Freedom of expression and information

Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights


Visuel safety of journalists Round Table on Safety  of Journalists from commitment to action 
19 May 2014 - Strasbourg

The Council of Europe organises a roundtable and invites international institutions and media freedom organisations in order to identify ways of better addressing severe human rights violations against 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. 

(06/05/2014). Council of Europe member States are encouraged to better protect journalists and other media actors.

In a Declaration, adopted on 30 April 2014, the Council of Europe, alarmed by the deteriorating safety situation of journalists and other media actors, urged its member States to fulfil their positive obligations to protect them. It intends to intensify its standard-setting and co-operation activities for the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists and other media actors as a priority and will consider further measures to ensure their protection from threats and acts of violence, as well as measures to eradicate impunity.  

(24/04/2014) - A Guide on human rights for Internet users

The Council of Europe launched a guide for internet users to help them better understand their human rights online and what they can do when these rights are challenged. The creation of the Guide was triggered by the need to empower users to exercise their human rights online. It has been prepared by the Committee of Experts on Rights of Internet Users (MSI-DUI). (Read more) 

Ministerial conference in Belgrade discussed freedom of expression and Internet freedom in Europe  

Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society from the 47 Council of Europe member states met in Belgrade on 7 and 8 November 2013 to discuss how to improve the protection of freedom of expression in Europe.

 Final Press Release

All information on the conference here.

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6th meeting of the  Bureau of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society. Strasbourg, 24-25 September

Cooperation Activities

Towards our goal to promote freedom of expression and information and freedom of the media in line with the Council of Europe standards, the 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.


"Safety of Journalists Current Challenges"
Warsaw, 23-24 April 2013  

Without freedom of expression and the right to impart and receive information and ideas, democracy becomes, at best relative, but at worst, a figment of collective imagination..." Read here the entire intervention by Jan Malinowski, at the Conference