Not so long ago, the printed press, radio and television were the only substantial ways to receive information. In many parts of the world and for a good share of today’s population they still are. But since just over a decade, information sources, ways of seeking and exchanging opinions and ideas, as well as ways of assembling are being multiplied and diversified as never before.

Digital technologies amplify and multiply the voices. Nonetheless, these two worlds have at least something in common: they take part in democracy and have a real impact on its principles and dynamics. Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights defines the broad principles of freedom of expression and freedom of the media which apply to all these media, whether traditional or digital and online.

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) is vested with the important mission to steer the work of the Council of Europe in the field of freedom of expression, media and internet governance.


Word from the Chair -  Ms. Elfa Ýr Gylfadóttir

It was a great honour to be elected as the Chair of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) during its 2015 and 2016 plenary meetings. I have been representing Iceland in the Committee for many years, first as an expert from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and now as the Director of the Icelandic Media Commission. I have therefore had an opportunity to contribute to work in a field that is gaining increased importance. Policy related to media and the internet are issues which are fundamental to any democratic society because the history of the press and democracy are so closely linked. With the internet, the public can both find and disseminate information in an easy and accessible way. Even though this technology provides us with many advantages and opportunities, there are also serious challenges. At the CDMSI, the Member States and observers of the Council of Europe , are working on policy issues related to the media and the information society from a human rights perspective. It is a great honour to have the opportunity to both represent and contribute to the important work of this Committee.

 CDMSI meeting 22/06/2017

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