Baku (Azerbaijan),
6-9 November 2012


Internet Governance
Forum -
7th meeting


The development of online media and new forms of expression online has created new challenges to the protection of freedom of expression. What can be done to ensure the safety of online media professionals and actors?

The Council of Europe is organising - in cooperation with EBU, OSCE and UNESCO - an open forum on this pressing issue at the 7th Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which the UN is organising in Baku (Azerbaijan) from 6 to 9 November.

Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Jean Paul Philippot, President of EBU, and Neelie Kroes, EC Vice-president, will participate in the debate together with speakers such as journalist Eynulla Fatullayev and Jim Boumelha, President of the International Federation of Journalists.

The Council of Europe is also organising at the IGF events on topics aiming to engage in the discussions representatives of civil society, governments, the private sector and other relevant Internet actors.

Council of Europe at IGF

Monday, 5 November

09.00-18.00 –Conference room 2 – Pre-event

Tuesday, 6 November

14.30-16.00 – Conference room 8 - Workshop 128

Wednesday, 7 November

Co-organised with EBU, OSCE and UNESCO - Opening remarks by Mr Nils Muižnieks, Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe? Mr Jean Paul Philippot, President of EBU and Ms Neelie Kroes, EU Commissioner and EC Vice President
11.00-12.30 – Conference room 4, Open forum

14.30-16.00 – Conference room 9 - Workshop 136

Thursday, 8 November

09.00-10.30 – Conference Room 7 – Workshop 110

Organised in cooperation with the Internet Society
09.00-10.30 – Conference room 1 - Workshop 181

14.30-16.00 – Conference room 4, Open forum