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Human Rights Comment

Misuse of anti-terror legislation threatens freedom of expression

04/12/2018 Strasbourg

When terrorism spreads, states are often tempted to restrict fundamental freedoms for the sake of fighting it and preventing further attacks. Terrorism constitutes a serious threat to human rights and democracy and action by states is necessary to prevent and effectively sanction terrorist acts....

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Arbitrary Internet blocking jeopardises freedom of expression

26/09/2017 Strasbourg

Internet blocking is a widespread phenomenon in Council of Europe member states. Its impact on freedom of expression was highlighted already in 2011, when the former UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, outlined in...

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Human Rights Comment

Public service broadcasting under threat in Europe

02/05/2017 Strasbourg

Well-funded and strong public service media are a good indicator that a democracy is healthy – this is the result of a study published last year by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The report notably found that countries that have popular, well-funded public service broadcasters encounter...

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Press freedom in the digital age: new threats, new challenges

03/05/2013 Strasbourg

As growing portions of journalistic activity take place on the Internet, Europe has not become a safer place for those expressing critical opinions. Clearly, people reporting can reach out faster and to a broader audience than before. But old and new threats await them when they decide to do so:...

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Continued attacks in Europe: journalists need protection from violence

05/06/2012 Strasbourg

Journalism is a dangerous profession, including in Europe. Since the beginning of this year, journalists have suffered physical attacks in Azerbaijan on a number of occasions, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania and Russia. Governments should treat violence...

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