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WSIS Forum 2017 Challenges and opportunities for journalism online

Council of Europe Thematic Workshop
Strasbourg 18 May 2017
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WSIS Forum 2017 Challenges and opportunities for journalism online

Friday, 12:45 – 14:00 Room C1, ITU Tower Thematic Workshop

The Council of Europe is organising a thematic workshop “Challenges and opportunities for journalism online” which will take place during the forthcoming WSIS forum on the 16th June in Geneva.   

The workshop will focus primarily on the challenges and opportunities currently faced by news media and journalism as such in the demanding online environment. The debate will cover a number of issues, including:

  • addressing potential market failures in the production of the public good of independent, professional, quality journalism;
  • securing an efficient and competitive media market place;
  • ensuring that citizens develop deeper critical media and information literacy skills necessary to navigate in the information age;
  • online journalism: preserving or redefining the role of journalists and other media actors in the online environment;
  • fact-checking and accountability in journalism;
  • mis- and disinformation disseminated on the internet, filter bubbles and other factors which are driving spread of ”fake news”;
  • public access to diversified, pluralistic information.

Freedom of expression Freedom of expression

“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

Freedom of expression by Nicolas Vadot Freedom of expression by Nicolas Vadot

"Everyone has the right to freedom of expression"

Art. 10 European Convention on Human Rights

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