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

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  Conference of Ministers, Reykjavik - Iceland, 28-29 May 2009
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Terms of reference of the Group of Specialists on human rights in the information society (MC-S-IS)

1.

Name of committee:

Group of Specialists on human rights in the information society (MC-S-IS)

2.

Type of committee:

Ad hoc Advisory Group

3.

Source of terms of reference:

Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC)

4.

Terms of reference:

 

Having regard to:

the Political Declaration and the Resolution on Human Rights in the Information Society adopted at the 7th European Ministerial Conference on Mass Media Policy (Kyiv, March 2005), incorporated as an integral part of the Action Plan of the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe.

Under the authority of the Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC), and in relation with the implementation of Project 2004/DG2/33 “Standard-setting and policy assistance on information society issues (including Internet)”, the Group is instructed to:

i.

finalise draft guidelines on the roles and responsibilities of key state and non-state actors in the information society with particular regard to Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (cf. items 17.i, 19 and 24 of the Kyiv Action Plan);

ii.

prepare a draft Committee of Ministers’ recommendation updating Recommendation No. R (99) 15 on media coverage of election campaigns, taking account of the development of digital broadcasting services, online media and other electronic communication platforms (cf. item 26 of the Kyiv Action Plan);

iii.

prepare a standard-setting instrument which promotes a coherent pan-European level of protection for children from harmful content when using new communication technologies and services and the Internet, while ensuring freedom of expression and the free flow of information (cf. items 17, 19 and 23 of the Kyiv Action Plan);

iv.

prepare a report on the use and impact of technical filtering measures for various types of content in the online environment, with particular regard to Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and, if appropriate, make concrete proposals (e.g. in the form of a draft standard-setting instrument) for further action in this area (cf. items 19 and 23 of the Kyiv Action Plan);

v.

examine the respect for human dignity in the new communication services and, if appropriate, make concrete proposals for further action designed to complement or reinforce existing standards in this area (cf. item 27 of the Kyiv Action Plan);

vi.

prepare a report on emerging issues and trends in respect of, on the one hand, the protection of intellectual property rights and the use of technical protection measures in the context of the development of new communication and information services (and the Internet) and, on the other hand, the fundamental right to freedom of expression and free flow of information, access to knowledge and education, the promoting of research and scientific development and the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions and artistic creation and, if appropriate, make concrete proposals for further action in this area (cf. item 18 of the Kyiv Action Plan);

vii.

follow-up Council of Europe work on Internet governance and on the implementation of the World Summit on the information society action lines regarding the media (C9) and the ethical dimensions of the information society (C10);

viii.

follow-up Recommendation Rec(2006)12 on empowering children in the new information and communications environment (cf. item 23 of the Kyiv Action Plan);

ix.

develop tools to assist key state and non-state actors in their practical understanding of, and compliance with, human rights and fundamental freedoms in the information society in particular with regard to Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (cf. items 19 and 23 of the Kyiv Action Plan).

 

In doing so, the MC-S-IS will take into account the past and ongoing work of the Council of Europe concerning the information society, as well as work under way on the same issues in other international fora.

Upon request by the CDMC, the MC-S-IS shall provide advice and assistance to the CDMC and/or its subordinate bodies on the issues related to human rights in the information society and Internet and carry out any ad hoc assignments given to it by the CDMC.

5.

Composition of the Group:

5.A

Members

 

The Group shall be composed of 9 specialists with expertise in the field of media law and policy, in particular in the above-mentioned issues, to be appointed by the governments of the following member states: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Malta, Moldova, Slovakia, Ukraine.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one specialist from each of the above countries for attendance at meetings of the Group.

Other member states expressing an interest in the work of the Group may designate, at their own expense, specialists to participate in meetings of the Group.

5.B

Participants

i.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe may send a representative/representatives to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

ii.

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe may send a representative/representatives to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

iii.

The European Audiovisual Observatory may send a representative to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

iv.

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe may send a representative/representatives to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote and at the charge of the sending body.

5.C

Other participants

i.

The European Commission may send a representative/representatives to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

ii.

States with observer status with the Council of Europe (Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America) may send a representative/ representatives to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

iii.

The following intergovernmental organisations may send a representative/ representatives to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO);
- Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

5.D

Observers

 

The following non-governmental organisations may send a representative/representatives to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- Alliance for a Media Literate Europe (AMLA);
- Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT);
- Association of Internet Hotline Providers in Europe (INHOPE);
- Digital Rights in Europe (EDRI);
- European Broadcasting Union (EBU);
- European Federation of Journalists (EFJ);
- European Internet Co-Regulatory Network;
- European Internet Service Providers’ Association in Europe (Euro-ISPA);
- European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA);
- Europol;
- Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA);
- Internews;
- The European Consumers’ Organisation (BEUC).

6.

Working Methods and Structures:

 

The MC-S-IS shall undertake the necessary research and consultations with relevant parties. Where necessary, and in order to accelerate progress in its work, the MC-S-IS may organise hearings and/or colloquies, within the limits of its budget.

7.

Duration:

 

These terms of reference will expire on 31 December 2007.