Exchange of views with the PACE sub-committee on Media and Information Society

21 November 2022 Vilnius

On 21 November 2022, Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department took part in an exchange of views with the members of the PACE sub-committee on Media and Information Society during the afternoon session dedicated to “Ongoing activities, priorities and emerging issues in the...

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Follow the conference "Public Service Media for Democracy" live

21 November 2022 Vilnius

The Council of Europe and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) are organising the conference ‘Public Service Media for Democracy’ to discuss the way to protect the critical role of public service media in upholding democracy at times when their sustainability and independence are being...

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The Committee of Experts on Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation met in Strasbourg

19 October 2022 Strasbourg

The Committee of Experts on Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation held its second meeting in Strasbourg and online on 18-19 October 2022. The Committee of Experts examined the preliminary draft recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to the member states on strategic lawsuits...

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Committee of Experts on the Integrity of Online Information (MSI-INF) held its second meeting in a hybrid format

6 October 2022 Strasbourg

On 5-6 October 2022, the Committee of Experts on the Integrity of Online Information (MSI-INF) held its second meeting in a hybrid format. The Committee of Experts and participants had constructive discussions on the first draft of its Guidance note on countering the spread on online mis- and...

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Second meeting of the Committee of Experts on Increasing Resilience of the Media (MSI-RES) 

4 October 2022 Strasbourg

On 29-30 September 2022, the Committee of Experts on Increasing Resilience of the Media (MSI-RES) held its second meeting. The Committee of Experts has discussed the first drafts of its two documents, Draft Guidelines on the responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI) in journalism and Good...

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21st CDMSI plenary held in hybrid format in Strasbourg

2 June 2022 Strasbourg

On 1-2 June 2022, the CDMSI held its 21st plenary meeting in a hybrid format in Strasbourg with Mr Taavo Lumiste as the Chair. The CDMSI took note of the report of the first meetings and draft outline of the instruments that are being prepared by its subordinated expert committees: Committee of...

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Council of Europe proposes a comprehensive legal and policy framework to combat hate speech

20 May 2022 Strasbourg

During its annual session held in Turin, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers adopted the Recommendation on Combating Hate Speech, building on the case-law of the ECtHR and drawing upon existing Council of Europe texts such as ECRI’s GPR 15, and the legacy of the No Hate Speech Movement...

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New recommendation on the impacts of digital technologies on freedom of expression

19 April 2022 Strasbourg

At their meeting of 6 April 2022, the Ministers’ Deputies adopted the Recommendation CM/Rec(2022)13 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the impacts of digital technologies on freedom of expression. This important text, accomplished by the Committee of experts on freedom of...

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Committee of Experts on Increasing Resilience of the Media (MSI-RES) held its first meeting

11 April 2022 Strasbourg

On 31 March and 1 April 2022, the Committee of Experts on Increasing Resilience of the Media (MSI-RES) held its first meeting. The Committee is composed of 13 members with recognised expertise in media and internet law, journalism and information technology. It comprises seven member States’...

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European principles for media and communication governance ascertained

12 April 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe launches a new Recommendation on principles for media and communication governance. The structural transformation of the public sphere requires the modernisation of governance models, both for States and media stakeholders. The instrument identifies issues that need...

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Bureau of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) held its 22nd meeting

8 April 2022 Strasbourg

On 7 April 2022, the Bureau of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) held its 22nd meeting. They took note of the adoption by the Committee of Ministers of several texts developed by the CDMSI in the previous years: Recommendation CM/Rec(2022)4 of the Committee of...

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Tackling the risks for democracy of digital political campaigning: Council of Europe issues guidelines

7 April 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has issued a set of guidelines to its 46 member states to address the challenges to the fairness and legitimacy of electoral processes created by new digital political communication techniques. The Recommendation was prepared by CDMSI Steering Committee on Media and...

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Committee of Experts on Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation held its first meeting

6 April 2022 Strasbourg

The Committee of Experts on Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation held its first meeting (hybrid) on 4-5 April 2022. The Committee is composed of member States’ representatives, elected by the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI), and independent experts,...

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Council of Europe calls on states to support quality journalism: new guidelines

17 March 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has adopted a Recommendation calling on its 46 member States to create a favourable environment for quality journalism to thrive and to play its essential role in democracy. The recommendation contains a set of legal, administrative and practical guidelines aimed at ensuring...

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The Committee of Experts on the integrity of online information (MSI-INF) holds its first meeting

16 March 2022 Strasbourg

On 15-16 March 2022, the Committee of Experts on the integrity of online information (MSI-INF) held its first meeting (online). The Committee is composed of 13 members, comprising seven member States’ representatives, designated by the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI),...

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20th Plenary meeting of the CDMSI

6 December 2021 Strasbourg

On 1-3 December, the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) held its 20th Plenary meeting, which closes another biannual cycle of the Committee’s work. Among the important outcomes of the meeting are: approval of the draft Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to...

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Statement by the Chair of the CDMSI on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

2 November 2021 Strasbourg

In Europe and beyond, journalists continue to be the target of attacks impairing their everyday work and spoiling their crucial role of watchdogs of freedom of expression. Intimidated, threatened, target of abusive litigation, verbally and physically assaulted, the alerts received by the Council...

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The Committee of Experts on Combating Hate Speech held its final meeting

25 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Committee of Experts on Combating Hate Speech held its fourth and final meeting in a hybrid format on 6-7 and 20-21 October. ADI/MSI-DIS members and other participants held constructive discussions on the draft Recommendation on Combating Hate Speech and its draft Explanatory Memorandum. They...

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Media Freedom in Sports

14 October 2021 Online

Patrick Penninckx, the Head of the Information Society Department, addressed the issue of Media Freedom in Sports at the annual general assembly of the News Media Coalition on 13 October 2021. In his presentation he listed the challenges facing the sports arena such as hate speech, disinformation...

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Bar Association of Albania enlarges the pool of local trainers in freedom of expression and the media

28 September 2021 Strasbourg

11 lawyers of the Bar Association of Albania participated and successfully accomplished the training on the European standards on freedom of expression and the media as set by European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) and related caselaw. They will enlarge the pool of certified local trainers...

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