Training of future HELP tutors in Morocco

18 December 2020 Morocco

Within the framework of the projects “Promoting freedom of expression and media pluralism in Morocco” and “Support to personal data protection in Morocco” , Tuesday 15th of December, representatives of the Communication Department of the Ministry of Culture of the Youth and Sports of Morocco,...

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Regulation of Political advertising - a comparative study with reflections on the situation in South-East Europe

17 December 2020 Strasbourg

The study addresses the issue of political campaigning and advertising from a media regulatory perspective and offers guidelines, in line with European standards and best practices in this field. Regulatory authorities, beneficiaries of JUFREX has actively contributed to preparation of the Study...

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Committee of Experts on Combating Hate Speech holds its second online meeting

16 December 2020 Strasbourg

On 15-16 December 2020 the Committee of Experts on Combating Hate Speech (ADI/MSI-DIS) exchanged views on the discussion paper prepared by Rapporteurs presenting elements for the drafting of a Recommendation on a comprehensive approach to combating hate speech within a human rights framework,...

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Supporting Albanian legal professionals in addressing their training needs on freedom of expression standards

16 December 2020 TIrana

Representatives of the High Judicial Council (HJC), High Prosecutorial Council (HPC), School of Magistrates (SoM) as well as media magistrates, local and international experts on freedom of expression attended an online session organised by the School of Magistrates with the support of the...

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Training of Trainers on the online courses: “Freedom of Expression” and “Safety and protection of journalists”

15-16 December 2020 Western Balkans

The Training of Trainers on HELP Methodology for the online courses: “Freedom of expression” and “Safety and protection of journalists” was organised on 15-16 December 2020 and promoted the courses that have been jointly developed by the Council of Europe Human Rights Education for Legal...

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Freedom of Expression and Data Privacy standards promoted in the Philippines

14 December 2020 Strasbourg

The Philippines - UN Human Rights Summit hosted Council of Europe’s head of Information Society Patrick Penninckx outlining The Global Landscape of Freedom of Expression on the Internet in a webinar on “Freedom of Expression and Data Privacy on Social Media” webcasted on 10 December. The speaker...

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Cascade training on hate speech for judges and prosecutors of Republika Srpska

14 December 2020 Strasbourg

Cascade training on hate speech for the judiciary and police members of Republika Srpska gathered 15 participants. Training on criminal-law aspects of hate speech has been conducted through the discussion on international framework in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a two-track approach of the European...

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Cascade training on defamation for judges and prosecutors of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

14 December 2020 Strasbourg

Judges and prosecutors from Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBIH), participated in a cascade training on the application of the The Law on Protection against Defamation in the judiciary system. The participants were trained on defamation through the case-law of the European Court of Human...

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Trainings on freedom of expression for judicial and prosecutorial assistants in Serbia

11 December 2020 Serbia

Continuing the planned training activities and promoting standards for safeguarding freedom of expression and freedom of the media at the national level remains a priority for the European Union, Council of Europe and Judicial Academy of Republic of Serbia. To ensure everyone’s safety, in 2020...

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Fighting Disinformation and Hate Speech Online: cooperation with EU

11 December 2020 Strasbourg

The EU-NGO Human Rights Forum, an EEAS event on The impact of New Technologies on Human Rights hosted on December 10, 2020, Council of Europe’s head of Information Society Patrick Penninckx, speaking on “Enhancing Freedom of Expression online: Fighting Disinformation and Hate Speech” in the...

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Students of Tirana University are trained in European Standards on Freedom of Expression and the Media

3 December 2020 Tirana

Students of Faculty of Law and Journalism of Tirana University are trained in European standards on freedom of expression and the media With the support from a grant from Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in Albania (JUFREX 2), a joint project of EU and Council of Europe in the...

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Roundtable on protection and safety of journalists ‘‘Women journalists and risks to violence against women’’

9 December 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Office in Pristina, under framework of projects EU/CoE “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media (JUFREX2)” and "Reinforcing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence - Phase II" organised a roundtable discussion addressing issues related to...

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Online violence against women increasingly targets female journalists

10 December 2020 Strasbourg

Online violence against women increasingly targets female journalists, having an impact on their personal and professional life as well as on the public’s right to seek information. On the other hand, perpetrators of online attacks often bear no consequences. Patrick Penninckx, Head of...

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The legislative framework of the fight against disinformation in Europe presented in Morocco

4 December 2020 Morocco

Within the framework of the Project Promoting Freedom of Expression and Media Pluralism in Morocco, on Monday, 30 November, the executives of the Communication Department of the Ministry of Culture of the Youth and Sports of Morocco exchanged views on the existing legislative mechanisms in Europe...

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Mr. Walid Salem, Council of Europe Expert Gender, Violence and Media, Mme Cristina Oddone, Council of Europe Expert

The role of disinformation in times of crisis: how to cover the news on Covid 19 in the context of information disorder

28 and 29 November 2020 online

Two training sessions were held online by the Council of Europe together with the Moroccan Young Journalists’ Forum FMJJ. The two training sessions addressed two of the partners’ priorities: the fight against disinformation and how to address violence against women (VAW) in the media in the...

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Freedom of Expression: the basic principles and conditions for limitation of FoE (JUFREX 2)

3 December 2020 Online

The EU-CoE action “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in Kosovo* - JUFREX 2” in cooperation with the Bar Association organised training for lawyers in the field of freedom of expression and the criteria for restricting this right, from 03-04 December 2020. For two days the CoE...

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Moldova joins the Tromsø convention on access to public documents

1 December 2020 Strasbourg

On 1st December 2020 the Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents has officially entered into force. The Convention is informally called the Tromsø Convention after a small city in northern Norway, the world’s important cultural hub above the Arctic Circle, where it was...

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Whistleblowing and the media: The whistleblowers as source of information

26 November 2020 Online

On 26 November, the HF JUFREX “ Freedom of expression and freedom of the media in Kosovo* organised a training for journalists on whistleblowing and its importance for transparency. The event has been co-organised with the beneficiary organisation the Association of Journalists. Journalists from...

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18th meeting of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society

25 November 2020 Strasbourg

On 24-25 November the CDMSI (Steering Committee on Media and Information Society) held its 18th meeting online, due to current travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Committee was informed of recent developments in the Organisation, as well as about the Council of Europe's work...

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The Moldovan National Public Broadcaster, Teleradio-Moldova commences the transition phase to a Convergent Newsroom

24 November 2020 Strasbourg

Supporting the National Public Broadcaster in Moldova, Teleradio-Moldova, in its efforts to modernise, increase market competitivity and become more efficient, on 24 November, a team of local and international media experts presented the final Strategy and Action Plan towards unifying the company...

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Discoverability of Public Interest Content Online

24 November 2020 Strasbourg

The new report “Prioritisation uncovered. The Discoverability of Public Interest Content Online” addresses an issue of major concern: public access to information online. Whilst the freedom of expression implications of content takedown, ‘privatised censorship’ and down-ranking of content have...

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JUFREX: two day training for judges and prosecutors on defamation and protection of reputation

24 November 2020 Online

The EU-CoE JUFREX action in cooperation with the partner institution the Academy of Justice organised a two day training for judges and prosecutors on defamation and protection of reputation, on 24-25 November 2020. About 40 judges and prosecutors from different courts/prosecutions attended the...

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Online presentation of the “Review of the provisions of the Code on audio-visual media services regarding protection of minors”

23 November 2020 Strasbourg

Regulatory Communications Agency (CRA), European Union and Council of Europe have organised a webinar – presentation of an expert study on “Review of the provisions of the Code on audio-visual media services regarding protection of minors”. The study was prepared by the Council of Europe expert...

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Human rights perspective on encryption debated at ISOC

19 November 2020 Strasbourg

Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department addressed the human rights challenges related to encryption technologies in a webinar on 19 November 2020. Organised by the Internet Society (ISOC), the webinar on the “The Future of Encryption in the EU” examined several ongoing EU...

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Cascade training on whistleblowers’ protection for judges and prosecutors of Republika Srpska

20 November 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Judges and prosecutors from Republika Srpska participated in a cascade training on the protection of whistleblowers and on defamation on 12 and 13 November 2020. The training tackled both the regulatory framework of European Union and the Council of Europe and the domestic legislation, together...

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Online training on “Accessibility of media content for people with disabilities in light of the revised European Union Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)”

18 November 2020 Serbia

Human Rights: a reality for all Accessibility of media content for people with disabilities The online training on “Accessibility of media content for people with disabilities in light of the revised European Union Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)” for employees of Regulatory...

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Inter-professional webinar on Regulation and self-regulation and Hate speech

19 November 2020 Online

A two-part inter-professional seminar on Mediation of self-regulatory and regulatory body before the court proceedings and on Hate speech was held on 5 and 6 November in a webinar format and has gathered the media professionals and representatives of the judiciary. Among the goals of the webinar...

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HELP online course on Data Protection and Privacy Rights launched in Georgia

17 November 2020 Online

The Council of Europe launched the online Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) course on Personal Data Protection and Privacy Rights in Georgia. The course will familiarise up to 30 staff members of various State Institutions, including the Ministry of Internal Affairs of...

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Council of Europe strengthens cooperation with digital sector

17 November 2020 Strasbourg

Two new companies and one organisation today joined the Council of Europe Partnership with the digital sector aimed at promoting respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law on the internet: BT, IBM and the Internet Society (ISOC). To formalise their accession to the partnership,...

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Hands on Training on Cases of Freedom of Expression for Students of Legal Clinic of Tirana University

16 November 2020 Tirana

A group of students from the Legal Clinic of the Faculty of Law of Tirana University analysed facts of real cases related to issues of freedom of expression under the guidance of Res Publica and Council of Europe experts. Students learned how to differentiate between facts and opinions, apply...

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