Media - Freedom of expression and information
Council of Europe / European Union
Joint programmes

South Caucasus-Moldova
Democracy support programme

  Journalism education

Bosnia and Herzegovina


  European Convention on Human Rights

  Committee of Ministers

  Parliamentary Assembly

           Media related

Venice Commission

 Commissioner for Human Rights


 Living together

  Guidelines, Media in times of crisis

  Converging media - convergent regulators


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 Herzegovina)
[27 October 2011, Strasbourg] A major event, a conference to be opened by the Minister of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is entitled “Living together: conference on combating hate speech in South-Eastern Europe” and it will address the issue of hate speech in the media in some of the Council of Europe member states where the problem is most worrying. Its aim will be to increase the awareness of this phenomenon and of relevant Council of Europe standards, as well as exchanging experience amongst various players and eventually contributing to the fight against hate speech.
Hate speech is an abuse of the right to freedom of expression and an attack on the foundations of democracy. The Council of Europe contributes to the elimination of racial discrimination and intolerance not only through the enforcement of the European Convention on Human Rights by the European Court of Human Rights but also through the recourse to non-binding instruments such as recommendations of the Committee of Ministers and of the Parliamentary Assembly.

Background paper


For a fair media coverage of the election campaign in Tunisia  
[09 September 2011, Strasbourg] In view of the elections on 23 October 2011 of a Constituent Assembly which will draft the new constitution of Tunisia, the Venice Commission and the Media Section of the Council of Europe organised training for Tunisian trainers on fair and balanced media coverage of elections. The training took place in Strasbourg between 6 and 9 September and was accompanied by meetings with French and German journalists as well as with the Secretary General and other representatives of the Council of Europe and of the local authorities. The Tunisian experts will, upon their return, train Tunisian journalists.
The training programme is funded by a financial contribution from the government of the Netherlands. 

Regional network of press councils established  
[16 June 2011, Strasbourg] Representatives of media self-regulatory bodies from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine agreed to create an informal network of press councils. The network will serve as a platform for regional cooperation and exchange of information and experience. It will aim at raising the profile and  the effectiveness of the media self-regulatory mechanisms in each country. The network will cooperate, among others, with the Alliance of Independent Press Councils of Europe and the worldwide Organisation of News Ombudsmen.
The agreement was reached on 9-10 June 2011 in Chisinau at a Regional meeting on media self-regulation organised by the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Press Council of Moldova. The participants established a working group to draft a statute and a short-term work plan of the network. Mr Petru Macovei, Secretary of the Press Council of Moldova, was elected as coordinator of the group. The meeting is co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe.

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

[06 May 2011, Strasbourg] 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.

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Promotion of European standards in the Ukrainian media environment

To raise standards of journalism with a view to ensuring that the Ukrainian public is better informed about political and social processes and to provide continuing support for enhancing the legislative framework for media.

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Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media in the South Caucasus and Moldova

To support the development of legal and institutional guarantees for freedom of expression, higher quality journalism and a pluralistic media landscape in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova, in line with Council of Europe standards and as regards both traditional and new media.

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