Why a Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society ?

In pursuing its statutory aim to achieve greater unity between its member states, notably in respect of freedom of expression and information and its corollary media freedom online and offline, the Council of Europe is constantly facing new challenges. Information and communication technologies are developing rapidly and the impact on our societies is considerable. New challenges to human rights and democracy continue to emerge by the day in the information society. (more...)

Minister Tasovac and others

From left to right: R.MacDonald, Access Now; M.Rotert, EuroISPA; Ph.Boillat, Council of Europe Director general of Human Rights and Rule of Law; Ivan Tasovac, Minister of Culture and Information of Serbia; G.Predic, State Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Information of Serbia; A.Mellakauls, Chairman of the Council of Europe CDMSI; Maja Rakovic, 1st counsellor, Serbian Embassy in France, A.Reijnders, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands


Political Declaration and Resolutions, adopted on 8 November 2013

Interpretative declaration by the Russian Federation

Conference Final Press Release (8 November 2013)



Background    Background papers were prepared or made available to document each sub-theme of the Conference.

Sub-theme 1: Access to the Internet and fundamental rights
X Online Freedom of Expression, Assembly, Association and the Media in Europe - by Ian Brown
X Internet freedom and the right to private life, protection of personal data and due process of law  - By Raegan MacDonald

Sub-theme 2: How do we address the current threats to journalism?
X How to address current threats to journalism?: The role of the Council of Europe in protecting journalists and other media actors - by Dr Tarlach McGonagle
X The activities of organisations in Europe working for the protection and safety of journalists and to combat impunity - by William Horsley
X 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 - by Philip Leach 

Sub-theme 3: Pluralism, diversity and quality in the new media ecosystem – opportunities and risks
X Converged Media: same content, different laws? - Foreword - An IRIS-Plus issue, by the European Audiovisual Observatory. The full document will be made available at the conference.
X Access to information in a converged media environment - by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

Sub-theme 4: Hate speech on-line
X The Council of Europe Against Online Hate Speech - by Dr Tarlach McGonagle
X Hatred, a Solidification of Meaning - by Jean-Luc Nancy, philosopher
X The hate factor in political speech: Where do responsibilities lie? - by Françoise Tulkens


X European Convention on Human Rights
X Recommendation CM/Rec(2011)7 on a new notion of media
X Recommendation CM/Rec(2012)1 on public service media governance

To read also:
X Council of Europe Conference on "The hate factor in political speech – Where do responsibilities lie?" Warsaw, 18-19 September
X Recommendation CM/Rec(2011)7 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on a new notion of media
X Recommendation CM/Rec(2012)1 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on public service media governance

SIDE EVENTS - The Committee on Culture and Information of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, jointly with the Sub-Committee on Media and Information Society of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe organised a meeting on  November 6th in Belgrade. The meting took place in the Serbian National Assembly.
Two sessions were on the programme: Session 1 on Protection of media freedom in Europe and Session 2 on Priorities for audiovisual media policy in Europe.
See here the agenda.

 PREPARATORY PAPERS. The documents below are some contributions received and/or drafted in view of the preparation of the Conference. The opinions expressed are the responsibility of their authors and do not reflect the official policy of the Council of Europe.
X Freedom of expression and democracy in the digital age - a paper by the Secretariat.
X Discussion paper on possible modifications of the "public watchdog" term in the new media environment (by Matthias Traimer)
X Access to the Internet - a human right? (by Andris Mellakauls)
X Proposed issues for Ministerial Conference, Belgrade, Autumn 2013 from European Federation of Journalists
X French proposed study of connected television by the Council of Europe Steering Committee on Media and Information Society
X "I don't speak on behalf of..." Agile Movements, Fluid Politics and the new Democratic Bargain" by Ren Reynolds
X "Community media and social media: active citizenship in a changing media environment”, by CMFE (Community Media Forum Europe)
X Democracy, freedom and regulation in the digital environment Reflections on the possible issues to be discussed during the Belgrade conference on media and information society (Bulgaria)
X Open Internet Standards for Human Rights: An open, global and interoperable Internet as a backbone for human rights and freedom of expression Proposal by the Internet Society
X Freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and association online is crucial for modern democracies – Thomas Schneider (Switzerland)
X The power of the screen - Enhancing democracy and freedoms while fulfilling responsibilities in the online environment – Thomas Schneider (Switzerland)

For the ministeral sessions,
Active interpretation
was provided into English, French, German,  Italian, Russian,and Serbian
Passive interpretation was provided in Spanish
For the parallel sessions,
Active interpretation
was provided into English, French and Serbian.


The Conference took place at the
Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 69 · Belgrade 11000


Council of Europe - Media Division

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