04 May 2021 15:16:00Strasbourg 4 May 2021
The Guide to Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights is part of the series of...
03 May 2021 11:28:00Strasbourg 3 May 2021
A new interactive guide for States on protecting journalists and media actors was released by the...
28 Apr 2021 15:38:00
Secretary General: European governments should show stronger political will to protect press freedomStrasbourg 28 April 2021
In a statement issued ahead of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, Council of Europe Secretary...
27 Apr 2021 15:54:00Online 28 April 2021
Training for lawyers in Serbia on freedom of expression and the media has been organised on 26-27...
27 Apr 2021 12:05:00Strasbourg 26 April 2021
Speaking on the debate “A Digital Europe for all ?” organised by the Province of Flemish Brabant...
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