1st meeting of the CDMSI

27-30 March 2012,


CDMSI Bureau 1

29-30 May 2012,


CDMSI Bureau 2

10-11 October 2012


2nd meeting of the CDMSI

27 - 30 November 2012









Initiatives to strengthen the protection of journalists, other media professionals and bloggers, both as regards preventive measures and effective investigation, taking into account the work conducted by other international organisations, and to foster ethical journalism
Committee of Ministers thematic debates on Media freedom (December 2011 and January 2010) and on safety of journalists (March 2012)
The CDMSI agreed to work on the safety of journalists, asking the Secretariat to make arrangements for an informal working / drafting group, with the objective to submitting concrete proposals to the Committee of Ministers in due course.

The Secretariat will communicate proposals to the CDMSI Bureau at its next meeting on progress made.

10-11 October 2012

Draft recommendation on gender equality and media

The CDMSI decided to complete a recommendation on gender equality and media prepared under the authority of the CDMC with the help of an informal drafting group, which subject to confirmation from the persons involved, should be composed of Thordis Elva Thorvaldsdottir (Iceland), Bissera Zankova (Bulgaria), Els Hendrix (Germany), Catherine Souyri-Desrosiers (France), Jerker Stattin (Sweden) and coordinated by the Gender Equality Rapporteur, Christina Lamprou (Greece).

Needs to be redrafted following CoE legal advise department opinion. Should achieve similar results.

Drafting meeting

The Secretariat will report on progress made at next Bureau meeting.

20-21 September 2012
10-11 October

Declaration of 13 January 2010
[The CDMSI] agreed to pay special attention to the intergovernmental expert input into the implementation of the Committee of Ministers Declaration of 13 January 2010 by
(i) responding to requests for information or questionnaires which may be submitted to CDMSI members by the Secretariat,
(ii) encouraging media and journalists professional organisations and civil society organisations that participate in CDMSI work to provide relevant information to the Secretariat.
Internal task force on freedom of expression and the media created by SG. 1st meeting 21 June.
Report on defamation being up-dated and completed.

The 2005 report on de-criminalisation of defamation has been revised.

The Secretariat will inform the Bureau then the CDMSI on progress made.

Task force established.

Member states to send their contribution

Task force 1st meeting

10-11 October / 27-30 Nobember 2012

19 June 2012

21 June 2012

1st Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society (Serbia, 2013)

Proposed dates: 17-18 October 2013 or 10-11 October 2013

Preliminary draft discussed

List of requirements were sent to M.Rakovic

Concept paper / agenda to be discussed

CDMSI Bureau 29-30 May
13 September 20123

Bureau 10-11 October 2012

Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Justice (19-21 September)
CDMSI Chair present at the Conference.

To report to the Bureau

10-11 October 2012

Relations with the European Union

Meeting with the High-Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism.

President of EC High Level Group invited to CDMSI

17 October 2012

27-30 November 2012




Draft terms of reference of CDMSI subordinate groups
the Bureau will make a proposal for the MC-RIU’s precise composition in light of suggestions made by CDMSI members by e-mail by 16 April;
Up-date(29-30/05/12): following electronic exchanges, a proposal was discussed by the Bureau.

Acronym was changed into MSI-DUI

Terms of reference adopted by CM

First meeting of MC-DUI

6 July 2012

13-14 September 2012

Draft Committee of Ministers declaration on risks to fundamental rights stemming from digital tracking and other surveillance technologies

Draft sent to T-PD, T-CY and CDCJ for comments.

Draft agreed by the Bureau

Draft sent to CDMSI for comments / approval
CM adoption expected

29 June 2012

3 October 2012

19 October 2012

December 2012

Follow-up to specific instruments on the Internet adopted by the Committee of Ministers
- Declaration on principles for Internet Governance
- Recommendation on the protection and promotion of the universality, integrity and openness of the Internet
- Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on Network Neutrality
Member states will discuss by e-mail exchange proposals on follow up to instruments on the Internet adopted by the Committee of Ministers.

CDMSI members and observers should send proposals

Reminder sent on 08 June 2012

Draft proposal to be discussed by the Bureau

31 July 2012

10-11 October 2012

“Drafting of an instrument on cross-border flow of Internet traffic
The CDMSI discussed this item and decided to consider output in respect of cross-border flow of Internet traffic in light of concrete problems / scenarios to be submitted by members and observers or participants.
A small group composed by some members and observers of the CDMSI (Thomas Schneider - Switzerland, Michael Rottert – EuroISPA) will synthetize the various possible contribution and consult the CDMSI on the way forward.”

Preliminary report drafted by Secretariat to be discussed by the Bureau

10-11 October 2012


Internet Governance – Council of Europe Strategy 2012-2015

A chart to follow developments concerning the Strategy is being prepared and will be presented to the CDMSI Bureau.

10-11 October 2012






CDMSI comments on PACE Rec 1998(2012) on the protection of freedom of expression and information on the Internet and Online media

Comments sent to CM

31 July 2012

CDMSI comments on PACE Rec 1996(2012) Equality between women and men : a condition for the Arab spring
1st draft was submitted to the gender equality rapporteur.

Comments sent to CM

31 July 2012

CDMSI comments on PACE Rec 2001 (2012) – “Protection of and access to the audiovisual cultural heritage"

Comments sent to CM

31 July 2012