Safety of journalists is one of the key elements of the Action "Freedom of expression and freedom of the media in Montenegro (JUFREX)". In order to ensure proper implementation of relevant Council of Europe standards, JUFREX will work with judicial representatives and police officers and build their capacities to effectively respond to the journalists’ threats. In addition, through direct grant arrangements with national judicial and police training facilities, Action would facilitate integration of Council of Europe standards into their curricula.
First event under this comprehensive programmatic context has been the workshop for police officers, that operate under the Police Task force on Safety of journalists. Workshop has been organised in co-operation with Police Academy in Budva on 5/6 March. It has been facilitated by Jonathan Price, Council of Europe consultant in the area of Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalist. He was supported by Dalibor Tomovic, Montenegrin lawyer and member of national commission for Monitoring Investigations of Attacks on Journalists.
Thematically, workshop was focused on Freedom of expression standards under the Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, with relevant European Court of Human Rights case-law, as well as on the role of the press, its protection under Article 10, how it has come under threat, and the Council of Europe response to that threat, in particular the four “pillars” identified in CM Rec (2016) 4 and their implementation. Workshop also allowed for the presentation of Platform for the Safety of Journalists and the Protection of Journalism, as well as review of case studies from Montenegro.
The Action "Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in Montenegro (JUFREX)" is a part of the joint EU/Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022”.