Cascade training on freedom of expression for judges and prosecutors in Republika Srpska

9 September 2020 Banja Luka

20 judges and prosecutors participated in a cascade training on the right to freedom of expression and the application of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in the judiciary system. This seminar was the first one organised combining online and offline participation. On...

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1st workshop for the Police officers in Montenegro

12 March 2020 Budva

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...

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Advancing protection of human rights and freedoms for the people of Kosovo*

13 February 2020 Pristina

More efficient justice system, enjoyment of equal rights for all the citizens and guaranteed freedom of expression and freedom of the media are of the utmost importance for the people of Kosovo, thus further reforms need to be undertaken to ensure these. This was underlined at today’s First...

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Albanian Alliance for Ethical Media Establish Self-Regulation Mechanisms

1 October 2020 Tirana

With the purpose of actively engaging media, particularly online, to abide by the journalistic Code of Ethics in February 2020 in Albania the Alliance for Ethical Media was established. Furthering its commitment to improve the media ethics environment in Albania, JUFREX 2, a joint CoE/EU Project...

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Better access to media for people with sensory disabilities: self-regulatory document based on European standards

31 January 2020 Skopje

The workshop devoted to expanding an access to media for people with sensory disabilities conducted with the Agency for Audio and Audio-visual Media Services under the Action “Freedom of expression and freedom of the media in North Macedonia” (JUFREX2), the part of the “Horizontal Facility for...

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Cascade training on defamation for judges and prosecutors of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

1 and 2 October 2020 Teslic

Judges and prosecutors from Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBIH), participated in a cascade training on the application of the Law on Protection against Defamation in the judiciary system. The participants were trained on defamation and defamation laws through case studies, the case-law of...

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Cascade training on defamation for judges and prosecutors of Republika Srpska

29 and 30 September 2020 Sarajevo

Judges and prosecutors from Republika Srpska participated in a cascade training on Defamation in the judiciary system. The goal of the seminar was to raise the capacities of local judiciary on the standards of freedom of expression and defamation, as set by the European Convention on Human Rights...

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Cascade training on freedom of expression for lawyers of Republika Srpska

16 September 2020 Strasbourg

Lawyers who are working in different parts of Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, participated in a cascade training on the right to freedom of expression and the application of the Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in the judiciary system. The goal of the seminar...

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Coordination meeting between EU funded media projects in Western Balkans and Media Days

11-13 September 2019 Podgorica

Back to back to the EU/Western Balkan Media Days, European Union has organised a meeting between representatives of EU funded regional projects and representatives of European Union delegation in charge of media. “The follow-up to the joint EU/CoE programme JUFREX is conceived to promote freedom...

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Council of Europe and European Union further their support for freedom of expression and media in Albania

22 October 2019 Tirana

Promotion of freedom of expression and freedom of the media will continue to be in the focus of the Council of Europe and European Union during the 2nd Phase of the jointly supported Horizontal Facility Action “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in Albania (JUFREX II)”. The first...

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Defamation and Insult legislation in North Macedonia: Step by step

12 June 2020 Skopje

The second webinar which was a follow-up to the webinar held in April 2020, took place today, 12 June 2020 in Skopje, North Macedonia. The webinar was focusing on the new local and regional developments in the defamation and insult legislation. Professional journalists, representatives of the...

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European Union and Council of Europe continue supporting freedom of expression and freedom of media in Bosnia and Herzegovina

26 September 2019 Sarajevo

The first meeting of Steering Committee of the Action on “Freedom of the expressions and freedom of media in Bosnia and Herzegovina” (JUFREX 2), funded through the joint European Union and Council of Europe programme Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey II, was held in Sarajevo on...

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First Steering Committee of “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in Montenegro (JUFREX 2)”

13 September 2019 Montenegro

First Steering Committee of joint European Union and Council of Europe Action “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in Montenegro (JUFREX 2)” has been successfully organised. The meeting brought together representatives of the Government, judiciary, police, broadcasting regulator,...

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Improving the defamation and insult practice in North Macedonia

3 May 2020 Skopje

The first webinar on Improving Defamation and Insult practice in North Macedonia took place on 30 April 2020, sharing with actors and partners in the field key knowledge and information about the implementation of the Law on Civil Liability of Defamation and Insult and fostering the process of...

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JUFREX 2: Regional conference on Audiovisual Media Services and the role of Media Regulatory Authorities

9-10 September 2019 Igalo

The Council of Europe, in the framework of the Regional Action on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in South East Europe – JUFREX 2, implemented under the joint EU/CoE Horizontal Facility II for Western Balkans and Turkey, has organised a Regional conference on Audiovisual Media...

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Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade

16 June 2020 Belgrade

With the aim of contributing to the quality of education on freedom of expression and freedom of the media in Serbia, on 16 June the Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade and the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade. The document...

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New Council of Europe HELP course on Protection and Safety of Journalists publicly available

21 July 2020 Strasbourg

The new Council of Europe HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) course on Protection and Safety of Journalists is now available on the HELP online platform. The course was developed jointly with the Council of Europe Information Society Department, under the action “Freedom of...

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Promoting Media Freedom: Focus on Western Balkans

17 September 2020 Strasbourg

Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe made a key-note speech at the South East Europe Media Conference “The New Frontline: Working Together to Foster Media Freedom” organised by OSCE on 17 September 2020. Reviewing media freedom trends on a global,...

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Freedom of expression and freedom of the media in Serbia (JUFREX)

Protection of freedom of expression and safety of journalists

2 October 2020 Online

Attacks against journalists and other media actors constitute particularly serious violations of human rights because they target not only individuals, but deprive others of their right to receive information, thus restricting public debate, which is at the heart of pluralist democracy....

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Regional online round table “Elections, pandemic and disinformation”

7 July 2020 Strasbourg

In order to maintain the yearly dialogue among media regulatory authorities, under the auspices of the European Union/Council of Europe joint action “Freedom of expression and freedom of the media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)”, a regional online round table “Elections, pandemic and...

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