Guidance Note on Content Moderation

20 September 2021 Strasbourg

A Guidance Note on Content Moderation was adopted by CDMSI at its 19th plenary meeting on 19-21 May 2021 and is available online for public authorities, media and private companies. The Note was elaborated by CDMSI’s Expert Committee of Experts on Freedom of Expression and Digital Technologies...

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New EC recommendation to strengthen the safety of journalists and other media professionals

16 September 2021 Online

The European Commission presented today its Recommendation to strengthen the safety of journalists and other media professionals. The Recommendation is a timely and much needed initiative to address more effectively the persisting concerns related to the threats and pressures facing journalists...

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The role of the media regulatory authorities in the Western Balkans in the new media paradigms

14 September 2021 Budva

In order to discuss and exchange views on the role of the media regulatory authorities in the new media paradigms, a Regional Conference was organised with the participation of media regulatory authorities from the region. This Conference allowed regulators from the region to share their...

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Three feature length documentaries developed with Council of Europe support had their national premieres in Chisinau

13 September 2021 Chisinau

On the 6th, 7th and 8th of September, the Council of Europe project “Promoting European standards in the audiovisual regulation of the Republic of Moldova” jointly with Telefilm-Chisinau organised and hosted the national premieres of the documentaries on human rights and social issues, “Liliana’s...

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Call for Tender - Purchase of consultancy services in the field of algorithmic solutions and human rights

6 September 2021 Online

The Council of Europe announces the tender for purchase of consultancy services in the field of algorithmic solutions and human rights (focus on privacy rights and personal data protection) - Georgia. (tender for consultants with international expertise) Tender file Act of Engagement How to...

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Purchase of consultancy services (international expertise) in the field of Media and Freedom of Expression

6 September 2021 Online

The Council of Europe announces the tender for purchase of consultancy services in the field of Media and Freedom of Expression in Georgia. The tender is announced for consultants with international expertise. The tender involves 5 lots: Lot 1: Safety of journalists and fight against impunity Lot...

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JUFREX2: Regional Summer School on European standards: freedom of expression and freedom of the media

21 July 2021 Online

An online Regional Summer School on European standards: freedom of expression and freedom of the media has been organised from 12 to 16 July 2021 and attended by law and political science students and young professionals from the Western Balkans. The Summer School raised awareness and improved...

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Public consultations on the CM Draft recommendation on electoral communication and media coverage of election campaigns (19 July – 23 August 2021)

19 July 2021 Strasbourg

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) invites comments from the public on the Draft recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member States on electoral communication and media coverage of election campaigns. The draft text was prepared by one of the CDMSI’s...

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International premiere of the documentary developed with Council of Europe support, “Our Eve” at TIFF Festival

19 July 2021 Cluj-Napoca

Throughout 23rd of July and 1st of August, Our Eve, a long documentary addressing a series of human rights issues concerning people with disabilities in Moldova, developed with the Council of Europe support, will have its international premiere after being selected for screening at the 20th...

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JUFREX2: Protection of children and minors and media ethics

12 July 2021 Online

The EU/CoE Action on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the media in Kosovo* (JUFREX2) in cooperation with the Association of Journalists organised a one day training/lecture for journalists, students and civil society activists on protection of minors in the media on 12 July 2021. Media...

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Police officers in Serbia trained on protection and safety of journalists

7-8 July 2021 Belgrade

A training for police officers on “Protection and safety of journalists” was organised under the joint European Union/Council of Europe action “Freedom of expression and freedom of the media in Serbia (JUFREX 2)”, with the aim to contribute to improvement in protection of media actors and...

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Public consultations on the CM Draft recommendation on principles for media and communication governance (8 July – 10 August 2021)

8 July 2021 Strasbourg

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) invites comments from the public on the Draft recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member States on principles for media and communication governance. The draft text was prepared by one of the CDMSI’s subordinate bodies -...

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P. Penninckx addresses participants of the European Seniors Union Summer Academy in Vienna

6 July 2021 Vienna

On the 2nd of July 2021, Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe addressed participants of the European Seniors Union Summer Academy in Vienna. In his key note speech entitled “Digital society: challenges & opportunities”, the Council of Europe...

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Council of Europe official addresses the X West Ukrainian Legal Forum

2 July 2021 Online

On 1st of July, Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe made an address to the X West Ukrainian Legal Forum (1 - 2 July 2021) organised in Lviv. In his video message entitled “Freedom of Expression in the Post-Covid World: crisis or the chance for...

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Council of Europe team takes an active part in EURODIG 2021

1 July 2021 Strasbourg

On 29 July 2021, representatives of the Council of Europe took part in the 2nd day of EuroDIG 2021, a yearly event dedicated to the Pan-European dialogue on Internet governance. Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Council’s Information society department, delivered a keynote speech, describing the...

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Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the media in Kosovo*: Training on protection and safety of journalists with lawyers and police officer

1-2 july 2021 Online

The EU/CoE action on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the media in Kosovo* (JUFREX2) in cooperation with Bar Association organised a two-day training for lawyers and police officers on Protection and Safety of Journalists, from 01-02 July 2021. 21 lawyers and police officers (14 men and 7...

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Public consultation on CM Recommendation on Combating Hate Speech

23 June 2021 Strasbourg

The public consultation on the draft text of the Committee of Ministers Recommendation on Combating Hate Speech is open from 23 June to 8 August 2021. This recommendation will provide non-binding guidance for member states and other key stakeholders on a comprehensive approach to addressing hate...

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Protection and safety of journalists

Raising awareness and strengthening capacities of judges and prosecutors in Serbia

23 June 2021 Strasbourg

The second training for Serbian judges and prosecutors on protection and safety of journalists was organised on 21-22 June 2021 in co-operation with the Judicial Academy of Republic of Serbia. It aimed at presenting relating European standards and contributing to improvement in protection of...

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Training on Protection and Safety of Journalists for prosecutors and police officers

17-18 June 2021 Online

The EU/CoE action on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the media in Kosovo* (JUFREX2) in cooperation with the Academy of Justice organised a two-day training for prosecutors and police officers on Protection and Safety of Journalists, from 17-18 June 2021. Thematic areas such as risks and...

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European ministers adopt priority actions to enhance journalists’ safety and address AI’s impact on freedom of expression

16 June 2021 Strasbourg

European Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society have agreed to carry out a number of priority actions to tackle the most pressing challenges to freedom of expression, including the decline in the safety of journalists and the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and of massive...

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