|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 of Human Rights
SAVE THE DATE
Freedom of Expression is Still the Issue (and nothing less than a human right)
13 and 14 October 2015, Strasbourg
Following last December's CM Thematic Debate “Ensuring freedom of expression on the Internet” of December 2014 and the subsequent decision of 4th February 2015, delegates invited the Secretary General to organise a Council of Europe conference on the implication of the European Court of Human Rights case-law on freedom of expression on the Internet.
A high level conference will be organised on 13 and 14 October 2015 in Strasbourg, based on three key elements: freedom of expression as a fundamental value of democracy; challenges to freedom of expression posed by the Internet and possible answers; the role of the European Convention on Human Rights and the case-law of the Strasbourg Court in the European legal landscape. The following three issues will be built into various debates that will be held over two intensive days: the rules of the democratic game when there is conflict between fundamental rights; the context of increased social sensitivities; how to integrate the Internet into the existing sphere of protection for freedom of expression.
The Conference will enable exchanges of the diverse approaches of concerned actors on these issues: journalists, sociologists, lawyers, judges of the ECtHR, politicians, representatives of international organisations and civil society. It will mark an important milestone in the roadmap towards establishing a coherent regime to protect all public spaces for democratic debate.
The Conference programme will be available soon.
'Charlie Hebdo' massacre, attack on democratic society
Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland: "I am shocked and deeply saddened by the horrendous attack on innocent people at the Charlie Hebdo in Paris today. This terrorist attack was clearly targeted to hit journalists and undermine freedom of expression. It was an outrageous attack on our democratic and European values. It is another example of the threatening radicalization of our societies, which we must resolutely resist. Europe's governments and institutions, including the Council of Europe, have to take all possible action to better protect journalists and media freedom in future. I extend my condolences to the people of France and especially to the victims' families and friends." The Council of Europe will hold a commemorative ceremony to honour the victims on Friday.
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.
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CDMSI meetings and other Information Society meetings and events
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.
“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