years term:

  • President:  Otmar Lahodynsky, Austria
  • Secretary-General:  Tibor Macak, Slovakia 
  • Vice-President : Saia Tsaousidou, Greece
  • Vice-President:  Javier F. Arribas, Spain 
  • Vice-President, Representative for Media Freedom:  William Horsley, UK 
  • Treasurer:  Luigi Cobisi, Italy 
  • AEJ Representaive for Brussels:  Lieven Taillie, Belgium

Honorary Presidents of the AEJ 
Athanase Papandropoulos (Greece) 
Diego Carcedo (Spain) 
Eileen Dunne (Ireland) 

Honorary Vice - Presidents 
Carmelo Occhino (Italy)  
Dogan Tilic (Turkey)

Honorary Secretary Generals  
Miguel Angel Aguilar (Spain)
Juraj Alner (Slovakia) 
Peter Kramer (Belgium)

AFTER MODIFIED STATUTES  (decision of AEJ Int. General Assembly of 23 November 2013, in Brussels)  CAME IN FORCE ON 12 DECEMBER 2013, ABOVE MENTIONED ELECTED OFFICERS AND SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVES MAKE UP  AEJ INT. BOARD.