Council of Europe /
Democracy support programme
Our main goal is to promote freedom of expression and information and freedom of the media in line with the Council of Europe standards. These standards – conventions, recommendations, declarations, guidelines, etc. – are based on Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the relevant case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. Our co-operation activities in the media field include legal expertises, training programmes, seminars, conferences and other events with the participation mainly of public officials, media professionals and civil society. The implications of new communication technologies are also explored.
Hungarian media legislation
[25 July 2013, Strasbourg] Implementation of the law ruling the selection process of a new President of the National Media and Infocommunication Authority / Media Council in accordance with Council of Europe standards
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Living together: Council of
Europe Conference (17-18 November 2011,
Sarajevo, Bosnia and
a fair media coverage of the election campaign in Tunisia
network of press councils established
Regional meeting of media self-regulatory bodies (9-10 June 2011, Chisinau, Moldova)
[27 April 2011, Strasbourg] Media professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine will meet to explore the possibilities for creating an informal network of self-regulatory bodies in the region. The meeting will bring together representatives of media self-regulatory bodies such as press councils, as well as journalists and media experts. The meeting is co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and is organised by the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Press Council of Moldova.
Regional conference on "Freedom of expression to the test of democratic evolutions in Central and Eastern Europe: myth or reality" (30-31 May 2011, Sofia, Bulgaria)
[19 April 2011, Strasbourg] The International Organisation of the Francophonie is organising in partnership with the Council of Europe and the Robert Schuman Foundation a regional conference on “Freedom of expression to the test of democratic evolutions in Central and Eastern Europe: myth or reality", to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 30 to 31 May 2011. The aim of the event will be to discuss good and bad practices, to exchange experiences and to identify new approaches for guaranteeing media freedom.
Agenda (French version only)
Note (French version only)
Moldovan Journalists adopt a New Code of Ethics
At a national conference on
3 May 2011 in Chisinau, Moldova,
85 mass media outlets and
associations adopted a new Code
of Ethics of the Moldovan
Journalists and committed to
observe the principles
prescribed by it. The compliance
with the Code will be monitored
by the Moldovan Press Council,
which also mediates in case of
complaints by the public and
provides remedies for unethical
conduct by journalists.