Founded in 1985, International Association of European Journalists in Belgium is an independent non-profit vzw/asbl under Belgian law. The association’s overall aim and mission is to promote critical journalism in the European integration process, to defend media freedom in Europe and to promote cross-border journalism.
The AEJ brings together professional journalists, mostly correspondents who report on the EU and its institutions on a daily basis. Our broad press membership has a keen, general interest in Europe and includes also freelance contributors to television and radio, national, regional and specialist newspapers, periodicals, websites, blogs and other new media, as well as university and college students and scholars in the field of journalism and media innovation.
We consider it our task to provide useful services, to be a home for creative journalists and to develop interesting strategies and innovative products together with them. This openness to innovation motivates us to match with cultural partners and to offer free space to invited artists. We indeed believe that an important asset of culture is to allow people to express opinions, explore issues and imagine alternative futures. This will enrich the dialogue on the job of journalist and EU correspondent between the AEJ in Belgium and all those interested in media issues. Therefore the AEJ in Belgium will be investing even more in a variety of local activities offered by us and our partners. Moreover, the activities focus on the ‘branding’ of the job of EU-correspondent and on empowering our fellow-journalists in the evolving media landscape.