23 Nov 2021 13:28:00
Start of the online courses on “Freedom of Expression” and “Protection and Safety of Journalists” for judges and prosecutors in SerbiaOnline 23 November 2021
The implementation of the tutored online courses on “Freedom of Expression” and “Protection and...
22 Nov 2021 14:40:00Strasbourg 20 November 2021
On 19 November 2021, Patrick Penninckx, Head of Information Society Department, made a...
11 Nov 2021 17:28:00
Latest developments in the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights on freedom of expression in Bulletin No.3Online 10 November 2021
The Bulletin on the “Latest developments in the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights on...
10 Nov 2021 18:05:00
Local trainers in the Western Balkans prepared to conduct online courses on “Freedom of Expression” and “Protection and Safety of Journalists”Online 9-10 November 2021
The online courses on “Freedom of Expression” and “Protection and Safety of Journalists” have...
02 Nov 2021 10:52:00
Statement by the Chair of the CDMSI on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against JournalistsStrasbourg 2 November 2021
In Europe and beyond, journalists continue to be the target of attacks impairing their everyday...
Freedom of expression and information and freedom of the media are crucial for the functioning of a democratic society and continue to be so in times of crisis. In times of crisis media play a key role, also coupled with increased responsibility, in providing accurate, reliable information to the public, but also in preventing panic and fostering people’s understanding.
“Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This Article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.
The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.”
Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights
The murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017 sent shock waves through Europe. Violence and acts of harassment against journalists have become alarmingly frequent, as was laid bare in the Council of Europe’s 2017 survey of 940 journalists across the continent.
This follow-up study is about the human cost to journalists who seek to hold the powerful to account. It is based on in-depth interviews with 20 journalists who use their reporting skills to expose corruption, injustice and abuses, often putting their safety at risk. They share their insights into the realities of practising cutting-edge journalism while facing aggression, intimidation and vicious cyber-attacks. Too often the necessary protections fail and crimes against journalists go unpunished.