From left to right: R.MacDonald, Access Now; M.Rotert, EuroISPA; Ph.Boillat, Council of Europe Director general of Human Rights and Rule of Law; Ivan Tasovac, Minister of Culture and Information of Serbia; G.Predic, State Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Information of Serbia; A.Mellakauls, Chairman of the Council of Europe CDMSI; Maja Rakovic, 1st counsellor, Serbian Embassy in France, A.Reijnders, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands

Speeches and statements

Why do we organise the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society ?

In pursuing its statutory aim to achieve greater unity between its member states, notably in respect of freedom of expression and information and its corollary media freedom online and offline, the Council of Europe is constantly facing new challenges. Information and communication technologies are developing rapidly and the impact on our societies is considerable. New challenges to human rights and democracy continue to emerge by the day in the information society.

Background papers
side events

The Committee on Culture and Information of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, jointly with the Sub-Committee on Media and Information Society of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe organised a meeting on November 6th in Belgrade. The meting took place in the Serbian National Assembly.

Two sessions were on the programme: Session 1 on Protection of media freedom in Europe and Session 2 on Priorities for audiovisual media policy in Europe.

preparatory papers

The documents below are some contributions received and/or drafted in view of the preparation of the Conference. The opinions expressed are the responsibility of their authors and do not reflect the official policy of the Council of Europe.

Following the decision of the Committee of Ministers on 16 March 2022 the Russian Federation is no longer a member of the Council of Europe. The website will be updated as soon as possible to take account of this development.

"Everyone has the right to freedom of expression"

Art. 10 European Convention on Human Rights


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