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Georgian journalists discuss privacy issues with Council of Europe experts

Kakheti region, Georgia 13 July 2017
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Georgian journalists discuss privacy issues with Council of Europe experts

Over 20 journalists and media professionals attended a training seminar on Privacy and Media Coverage on 8 and 9 July in Kakheti region (Georgia). After a presentation of the international and the national legal frameworks on privacy and data protection, concrete case examples prepared by Council of Europe experts gave participants the opportunity for very active debates on privacy issues in relation with their work practice. Discussions focused on striking a balance between freedom of expression and privacy in various situations  journalists are confronted with: use of pictures, private information to be or not published, investigative journalism, controversial techniques (e.g. hidden cameras, drones, disguised identity,…). The experts assisted participants in finding best practices, mostly on the basis of case laws from the European Court of Human Rights and other examples.

Participants concluded the two days expressing general appreciation for a positive and very instructive seminar that “helped them casting a new look on their everyday work practice”.

The seminar was conducted by Bertil Cottier (professor in Communications Laws at the Universita della Svizzera Italiana), Marie Georges (expert in human rights, data protection and ICT), Tamar Kintsurashvili (Media Development Foundation, Georgia) and Olivier Matter (Solicitor, specialised in privacy and data protection). It was organised by the Council of Europe within the framework of the component “Enhance the right to data protection”  of the CoE/EU joint project Partnership for Good Governance (PGG)  and in co-operation with the Office of the Georgian Data Protection Inspector. Representatives of the five other countries of the programme (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus) were also present.


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“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

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