Committee of experts on protection of journalism and safety of journalists (MSI-JO)

  Steering Committee (CDMSI)
  Bureau of the Committee (CDMSI-BU)
  Former Steering Committee (CDMC)
  Former Bureau of the Committee (CDMC-BU)
  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)  
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  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
  Ministerial Conferences
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Freedom of expression and information

Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights


Mark this date 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.

Key questions will be:
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  What is being done by international organisations for the safety of journalists in hostile environments in practical terms?
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  Are there early warning mechanisms in place? Are they fit for purpose and capable of triggering the necessary protective or remedial action?
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What measures are in place to address the lack of investigation into attacks against journalists? What can the Council of Europe add?
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What are effective ways of protecting journalists?
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What deeper problems are underlying the lack of safety for journalists or is it a stand-alone issue?
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How to ensure protection for those who are not professional journalists and are communicating in the public interest, such as human rights defenders or whistle blowers?
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Can an Internet-based platform contribute to establishing rapid response capacity? What would be the conditions for such a platform and for a rapid response capacity?  

More to come soon.

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.

Promote gender equality in the media

The Deputies adopted a recommendation on gender equality and media in which they recommend that the governments of member States adopt adequate policies to create the appropriate conditions under which the media can promote gender equality as a fundamental principle of their activities and institutional organisation in the new multidimensional media environment.
This important text was immediately echoed by professional organisations in Europe but also beyond.

Recommendation CM/Rec(2013)1 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on gender equality and media (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 10 July 2013 at the 1176th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

Now also available in Russian

On the same topic, see also the Conference of the Council of Europe Gender Equality Commission "Media and the Image of Women" (Amsterdam, 4-5 July 2013)

See previous news

Media, society and culture Media and democracy
Media in time of crisis Freedom of expression
Freedom of the media
Diversity and concentration Copyright
Neighbouring rights
Public service media Radio
Internet and children
Media education
Internet and information society
Coming soon

5th meeting of the Bureau of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society. Strasbourg, 19-20 March

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