|Steering Committee (CDMSI)|
|Bureau of the Committee (CDMSI-BU)|
|Former Steering Committee (CDMC)|
Former Bureau of the Committee
|Committee of Experts on Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists (MSI-JO)|
|Committee of Experts on cross-border flow of Internet traffic and Internet freedom (MSI-INT)|
|Legal and Human Rights Capacity Building|
|FORMER GROUPS OF SPECIALISTS|
|Rights of Internet Users|
|Public Service Media Governance|
|Protection Neighbouring Rights of Broadcasting Organisations|
|Public service Media|
Conference Freedom of Expression and Democracy in the Digital Age -
Opportunities, Rights, Responsibilities, Belgrade, 7-8/11/2013
Conference "The Hate factor in political speech - Where do responsibilities lie?", Warsaw18-19 September 2013
|Conference of Ministers, Reykjavik - Iceland, 28-29 May 2009|
|European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG)|
|Committee of Ministers texts|
|Parliamentary Assembly texts|
Freedom of expression and information
Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights
1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.
2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.
Media freeedom and free speech are hampered in all Europe
Europe’s democratic shortcomings are bigger, deeper and geographically more widespread than previously understood according to the latest overview of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in the 47 Council of Europe member states.
The report, by Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, identifies the lack of judicial independence in many countries and threats to media freedom across the continent as the two biggest challenges to democratic security.
“Honest and decent courts are essential for supporting democracy and
maintaining stability, yet over a third of our member countries are
failing to ensure that their legal systems are sufficiently independent
and impartial,” said the Secretary General.
The Secretary General’s overview – which is based on findings from
the Council of Europe’s thematic monitoring bodies – identifies
shortcomings in the conduct of elections, inadequate anti-discrimination
rules and pressure on NGOs in many countries as further areas of
(17/04/2015) Give your opinion
The Council of Europe is working on a
draft recommendation by the Committee of Ministers to its member states on
As part of its multi-stakeholder outreach and dialogue, the Council of Europe would like your feedback, comments and suggestions on the draft recommendation to be sent to us, at the latest by 30 April 2015, by e-mail to Marta.WIELOCH @ coe.int
(04/2015) Protecting the global free flow of information on the Internet
The Council of Europe has called upon its 47 member states to promote and protect the free flow of information on the Internet, and to ensure that any blocking of content complies with human rights standards and does not interfere with international Internet traffic.
Council of Europe launches an Internet platform to protect journalism and promote safety of journalists
The Council of Europe is launching today – in co-operation with five partner organisations – an
Internet platform aimed at protecting journalism and promoting the safety of journalists.
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New adopted texts
To facilitate their dissemination, some of the standards adopted by the Council of Europe have been translated into other languages than English and French, sometimes by members States themselves. You will find these translations in our "Translations" section.
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CDMSI meetings and other Information Society meetings and events
8th meeting of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) - 16-19 June 2015
The co-operation activities in the media field
help to promote freedom of expression and information and freedom of
the media in line with the Council of Europe standards.
Seminar and Inter-regional Dialogue on the protection of journalists
3 November 2014, Strasbourg
Freedom of Expression is STILL the Issue (and nothing less than a human right) 13 and 14 October 2015, Strasbourg
Council of Europe high level conference on the implication of the European Court of Human Rights case-law on freedom of expression on the Internet.