The 7th European Ministerial Conference on Mass Media Policy will take place at the International Exhibition Centre (15 Brovarsky Avenue) in Kiev on 10 and 11 March.
The conference will be fully open to the media.
Other participants will include:
· Media and communication ministers and high-level officials from the 46 Council of Europe member states
There will be three main sessions:
Session 1: Freedom of expression and information in times of crisis
· An introductory report from the Turkish delegation
Session 2: Cultural and media diversity in a time of globalisation
· An introductory report from the Swedish delegation
Session 3: Human rights and regulation of the media and new communication services in the Information Society
· An introductory report from the Polish delegation
The conference will also include:
· The presentation of a report on progress made since the last such ministerial conference, which took place in Krakow in 2000
A press conference involving the Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General and high-level representative from the Ukrainian authorities is scheduled to take place at 10.30am on the first day of the conference (Thursday 10 March).
Interpretation will be provided in English, French, Russian and Ukrainian.
A media briefing will be held shortly after the end of the conference - at approximately 2pm on Friday 11 March - to enable journalists to talk to some of the people involved in drawing up the political texts to be discussed at the conference.
Again, interpretation will be provided in English, French, Russian and Ukrainian.
· A political declaration
Copies of all of the draft political texts can be found at www.coe.int/2005-media
A forum bringing together a wide range of international, national and regional NGOs concerned with issues to be discussed at the conference will take place at the conference venue on Tuesday 8 March.
The forum will enable the NGOs to draw up and submit formal written contributions, and to prepare oral presentations which will be given during the conference itself.
A press conference is due to take place at the end of the forum, at around 6.30pm.
Round Table (to be confirmed)
A round table discussion is currently scheduled to take place at the end of the first day (approximately 6pm on Thursday 10 March).
The event will be open to anyone wishing to take part and will allow a wide-ranging discussion of topical media issues, involving some of the key conference participants.
N.B. The round table event is being organised independently of the Council of Europe, and will not necessarily reflect the Council’s views.
Registration and accreditation
Journalists wishing to attend the conference should apply for accreditation online via the official conference website:
Registration for journalists will take place at the conference venue (International Exhibition Centre, 15 Brovarsky Av., Kiev) from Wednesday 9 March.
A list of hotels and prices can be found on the official conference website, at: www.infomedia-e.expo2000.org.ua/en/services
Requests for accommodation can either be noted on the online accreditation form, or sent to Ms Irina Zelenina at email@example.com
More information can also be found on the official conference website, at www.infomedia-e.expo2000.org.ua
Further details on the Council of Europe’s work in the field of the media and communication can be found at: www.coe.int/T/E/Com/Files/Themes/media-freedom