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Council of Europe Conference

Safeguarding free speech and the right to information: media in times of crisis

Protection and promotion of freedom of expression and information have always been high on the agenda of the Council of Europe. Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the related case-law of the European Court of Human Rights are the foundation on which the Council of Europe bases its work aimed at guaranteeing this essential right.

The right to freedom of expression and information, however, very often needs to be balanced against other human rights. This has always been of great importance but becomes especially acute in times of crises - situations that have not been uncommon in South-Eastern Europe in the past 15 years.

To address this issue, the Council of Europe is organising a conference on freedom of expression, in particular in times of crisis. Its focus will be on South-Eastern Europe but it will also look at the exercise of the right to information and freedom of expression in recent major crises in other parts of the world.

The Conference will take stock of the law and practice in South Eastern Europe concerning the application of Article 10 of ECHR and the related case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. The participants will identify existing problems and will look for approaches to deal with them. The discussions will also include the issue of the rights and responsibilities of media professionals when covering crisis situations.

The Conference is organised within the framework of the Stability Pact Programme in the media field and is addressed to public officials, parliamentarians, media professionals and non-governmental organisations as well as all major organisations who are currently working on the issue.

In addition to its direct relevance for South Eastern Europe, the conference is expected to provide useful input for the work of MC-S-IC – a Group of specialists set up by the Council of Europe to explore freedom of expression and information in times of crisis. Members of this group will be present at the conference to exchange experience with the other participants.

The conference is made possible thanks to a generous financial contribution by the government of Norway.

 

Secretary General's opening speech

Panellists' presentations

Conclusions

Programme

Information Documents

List of participants

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Safeguarding free speech and the right to information: media in times of crisis

Conference on the application of Council of Europe standards with a focus on South-Eastern Europe

Room 8, Palais de l'Europe, Strasbourg
13-14 October 2005

Programme

Thursday, 13 October 2005

08:30

Registration of participants

09:30

Opening of the conference

Mr Terry DAVIS, Secretary General, Council of Europe

10:00

Recent trends in the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights concerning Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and freedom of expression in times of crisis

Speaker: Mr Gavin MILLAR, Lawyer, Doughty Street Chambers, London, United Kingdom

10:30

Coffee break

11:00

The right to information and freedom of expression in recent major crises (panel discussion)

Moderator: Mr Ronan BRADY, Journalist, Dublin, Ireland

Panellists:
- Mr Jon DEVITT, Political Correspondent, BBC World Service and World TV, London, United Kingdom
- Mr Mike GRANATT, Partner, Luther Pendragon, London, United Kingdom (Report and Article)
- Mr Jose Maria IRUJO AMATRIA, Senior Editor and Investigative Reporter, EL PAIS, Madrid, Spain
- Mr Francisco Javier INDA, Director of the Department of Interior, Government of the Basque Country, Biscayne, Spain
- Mr Alexei PANKIN, Comments and Opinion section editor, Izvestia, Moscow, Russian Federation
- Mr Dmitri GOLOVANOV, Lawyer, Moscow Media Law and Policy Centre, Moscow, Russian Federation
- Mr Boris MALAKHOV, Deputy Director, Press and Information Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Moscow, Russian Federation

13:00

Lunch break

14:30

Focus on South-Eastern Europe: application of Council of Europe standards (panel discussion)

Moderator: Mr Jon WILLIAMS, TV Newsgathering Editor for the BBC, London, United Kingdom

Panellists:

- Mr Dinko KANCHEV, Chairman of the Executive Bureau, Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria
- Ms Ioana AVADANI, Director, Center for Independent Journalism, Bucharest, Romania
- Ms Vesna ALABURIĆ, Attorney-at-Law, Zagreb, Croatia
- Mr Ranko VUJOVIC, Executive Director of UNEM (Union of independent electronic media of Montenegro), Podgorica, Serbia and Montenegro
- Mr Remzi LANI, Director, Albanian Media Institute, Tirana, Albania
- Mr Robert GILLETTE, Temporary Media Commissioner, Pristina, Kosovo/UNMIK

16:00

Coffee break

16:30

Panel discussions continued

18:00

End of first day

 

Welcome cocktail party

Friday, 14 October 2005

9:00

Focus on South-Eastern Europe: application of Council of Europe standards (panel discussion continued)

Moderator: Mr Jon WILLIAMS, TV Newsgathering Editor for the BBC, London, United Kingdom

Panellists:

- Ms Dunja MIJATOVIC, Director of Broadcasting, Communications Regulatory Authority, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Ms Vitalia PAVLICENCO, Vice-President of the Commission on external politics and of European integration, Chisinau, Moldova
- Mr Roberto BELICANEC, Executive Director, Media Development Center, Skopje, “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”
- Ms Ljubica MARKOVIC, Director, Beta News Agency, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
- Mr Rory DUNLOP, Registry of the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France

11:00

Coffee break

11:30

Looking forward: strategies for protecting and reinforcing freedom of the media, with particular reference to South-Eastern Europe

Rapporteur: Dr Gregory SIMONS, Researcher, Crismart and Department of East European Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden

13:00

Closing of the conference

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Information documents

Conventions

- European Convention on Human Rights

- Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism

- Convention on Cybercrime

- Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime, concerning the Criminalisation of Acts of a Racist and Xenophobic Nature committed through Computer Systems

Recommendations

- Recommendation No. R (2003) 13 on the provision of information through the media in relation to criminal proceedings

- Recommendation No. R (2000) 7 on the right of journalists not to disclose their sources of information and its Explanatory Memorandum

- Recommendation No. R (97) 21 on the media and the promotion of a culture of tolerance and its Explanatory Memorandum

- Recommendation No. R (97) 20 on "hate speech" and its Explanatory Memorandum

- Recommendation No R (96) 4 of the Committee of Ministers to Member States on the protection of journalists in situations of conflict and tension

Declarations

- Declaration on freedom of expression and information in the media in the context of the fight against terrorism, adopted on 2 March 2005

- Declaration on freedom of political debate in the media, adopted on 12 February 2004

- Declaration on the provision of information through the media in relation to criminal proceedings adopted on 10 July 2003

- Declaration on freedom of expression and information adopted on 29 April 1982

Other documents

- Antiterrorist Convention - rules of conduct of Russian mass media in cases of terrorist attacks and conducting of counter-terrorist operations

- Report prepared by Dr Katrin Nyman-Metcalf, Independent Consultant and Associate Professor at the Riga Graduate School of Law

- Public consultation: protecting freedom of expression and information in times of crisis

- Legal provisions concerning defamation, libel and insult (DH-MM(2003)006rev)

- Regional conference on defamation and freedom of expression, Strasbourg, 17-18 October 2002

- Hearing on questions concerning freedom of expression and information and the fight against terrorism, 14 May 2002

- Compendium of the replies to the questionnaire on media and terrorism (CDMM(2002)007)

- Conference on freedom of expression and the right to privacy (Strasbourg, 23 September 1999). Conference Reports (DH-MM(2000)007)

- Proceedings of the Information Seminar on Self-regulation by the Media (Strasbourg, 7-8 October 1998) (DH-MM(1999)007)

- Charter for the Safety of Journalists Working in War Zones or Dangerous Areas, Reporters Without Borders, March 2002

- Johannesburg Principles on National Security, Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Article 19, November 1996