|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)|
|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.
Council of Europe issues network neutrality guidelines to protect freedom of expression and privacy
Strasbourg, 13.01.2016 – The Council of Europe today called on European states to safeguard the principle of network neutrality in the development of national legal frameworks in order to ensure the protection of the right to freedom of expression and to access to information, and the right to privacy.
In a Recommendation, the Committee of Ministers representing the 47 Council of European member States, issued a set of network neutrality guidelines pointing out that Internet traffic should be treated equally, without discrimination, restriction or interference irrespective of the sender, receiver, content, application, service or device.
Whilst acknowledging that Internet traffic management can sometimes pursue legitimate purposes, the Committee of Ministers stresses that it can also result in blocking, discrimination or prioritisation of specific types of content, applications or services.
Turkey: Freedom of expression working group agrees 2016 actions
Today in Ankara, the informal working group between the Council of Europe and the Turkish Ministry of Justice met to discuss issues relating to freedom of expression in the country. Secretary General Jagland said: “There was progress today. Now we are looking forward to real change”.(more...)
9th plenary meeting of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) – Strasbourg, 8-11 December 2015.
Three major drafts were on the agenda of this important meeting to complete its 2014-2015 mandate:
All three were approved and forwarded to the Committee of Ministers for possible adoption.
Major Council of Europe conference
Freedom of expression: still a precondition for democracy?
13 and 14 October 2015, Strasbourg
Over 400 participants in the conference in Strasbourg on 13-14 October assessed serious
threats to freedom of expression, in particular in the light of recent events
such as the brutal assault against Charlie Hebdo journalists in Paris in January. Attorney at Law of Charlie Hebdo, Richard Malka, European Court of Human Rights judges, national judges, journalists and representatives from media freedom organisations, governments and international organisations attended this Conference.
A recent effort to support free expression, the Council of Europe’s Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists, was appraised as a tool that fosters early warnings of threats against journalists, to enable effective preventive action.
Speakers at the opening of the conference included Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjřrn Jagland, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina Almir Šahović representing the Chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, President of the Constitutional Court of Turkey Zühtü Arslan, Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic, German Federal Government Commissioner for human rights policy and humanitarian aid Christoph Strässer.
Is journalism under threat? Censorship, political pressure, intimidation, job insecurity and attacks on the protection of journalists’ sources - how can these threats be tackled? What is the role of the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights and national governments in protecting journalists and freedom of expression?
10 experts from different backgrounds analyse the situation from various angles. At a time when high-quality, independent journalism is more necessary than ever - and yet when the profession is facing many different challenges - they explore the issues surrounding the role of journalism in democratic societies.
Authors: Onur Andreotti (editor), Nils Muižnieks, Tarlach McGonagle, Sejal Parmar, Başak Çalı, Dirk Voorhoof, Kerem Altıparmak, Yaman Akdeniz, Katharine Sarikakis, Aidan White, Eugenia Siapera, Pierre Haski
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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 Thorbjřrn 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
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New adopted texts
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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.
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Seminar and Inter-regional Dialogue on the protection of journalists
3 November 2014, Strasbourg