|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.
8th meeting of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society, Strasbourg, 16-19 June.The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) held its 8th meeting in Strasbourg from Tuesday 16 to Friday 19 June. It approved and decided to forward a draft CM Recommendation on protecting and promoting the right to freedom of expression and the right to private life with regard to network neutrality to the Committee of Ministers for adoption.
Interesting exchanges took place with Ms Françoise Tulkens, former vice-president of the ECHR and Tarlach McGonagle, member of the Committee of experts on protection of journalism and safety of journalists, on a draft recommendation on the protection of journalism and safety of journalists and other media actors. PACE member Gvozden Srećko Flego (SOC) came also to discuss Protection of Media Freedom in Europe with the CDMSI.
One highlight of the meeting was the reception of the 6 young winners of a Spanish school drawing competition on Human Rights and Internet. In their own words, the children presented their experience on Internet showing the importance of digital literacy for children. Marta Santos Pais, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children, congratulated them and opened the exhibition of the drawings in the main hall of the Palais de l’Europe.
Council of Europe Declaration on ICANN:
“ICANN should strengthen its mechanisms to respect freedom of expression and privacy”
Strasbourg, 03.06.2015 – The Council of Europe has called upon its 47 member states to ensure that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which manages Internet domain names globally, creates adequate mechanisms to identify, prevent and mitigate possible breaches to human rights in its work, notably the rights to freedom of expression and privacy.
In a Declaration adopted today, the Council of Europe´s Committee of Ministers recalls that ICANN, as a private non-profit corporation should respect international human rights law, notably the UN Resolution 17/4 on human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, and welcomes its commitment to operate in conformity with relevant principles of international law (read more…)
Attack on journalists is attack on the society at large
Council of Europe video clip issued on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day. (clic on the picture)
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
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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CDMSI meetings and other Information Society meetings and events
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: still a precondition for democracy
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.