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Strasbourg, 17 May 2005

MM-S-IS(2005)006

 

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GROUP OF SPECIALISTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS
IN THE INFORMATION SOCIETY

(MM-S-IS)

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1st meeting
4 and 5 April 2005
Strasbourg, Human Rights Building

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REPORT

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5. Ms Alexandra KRICK (Belgium) was elected as Chairperson and Mr Bengt Olav HERMANSEN (Norway) was elected Vice-Chairperson, both unanimously.

11. Ms Rachel O’CONNELL, expert consultant to the MM-S-IS, gave a presentation summarising the main lines of her draft paper provisionally entitled “The elaboration of the meaning of “harmful content”, as referred to in the Council of Europe instruments, in order to promote coherence in the protection of minors in all media in the Information Society”.

12. There were active discussions which resulted in a number of suggestions for the paper to incorporate the following comments:

- the problems arising from gaps in the various regulatory systems for media content which is capable of crossing over from one medium to another (e.g. the regulation of on-line gaming content in a mobile phone environment);

- highlighting the many benefits of new communication technologies, such as web logs, which serve to enhance Human Rights in particular the right to freedom of expression and information pursuant to Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.


1 Point 18, sub-theme 3 of the Action Plan on human rights and regulation of the media and new communication services in the Information Society of the 7th European Ministerial Conference on Mass Media Policy (Kyiv, 10 and 11 March 2005).