7th European Ministerial Conference on Mass Media Policy - Kyiv, 10-11 March 2005 

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio: Independent media are a constant preoccupation of the Council of Europe

Photo: Viktor Yuschenko and Maud de Boer-Buquicchio at the opening of the conference | Victor Pobedinsky/UNIAN

09.03.2005 - At the opening of the European Ministerial Conference on Mass Media Policy in Kiev, the Deputy Secretary General recalled the achievements of the media during the ''Orange Revolution'' at the end of last year. ''Freed from fear and vestiges of self-censorship, the media in Ukraine were not only witnessing history – they were making history by providing truthful information, regaining public trust.'' Referring to freedom of expression in times of crisis she underlined the ''duty of the state to facilitate access to information and to ensure respect for editorial independence'' while the media should ''refrain from hate-speech and incitement to violence and respect the dignity, safety and private life of victims''.