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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Invitation to comment by 20 July 2021

15 June 2021 Strasbourg

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) invites comments from the public on the draft recommendation by the Committee of Ministers to member States on the impacts of digital technologies on freedom of expression. The draft text was prepared by one of the CDMSI’s...

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The Council of Europe supports the celebration of the World Press Freedom Day (WFPD) in Tunisia

28-29 May 2021 Tunis

What is the role of the media in the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms? How has press freedom been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic? How to respond to the crisis of traditional media and the challenges of media regulation while preserving fundamental freedoms? These are among the...

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Media Freedom in Sport

1 June 2021 Online

Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe, made a presentation on “Media freedom in sport” at the Forum on Sport and Human Rights organised on June 1, 2021. The speaker provided an overview on the relation between sport, society and freedom of...

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School on Internet Governance, Digital Policies and Innovation

1 June 2021 Online

Council of Europe instruments and policies were presented at the SIDI - School on Internet Governance, Digital Policies and Innovation on June 1, 2021. Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department delivered a presentation entitled “Information society developments and...

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Ratification of the Tromsø Convention by Serbia essential for better access to official documents, say participants of event in Belgrade

31 May 2021 Online

A culture of transparency and openness in the public administration is essential for asserting the legitimacy of the authority as a public service and it is developing a relationship of trust between authorities and citizens and monitoring risks of corruption. The Council of Europe’s Tromsø...

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2nd Bulletin on the latest developments of European Court of Human Rights case-law on freedom of expression published

28 May 2021 Online

In order to advance cooperation with the legal professionals in Western Balkans and contribute to further improvement of knowledge in the field of freedom of expression and freedom of the media, the regional action on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in South-East Europe prepared...

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Training for judges and prosecutors in Serbia

20 May 2021 Online

The joint European Union/Council of Europe action “Freedom of expression and freedom of the media in Serbia (JUFREX 2)” has organised a training for judges and prosecutors in Serbia on “Protection and safety of journalists” on 10-11 May 2021. The event was held in co-operation and under the...

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Training on European and international human rights law in Ukraine

19 May 2021 Online

A five-day intense training course on European and international human rights law: safety of journalists, freedom of association, freedom of expression, law enforcement actions in this area and the ECtHR case law on safety of journalists, was organised in an online format in Ukraine by the...

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Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Journalism

12 May 2021 Strasbourg

On May 12, 2021, Mr Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe addressed participants of the High-Level Conference “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Journalism - Will AI take hold of the 4th estate?”. Speaking in the panel “AI, Disinformation,...

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Latest developments and challenges of the digital world

12 May 2021 Strasbourg

Mr Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department at the Council of Europe addressed the audience of an online monthly chat of the European Data Journalism Network on 12 May 2021. He presented the latest developments and challenges of the digital world and outlined the role of the...

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The impact of Covid-19 on media freedom

7 May 2021 Strasbourg

During the pandemic, reliable information became critical not only to keep people informed but also safe and healthy. The need for quality, fact-checked journalism has taken on even more relevance in this period. However, the pandemic has also added new concerns to the media sector, already...

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Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the media in Kosovo*

Ethical court reporting, with special focus on Kosovo* Specialist Chambers. The rights and responsibilities of journalists

5 May 2021 Strasbourg

The EU/CoE action on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the media in Kosovo* (JUFREX2) in cooperation with the Association of Journalists of Kosovo* organised a training for media actors and other relevant stakeholders in ethical court reporting, on 28 April 2021. Around 30 journalists from...

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A Guide to Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights available in Serbian

4 May 2021 Strasbourg

The Guide to Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights is part of the series of Case-Law Guides published by the European Court of Human Rights to inform legal practitioners about the fundamental judgments and decisions delivered by the Strasbourg Court. This particular Guide analyses...

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How to protect journalists and other media actors?

3 May 2021 Strasbourg

A new interactive guide for States on protecting journalists and media actors was released by the Council of Europe on the eve of the International Press Freedom Day. Violence against journalists is on the rise across Council of Europe member States as reported on the Platform to promote the...

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Secretary General: European governments should show stronger political will to protect press freedom

28 April 2021 Strasbourg

In a statement issued ahead of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić urged European governments to show stronger political will to protect journalists and independent journalism in order to put a stop to the deterioration of media freedom in...

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Training for lawyers in Serbia on freedom of expression

28 April 2021 Online

Training for lawyers in Serbia on freedom of expression and the media has been organised on 26-27 April 2021, under the joint European Union/Council of Europe action “Freedom of expression and freedom of the media in Serbia (JUFREX 2)” and in co-operation with the Bar Association of Serbia. Full...

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Participation of the Council of Europe at the debate “A Digital Europe for all?”

26 April 2021 Strasbourg

Speaking on the debate “A Digital Europe for all ?” organised by the Province of Flemish Brabant and by the University of Leuven (KUL) , Mr Patrick PENNINCKX addressed questions such as the assessment of the impact of the Digital Revolution and the management of the Information Society . Mr...

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Online seminar “Is Disinformation threating Freedom of Speech? “

23 April 2021 Strasbourg

Mr Patrick Penninckx, Head of Information Society Department at the Council of Europe addressed participants of the seminar “Is Disinformation threating Freedom of Speech '' on April 23. His presentation focussed on information disorder and the rise of distrust in the media as well as the Council...

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E-conference “EU Values, Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue: Enhancing the debate"

22 April 2021 Strasbourg

In the e-conference “EU Values, Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue: Enhancing the debate” on Thursday April 22nd, Mr Patrick PENNINCKX, Head of Information Society Department at the Council of Europe, represented the Council of Europe on a discussion on hate speech. In the light of the current...

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