Tender for the web content management services

Call for tender

3 January 2017 Strasbourg

Invitation to tender for the web content management services of the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe for the period 2018-2019. If you intend to participate you are expected to fill in the attached document and send it by 15th of January 2018. See more here.

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“Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media” And “Protecting internet freedom through legislation and arrangements for Multi-stakeholder dialogue”

Closing Event of the European Union and the Council of Europe Joint Projects

17 December 2017 Tbilisi, Georgia

On 17 December 2017, the Closing Event of the EU/CoE Joint Projects “Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media” and “Protecting internet freedom through legislation and arrangements for multi-stakeholder dialogue” (both part of the EU/CoE Joint Programme “Partnership for Good...

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Regional Conference on Self-regulation

15-16 December 2017 Tbilisi, Georgia

Within the framework of the joint CoE/EU Project “Promote Professional and Responsible Journalism by Supporting Regional Network of Self-regulatory Bodies” the Council of Europe organised on 15-16 December 2017 a Regional Conference on Self-regulation in Tbilisi, Georgia. Representatives of...

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IGF 2017: Internet intermediaries – shared commitments and corporate responsibility

15 December 2017 Geneva

On 18 December 2017 the Council of Europe is organising an event during the Internet Governance Forum in Geneva, titled Open Forum: Internet intermediaries – shared commitments and corporate responsibility. The open forum will focus on dialogue with internet intermediaries concerning protection...

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Lecture at the Law Faculty "Iustinianus Primus" on Media law in the context of FoE and CoE standards

14 December 2017 Skopje

On the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Journalism studies department at the Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus” an event dedicated to human rights and in particular the freedom of expression was organised by the Faculty. For this event, the Council of Europe extended its support to the...

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Significant achievements for CDMSI 2016-2017 mandate

11 December 2017 Strasbourg

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) held its 13th and last meeting under the current mandate from 5 to 8 December 2017 in Strasbourg. It ends its 2016-2017 mandate with two draft recommendations and three studies on topical and important issues: a draft recommendation...

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Conference on Media education in Azerbaijani universities in Baku

8 December 2017 Baku

A conference on Media education in Azerbaijani universities within the PGG Joint EU/CoE Project on Freedom of Expression and Media Freedom in Azerbaijan took place on 7 December 2017 in Baku. The conference was organized in close cooperation with the Azerbaijani Press Council and Journalism...

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Regional Conference on Internet Governance and Digital Agenda, Chisinau, 6-7 December

6-7 December 2017 Chisinau

The role of the Council of Europe with respect to Human Rights on the internet and the multi-stakeholder approach to Internet Governance in Eastern Partnership countries were among the topics of the Regional Conference on Internet Governance and Digital Agenda organised by the Council of Europe...

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Training for judges on balancing between the freedom of expression and the right to privacy

30 November 2017 Berovo

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 two day training for judges was organised on 28-29...

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Training sessions on media coverage of elections and challenges of local democracy

28 November 2017 Tunisia

The National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) and the Council of Europe are organising training sessions for Tunisian journalists on media coverage of the upcoming local elections in Tunisia. The SNJT and the Council of Europe have joined forces to help Tunisian journalists address the...

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Conference on Media and Migration awareness, Hamburg 23-25 November 2017

27 November 2017 Hamburg

Representatives of the Council of Europe participated in the CMMA2017: Conference on Media and Migration, organised by the Refugee Radio Network. Participants from various backgrounds, including European journalists and members of the Community Media Forum Europe discussed the role played by...

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Workshop on New media platforms and copyright

27 November 2017 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, an activity was organised on 20 November 2017 under the...

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Council of Europe partners with leading technology companies to promote respect for human rights

8 November 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe will strengthen its co-operation with the private sector in order to promote an open and safe internet, where human rights, democracy, and the rule of law are respected. The companies are Apple, Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Kaspersky Lab, Orange and...

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Tackling disinformation in the global media environment – new Council of Europe report

31 October 2017 Strasbourg

A report published today by the Council of Europe examines the way in which dis-information campaigns have become widespread and, heavily relying on social media, contribute to a global media environment of information disorder. Whilst acknowledging that the direct and indirect impacts of...

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5th Conference of francophone media regulators

30 October 2017 Geneva

Lejla Dervisagic, head of the Media and Internet Governance Cooperation Programme has presented Council of Europe achievements and priorities at the 5th Conference of francophone media regulators (REFRAM). Held on 24-25 October 2017 in Geneva, the conference brought together 63 participants,...

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Training sessions on freedom of expression and freedom of the media for the Ministry of Culture and Communication of Morocco

27 October 2017 Rabat

The Council of Europe and the Department of Communication of the Ministry of Culture and Communication of Morocco organised several training sessions on freedom of expression and freedom of the media in aid of government officers of the Ministry. This training cycle was held in the premises of...

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Practical seminar for Ukrainian journalists working in the conflict zones

26 October 2017 Kyiv

Four day practical seminar “Safety of journalists who work in the conflict zones” was organised on 20-23 October 2017 in Kyiv region with the support of the Council of Europe Project “Strengthening freedom of the media and establishing a Public broadcasting system in Ukraine” in partnership with...

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Council of Europe’s international conference on safety of journalists and crimes against freedom of expression in Kyiv

25 October 2017 Kyiv

International conference “Counteracting threats to life and safety of journalists. Effective investigations into crimes against freedom of expression” took place on 19 October 2017 in Kyiv (Ukraine) in the framework of the Council of Europe project “Strengthening freedom of the media and...

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Guidelines on Safeguarding Privacy in the Media

23 October 2017 Strasbourg

Guidelines on Safeguarding Privacy in the Media were developed to help the Georgian Data Protection Authority to answer questions asked by journalists and press professionals. A training seminar was organised on 7 and 8 July 2017 in Kachreti with 25 professionals who had the opportunity to ask...

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Azerbaijani judge candidates trained on Council of Europe standards on freedom of expression

23 October 2017 Baku

Two half-day training sessions on some aspects of freedom of expression for judge candidates undergoing the preparatory training phase of the judicial selection process at the Academy of Justice of Azerbaijan took place on 11 October 2017 in Baku. The training sessions provided a useful...

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12th meeting of the Bureau of the CDMSI

23 October 2017 Strasbourg

On 19 and 20 October, the Bureau of the CDMSI met in Strasbourg to prepare the 13th plenary meeting of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (5-8 December) . It made comments on two draft recommendations, respectively on the topics of internet intermediaries and of media...

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The roles and responsibilities of internet intermediaries

18 October 207 Vienna

The Conference in Vienna on 13 October, entitled “The roles and responsibilities of internet intermediaries”, has gathered genuinely multi-stakeholder audience with representatives of all key stakeholder groups (governments, businesses, NGOs and the academic community) being present and actively...

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Murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

17 October 2017 Strasbourg

Following the violent death of a Maltese investigative journalist, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, has stated: “I am appalled by the brutal death of Maltese journalist and blogger Ms Daphne Caruana Galizia, in a car bombing yesterday in Malta. As expressed by the Prime Minister of...

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The role of internet intermediaries as gatekeepers to freedom of expression – Conference in Vienna

12 October 2017 Vienna

The role and responsibilities of internet intermediaries, which critically influence the way we receive and impart information in the digital age, will be the focus of a conference on internet freedom, organized by the OSCE and the Council of Europe in Vienna on Friday 13 October. The function of...

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46th European Platform of Regulatory Authorities

12 October 2017 Vienna

Ms Silvia Grundmann, Head of the Media and Internet Division of the Council of Europe, presented the work of the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe during the 46th EPRA (European Platform of Regulatory Authorities) meeting which took place on 11-13 October 2017 in Vienna. The...

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Training for judges and prosecutors on balancing exercise on defamation cases

10-11 October 2017 Pristina

The Academy of Justice in close cooperation with Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South East-Europe (JUFREX) project, organised a two-day training on balancing exercise on defamation cases. This training helped participants to understand the legal nature of...

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ECHR: Defamation proceedings violated journalist’s and publisher’s right to freedom of expression

6 October 2017 Strasbourg

The case of Novaya Gazeta and Milashina v. Russia (application no. 45083/06) concerned defamation proceedings against an editorial house and a journalist following the publication of two articles concerning the sinking of the Russian Navy’s nuclear cruise missile submarine “Kursk” in the Barents...

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Training on the “Limits of the Freedom of Expression – hate speech”

6 October 2017 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 two day event on “Limits of the Freedom of Expression –...

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Training for lawyers “Limits of Protected Speech”

5 October 2017 Ferizaj/Uroševac

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 training session for local lawyers took place on 30 September 2017 in...

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4th meeting of MSI-MED

20-21 September 2017 Strasbourg

The experts of the MSI-MED held their 4th meeting in Strasbourg on 20-21 September 2017. They discussed three documents: a draft recommendation on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership, a feasibility study on the use of internet in elections and a feasibility study on gender...

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National ToT follow-up on the Freedom of Expression and the Internet

28 - 29 September 2017 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 two day event was organised in co-operation with the...

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Belarus works on improvement of data protection legislation

22 September 2017 Minsk

A one-day International seminar on "Improvement of legal regulation on data Protection of Belarus” was organised within the framework of the Council of Europe / European Union Joint Project “Enhance the right to data protection”, implemented under the CoE / EU Programme Partnership for Good...

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The first meeting of the Commission to confront propaganda

14 September 2017 Kiev, Ukraine

With the support of the joint EU/CoE Partnership for Good Governance regional project "Promote Professional Journalism by Supporting Regional Network of Self-regulatory Bodies" the first meeting of the Commission to confront propaganda, a consultative body for cross-border media complaints took...

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Training session and open meeting on media coverage of terrorism – 19-20 September 2017, Tunis, Tunisia

19-20 septembre 2017 Tunis

On 19 September 2017 the Council of Europe in partnership with the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) organised in Tunis a training session on media coverage of terrorism. Facilitated by the journalist and trainer, Nasreddine Louati, this booster training session for journalists was...

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Four new textbooks for journalism students

20 September 2017 Baku

Azerbaijani students in journalism will now benefit from four new textbooks on: TV Journalism, Radio Journalism, Journalism of New Media and Photo Journalism. These texts books were prepared to cover gaps in the current curricula concerning topics such as freedom of expression and will be...

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4th meeting of MSI-NET

20 September 2017 Strasbourg

Members and participants of the MSI-NET Expert Committee met for the fourth time on 18-19 September 2017 in Strasbourg. They reviewed the many valuable comments submitted on the draft recommendation on the roles and responsibilities of internet intermediaries during public consultations, and...

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National internet Governance Forum 2017 in Georgia

18 September 2017 Tbilisi

Within the EU funded project “CoE/EU Program “Protecting Internet Freedom through Legislation and Arrangements for Multi-stakeholder Dialogue” the Council of Europe (CoE)” in cooperation with the national and international partners such as the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Developments,...

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Kick-off meeting - media sector inquiry, Montenegro

12 September 2017 Podgorica

In the presence of Mr. Aleksandar Andrija Pejović, Minister, Ministry of European Affairs, Montenegro, and H.E. Ambassador Aivo Orav, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro, more than 80 participants from Ministers, journalists and media actors took part to the kick off meeting of...

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Protecting internet freedom through legislation and arrangements for multi-stakeholders dialogue

8 September 2017 Strasbourg

Within the EU funded project CoE/EU Program “Protecting Internet Freedom through Legislation and Arrangements for Multi-stakeholder Dialogue” the Council of Europe (CoE) in cooperation with the national and internet partners such as the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Developments, Georgian...

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Internet Freedom Conference 2017

6 September 2017 Strasbourg

Building on the impetus given by the 2016 Conference “Internet Freedom: a constant factor of democratic security in Europe”...

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Balkan School on Internet Governance

21-25 August 2017 Jahorina

25 representatives of the civil society, academia, technical community, private sector, media and the government from across the South-Eastern Europe attended the first edition of the Balkan School of Internet Governance held in Jahorina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on the 21-25 August 2017. Initiated by...

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Safety of journalists - addressing challenges

26 August 2017 Strasbourg

In many countries journalists and other media actors are facing censorship, political and economic pressure, intimidation, job insecurity, abusive use of defamation laws as well as physical attacks. These offences are often committed in a context of impunity, which has a chilling effect on media...

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Internet governance: fostering multi-stakeholder dialogue

14 August 2017 Strasbourg

Internet provides a space of freedom, facilitating the exercise and enjoyment of fundamental rights, participatory and democratic processes, and social and commercial activities. In order to ensure a sustainable, people-centred and rights-based approach to the internet, the Council of Europe...

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Council of Europe focus on Media Freedom

5 August 2017 Strasbourg

The rights to freedom of expression and freedom of the media as protected by Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights are pillars of democratic security in Europe. The Council of Europe promotes an enabling environment for freedom of expression, underpinned by legal guarantees for...

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Training seminar on Internet and Human Rights for journalists in Baku

15 July 2017 Baku

One-day training seminar on Internet and Human Rights within the framework of the Council of Europe / European Union Joint Project “Freedom of expression and media freedom in Azerbaijan”, implemented under the CoE / EU Programme Partnership for Good Governance (PGG) took place on 19 July 2017...

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Media Regulatory Authorities and Hate Speech

24 July 2017 Strasbourg

A new publication ”Media regulatory authorities and hate speech” was launched in in July 2017. It is addressed to media professionals, civil servants dealing with media and human rights, judges, prosecutors and human rights defenders, civil society and academia. Aiming at promoting freedom of...

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Media pluralism and freedom in the European Union

22 July 2017 Brussels

On 11 July 2017 the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament (LIBE) held a public hearing on Media Pluralism and freedom in the EU. In the opening of the meeting, the Chair and the rapporteur, MEP Spinelly underlined that all European Union Member States,...

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New Handbook on Protecting the right to freedom of expression under the European Convention on Human Rights

21 July 2017 Strasbourg

This handbook, authored by Dominika Bychawska-Siniarska, a human rights lawyer specialising in freedom of expression in Poland and central and eastern Europe, is produced by the Human Rights National Implementation Division of the Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law. It examines...

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Invitation to comment by 25 August

13 July 2017 Strasbourg

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) invites comments from the public on two draft texts that were prepared by its sub-ordinate bodies and that are meant to be adopted by the Committee of Ministers in early 2018. The draft recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to...

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Georgian journalists discuss privacy issues with Council of Europe experts

13 July 2017 Kakheti region, Georgia

Over 20 journalists and media professionals attended a training seminar on Privacy and Media Coverage on 8 and 9 July in Kakheti region (Georgia). After a presentation of the international and the national legal frameworks on privacy and data protection, concrete case examples prepared by Council...

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Dinner-debate on the reform of the legal framework governing the audio-visual sector in Tunisia

5 July 2017 Tunis

On the 1st of June 2017, the Council of Europe organised a dinner-debate in Tunis which brought together Tunisian parliamentarians, a representative of the Ministry in charge of constitutional bodies, civil society and Human rights, members of the media regulatory body in Tunisia (High...

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Addressing Disinformation in Europe - First Draft Partner Network Meeting in Strasbourg on 3rd of July, 2017

24 June 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe attaches high priority to the possible impacts of ‘fake news’ on European societies and to identifying effective ways of countering the phenomenon. To this end it supports the organisation of the First Draft European Partner Network Meeting in Strasbourg on the 3rd of July....

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Training for lawyers “Freedom of expression: Defamation”

22-23 June 2017 Ohrid

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 two-day event for lawyers and young legal professionals took place on...

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IFEX – new observer to the CDMSI

27 June 2017 Strasbourg

The Steering committee on media and information society held its 12th meeting in Strasbourg from 20 to 23 June 2017. It granted observer status to IFEX, the network of NGOs defenders of freedom of expression. The other highlights of the work of this session were in-depth discussions and comments...

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12th meeting of the CDMSI: pluralism of media and transparency of media ownership and internet intermediaries

19 June 2017 Strasbourg

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) held its 12th meeting from 20 to 23 June 2017 in Strasbourg. Discussions mainly focussed on the preparation of two standard setting documents, respectively on pluralism of media and transparency of media ownership and on internet...

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International Colloquium: The role of media actors in confronting terrorism, 19 June 2017

24 May 2017 Strasbourg

On 19 June 2017 the Council of Europe is organising a “Colloquium on the role of media actors in confronting terrorism” in Strasbourg, at the Council of Europe, Agora building, Room G1. The Colloquium will bring together media actors and other relevant stakeholders, such as audio-visual...

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Council of Europe Thematic Workshop

WSIS Forum 2017 Challenges and opportunities for journalism online

18 May 2017 Strasbourg

Friday, 12:45 – 14:00 Room C1, ITU Tower Thematic Workshop The Council of Europe is organising a thematic workshop “Challenges and opportunities for journalism online” which will take place during the forthcoming WSIS forum on the 16th June in Geneva. The workshop will focus primarily on the...

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Experience sharing workshops with the High Authority for Audio-visual Communication (HACA)

14 June 2017 Rabat

As part of an internal training cycle initiated by the High Authority for Audio-visual Communication (HACA) of the Kingdom of Morocco, the HACA and the Council of Europe organised in Rabat a series of experience sharing workshops for HACA’s staff members during the first half of 2017. The first...

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Conference on the future of Bosnian public broadcaster

7 June 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe will co-organise the upcoming conference in the offices of national broadcaster of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 13th June. The conference will focus on the need of media law reform and securing adequate and sustainable funding in order to ensure the existence of Public Service...

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Training on Protection of Children and Minors

1 June 2017 Pristina

Within the framework of the Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe” (JUFREX), a two day training session on protection of children and minors was organised, in Pristina on 30-31 May 2017. The training involved employees of two main...

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Turning point for media freedom in Europe

18-19 May 2017 Bucharest

Patrick Penninckx, the Head of the Council of Europe Information Society Department, delivered a key note speech at the annual meeting of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) held on 18-19 May in Bucharest, Romania. He described the current situation as a “turning point for media freedom”...

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Discussion of the draft curricula on “Journalism ethics” and “Media and Freedom of Expression” in Baku

12 May 2017 Baku

A roundtable took place on 12 May 2017 in Baku in order to discuss the draft curricula on two courses: “Journalism ethics” and “Media and freedom of expression”, which have been developed by local experts within the framework of the joint EU/CoE project “Freedom of Expression and Media Freedom in...

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Regional training of trainers: freedom of expression - methodology

25-26 April 2017 Durres

A regional follow-up to ToT sessions conducted in the six countries/locations took place on 25-26 April 2017, in Durres, Albania. The event gathered the most successful participants from all the 6 ToTs, in order to provide a forum for exchange on their upcoming task of conducting training...

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3 May – World Press Freedom Day

3 May 2017 Strasbourg

Launched by the United Nations in December 1993, the World Press Freedom Day became the internationally recognised instance 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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Signing of the Grant Agreement in Podgorica, Montenegro (JUFREX)

27 April 2017 Podgorica

Signing of the Grant Agreement between the European Union and the Council of Europe joint programme "Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)" and the Centre for training in judiciary and state prosecution service, Montenegro took place...

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11th meeting of the Bureau of the CDMSI

28 April 2017 Strasbourg

The Bureau of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) met in Strasbourg on 11 and 12 May 2017. CDMSI Bureau worked on preparation of the 12th meeting of the CDMSI (20-23 June). Its main focus was the two draft recommendations, respectively on pluralism of media and...

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Grant Agreement with the Judicial Academy of Republic of Serbia signed

21 April 2017 Belgrade

On Friday, 21 April, the signing ceremony of the Grant Agreement between the JUFREX and the Judicial Academy of Republic of Serbia was convened in Belgrade. The Grant Agreement was signed by Tim Cartwright, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade and Nenad Vujic, Director of the Judicial...

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Workshop on the portrayal of women in the media in Morocco

20 April 2017 Casablanca

The Council of Europe organised a workshop on 20 April 2017 in Casablanca to facilitate discussion between media professionals, civil society and academics on the portrayal of women in the media in Morocco. The event brought together around 30 participants to exchange perspectives and views on...

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A series of trainings on freedom of expression and privacy for journalists in the regions of Azerbaijan

18 - 21 April Azerbaijan

Three training sessions on freedom of expression and privacy for journalists and representatives of civil society were organised in three regions of Azerbaijan (Ganja, Shamkir and Tovuz) on 18-21 April 2017 within the framework of the joint EU/CoE project “Freedom of expression and media freedom”...

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New study on intimidation of journalists and self-censorship in Europe

20 April 2017 Strasbourg

Different forms of violence against journalists have increased significantly over the last decade: from physical attacks, to intimidation and harassment, targeted surveillance and cyberbullying, we now see a range of tactics deployed to silence critical voices and free speech. Together with...

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Training of journalists on Freedom of Expression, Right to Privacy and Media Ethics

5-6 April 2017 Vrdnik, Serbia

Representatives of media outlets included a cross section of journalists ranging from the leading national broadcaster Radio television Serbia, news agencies Beta and Fonet and important national print media like Politika, Danas, Vreme and Newsweek. Additionally influential online portals...

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Study visit of Azerbaijani journalists

22-23 March 2017 Strasbourg

On 22-23 March 2017 a study visit of a group of Azerbaijani media professionals was organised in Strasbourg within the framework of the joint CoE/EU PCF Project “Freedom of Expression and Media Freedom in Azerbaijan”. The main aim of the study visit was to raise participants’ awareness on...

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3rd meeting of the MSI-NET

29 March 2017 Strasbourg

Members and observers of the MSI-NET Expert Committee held their 3rd meeting on 27-28 March 2017 in Strasbourg. They further discussed the draft recommendation on internet intermediaries and the draft study on the human rights dimensions of algorithms, as prepared by the rapporteurs. Committee...

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3rd meeting of the MSI-NET

24 March 2017 Strasbourg

The 13 experts of the MSI-NET will hold their 3rd meeting in Strasbourg on 27-28 March 2017. The main topics on the agenda are the second draft of a recommendation on internet intermediaries and the revised draft study on human rights dimensions of algorithms. Committee of experts on Internet...

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3rd meeting of the MSI-MED

23 March 2017 Strasbourg

The 13 experts of the MSI-MED held its 3rd meeting in Strasbourg on 29-30 March 2017. It mainly discussed a revised draft of a recommendation on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership, and revised drafts of a feasibility study on the use of internet in elections and of a feasibility...

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Trainings for members of the Georgian National Communications Commission

12-13 March & 19-20 March 2017 Georgia

Within the framework of the EU-funded project “Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media” the Council of Europe (CoE) in cooperation with the Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC) organised two trainings for GNCC representatives on CoE and ECHR standards related...

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10th anniversary of their Memorandum of Understanding

15 March 2017 Strasbourg

The European Union and the Council of Europe share a mutual commitment to human rights, the rule of law and democracy - 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of their Memorandum of Understanding. With Europe facing many challenges – populism, extremism, terrorism, xenophobia, the refugee crisis – the...

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Conference on Freedom of Expression Online

14 March 2017 Strasbourg

Conference on Freedom of Expression Online 28 April 2017, Nicosia, Filoxenia Conference Centre, Cyprus This Conference is organised by the Supreme Court of Cyprus and the Council of Europe in the framework of the Cypriot Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers (22 November...

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24 March 2017: Conference “Promoting dialogue between the ECtHR and the media freedom community”

8 March 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is happy to give its support to the conference “Promoting dialogue between the ECtHR and the media freedom community”, organised by European Centre for Press and Media Freedom on 24 of March 2017 in the Council of Europe’s Palais de l’Europe building (room 1) in Strasbourg....

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Annual Meeting of the Regional Network of Self-regulatory Bodies

2-3 March 2017 Chisinau

Within the framework of the CoE/EU project “Promote professional and responsible journalism by supporting the regional network of self-regulatory bodies” the Council of Europe organised the Annual Meeting of the Regional Network of Self-regulatory Bodies. The event was attended by representatives...

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Training of Trainers on application of standards of article 10 of the ECHR, Freedom of expression

Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe

21 February 2017 Mostar

Within the framework of the Regional Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertize on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe” (JUFREX), implemented by the Council of Europe and co-financed by the European Union, a four-day Training of Trainers on application of Article 10 standards of...

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Registration for the Council of Europe course “Access to public information: from A to Z” is open

headline 18 February 2016 Strasbourg

Registration for the online course “Access to Public Information: from A to Z” is open now at the Prometheus web platform. The course was developed with the support of the Council of Europe Project “Strengthening freedom of media and establishing a Public broadcasting system in Ukraine", in...

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Training of Trainers course on Freedom of Expression for Judges, Lawyers and Prosecutors, held in Albania

14-17 February 2017 Vlora

For four days, 14-17 February in Vlora, Albania, a group of judges, prosecutors and lawyers underwent an intensive training of trainers course on Freedom of Expression to enhance the interpretation of the national legislation relating to freedom of expression in accordance with European standards...

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Training of trainers on Freedom of expression and information for judges, lawyers and prosecutors

14-17 February 2017 Ohrid

A four-day long Training of trainers (ToTs) dedicated to reinforcing judicial expertise, has been organised in co-operation with the Academy for judges and public prosecutors. The ToTs focused on Article 10 ECHR, Freedom of expression and information, was held on 14-17 February 2017 in Ohrid. The...

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Advancing application of standards of the European Convention on Human Rights by the judiciary in Bosnia and Herzegovina

14 February 2017 Sarajevo

Meeting of H.E. Ambassador Stefánek with Mr. Murtezić, Director of the Judicial and Prosecutorial Training Centre in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Ambassador Stefánek met today with Mr. Murtezić, Director of the Centre for Education of Judges and Prosecutors in Federation of Bosnia...

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Forcible removal of journalists during parliamentary debate breached their freedom of expression

9 February 2017 Strasbourg

Selmani and Others v. “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” The case concerned the forcible removal of journalists from the national Parliament gallery where they were reporting on a parliamentary debate about approval of the State budget for 2013. During the debate a group of opposition...

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ICANN webinar : Community consensus on the need for change regarding community-based new Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

18 January 2017 Strasbourg

Organised by ARTICLE 19, the Council of Europe, and the Cross Community Working Party on ICANNs Corporate and Social Responsibility to Respect Human Rights Further information including the agenda and slide presentations can be found here. The Council of Europe report on Applications to ICANN for...

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“Safety of journalists - an imperative for free media” International Conference held in Kyiv

3 February 2017 Kyiv

Nowadays we are witnessing a negative trend of violence against journalists, registered in the majority of the Council of Europe member States: since April 2015 the online Platform on the protection of journalism and safety of journalists of the Council of Europe has recorded 254 alerts from 33...

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JUFREX Project Supports Albanian Audiovisual Media Authority in its Discussion of Strategic Priorities with Various Interest Groups and Partners

30 January 2017 Tirana

Before approving its three-year strategy, AMA engages in a process of public consultations with various interest groups. This roundtable discussion assisted with this process and provided not only a platform for laying out the strategic priorities of the audiovisual market but also improved upon...

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Training on professional journalistic standards and a workshop on ECHR case law in Skopje

27-30 January 2017 Skopje

First event aimed at strengthening the capacity of the Macedonian media regulatory authority, the Agency for audio and audio-visual media services. Two consecutive meetings, encompassing a training and a workshop, were held on 27 and 30 January 2017 in Skopje. The meetings were facilitated by two...

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Conference on Freedom of Expression Online

Conference on Freedom of Expression Online 28 April 2017, Nicosia, Filoxenia Conference Centre, Cyprus This Conference is organised by the Supreme Court of Cyprus and the Council of Europe in the framework of the Cypriot Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers (22 November...

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