“The media in a democratic society: reconciling freedom of expression with the protection of human rights”: Luxembourg – 30 September – 1st Oct. 2002

The conference in pictures

Luxembourg conference on freedom of expression and the protection of human rights

Freedom of expression and its limits, protecting journalists' sources and journalistic ethics was discussed at a conference organised by the Luxembourg Chair of the Council of Europe, held in Mondorf-les-Bains on 30 September and 1 October. The conference also looked at the draft legislation on freedom of the press which is currently before the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies.

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Themes of the conference

- Freedom of media: the principle and its limits

- Freedom of expression and protection of individual freedoms: antagonistic or complementary?

- Does freedom of expression carry responsibilities?

- Protection of sources

- Journalists' ethics

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Programme

List of participants

Press releases

Useful links

Media division of the Council of Europe

Luxembourg Government (French)

The Luxembourg draft law on freedom of expression in the media (Luxembourg Site – French)

OSCE - Situation of the media by country

Lydie Polfer: Government officials cannot dictate to the media information that suits them

The ambition of the Council of Europe must be to carry on its efforts to assist in the transformation of the legislative frameworks, but also of normal human attitudes to freedom of expression and information, Lydie Polfer declared at the close of the Luxembourg conference on media freedom.

Full speech

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“No law should specifically put journalists under a legal regime which does not apply to all citizens”

The increasing pressure for media to hand over films or pictures and for reporters to give testimony may threaten the status of journalists as independent neutral observers” stated Rapporteur General Aiden White at the closing of the conference on freedom of the media.

Press release

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Interview with Gérard Philipps, who currently chairs the Ministers' Deputies

Human rights, terrorism and the media: the Luxembourg Chair's priorities ''Freedom of the media is far from being a reality throughout Europe. As well as serious violations in certain countries it faces other threats, such as concentration of ownership. […] The aim of this conference is to help the media to adapt to the modern world, bearing in mind that media freedom can never be taken for granted''.

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The protection of journalistic sources: Recent developments and actual challenges by Prof. dr. Dirk Voorhoof, Professor, Media and Communication Research Center, Ghent University, Belgium

Does freedom of expression carry responsibilities? by Alvin Sold, Honorary President and member of the bureau of the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association, Editor of "Tageblatt", Luxembourg

Journalists' ethics by Claude-Jean Bertrand, Professor Emeritus, University of Paris II, Paris

Freedom of expression : the principles and its limits - by Basil Ader, barrister at the Paris Bar

Freedom of expression and protection of individual freedoms: antagonistic or complementary? by Dean Spielmann, barrister, member of the Luxembourg Consultative Committee on Human Rights

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Council of Europe background information

Freedom of expression in Europe - Case-law concerning Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights

Committee of Ministers’ Recommendations

Committee of Ministers monitoring procedures - Background information

The media in a democratic society – Resolution n°2 of the 4th European Ministerial Conference on Mass Media Policy - Prague, 7-8 December 1994

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The Luxembourg draft law on freedom of expression in the media

Draft law on freedom of expression in the media

Explanatory memorandum

Written expertise on the draft law on freedom of expression in the media by Patrick Wachsmann (French only) -

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Speeches

François Biltgen, Minister responsible for Communications, Luxembourg [01.10.2002]

Lydie Polfer, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg [01.10.2002]

Jean Bour, State Prosecutor at the Diekirch district Court, Luxembourg [30.09.2002]

Viviane Reding, European Union Commissioner responsible for education and culture [30.09.2002]

Peter Schieder, President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly [30.09.2002]

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General, Council of Europe [30.09.2002]

Biographies

Lydie Polfer, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg

Peter Schieder, President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General, Council of Europe

Viviane Reding, European Union Commissioner responsible for education and culture

Gérard Philipps, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the Council of Europe