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AEJ Belgium Need to Know

OPPORTUNITY WITH AEJ. AEJ Belgium is a registered vzw/asbl under Belgian law. Every such association needs to have someone elected by the members to be on the Board to execute the tasks of the treasurer. Are you interested or do you know someone that would be interested in aspects of financial management, working closely with the other members of the Board to deal with our association's finances?

It is certainly not a full-time role but the treasurer holds the bank account of the association and does the bookkeeping and payments. Once a year he or she sends out requests for members to pay their fees and makes an Annual Financial Overview of expenses, revenues and a bank statement. Maybe this person also has ideas for fundraising.

Interested in helping us out? Please express your interest to the Board by sending an email to info@aej-belgium.com

AEJ Belgium and AEJ International joined the campaign (led by the representative Tom Gibson from the Committee to Protect Journalists in Brussels) to ask MEPs to launch a Media Intergroup for Freedom and Independence of Journalism during this mandate. The last media intergroup dates back to the 2009-2014 legislature. You can find the letter we sent to MEPs on our website. The most tangible outcome of having an intergroup working on media is more visibility for lawmakers and more opportunities to get into discussion with MEPs and fellow press organisations on our concerns as journalists. 

AEJ Belgium encourages you to attend Media Fast Forward event on Thursday 12 December (10-16h) - an initiative of VRT to bring together stories, ideas, and people around the future of media. On top of a conference with talks and in-depth sessions, Media Fast Forward offers an exhibition with prototypes by VRT Innovation, as well as novel technologies by startups. Check out the programme here.

  • On 13 November members of AEJ Belgium gathered for the Annual General Assembly, where they discussed upcoming events, activities and ideas for 2020.  A report will be sent to all members soon. If you did not receive it, please send us an email to info@aej-belgium.com
  • report of the discussion organised by AEJ Belgium in collaboration with BREKO on 5G is now available on our website.

new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism addressed to the European Commission argues that European media needs three things to flourish in an increasingly confusing environment: freedom, funding and help finding a future. In that order.

“We find ourselves at a critical juncture, where digital media policy has not kept pace with digital media reality. Yesterday’s broadcast and print media policies are not always fit for purpose in an increasingly digital, mobile and platform-dominated media environment,” says the report.

This year, the AEJ International's annual congress will take place in Paris. On 6 December, UNESCO will host the sessions of the AEJ International seminar on media freedom and, on 7 December, members and guests will gather for the International General Assembly at the House of Jean Monnet in Bazoches sur Guyonne, today a property of the European Parliament, some 45 km south-west of Paris. AEJ Belgium is in charge of the programme for 7 December. The section expects as special guests Klaus Welle, secretary-general of the European Parliament (confirmed), and, in the afternoon, Ambassador Gordon Sondland from the US Mission to the EU (tbc).  More news to follow soon. We warmly encourage you to save the date of Saturday 7 December and to envisage a trip to Bazoches, where the whole EU adventure started, on that day.

The International Press Institute (IPI) recently led a press freedom mission to Turkeywhere over 120 journalists are currently jailed and hundreds more face prosecution following the failed military coup of July 2016. A central concern was the systemic failure of the judicial system to provide justice to those caught up in the post-coup backlash and charged with terrorism offences. 

We are looking for interns and volunteers to assist in the development and implementation of our projects. The intern will be working with a flexible schedule, most of the time at the Press Club Brussels Europe.

How to apply:

Send us an email with your CV and cover letter at info@aej-belgium.com

We will contact you for a personal interview face to face or via Skype to go into the specific details of your internship. 

On 29 November the former FAZ correspondent Michael Stabenow and API President will be the guest of Radio Gold Europe, live between 1pm and 2pm on 106.1 FM and afterwards in podcast version on our website where you still may listen to previous editions.

Collaboration with LN 24 Club Europe continues. This is broadcast every Thursday between 5pm and 6pm and again on Saturday at several moments in the day. LN24 is available on VOO (channel 12), Proximus (channel 18), Telenet in Brussels (channel 16), Telenet Flanders (channel 140) and Orange (channel 90). Our collaboration consists of helping to find two colleagues every week to take part in the panel discussion.

AEJ International Must Read
The president of AEJ International, Otmar Lahodynsky, was a guest of LN24 Le Mag International, a  broadcast animated by Stephane Rosenblatt on Wednesday November 13, in which they discussed the situation in Turkey as part of our partnership with LN24.

Ahead of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, eleven partner organisations from the Council of Europe Platform to Promote the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists call on governments to ensure that crimes against journalists are not carried out with impunity.

The award of this year’s nobel prize for literature to Peter Handke drew a lot of criticism around the world. He wrote six books about the war in former Yugoslavia, which include a lot of praise for Serbian war criminals. He also attacked journalists as "war dogs" and recently attacked journalism as such.
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Interested in joining the AEJ? The AEJ Belgium brings together journalists, media experts and professionals, academics, public relations and communication professionals, civil society advocates, political and business leaders with the aim of enriching dialogue on media matters and facilitating the growth of the profession in a very troubling time for the profession.

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