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Committee of Experts on protection of journalism and safety of journalists

MSI-JO (2014)01
18 February 2014

1st meeting, 3-4 March 2014
(Strasbourg, Agora, Room G05)

Draft agenda

1. Opening of meeting by Jan Kleijssen, Director, Information Society and Action Against Crime Directorate

2. Election of president and vice-president and appointment of gender rapporteur

3. Adoption of agenda

4. Information from the Secretariat

    Committee of Ministers Thematic debate 2012: “Safety of journalists”

        - SG/Inf(2012)6: Discussion paper presented by the Secretary General

    Committee of Ministers Thematic debate 2013: “Safety of journalists – Further steps for the better implementation of human rights standards”

5. Working methods and timelines

6. Structure of texts to be produced

    CDMSI(2013)007rev5: Draft declaration of the Committee of Ministers on the protection of journalism and safety of journalists and other media actors
    CDMSI(2012)011rev2: Secretariat document on the protection of journalists/journalism, endorsed by the CDMSI

7. Cooperation with other organisations (EU, UN, OSCE)

8. Any other business

9. Dates of next meetings

Reference documents:

    Link to the official text of the European Convention on Human Rights in different languages
    MCM(2013)009: How to address current threats to journalism? The role of the Council of Europe in protecting journalists and other media actors, by Tarlach McGonagle
    MCM(2013)012: The principles which can be drawn from the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights relating to the protection and safety of journalists and journalism, report by Philip Leach
    MCM(2013)011: The activities of organisations in Europe working for the protection and safety of journalists and to combat impunity by William Horsley
    Research report by ECHR on Positive obligations on member States under Article 10 to protect journalists and prevent impunity
    Resolution n 3: Ministerial Conference
    CDMSI(2012)Misc11Rev2: Study on Defamation
    Declaration by the Committee of Ministers on the protection and promotion of investigative journalism, adopted 26 September 2007
    Recommendation No. R(2007)7 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the right to journalists not to disclose their sources of information
    Recommendation 1950(2011) on Protection of journalists’ sources
    Resolution 1636(2008) on Indicators for media in a democracy
    Resolution 1535(2007) on Threats to the lives and freedom of expression of journalists
    Resolution 1438(2005) on Freedom of the press and the working conditions of journalists in conflict zones
    Recommendation 1706(2005) on Media and terrorism
    Recommendation No R(96)4 on the protection of journalists in situations of conflict and tension
    Declaration on the protection of journalists in situations of conflict and tension
    “Speaking of terror”: A survey of the effects of counter-terrorism legislation on freedom of the media in Europe by David Banisar (Contains, in the appendix, Guidelines of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on protection freedom of expression and information in times of crisis, adopted on 26 September 2007 and Declaration on freedom of expression and information in the media in the context of the fight against terrorism)

    Selection of documents from other organisations

    UN plan of action on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity
    Resolution on the Safety of Journalists – United Nations Human Rights Council, 21st session
    OSCE Safety of Journalists guidebook
    International News Safety Institute: Journalism Safety: Threats to media workers and measures to protect them
    Safety of journalists and the issue of impunity: revised draft resolution, United Nations General Assembly, 68th session
    UNESCO Concept note: Research Project on the Safety of Journalists as a potential Indicator of Good Governance, Democracy and Development
    Remarks by William Horsley: Thematic debate Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, 12 December 2013
    Presentation by Dr Ian Brown: Surveillance, freedom of expression and international law
    Report of the High Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism: A free and pluralistic media to sustain European democracy, January 2013
    Conclusions: Council of the European Union “Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council meeting, 25-26 November 2013
    T.McGonagle & F.J. Cabrera Blzques (eds.), with the collaboration of D. Voorhoof), Freedom of Expression, the Media and Journalists: Case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, IRIS Themes – Vol III, Strasbourg: European Audiovisual Observatory, 2013
    T.McGonagle & S. Nikoltchev (eds.), Freedom of Expression and the Media: Standard-setting by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, IRIS Themes - Vol I, Strasbourg: European Audiovisual Observatory, 2011