Paris Congress: Press freedom and the safety and security of journalists in all parts of Europe


December, 6th -7th 2019

The Association of European Journalists is organizing a major European conference examining the state of press freedom across Europe on December 6th of December2019.

The event is AEJ’s 2019 Annual Congress. It will be hosted by the French Section of the AEJ with participation by other national AEJ sections. It will take place at UNESCO’s headquarters building in Paris with additional support from the Council of Europe. The conference room can accommodate up to 350 people.

The AEJ’s intention is that the conference will highlight the acute threats to media freedom and to the vital role of the media in the democratic process in contemporary Europe. Conclusions and recommendations from the gathering will be communicated to the relevant authorities in UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the European Union, reflecting the urgent need for new measures to safeguard press freedom and the safety and security of journalists in all parts of Europe (« Appel de Paris »).

Guest speakers at the Conference will include public figures representing major European institutions, media organizations and press freedom NGO’s, as well as AEJ journalists from 15 national sections.

The AEJ also invite the students of journalism and high school pupils from Ile de France Region, Lycée Jean Monnet from Juvisy-sur-Orge.

France Télévisions, Reporters without borders, Robert Schuman Foundation and Hippocrène Foundation are supporting this Conference.

On Saturday December 7th the AEJ will hold its annual General Assembly at the Maison de Jean Monnet in Bazoches-sur-Guyonne about 45 kilometers west of Paris, with the kind cooperation of the Jean Monnet Association, European Parliament and the AEJ Belgian Section.


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