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

Activities
STANDARD-SETTING
  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)  
CONVENTIONS
  Transfrontier Television
  Conditional Access
COOPERATION
  Legal and Human Rights Capacity Building
FORMER GROUPS OF SPECIALISTS
  Rights of Internet Users
  Information Society
  New Media
  Public Service Media Governance
  Cross-border Internet
  Protection Neighbouring Rights of Broadcasting Organisations
  Media Diversity
  Public service Media
 
Events
  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)
 
Documentation
  Conventions
  Committee of Ministers texts
  Parliamentary Assembly texts
  Ministerial Conferences
  Publications
  Translations
 
Useful links

1. Draft Agenda and draft Annotated Agenda.

2. Political Declaration and Resolution on Internet governance and critical Internet resources adopted at the 1st Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and New Communication Services “A new notion of media?” (28 and 29 May 2009, Reykjavik, Iceland).

3. Terms of Reference of the Ad hoc Advisory Group on Cross-border Internet (MC-S-CI).

4. Convention on Cybercrime.

5. Recommendation 1882(2009) of the Parliamentary Assembly the promotion of Internet and online media services appropriate for minors.

6. Recommendation CM/Rec(2009)5 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to protect children against harmful content and behaviour and to promote their active participation in the new information and communications environment, adopted on 8 July 2009.

7. Recommendation CM/Rec(2008)6 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to promote the respect for freedom of expression and information with regard to Internet filters, adopted on 26 March 2008.

8. Recommendation CM/Rec(2007)16 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to promote public service value of the Internet.

9. Declaration on protecting the dignity, security and privacy of children on the Internet, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 20 February 2008.

10. Declaration on freedom of expression and information in the media in the context of the fight against terrorism, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 2 March 2005.

11. Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on human rights and the rule of law in the Information Society (CM(2005)56 final)

12. Declaration on freedom of communication on the Internet, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 28 May 2003.

13. Recommendation No. R (2001) 8 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on self-regulation concerning cyber content (self-regulation and user protection against illegal or harmful content on new communications and information services).

14. Recommendation No. R (99) 5 of the Committee of Ministers to member states for the protection of privacy on the Internet.

15. Human Rights Guidelines for Internet Service Providers (H/Inf (2008)9).

16. Human Rights Guidelines for Online Game Providers (H/Inf(2008)8).

17. Internet governance and critical Internet resources, a report prepared by the Secretariat.

18. World Summit on the Information Society, Declaration of principles Building the Information Society: a global challenge in the new Millennium.

19. Report of the Working Group on Internet Governance, June 2005.

20. Communication COM (2009)277 final from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council - Internet governance: the next steps.

21. Communication COM(2009)149 final from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee on the Regions on Critical Information Infrastructure Protection.

1.

Name of Group:

Ad hoc Advisory Group on Cross-border Internet (MC-S-CI)

2.

Type of Group:

Ad hoc Advisory Group

3.

Source of terms of reference:

Committee of Ministers, upon the proposal of the Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC)

4.

Terms of reference:

 

Having regard to:

Resolution Res(2005)47 on committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods;

the Declaration and the Action Plan adopted at the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe member states (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005; CM(2005)80 final, 17 May 2005), in particular Chapter I.3. “Strengthening democracy, good governance and the rule of law in member states”;

Resolution on “Internet governance and critical Internet resources” adopted at the 1st Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and New Communication Services (Reykjavik, 28-29 May 2009);

Recommendation CM/Rec(2007)16 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to promote the public service value of the Internet, adopted on 7 November 2007;

the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1950, ETS No. 5), its additional protocols and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights.

 

Under the authority of the Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC) and in relation to the implementation of Project 2008/DGHL/1415 “Standard-setting and policy assistance on topical issues concerning the media and new communication services”, the Group is instructed to:

i.

examine the shared or mutual responsibilities of states in ensuring that critical Internet resources are managed in the public interest and as a public asset, ensuring delivery of the public service value to which all persons under their jurisdiction are entitled. Make proposals, in particular, relating to the prevention and management of events, including malicious acts, falling within member states’ jurisdictions or territories, which could block or significantly impede Internet access to or within fellow members of the international community with the objective of guaranteeing the ongoing functioning and universal nature and integrity of the Internet;

ii.

explore the feasibility of drafting an instrument designed to preserve or reinforce the protection of cross-border flow of Internet traffic openness and neutrality.

5.

Composition of the Group:

5.A

Members

 

The Group shall be composed of five specialists in international law and internet governance, to be appointed by the Secretary General. The Council of Europe budget will bear their travel and subsistence expenses incurred in connection with their participation in meetings of the Group.

6.

Working methods and structures:

 

In order to carry out its tasks, the Group may, where necessary, within the limits of available budgetary appropriations, seek advice of external experts, have recourse to consultants and consult with relevant governmental and/or non-governmental organisations and other members of civil society, as well as other pertinent bodies.

The MC-S-CI is entitled to invite other participants and/or observers to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses. Member states may be able to designate representatives to attend and present their position at meetings, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses. The MC-S-CI will have to request the necessary authorisation from the CDMC for the admission of observers.

7.

Duration:

 

These terms of reference will expire on 31 December 2010.


1 The Tunis Agenda for the Information Society, paragraph 35 a.

2 Discussions emphasised that the criticality of the Internet resources has been adequately analysed in the report prepared by the Secretariat of the Council of Europe on Internet governance and critical Internet resources.

3 The Tunis Agenda for the Information Society paragraph 35 a.