Global Conference for Media Freedom attended by CDMSI Chair, Ambassador Thomas Schneider

London 10 - 11 July 2019

The Chair of the Steering Committee for Media and Information Society (CDMSI), Ambassador Thomas Schneider, attended the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London from 10 to 11 July 2019, together with a delegation from the Council of Europe Secretariat. The Global Conference for Media...

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Invitation to comment by 19 August 2019

5 July 2019 Strasbourg

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) invites comments from the public on one draft text that was prepared by one of its sub-ordinate bodies and is meant to be adopted by the Committee of Ministers in early 2020. The draft recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to...

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Internet Governance Forum: the Council of Europe presents its instruments on content regulation

4 July 2019 Strasbourg

A delegation from the Council of Europe participated in the Digital Future Workshops, organised on 4 July 2019 in Paris as a part of the French initiative of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Dedicated to developing a forward-looking digital approach in a broad sense during a series of...

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New challenges of digitalisation discussed at the judicial seminar in Strasbourg

1 July 2019 Strasbourg

Over the past 10 years we have witnessed major global developments in the online environment that carry with them real “offline” consequences. The digital space is a powerful enabler for a more inclusive democratic discourse and participation. Free and open internet provides, among other things,...

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International seminar to discuss information disorder in the media and social networks in electoral contexts

26 June 2019 Tunis

As part of its support for the promotion of freedom of expression, media pluralism and the regulation of the audiovisual sector in Tunisia, the Council of Europe, in partnership with the Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HAICA), organized a seminar on "Internet, social...

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The French Development Agency and the Council of Europe will cooperate

26 June 2019 Strasbourg

On June 25 the Council of Europe hosted a delegation from the French Development Agency (Agence française de développement, AFD). Headed by Ms Hélène N’Garnim Ganga, Director of the Department for Political Transition and Citizenship, the delegation met in Strasbourg with representatives of the...

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Council of Europe brought together journalists from Southern region of Azerbaijan in Lankaran

20-21 June 2019 Lankaran

Two training sessions on gender equality and media for journalists and representatives of civil society were organised in Lankaran on 20-21 June 2019 within the framework of the Council of Europe project “Gender equality and media freedom in Azerbaijan". The main aim of the training sessions was...

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Closing conference to present the results of the Council of Europe Project "Gender equality and media freedom in Azerbaijan"

19 June 2019 Baku

The Council of Europe organised a closing conference / round table on “Gender equality and media” to present the results of its project “Gender equality and media freedom in Azerbaijan” to the national stakeholders on 18 June 2019 in Baku. Ambassador Zoltan Hernyes, Head of the Council of Europe...

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TC-INF: exchange of views with internet companies

18 June 2019 Strasbourg

Representatives from a number of internet and telecommunication companies, with which the Secretary General exchanged letters regarding co-operation with the Organisation, took part in an exchange of views with delegations in the framework of the TC-INF. Opening the meeting, the Secretary General...

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European Dialogue on Internet Governance in The Hague

17 June 2019 The Hague

A Council of Europe delegation will contribute to the debates of 2019 edition of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) to be held in The Hague on 19 and 20 June. Organised under the theme “Co-operating in the digital age”, the event will bring together representatives of...

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Seminar “Human rights challenges in the digital age: Judicial perspectives” - 28 June 2019, Strasbourg, European Court of Human Rights

16 June 2019 Strasbourg

The digital space is a powerful enabler for a more inclusive democratic discourse and participation. Free and open internet provides, among other things, simplified access to information, knowledge, culture and education, and it also importantly facilitates the exercise of fundamental rights,...

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Council of Europe promotes human rights with the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO)

7 June 2019 Rome

The 2019 European Meeting of the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) took place in Rome on 6-7 June, gathering about 25 presidents and secretary generals of the European national PR associations. Participants focused, inter alia, on the promotion of communication ethics,...

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Meeting with the Russian human right group SOVA

28 May 2019 Strasbourg

On 28 May 2019 Patrick Penninckx, Head of Department of Information Society at the Council of Europe met with representatives of the SOVA Center for Information and Analysis in Strasbourg. The meeting was facilitated by the Brussels-based human rights NGO International Partnership for Human...

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Media Literacy: Georgian perspective

4 June 2019 Georgia

On 4 June 2019 the Council of Europe within the framework of the project "Supporting Freedom of Media and Internet in Georgia"and the Georgian National Communications Commission co-organised a workshop "Media Literacy: Georgian perspective". The workshop brought together representatives of main...

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16th meeting of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society

4 June 2019 Strasbourg

Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) will hold its 16th plenary meeting in Strasbourg between 4th and 6th June 2019. Following-up on the work its subcommittees - Committee of experts on Quality Journalism in the Digital Age (MSI-JOQ) and Committee of experts on Human Rights...

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Council of Europe brings together journalists from Aran region of Azerbaijan in Mingachevir

2 June 2019 Mingachevir

Two training sessions on gender equality and media for journalists and representatives of civil society were organised in Mingachevir on 30-31 May 2019 within the framework of the Council of Europe project “Gender equality and media freedom in Azerbaijan". The main aim of the training sessions...

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Council of Europe work highlighted at the meeting of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA)

1 June 2019 Sarajevo

Artemiza Chisca, the new head of the Media and Internet Governance Division, presented the latest Council of Europe work to the stakeholders of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities. She highlighted in particular the report Freedom of expression in 2018 issued by the Information...

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Council of Europe official to speak at a key internet governance event in Berlin.

31 May 2019 Strasbourg

The 3rd Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network took place on June 3-5, 2019, in Berlin. Organised in partnership with the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, the forum benefited from the institutional support of the Council of Europe, European Commission,...

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Recommendation on preventing and combating sexism is now available in Azerbaijani

27 May 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe's Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member States on preventing and combating sexism was adopted on 27 March 2019. The Recommendation includes the first ever internationally agreed definition of sexism. The recommendation stresses that sexism is a manifestation...

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Video message: Media pluralism in the digital environment

24 May 2019 Belgrade

An international conference on the implementation of the Council of Europe instruments and standards in the field of media and information, organised by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia in partnership with the Council of Europe took place on 24 May 2019 in Belgrade,...

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Results of monitoring of media coverage of the presidential elections in Ukraine presented

20 May 2019 Kyiv

On May 20, 2019, with the support of the Council of Europe projects, findings of the independent monitoring of media coverage of the presidential election campaign in Ukraine were presented by a coalition of NGOs on a press conference in Kyiv and discussed with Ukrainian national authorities,...

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The Council of Europe partnership with business to protect human rights showcased at RIPE

22 May 2019 Reykjavik

Patrick Penninckx, the head of the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe, addressed the RIPE forum, a network of European internet operators, on May 22 in Reykjavik. One year after the first meeting of a special cooperation format between the Council of Europe and business...

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Council of Europe standards and European Court of Human Rights case-law in the area of safety of journalists and other media actors, presented at the OSCE Training for Serbian prosecutors and police officers.

21 May 2019 Strasbourg

On 16-17 May 2019, the OSCE held a two day training on “The importance of journalism and effective conduct of the competent authorities when the safety of journalists is violated” in Belgrade, Serbia. The training was carried out in the context of an agreement between the Serbian prosecuting...

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Foreign Ministers: towards a legal framework for artificial intelligence

17 May 2019 Helsinki

Meeting in Helsinki on May 17th, the Foreign Ministers of the Council of Europe member States agreed to examine the feasibility and potential elements on the basis of multi-stakeholder consultations, of a legal framework for the development, design and application of artificial intelligence,...

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Conference on “Gender equality and media” organised in Baku

17 May 2019 Baku

The Council of Europe organised a conference on “Gender equality and media” under its project “Gender equality and media freedom in Azerbaijan” in partnership with the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs, the Ombudsman Office and the Azerbaijan Press Council on 13 May 2019 in...

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Regional interprofessional dialogue on the treatment of violence against women by the media

24-26 April 2019 Tunis

As part of the World Forum on gender equality held in Tunis, Tunisia, from 24 to 26 April, the Council of Europe, the Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication in Tunisia (HAICA) and the High Authority for Audiovisual Communication in Morocco (HACA) organized a session of...

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Dangers of disinformation discussed in San Marino

10 May 2019 San Marino

A high-level conference on the dangers of disinformation took place in San Marino on the 10th May 2019. Prompted by video messages from Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe and Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations and the address by Nicola Renzi,...

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Patrick Penninckx promoted human rights standards at SEEDIG

9 May 2019 Bucharest

In his intervention at SEEDIG, the Head of the Information Society Department at the Council of Europe, Patrick Penninckx, advocated building human rights standards into the digital technologies, based on informed trust concepts, ethics by design methodology and a multi-stakeholder approach. He...

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Freedom of expression: report assesses the situation in 2018

2 May 2019 Strasbourg

A report, published today on the eve of World Press Freedom Day by the Council of Europe´s Information Society Department, maps out the major threats to freedom of expression in Europe in 2018 and the actions that governments should carry out to counter them as a matter of priority. The report...

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New rules of the Code of Ethics for Azerbaijani journalists presented in Shaki

26 April 2019 Shaki

Two information sessions on “Gender equality and media” were organized on 25-26 April 2019 in Shaki by the Council of Europe under its project "Gender Equality and Media Freedom in Azerbaijan". The main aim of the information sessions was to present the Code of professional ethics for Azerbaijani...

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Study visit to the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights for lawyers of the South-East Europe region

23 April 2019 Strasbourg

Within the scope of the Joint Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)” co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, a study visit to the CoE and the ECtHR for lawyers from...

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Council of Europe Study on Information disorder translated into Serbian

18 April 2019 Belgrade

The report INFORMATION DISORDER:Toward an interdisciplinary framework for research and policy making, prepared in 2017 by the Council of Europe provides a new framework for policy-makers, legislators, researchers, technologists and practitioners working on the theoretical and practical challenges...

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Presentation of the JUFREX Dictionary of Media and Legal Terms

Bridging differences by developing a common language

17 April 2019 Belgrade

Over the previous three years, important work has been done in promoting freedom of expression and media, but further efforts in developing understanding among media actors, judges, prosecutors, lawyers and other relevant actors are needed. Developing a common terminology is an important step...

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New JUFREX regional publication media regulatory authorities and protection of minors

10 April 2019 Strasbourg

In today’s unprecedented connected world, the majority of information is delivered to us by the media, in many forms. Media help us learn, understand, stay connected to other people and to the world in general, and engage in entertainment related experiences. Whether we like it or not, media have...

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Council of Europe at the Russian Internet Governance Forum

8 April 2019 Moscow

On 8 April, Patrick Penninckx, the Head of the Information Society Department at the Council of Europe participated in the third session of the Russian IGF in Moscow, titled “Security and Quality of information”. He warned against growing cybercrime and online abuses and promoted Council of...

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JUFREX Closing Conference

5 April 2019 Sarajevo

On 5 April 2019, the Final Conference of the Joint Programme of the European Union and the Council of Europe “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)” took place in Sarajevo. “This year Council of Europe marks 70 anniversary of its work...

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The Bureau of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) holds its 15th meeting in Strasbourg from 11 to 12 April.

4 April 2019 Strasbourg

The main topics of the agenda are, inter alia, the progress made by the two experts committees, the Committee of experts on quality journalism in the digital age (MSI-JOQ) and the Committee of experts on Human Rights Dimensions of automated data processing and different forms of artificial...

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Baku State University Journalism Faculty approves curriculum on gender equality and media

1 April 2019 Baku

A new curriculum on “Gender equality and media freedom” has now found its way into the programme of studies for future Azerbaijani journalists. It was developed under the Council of Europe project “Gender equality and media freedom”. The curriculum is the joint work of an expert group which...

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Which candidates do Ukrainian media favour: results of media monitoring

29 March 2019 Kyiv

On Thursday, 28 March, a press conference was held at 11:00 at Information Agency “UKINFORM” by a coalition of CSOs consisting of "The Commission on Journalism Ethics", "Human Rights Platform", "Ukrainian Media and Communications Institute" and "StopFake" on second interim results of the...

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Discussion on a favourable environment for quality journalism during the MSI-JOQ meeting

21 March 2019 Strasbourg

The Committee of experts on quality journalism in the digital age (MSI-JOQ) meets today and tomorrow for the third time in Strasbourg to present and discuss the draft recommendation on promoting the favourable environment for quality journalism in the digital age and the draft study on developing...

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"Media Pluralism – how can we deliver?" conference

19 March 2019 Strasbourg

A conference jointly organised by the Council of Europe and Reporters Without Borders will bring together policy makers, academics and regulators to discuss public policies aimed at strengthening media pluralism, including media and information literacy programmes, thereby also marking the...

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Committee of experts on human rights dimensions of automated data processing meets in Strasbourg for the third time

19 March 2019 Strasbourg

The 3rd meeting of the Committee of experts on human rights dimensions of automated data processing and different forms of artificial intelligence (MSI-AUT) takes place in Strasbourg on 18 and 19 March 2019. The Committee discusses the revised draft of a recommendation on the human rights impacts...

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Roundtable on the Draft Law on Amendments to the Law on National Public Broadcasting Radio-Television of Montenegro (RTCG)

8 March 2019 Podgorica

After preparation of JUFREX comprehensive analysis of media sector and providing legal opinions to two Draft media laws – Draft Law on Media and Draft Law on National Public Broadcaster (RTCG), the Council of Europe (CoE) and European Union (EU) have continued support to the reform process in...

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Raising awareness activities on gender equality and media continue in the regions of Azerbaijan

14 March 2019 Guba

Two information sessions on “Gender equality and media” were organized on 12-13 March 2019 in Guba by the Council of Europe under its project "Gender Equality and Media Freedom in Azerbaijan". The main aim of the information sessions was to present the Code of professional ethics for Azerbaijani...

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Roundtable on best practices related to handling complaints pertaining to Transmission Code violations

6 March 2019 Tirana

In an effort to encourage self-regulation by audio-visual media operators in the country, the Albanian Audi-Visual Media Authority (AMA) organised a roundtable discussion with the recently founded Complaints’ Councils by media operators for the purpose of enabling their organisations to handle...

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New rules of the Code of Ethics for Azerbaijani journalists presented in Ganja

27-28 February 2019 Ganja

Two information sessions on “Gender equality and media” were organized on 27-28 February 2019 in Ganja by the Council of Europe under its project "Gender Equality and Media Freedom in Azerbaijan". The main aim of the information sessions was to present the Code of professional ethics for...

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Artificial Intelligence: Helsinki conference conclusions

27 February 2019 Helsinki

The two-day conference Governing the Game Changer – Impacts of artificial intelligence development on human rights, democracy and the rule of law was organised by the Council of Europe and the Finnish Presidency of the Committee of Ministers. Key messages from the high-level and...

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Press councils and judiciary of SEE discuss self-regulation in a UNESCO and Council of Europe meeting

8-9 February 2019 Belgrade

The meeting was organized by the Press Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a part of the EU-funded Projects “Building trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey” implemented by UNESCO and the programme "Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East...

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Council of Europe Secretary General, Finnish Foreign Minister and French Justice Minister to open Helsinki AI Conference

22 February 2019 Strasbourg

Council of Europe's Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland Timo Soini and the Minister of Justice of France Nicole Belloubet will open the High-Level Conference: “Governing the Game Changer – Impacts of artificial intelligence development on human...

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New course on gender equality and media to be introduced at Azerbaijan's journalism faculties

22 February 2019 Baku

The Council of Europe Project “Gender equality and media freedom in Azerbaijan” organised a round table on “Gender equality and media” on 22 February 2019 in Baku. The Project presented the draft curriculum on “Gender equality and media freedom” to the discussion of journalism and law faculty...

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The achievements of a Joint EU-CoE Media Project, discussed in Strasbourg

22 February 2019 Strasbourg

The results of the EU-CoE Joint Project "Promoting media freedom and pluralism in the Republic of Moldova" have been presented in Strasbourg during a round table organised by the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Moldova to the Council of Europe. The event included the screening of an...

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Algorithmic processes risk being used to manipulate social and political behaviours

13 February 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has called on its 47 member states to tackle the risk that individuals may not be able to form their opinions and take decisions independently of automated systems, and that they may even be subjected to manipulation due to the use of advanced digital technologies, in...

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Ensuring the financial sustainability of quality journalism

13 February 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has called on its 47 member states to ensure the financial sustainability of quality journalism taking into account that it is a public good and plays an essential role for individuals to be able to form and express their opinions and make informed choices about government...

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Safety of Journalists' Platform report: media freedom conditions worsen

12 February 2019 Strasbourg

The environment for media freedom has worsened significantly in the Council of Europe area, according to a report published today by the partner organisations to the Council of Europe Platform for the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists. The report “Democracy at Risk: threats and...

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Training of trainers on application of Article 10 on freedom of expression in BiH judiciary

Training of trainers for judges and prosecutors in Republika Srpska

2-3 February 2019 Teslic

20 judges and prosecutors, working in different cities and on different levels of judiciary in Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovian (BiH), participated in a training of trainers on application of Article 10 on freedom of expression in the national judiciary system. Alongside the discussion on...

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UNESCO official discusses cooperation in Strasbourg

7 February 2019 Strasbourg

On 7 February 2019, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, Moez Chakchouk, met with Council of Europe senior officials in Strasbourg and took part in an exchange of views with the Committee of Ministers on human rights questions. A bilateral meeting took place with...

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Media Pluralism – how can we deliver? 20 March 2019

headline 1 February 2019 Strasbourg

Media in all its forms shapes our daily lives more than ever – widely distributed across various, increasingly online platforms, it impacts the way we work and relax, how we inform and educate ourselves, how we engage in civic participation and social life.In the quest for a diet of accurate and...

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Final conference on JUFREX project cooperation with BiH Association of Journalists

31 January 2019 Sarajevo

On 30 January 2019, at the hotel “Europe” in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), in a partnership with BiH Association of Journalists the final conference on JUFREX project cooperation with the Association was organized. The conference summarized the cooperation of JUFREX team of the Council...

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Training of Trainers on Application of the Article 10 on Freedom of Expression in BiH judiciary

Seminar for Lawyers in Bosnia and Herzegovina

22 and 23 January 2019 Zenica

A training of trainers on the topic of Application of the Article 10 on Freedom of Expression in BiH judiciary, was held in Zenica, BiH, on 22 and 23 January 2019. 16 Lawyers from the entire Bosnia and Herzegovina, who are members of both Bar Associations (of Federation of BiH and of Republika...

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Azerbaijani journalists trained on Council of Europe standards on gender equality and media

26 January 2019 Baku

Three consecutive training sessions on "Gender equality and media" for journalists and students of journalism faculties were organised in Baku on 23-25 January 2019 within the CoE project “Gender equality and media freedom in Azerbaijan”, in close cooperation with the State Committee on Family,...

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Models of financing of Public broadcaster in Ukraine

24 January 2019 Strasbourg

Presentation of the expert report of the Council of Europe on Ukrainian legislation concerning current and possible alternative models of financing of the Public broadcaster was held in Strasbourg on 24 January 2019. The report was requested by the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Freedom of Speech...

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Public service media in transition: challenges to face and ways forward

24 January 2019 Strasbourg

The “Public service media in transition: challenges to face and ways forward” hearing organised by the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media and the European Broadcasting Union in Strasbourg on 24 January 2019. “The hearing was chaired by the Lord George Foulkes, General Rapporteur...

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How to finance the Ukrainian Public Broadcaster ?

16 January 2019 Strasbourg

A presentation of the expert report of the Council of Europe on Ukrainian legislation concerning current and possible alternative models of financing of the Public broadcaster will be held in Strasbourg on 24 January 2019. The report was requested by the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Freedom of...

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High Level Conference on artificial intelligence in Helsinki

11 January 2019 Strasbourg

#AIFINCoE High-level conference, "Governing the Game Changer - Impacts of artificial intelligence development on human rights, democracy and the rule of law" will take place from 26 to 27 February 2019 in Helsinki. The conference is co-organised by the Finnish Presidency of the Council of Europe...

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Presentation of the Study “Regulatory Authorities for Electronic Media and Media Literacy - Comparative analysis of the best European practices”

20 December 2018 Belgrade

Information event for stakeholders of the media community in Serbia on presentation of the Study “Regulatory Authorities for Electronic Media and Media Literacy - Comparative analysis of the best European practices” was organized by the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade, JUFREX Programme and...

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Launching of the publication “The right to access information: national and international jurisprudence” in Pristina

19 December 2018 Pristina

Press Council of Kosovo with the support of the EU/CoE Programme “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)” launched the publication on the right to access information. It contains summary of landmark judgements of all local courts and...

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Media freedom and pluralism in Moldova get a boost

18 December 2018 Chisinau

Moldovan parliamentarians, regulators and public-service broadcasters valued highly Council of Europe and European Union assistance The closing conference of the joint Council of Europe - European Union project “Promoting media freedom and pluralism in the Republic of Moldova” was held in...

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Work meeting on Protection of Minors

14 December 2018 Sarajevo

On Friday, 14 December 2018, a work meeting of the Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Heregovina (BiH) and their licensees on Protection of Minors, was held in the hotel Courtyard Marriot in Sarajevo. The representatives of radio and TV stations discussed the new TV promotional video...

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Lectures on Freedom of Expression at the Faculty of Political Sciences

11 December 2018 Podgorica

Under the Joint EU/CoE Programme “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)” two lectures were organized at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Podgorica: Media and minors and Right to information. The lectures were delivered by Dr Jelena...

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Training for lawyers on freedom of expression and the media

7-8 December 2018 Sabac

Training for lawyers on freedom of expression and the media has been organised on 7-8 December, in Sabac, Serbia under the joint EU/Council of Europe programme “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)” and in cooperation with the Bar...

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Local and international experts discussed the draft curricula on “Gender equality and media freedom” in Azerbaijan

6 December 2018 Baku

The Council of Europe Project “Gender equality and media freedom in Azerbaijan” organised its next round table on “Gender equality and media” on 5 December 2018 in Baku. The first aim of the event was to present the newly printed Code of Professional Ethics for Azerbaijani Journalists revised...

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Training for lawyers on freedom of expression and hate speech on the Internet

6 December 2018 Vlore

The joint project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)”, co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, in close cooperation with the Albanian Bar Association, organised a training...

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Ambassador Corina Călugăru promoted Council of Europe standards at the annual Freedom Online Conference

5 December 2018 Berlin

On 28-30 November, Corina Călugăru participated in the work of the Annual Freedom Online Conference held in Berlin. The Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the Council of Europe also holds the mandate of the Thematic Co-ordinator on Information Policy (TC-INF) of the Council of...

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Interprofessional training on Media reporting on judicial proceedings

5 December 2018 Nis

The Joint EU/CoE Programme “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)” in cooperation with the Press Council of Serbia has organised an interpofessional training on Media reporting on judicial proceedings that took place on 5 December...

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The Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic at the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI)

3 December 2018 Strasbourg, France

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society held its 15th plenary meeting in Strasbourg from 27 to 30 November. The CDMSI following some textual amendments introduced during the discussion, approved the “Declaration on the manipulative capabilities of algorithmic processes” and the...

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EU and Council of Europe-supported film wins Prize for Cultural Diversity

29 November 2018 Chisinau, Soroca and Donduseni

The documentary "Soroca’s Great Theatre" won the prestigious ADAMI Media Prize for Cultural Diversity in Eastern Europe in the category "Information (Non-fiction)". The film directed by young filmmaker Eugeniu Popovici was produced with the assistance of the EU-CoE Joint Project "Promoting media...

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Training workshop on defamation and practical advice for journalists was organised in Pristina

30 November 2018 Pristina

Under the joint project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)” co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe organised a training workshop for journalists on national and...

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Media actors discussed physical and legal threats against journalists in Pristina

29 November 2018 Pristina

The joint project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)”, co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, gathered media professionals, editors, journalists and reporters to discuss...

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Training on freedom of expression and freedom of the media for judges and prosecutors

29-30 November 2018 Budva

Under the joint EU/CoE programme “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of expression and the media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)”, the Center for Training in Judiciary and State Prosecution has organized Training for judges and prosecutors on freedom of expression and the media held on 29-30...

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Protection of privacy in the context of freedom of expression and the media - Training for lawyers

26 November 2018 Tirana

The Bar Association of Albania organized a training for its members on data privacy in the context of freedom of the media. National jurisprudence as the European Court’s of Human Rights (ECtHR) cases were used to explain national legislation and the standards set by the Court. A small moot court...

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15th CDMSI plenary meeting – 27- 30 November

27-30 November 2018

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society will hold its 15th plenary meeting in Strasbourg from 27 to 30 November. This will be the second meeting under its 2018-2019 mandate. The CDMSI will discuss, inter alia: the draft deliverables that are being prepared by the two experts...

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Training of trainers for judged and public prosecutors on freedom of expression.

27-29 November 2018 Bitola

Within the scope of the Joint Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX),” co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, a Training of trainers for judges and public...

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Council of Europe Action on Freedom of Expression presented in Brussels

23 November 2018 Brussels

Patrick Penninckx, the Head of the Information Society Department presented the Council of Europe Action on Freedom of Expression in Brussels on 23 November 2018. The coordination meeting between the European Commission, OSCE, the European Endowment for Democracy and the Council of Europe was...

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Closing conference organised by the Regional Platform for advocating media freedom and journalists’ safety

22-23 November 2018 Podgorica

On 22-23 November 2018, in Podgorica, Montenegro, the Regional Platform for advocating media freedom and journalists’ safety has organised a closing conference. The Regional Platform is a network of journalist associations and media trade unions in Western Balkans countries established in January...

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Training for judges and prosecutors on freedom of expression and freedom of the media

19-20 November 2018 Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia

In cooperation with the Judicial Academy of the Republic of Serbia, within the framework of the joint European Union and Council of Europe Programme "Strengthening the Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South East Europe (JUFREX)" a training for judges and prosecutors on...

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Training course – moot court simulation on freedom of expression

17 November 2018 Skopje

Within the scope of the Joint Project "Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)" , co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, a training course on freedom of expression for lawyers,...

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Interprofessional round-table on Media reporting on judicial proceedings

16 Novembre 2018 Podgorica

The Joint EU/CoE Programme “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)” has organised an interpofessional round-table on Media reporting on judicial proceedings that took take place on 16 November 2018, in Podgorica, Montenegro. The event...

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Cascade training for judges and prosecutors on libel and hate speech

15-16 November 2018 Teslić, Bosnia and Herzegovina

At the two-day cascade training, organized by the Centre for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of Republika Srpska, held on 15-16 November 2018, the main topics were defamation and hate speech off and online from the perspective of the European Court of Human Rights, as well as from the local...

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Study Visit to Ireland to build the capacity of the Macedonian Media Literacy Network

13-14 November 2018 Dublin, Ireland

Within the scope of the joint project "Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)," co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, the Council of Europe organised in cooperation with the...

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Training for journalists in Albania: Privacy and Media Coverage; New Challenges Regarding Ethical Standards for Young Journalists

7-8 November 2018 Vlore, Albania

The Albanian Media Council (AMC) organized a two-day training on privacy in media coverage, rights and responsibilities of journalists based on the local legal framework and the journalistic Code of Ethics. The activity took place in Vlore, Albania on November 7-8, 2018. The journalists were...

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Lecture in Podgorica, Montenegro on “The Freedom of Expression – Rights and Responsibilities of Journalists in line with the European Convention on Human Rights“

5 November 2018 Podgorica

Within the joint European Union / Council of Europe programme "Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)", and in the cooperation with the Faculty of Political Science, the Council of Europe has organised a lecture: “The Freedom of...

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Training for lawyers on freedom of expression and freedom of the media in Podgorica, Montenegro

6-7 November 2018 Podgorica

The joint European Union / Council of Europe programme "Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)" in cooperation with the Bar Association of Montenegro has organised a Training for lawyers on freedom of expression and freedom of the...

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Council of Europe delegation to take part in IGF 2018

12-14 November 2018 Paris

A Council of Europe delegation will take part in the discussions to be held at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) at UNESCO headquarters in Paris from 12 to 14 November 2018, under the heading of “Internet of Trust”. Throughout the Forum, which will bring together representatives of governments,...

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New audiovisual legislation elaborated with support of the Council of Europe, adopted by Moldovan Parliament

18 October 2018

The Parliament of the Republic of Moldova adopted recently in the final reading the Audiovisual Media Services Code of the Republic of Moldova, which creates the framework required for implementation of the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). The document was drafted with the...

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Media reporting on judicial proceedings – inter-professional seminar in Belgrade

2 November 2018 Belgrade, Serbia

Under the joint EU/CoE programme “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)", in cooperation with the Press Council and with the support of the Judicial Academy of Serbia, an inter-professional training on media reporting on judicial...

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Council of Europe work presented at 4th annual conference on the Safety of Journalists in Oslo

5-6 November 2018 Oslo, Norway

Prof. Marilyn Clark presented the key note speech at the 4th annual conference on the Safety of Journalists on the 5th and 6th November 2018 at Oslo Metropolitan University focusing on the chilling effect. The conference was held in connection with UNESCO's international Day to end Impunity for...

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Addressing Hate Speech in the Media Conference taking place in Zagreb

6 November 2018

The Council of Europe in partnership with the Croatian Agency for Electronic Media organises a regional conference “Addressing hate speech in the media: the role of regulatory authorities and the judiciary” on 6-7 November 2018 in Zagreb. The event constitutes a platform for assessing current...

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Respect for gender equality becomes a principle of journalistic ethics in Azerbaijan

1 November 2018

On 1 November 2018 the Azerbaijan Press Council – the journalists’ self-regulatory body – adopted amendments to its Code of Professional Ethics. A new principle titled “Protection of the principle of gender equality and non-discrimination” was introduced. The Press Council is the first to provide...

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Handbook on the implementation of Recommendation on gender equality and media is available in Azerbaijani

1 November 2018

The Council of Europe's Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member states on gender equality and media was adopted in July 2013. The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, recognising that media hold an "immense potential for social change", has called on its member states...

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JUFREX Study visit to media literacy center in Budapest

25-26 October 2018 Budapest, Hungary

In the framework of the EU/CoE Joint Programme “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)”, the Council of Europe in cooperation with the National Media and Infocommunication Authority of Hungary (NMHH) has organised a “Study visit to the...

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Safety of journalists & other media actors: Council of Europe work presented at international conference “Threatened Journalists, Attackers Unpunished in Italy and in the World”

22 October 2018 Rome, Italy

The International conference “Threatened Journalists, Attackers Unpunished in Italy and in the World”, organised by “Ossigeno per l’Informazione”, under the patronage of UNESCO took place on 22 October 2018 at the Italian Senate (9.30-13.30) to contribute to the UN International Day to End...

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JUFREX Interprofessional seminar for the representatives of judiciary and the media in BiH: Ethical reporting on judiciary and investigations

29-30 October 2018 Međugorje, BiH

Protection of integrity of judiciary institutions and their independence, through the promotion of media reporting during the court processes and prosecution investigations; improvement of cooperation, relationships and transparency between journalists and the media and the judiciary institutions...

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Promotion of Lexicon of Judiciary and Media Terms in Bosnia and Herzegovina

25 October 2018

A lexicon of Judiciary and Media Terms in Bosnia and Herzegovina, by the author Dario Novalic, created with the financial support of a joint EU and Council of Europe project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)”, was promoted today...

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Interprofessional seminar for the representatives of judiciary and the media in BiH: Freedom of expression and protection of right to privacy online

25 & 26 October 2018 Sarajevo, BiH

Freedom of expression online and the protection of right to privacy online are the topics in focus of the interprofessional seminar, held on 25 and 26 October in Sarajevo. Dirk Voorhoof, professor of media rights and the expert of the Council of Europe for freedom of expression, presented a few...

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Head of Information Society Department promoted European standards at the Kaunas global media literacy week

24-25 October 2018 Kaunas, Lithuania

Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department at the Council of Europe addressed the audience in the opening session of the Global Media and Information Literacy Week Feature Conference. The event took place on 24 -25 October 2018 at the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas,...

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Training for judges and prosecutors on safety of journalists

10 October 2018 Pristina

Under the Joint Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)” co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, a one-day training on national and European Convention on Human Rights...

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Training on protection of journalistic sources and safety of journalists

11 October 2018 Pristina

Within the scope of the Joint Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX),” co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, a training workshop for journalists and young media...

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Public discussion on legal challenges for online journalists

10 October 2018 Pristina

Under the Joint Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)” co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, a public discussion with media actors was organised in Pristina, on 10...

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Training for journalists in Montenegro: Freedom of Expression and Right to Privacy. Rights and responsibilities of journalists

13-14 October 2018 Petrovac, Montenegro

In the framework of the joint EU/CoE Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)”, the Council of Europe and the Association of professional journalists of Montenegro have organized the Training for journalists: Freedom of...

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Regional Conference for Judges, Prosecutors and Lawyers on freedom of expression: Right to privacy and good administration of justice

18-19 October 2018 Skopje

Within the scope of the Joint Programme “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)” co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, a regional conference on freedom of expression and good...

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Head of Information Society Department met with Ukrainian Ombudsperson

19 October 2018 Strasbourg, France

Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department at the Council of Europe, met with a delegation headed by the Ukrainian Ombudsperson Lyudmyla Denisova in Strasbourg on 19 October 2018. The ratification of the Council of Europe Convention 108+ for the protection of individuals with...

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Spreading gender equality and media freedom in Azerbaijan

18 October 2018

The media plays a significant role in shaping opinions, attitudes and mentalities. Integrating a gender equality perspective in this area is therefore a powerful tool to induce social changes. However, the presence of sexism and degrading images, and the way the media cover and treat issues of...

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Training for lawyers on Freedom of expression and Defamation

9-10 October 2018 Bitola, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

Under the Joint Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)” co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, on 9 and 10 October 2018, the Council of Europe co-organised, in...

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Seminar on Article 10 of European Convention on Human Rights: Freedom of Expression in local courts of BiH

13-14 September 2018 Bjelašnica, BiH

Svjetlana Milišić-Veličkovski Judge of the Supreme Court of the Federation of BiH and Council of Europe educator on Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights, has opened the third cascade training for judges and prosecutors, organised in partnership between the Council of Europe and...

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Freedom of Expression and Defamation by Tarlach McGonagle published in Albanian language

12 October 2018

A new practical tool for the Albanian judiciary is added to the literature on Freedom of Expression in Albanian. Freedom of expression is a fundamental freedom, one of the cornerstones of democracy in Europe, enshrined in various key texts, including the European Convention on Human Rights. But...

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Albanian version of 'Protecting the right to freedom of expression under the European Convention on Human Rights—A handbook for legal practitioners' published

12 October 2018

In the framework of the joint EU/CoE project "Strengthening Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and Media in South East Europe (JUFREX)", a new resource material was put in the hands of the Albanian judiciary. The handbook, authored by Dominika Bychawska-Siniarska, a human rights lawyer...

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Work of the CDMSI presented at the 48th meeting of the European platform of regulatory authorities

10-12 October 2018 Bratislava, Slovakia

The 48th meeting of the European platform of regulatory authorities (EPRA) took place on 10-12 October in Bratislava at the invitation of the Slovak Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission (CBR).

 Silvia Grundmann, Head of the Media and Internet Division at the Council of Europe presented an...

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Convention 108+ presented at the 4th Global Cyber Security Forum HackIT in Kyiv

8-11 October 2018 Kyiv, Ukraine

The 4th Global Cyber Security Forum HackIT 4.0 took place from 8-11 October 2018 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The forum gathers professional tech developers and leading security experts engaging in security networking, exchange of best solutions and methodology development. Patrick Penninckx, Head of the...

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Council of Europe work for Human Rights and AI presented at Conference “Challenging (the) Content” in Vienna

8-9 October 2018 Vienna, Austria

The conference “Challenging (the) Content – Content made in Europe in the digital economy” was organised by the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 8-9 October 2018 in Vienna with the aim to encourage the debate on key challenges for the European cultural, media and...

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Scientific Conference on Challenges of Implementing European Standards of Freedom of Expression in the Albanian Context organised in Tirana

5 October 2018 Tirana

The Albanian School of Magistrates organized its annual conference on freedom of expression issues. Entitled “Challenges of Implementing European Standards of Freedom of Expression in the Albanian Context”, the conference engaged attending judges and prosecutors in a discussion on how Albanian...

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The Code of Professional Ethics for Azerbaijani journalists will be amended from a gender equality perspective

3 October 2018 Baku, Azerbaijan

On 3 October 2018 the Council of Europe Project “Gender Equality and Media Freedom in Azerbaijan” organised a round table on “Gender equality and media” to discuss the Code of Professional Ethics for Azerbaijani journalists revised from a gender equality perspective within the Project in Baku....

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Training for journalists on protection of whistlebowers

20 September 2018 Pristina

A one-day training for journalists on protection of whistleblowers and access to public documents was organised in Pristina, Kosovo* on 20 September 2018 under the framework of the Joint Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)”,...

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Inter-professional discussion on increasing role of whistleblowers

19 September 2018 Pristina

Under the Joint Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)”, co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, an inter-professional discussion was organised in Pristina on 19...

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Recommendation on the roles and responsibilities of internet intermediaries now available in Macedonian language

2 October 2018

The Council of Europe Recommendation on the roles and responsibilities of internet intermediaries (CM/Rec(2018)2), which had been adopted at the beginning of this year, is now available in Macedonian language. In the recommendation the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers calls on the 47...

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Workshop on strengthening the Media Information Literacy (MIL) Network through transferring experiences

21 September 2018 Skopje

Under the Joint Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)” co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, on 21 September 2018, the Council of Europe co-organised, in...

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14th CDMSI Bureau meeting, 16 to 17 October 2018

1 October 2018

The Bureau of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) held its 14th meeting in Strasbourg from 16 to 17 October. This meeting was the second one under the new CDMSI mandate for the 2018-2019 biennium. The main topics of the agenda were, inter alia, the progress made by the...

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MSI-JOQ experts discussed quality journalism and media literacy in the digital age

24-25 September 2018

On 24 -25 September 2018, the Committee of experts on quality journalism in the digital age (MSI-JOQ) held its second meeting in Strasbourg. The members examined and discussed two documents prepared by the rapporteurs: the first version of the Draft recommendation on promoting a favourable...

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Documentary films produced with support of the Council of Europe screened in Chisinau

15 September 2018 Chisinau, Moldova

On 15 September 2018, the Council of Europe organised the screening of two documentary films produced by Telefilm-Chisinau Department of the public service broadcasting Teleradio-Moldova following a series of training seminars on planning and producing TV documentaries organised by the EU-CoE...

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MSI-AUT experts examined the human rights impact of artificial intelligence (AI)

17-18 September 2018 Strasbourg, France

On September 17-18, 2018, members and participants of the Expert Committee on human rights dimensions of automated data processing and different forms of artificial intelligence (MSI-AUT) met in Strasbourg for the second time. During animated discussions over two days, they reviewed first...

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'Free European Media' book has been released

17 September 2018

The European Federation of Journalists and the Nordic Journalism Centre have released the "Free European Media 2018" book as a follow-up to a Conference held in February in Gdansk. The publication promotes media freedom as a fundamental pillar of democracy. The book presents stories from various...

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Training seminar on media monitoring for the broadcasting regulatory authority of Moldova

10-14 September 2018 Chisinau. Moldova

On 10-14 September 2018, the Council of Europe organised in Chisinau, Moldova a training seminar for the members and staff members of the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual (CCA) on how to apply to their daily work the CCA’s revised media monitoring methodology. The event was organised within...

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Training on the right to access public information, good administration of justice and protection of journalists

6-7 September 2018 Suhareka, Kosovo*

A two day training for newly appointed prosecutors was held on 6-7 September 2018 in Suhareka, Kosovo*. Organised by the Academy of Justice within the scope of the Joint Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX),” co-funded by the...

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Training on freedom of expression in relation to media - defamation & good administration of justice

4-5 September 2018 Suhareka, Kosovo*

Within the scope of the Joint Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX),” co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, a training on defamation and good administration of...

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TC-INF addresses AI related challenges to human rights, democracy and the rule of law

10 September 2018 Strasbourg, France

Ambassador Corina Călugăru, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova and Thematic Co-ordinator on Information Policy (TC-INF) invited Committee of Ministers delegations to an informal briefing on Council of Europe’s involvement in addressing emerging challenges and opportunities...

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UNESCO and the Council of Europe tune cooperation on freedom of expression

28 August 2018 Paris, France

On August 28, 2018, Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department at the Council of Europe, met senior UNESCO officials in Paris to discuss the joint cooperation agenda to promote freedom of expression and media freedom. In his meetings with Mr Moez Chakchouk, Assistant Director...

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Council of Europe engages in supporting independence of Media Regulatory Authorities

29 August 2018

The Council of Europe recognises the important role of independent regulatory authorities entrusted with responsibility for regulating the audio-visual sector at national level, as contributors towards fostering a favourable environment for freedom of expression. Enjoying genuine independence in...

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Media and refugees: Council of Europe reports examine media narratives and communicative needs

22 August 2018

Media as facilitators of public debate are widely viewed as a key tool for managing the increasing diversity in society. Mainstream media constitute key and trusted resources for officials and the public to make sense of unfolding events and take appropriate action. Thus, the role of the media is...

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A new study is out: Media regulatory framework and the online media – the Macedonian case

20 August 2018

Within the scope of the Joint Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX),” co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, a Study on the media regulatory framework and the online...

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Roles and Responsibilities of Internet Intermediaries: the Council of Europe has developed human rights-based guidelines

15 August 2018

Internet intermediaries play an increasingly important role in modern societies. Their actions influence the choices we make, the way we exercise our rights, and how we interact. The market dominance of some places them in control of principal modes of public communication. What are the roles...

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Partnership with Internet Companies: the Council of Europe enhances shared commitment to protect Human Rights online

8 August 2018

The fast pace of technological change and the cross-border nature of internet services present opportunities, but also challenges for users, who are faced, among other things, with online crime and insecurity, extremism and violence, abuse and intolerance. While it is the task of governments to...

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The Council of Europe Recommendation on Media Pluralism and Transparency of Media Ownership is now available in Macedonian and Albanian languages

1 August 2018

The Recommendation encourages member states to support quality independent and investigative journalism, whilst fully respecting the editorial and operational autonomy of the media. The recommendation also provides guidelines which are to assure visibility of diverse content across a number of...

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Council of Europe promotes sound Governance for Public Service Media to uphold Freedom of Expression

1 August 2018

The Council of Europe recognises the important role of public service media in upholding the fundamental right of freedom of expression, enabling people to seek and receive information, and promoting the values of democracy, diversity and social cohesion. It promotes the principle of sound...

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Algorithms: Council of Europe expert study analyses impact of automated Data-Processing on Human Rights

25 July 2018

The use of automated data-processing techniques raises challenges not only for the specific policy area in which they are operated, but also for society as a whole. The right to life, the right to fair trial, the presumption of innocence, the right to privacy and freedom of expression, workers’...

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First self-evaluation report under the internet freedom recommendation submitted

5 July 2018

Following the adoption of the Internet Freedom Recommendation (CM/Rec(2016)5) in April 2016, which contains a recommendation to member states to share with the Council of Europe national reports on internet freedom based on a number of agreed indicators, a first such report was submitted on 5...

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Council of Europe addresses the impact of Artificial Intelligence on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law

20 July 2018

While technological progress has always been a driving factor for societies, AI-based technologies stand out as a game changer. Offering vast opportunities for the benefit of people, they have the power to significantly influence the exercise of human rights and to disrupt the functioning of...

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Guidelines on safeguarding privacy in the media

20 June 2018

During a joint session held on 20 June, the Committee on Media and Information Society and the Consultative Committee of Convention 108 discussed and jointly approved ‘Guidelines on safeguarding privacy in the media’. Prepared in 2017 in the framework of the CoE/EU joint programme Partnership for...

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CDMSI assesses progress and discusses its roadmap

18-21 June 2018 Strasbourg

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society held its 14th plenary meeting in Strasbourg from 19 to 21 June. This meeting was the first one under its new mandate 2018-2019. The meeting focused on the deliverables being prepared by the two experts committees MSI-JOQ and MSI-AUT as well...

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Decriminalisation of defamation: Council of Europe guidance on proportionality of laws and conformity with human rights

13 July 2018

Aware of the potential chilling effect of overprotective defamation laws on freedom of expression and public debate, the Council of Europe promotes decriminalisation of defamation and provides guidance to its member states to ensure proportionality of defamation laws and their application with...

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Training on freedom of expression and defamation took place in Skopje

10-11 July 2018 Skopje

Within the scope of the Joint Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX),” co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, a training course on freedom of expression and...

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Octopus Conference 2018: Cooperation against Cybercrime

11 July 2018 Strasbourg

From 11 to 13 July, the Council of Europe brings together ministers and other high-ranking government representatives, criminal justice experts, and representatives from the Internet industry, civil society and data protection organisations from all over the world to step up international...

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Regional conference for media regulatory authorities held in Ohrid

5-6 July 2018 Ohrid

Under the joint EU/CoE Programme "Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe" (JUFREX) the Council of Europe has organised a Regional conference for media regulatory authorities, held on 5 and 6 July 2018, in Ohrid. Two comparative studies on best...

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Journalists in the regions of Azerbaijan trained on gender equality and media freedom

4-6 July 2018 Mingachevir, Ganja and Gazakh, Azerbaijan

Three training sessions on “Gender equality and media freedom: the Council of Europe standards” for journalists and representatives of civil society were organised in three regions of Azerbaijan – Mingachevir, Ganja and Gazakh – on 4-6 July 2018 within the CoE project “Gender equality and media...

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Interprofessional roundtable discussion between the judiciary and media professionals intends to lay the ground for better court reporting

27 June 2018 Tirana

Changes to the law on judicial reform in Albania have designated a new role to be created at every court and prosecutor's office called the magistrate for the press, a function that will be exercised by or under the supervision of a judge or prosecutor appointed for public relations. The School...

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Workshop on the Treatment of the Mediterranean Migrant & Refugee Crisis on the Audiovisual Media

28 June 2018 Barcelona

Migrants, Refugees, Asylum seekers – How do media portray them? What picture of migration European and Mediterranean citizens are exposed to? What is the role of media regulators? Media regulatory authorities, civil society, audio-visual media and major international organisations from both...

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JUFREX inter-professional seminar: Mediation in support of freedom of expression - Media regulation and self-regulation before the court

22 June 2018 Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mediation of the self-regulatory and regulatory body before the court proceeding is still an inadequately utilised potential in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s legal framework, in terms of protection of freedom of expression, especially in libel and defamation cases. Enhancement of the mediation and...

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Albanian journalists sound the alarm on copyright issues at a roundtable discussion entitled “Copyright, not the right to copy”

25 June 2018 Tirana

The Albanian Media Council organized a roundtable on "Copyright, not the right to copy" in Tirana on 25 June 2018 focusing on media copyright issues, especially online. The activity aimed at fostering discussions over the challenges faced by Albanian journalists regarding copyright and...

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PACE committee debate: “Democracy hacked: how to respond?”

25 June 2018 Strasbourg

On 25th of June 2018, Patrick Penninckx, the Head of the Information Society Department presented the conclusions of the report “Information Disorder” in front of the PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy. The report examines the modern information pollution and provides a new...

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2nd Steering Committee Meeting of Moldova Project

15 June 2018 Chisinau

The Council of Europe Project on “Promoting Media Freedom and Pluralism in Moldova” organised its second and last steering committee meeting in Chisinau on the 15th of June 2018. Fifteen representatives of the state authorities, including the Chairperson of the Media Commission of the...

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Round Table on the revised and updated Monitoring Methodology of the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual

14 June 2018 Chisinau

A round table discussion was hold on the 14th of June in Chisinau on the revised monitoring methodology for the Coordinating Council of the Audiovisual (CCA), the regulatory Authority of the Republic of Moldova. This document was drafted by the independent Council of Europe expert Rast’o Kuzel in...

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Official Opening of a Training Centre of the Broadcasting Company Teleradio-Moldova

14 June 2018 Chisinau

“We’ve been waiting for 25 years and now finally the Training Centre is open and functional”, said the TV and radio journalist at Teleradio Moldova. Participants very much valued the practical training sessions offered and took steps to engage as internal trainers: “This is the recognition of my...

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Media ownership, transparency and regulation standards presented in Prague

14-15 June 2018 Prague

Silvia Grundmann, the Head of the Media and Internet Division at the Council of Europe, presented and promoted the latest standards related to media ownership, transparency and regulation at the Inter-parliamentary Conference on "Upholding the freedom of expression, including media freedom, in...

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14th CDMSI plenary meeting - 19-21 June

19 - 21 June 2018 Strasbourg

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society will hold its 14th plenary meeting in Strasbourg from 19 to 21 June. This meeting will be the first one under its new mandate 2018-2019. The main topics of the agenda will be the first steps towards its deliverables that are being prepared...

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For an ethical journalism in Albania—Albanian Media Council discusses self-regulation mechanisms

7 June 2018 Tirana

Today, the Albanian Media Council launched its recently founded Complaints Board in a gathering of journalists, media organizations, legislators, media regulatory agencies, commissioners, and international partners active in media development in Albania. This is an important step forward Albanian...

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Training sessions on gender equality and media freedom in the regions of Azerbaijan

30-31 May 2018 Azerbaijan

Two training sessions on “Gender equality and media freedom: the Council of Europe standards” for journalists and representatives of civil society were organised in the two regions of Azerbaijan – Shaki and Zaqatala on 30-31 May 2018 within the CoE project “Gender equality and media freedom in...

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Council of Europe at the European Dialogue on Internet Governance

1 June 2018 Strasbourg

A Council of Europe delegation will contribute to the discussions of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) to be held on 5 and 6 June in Tbilisi (Georgia). Under the theme “Innovative strategies for our digital future”, the EuroDIG 2018 will bring together representatives of...

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Council of Europe at the first The Hague Summit for Accountability and Internet Democracy

31 May 2018 The Hague

We live in the age of digital expansion. Technology changes so fast. Technology changes the world faster than human would foresee it, even to understand it. In 1991, the internet became publicly available through the World Wide Web and this technology fundamentally changed the world. 27 years...

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Council of Europe co-operation with IT sector: two new partners

23 May 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe's Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, today signed collaboration agreements - in the form of an exchange of letters – with the European Internet Service Providers Association (EuroISPA) and the IT security and performance firm Cloudflare to promote respect for human...

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Joint Training for Trainers for judges and prosecutors of Kosovo* and Albania

17-18 May 2018 Pristina

A two-day training for trainers of judges and prosecutors from Kosovo* and Albania took place in Pristina on 17-18 May 2018. Participants had an opportunity to expand their knowledge on freedom of expression and methodology on delivering training on this topic. Participants were presented with...

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Convention 108+ : the modernised version of a landmark instrument

18 May 2018 Elsinore

The data protection Convention of the Council of Europe which has for the past four decades been the only international legally binding instrument on the protection of private life and personal data open to any country in the world has finally been, after 7 years of intense work and negotiations,...

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Steering Committee discussed draft revised version of Code of ethics for Azerbaijani journalists from a gender equality perspective

11 May 2018 Baku, Azerbaijan

The Council of Europe Project on “Gender equality and media freedom in Azerbaijan” organised its first steering committee meeting in Baku on 11 May 2018. Twenty representatives of the state authorities, including the State Committee on Family, Women and Children Affairs, the Ombudsman Office and...

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Media, elections and gender - a new study has been published

2 May 2018

A new Council of Europe publication entitled “Media, elections and gender - Study on media coverage of elections with a specific focus on gender equality” has been prepared by the committee of experts on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership (MSI-MED) of the Council of Europe. The...

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Internet and electoral campaigns - a new study has been published

2 May 2018

A new Council of Europe publication entitled “Internet and electoral campaigns - Study on the use of internet in electoral campaigns” has been prepared by the committee of experts on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership (MSI-MED) of the Council of Europe. The study examines the...

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World Press Freedom Day - the round table on freedom of speech in Kyiv

3 May 2018 Kyiv, Ukraine

May 3, Kyiv: A round table “Freedom of speech in Ukraine: current status and challenges” was held devoted to the World Press Freedom Day. The discussion was organised by the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe, the Council of Europe and the European Union Partnership for Good...

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World Press Freedom Day - “Europe’s duty to protect journalists”

26 April 2018

Launched by the United Nations in December 1993, the World Press Freedom Day became the internationally recognised occasion to reassess the significance of free media for a democratic society. It is a date to encourage and develop initiatives in favour of press freedom, and to assess the state of...

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JUFREX’s Regional Conference at the Council of Europe

17-18 April 2018 Strasbourg

JUFREX’s Regional Conference took place on 17-18 April in Strasbourg. In total, about 60 participants, including judges, prosecutors and lawyers and certified trainers on art. 10 ECHR from the beneficiaries of the programme – namely, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, “the...

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Survey on “valuable practices” for priority areas of implementation of Recommendation CM/Rec(2016)4

An implementation strategy of Recommendation CM/Rec(2016)4 on the protection of journalism and safety of journalists and other media actors is currently under preparation. As part of this effort, a questionnaire was sent to journalists, journalist associations and civil society inviting them to...

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1st Meeting of the new Bureau of the CDMSI on 12 April

12 April 2018 Paris

On 12 April the newly elected Bureau of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) met in Paris for the 1st meeting of its new mandate. Its agenda was devoted to the preparation of the 14th plenary meeting of the CDMSI to take place in June under its new mandate (2018-2019)....

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Legal clinic on strategic litigation with focus on privacy and right to access public documents in Pristina (JUFREX)

29-30 March 2018 Pristina

The legal clinic on strategic litigation focusing on local and international standards on privacy and access to public documents took place on 29-30 March 2018 in Pristina. Around 13 young male and female lawyers participated in the training. The legal clinic was delivered by Council of Europe...

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The right to freedom of expression: Training on national and international standards on privacy and access to public documents in Pristina (JUFREX)

27-28 March 2018 Pristina

The training on national and international standards on privacy and access to public documents took place on 27-28 March in Pristina. In total, about 15 participants including, judges, prosecutors and trainers participated in the training. The first day of the training was dedicated to privacy....

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Albanian Journalistic Code of Ethics revised to reflect the challenges of present times

29 March 2018 Tirana, Albania

After months of roundtable discussions and local and international expert work, the Albanian Media Institute in collaboration with the Albanian Media Council, organised a meeting in Tirana on 29 March to present to a wide audience the revised Journalistic Code of Ethics as well as the Ethical...

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Training to judges and prosecutors on freedom of expression and the media in Vrdnik

19-20 March 2018 Vrdnik, Serbia

The ninth cascade training for judiciary organized under the Grant agreement signed between the Judicial Academy of Serbia and joint EU/CoE project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the media in the South-East Europe (JUFREX)” took place on 19-20 March 2018, in Vrdnik,...

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Training for lawyers on defamation cases and freedom of expression cases in Tirana

23 March 2018 Tirana, Albania

A one day in-service training for lawyers in the format of a legal clinic on defamation cases and the balancing act in freedom of expression cases was organised on 23 March 2018 in Tirana, Albania, by the Albanian Bar Association within the framework of the EU/CoE Joint Programme “Reinforcing...

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Public presentation of the Media sector inquiry in Montenegro

5 April 2018 Podgorica, Montenegro

The JUFREX project has organised on 5 April 2018 in Podgorica a Public presentation of the Media sector inquiry in Montenegro. The inquiry provides a comprehensive analysis of the media sector in Montenegro, including the assessment of impact and consequences of different regulative mechanisms...

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Key achievements of the media projects of the Council of Europe in Ukraine

The Council of Europe is the only international organisation that has developed a comprehensive set of standards guaranteeing the right to freedom of expression and information. Projects aiming to support the media reforms have been implemented by the Council of Europe in Ukraine since 2008. 5...

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Algorithms and Human Rights: a new study has been published

22 March 2018

A new Council of Europe publication entitled “Algorithms and Human Rights - Study on the human rights dimension of automated data processing techniques and possible regulatory implications” has been prepared by the committee of experts on internet intermediaries (MSI-NET) of the Council of...

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New fund launched to support cross-border investigative journalism in EU

19 March 2018

The International Press Institute (IPI) and the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) are launching a fund to support cross-border investigative journalism in the European Union. The fund aims to support investigations that reflect media’s watchdog role and that assist the public in...

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First meeting of the MSI-JOQ on quality journalism in the digital age

8 March 2018 Strasbourg

The Committee of experts on quality journalism in the digital age (MSI-JOQ) meets on 8 and 9 March 2018 in Strasbourg. The Committee is a subordinate body to the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI). It is tasked to provide established and new stakeholders in the media...

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New guidelines on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership

7 March 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has issued guidelines to its 47 member states aimed at assisting them in the promotion of media pluralism and transparency of media ownership. In a Recommendation adopted today, the Committee of Ministers underlines that advances in modern technology have a profound impact...

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