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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)
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Freedom of expression and information

Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights


Creation of an internet-based Platform of expression to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists


On 4 December, the PACE organised a Conference on Media Freedom and the Security of Journalists in the French Senate in Paris, during which the launch of an internet-based Platform to promote the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists took place. A "Memorandum of Understanding" on the creation of the Platform was signed between the Council of Europe and five partner NGOs (International Federation of Journalists, European Federation of Journalists, Association of European Journalists, Article 19, Reporters Without Borders). 

The Platform is a tool that is part of the strategy of the Council of Europe for the protection of journalists and media freedom.

This tool aims at enabling trusted partner organisations to issue alerts when journalists or their work is under threat, and increasing the Council of Europe's capacity to react more effectively in response to these alerts. The actions undertaken by the Council of Europe in this field, as well as regular reports and observations by the member States concerned, will also be included on the Platform.  (Click here for more information ...)


Seminar and Inter-regional dialogue on the protection of jounalists

The Seminar and Inter-regional dialogue on the protection of journalitsts took place on Monday 3 November in the European Court  of Human Rights in Strasbourg.  The event coincided with the inaugural International Day to End Impunity of Crimes against Journalists on 2 November and was organised jointly by the Council of Europe, UNESCO, the Centre for Freedom of the Media and the University of Sheffield, and the European Lawyers Union. 
The written conclusions of the Rapporteur of the Seminar and Inter-regional Dialogue, Dr Tarlach McGonagle, can be downloaded here.

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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Media in time of crisis Freedom of expression
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Internet and children
Media education
Internet and information society
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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