16 Jun 2021 12:28:00
European ministers adopt priority actions to enhance journalists’ safety and address AI’s impact on freedom of expressionStrasbourg 16 June 2021
European Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society have agreed to carry out a...
15 Jun 2021 10:52:00Strasbourg 15 June 2021
The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) invites comments from the public...
01 Jun 2021 23:56:00Tunis 28-29 May 2021
What is the role of the media in the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms? How has press...
01 Jun 2021 11:16:00Online 1 June 2021
Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe, made a...
01 Jun 2021 11:12:00Online 1 June 2021
Council of Europe instruments and policies were presented at the SIDI - School on Internet...
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