How to protect journalists and other media actors?

"How European states respond to these threats to journalists will shape not only the future of the press, but also that of our democracies." - read the full statement by the Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović


"Journalists today have a mission to inform." Patrick Penninckx, Head of Information Society Department, Council of Europe
About the Implementation Guide
The implementation guide is a unique tool that helps to promote and foster the implementation of the recommendation on the protection of journalism and safety of journalists and other media actors
Who is it meant for? Member States and for any other stakeholders such as NGOs, the judiciary, bar associations that litigate on journalists’ cases

For each priority topic area identified in the Recommendation, the Implementation Guide:

  Establishes indicators in order to generate baseline information against which progress in the implementation of the Recommendation can be assessed;

Provides background information including references to the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights and to other sources;

Highlights valuable practices in the area which have emerged so far, taking into account both the input of journalists and journalist associations, as well as the contributions of member states;

Makes suggestions to the authorities on possible ways to implement the Recommendation;

Offers a self-assessment tool for member states in the form of a questionnaire to help them review the state of implementation of the Recommendation in their jurisdiction.