Workshop for representatives of regional media: Media regulations during electoral processes – international and domestic standards

31 July 2020 Batumi

International and domestic standards related to media coverage during elections were discussed at the workshop in Batumi Regional media representatives discussed various aspects of media coverage during elections at the workshop “Media regulations during electoral process – international and...

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Council of Europe publishes new Report on gender equality and media

23 July 2020 Strasbourg

A new analytical Report looking at the current legal and policy situation regarding gender equality and media has been jointly released by the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Commission and Steering Committee on Media and Information Society. It examines the progress made since the adoption...

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Council of Europe digital rights conventions promoted in Brazil

21 July 2020 Strasbourg

Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe addressed as a keynote speaker the Digital Law, Technology and Data Protection Congress organised online by the Opice Blum Academy from Brazil on 21 July 2020. In his presentation entitled “Digital rights in a...

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

21 July 2020 Strasbourg

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

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Handover ceremony of the HELP online course certificates on Data Protection and Privacy Rights

17 July 2020

On 17 July 2020, the Council of Europe organised the handover ceremony of certificates to the participants of the HELP online course on Data Protection and Privacy Rights. The event was opened by the State Inspector Londa Toloraia and the Deputy Head of the Council of Europe Office in Georgia,...

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The impact of the health crisis on freedom of expression and media freedom - Report by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić

10 july 2020 Strasbourg

Over a year ago, the declaration adopted by the Committee of Ministers in Helsinki on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe stressed that "free and pluralist public debate is an essential condition for democracy and we must take firm action to reverse the recent...

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Training on Legal Writing for State Inspector’s Service

9 July 2020 Online

On 8 July 2020 the Council of Europe launched the online training on Legal Writing techniques for the staff of State Inspector’s Service of Georgia. The training enrols the staff members of the Service responsible for drafting administrative decisions and providing legal opinions in the field of...

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Regional online round table “Elections, pandemic and disinformation”

7 July 2020 Strasbourg

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

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Training seminars on planning and production of documentary films with focus on social issues and human rights in the Republic of Moldova

6 July 2020

Within its project « Promoting European Standards in the Audio-visual Regulation in the Republic of Moldova », the Council of Europe, together with Telefim Chisinau supports 16 young film-makers to mainstream human rights and social issues in their documentaries. Therefore, online training...

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European ministers responsible for Media and Information Society will meet in Nicosia in June 2021

1 July 2020 Strasbourg

In view of the global situation resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, the co-organisers - the Council of Europe and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, with due consideration regarding the health and safety of the participants, as well as to the objective of bringing together, in the...

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Updated course on Freedom of Expression available on the HELP platform

29 june 2020 Strasbourg

An updated version of the Council of Europe HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) course on Freedom of Expression is now available on the HELP online platform. The course, which was initially developed in 2016, was updated, rebuilt and modernised jointly with the Council of Europe...

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OSCE Human Dimension Meeting on Freedom of Expression, Media and Information

23 June 2020 Strasbourg

On June 23, 2020, P. Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department, participated in the OSCE Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting on Freedom of Expression, Media and Information. In the area of freedom of expression, the OSCE and the Council of Europe pursue, within their distinct...

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

16 June 2020 Belgrade

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

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Defamation and Insult legislation in North Macedonia: Step by step

12 June 2020 Skopje

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

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Council of Europe participates online in EuroDIG2020

11 June 2020 Online

Patrick Penninckx, the Head of the Information Society Department addressed the European Dialogue on Internet Governance 2020 on 11 June. Speaking in the panel “European Digital Economy and COVID-19 pandemic” he emphasised the link between vibrant human rights and a prosperous economy and...

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High-level online discussion on countering impunity for the crimes against journalists in Ukraine

8 June 2020 Strasbourg

“Journalists in Ukraine are facing risks every day, while doing their work in the East of the country, during the quarantine and covering important topics. We believe that all crimes against journalists have to be investigated in a good quality and as quickly as possible. We are committed to it....

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From pandemic to infodemic: countering disinformation amid COVID19

4 June 2020 Strasbourg

Patrick Penninckx, head of the Council of Europe Information Society Department, took part in an online exchange of views "From pandemic to infodemic: countering disinformation amid COVID19", organised by the Renew Europe group of the European Parliament on 4th of June 2020. Talking in a panel...

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Online discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on media freedom

28 May 2020 Strasbourg

Media in times of crisis play an essential role and have a particular responsibility to provide accurate and reliable information to the public – such information are crucial for our health. The online discussion provided an opportunity to share experience among journalists, media professionals,...

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Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights Webinar

27 May 2020 Strasbourg

Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department at the Council of Europe conducted a webinar on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights on the 26th of May 2020. The webinar was organised by the European Law Students Association (ELSA) as part of a series of webinars on Law and...

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Youngest and the world of media

19 May 2020 Strasbourg

Children are surrounded by the media from their birth – media and communication platforms and content are part of their environment; children are active users of the media. Making children media literate means having future society of aware and responsible individuals. Within the joint EU and...

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