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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4th meeting of the Committee of Experts on Media Environment and Reform (MSI-REF)

24 September 2021 Strasbourg

On 23-24 September 2021, the Committee of Experts on Media Environment and Reform (MSI-REF) held its meeting online. Jan Kleijssen, Director of Information Society - Action against Crime Directorate, Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law opened the meeting. The experts and participants...

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3rd meeting of the MSI-DIG held online

22 September 2021 Strasbourg

On 20-21 September 2021 the Committee of Experts on Freedom of Expression and Digital Technologies (MSI-DIG) held its meeting via videoconference. MSI-DIG members and other participants had a constructive discussion of the revised Draft recommendation on the impacts of digital technologies on...

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Public consultations on the CM Draft recommendation on electoral communication and media coverage of election campaigns (19 July – 23 August 2021)

19 July 2021 Strasbourg

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) invites comments from the public on the Draft recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member States on electoral communication and media coverage of election campaigns. The draft text was prepared by one of the CDMSI’s...

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Public consultations on the CM Draft recommendation on principles for media and communication governance (8 July – 10 August 2021)

8 July 2021 Strasbourg

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) invites comments from the public on the Draft recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member States on principles for media and communication governance. The draft text was prepared by one of the CDMSI’s subordinate bodies -...

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Public consultation on CM Recommendation on Combating Hate Speech

23 June 2021 Strasbourg

The public consultation on the draft text of the Committee of Ministers Recommendation on Combating Hate Speech is open from 23 June to 8 August 2021. This recommendation will provide non-binding guidance for member states and other key stakeholders on a comprehensive approach to addressing hate...

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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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CDMSI Bureau assessed progress and discussed prospects for future work

16 April 2021 Strasbourg

The 20th meeting of the CDMSI Bureau was held by videoconference on 15 and 16 April . The Bureau assessed the progress of the work and work perspectives for the next period of reference (2022-2025). In particular, the Bureau members reviewed the state of progress in the work of the expert...

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Committee of Experts on Media Environment and Reform (MSI-REF) held its third meeting via videoconference

6 April 2021 Strasbourg

On 31 March - 1 April, the Committee of Experts on Media Environment and Reform (MSI-REF) held its third meeting via videoconference. The experts and participants held a thorough discussion of the three texts the Committee had been tasked to prepare: a Draft recommendation by the Committee of...

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Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists: factsheets available in Albanian and Serbian

25 March 2021 Strasbourg

The right of journalists not to disclose their sources and the right to access, receive and impart information are key prerequisites for freedom of the press and freedom of expression. Take a look at our factsheets now translated in Albanian and Serbian and find out more on important Council of...

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The Committee of Experts on Freedom of Expression and Digital Technologies (MSI-DIG) held its second meeting via videoconference

18 March 2021 Strasbourg

On 17-18 March, the Committee of Experts on Freedom of Expression and Digital Technologies (MSI-DIG) held its second meeting. Due to current restrictions on travels and public gatherings related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was held via videoconference. The experts* have finalised one of...

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Second meeting of the Committee of Experts on Media Environment and Reform (MSI-REF) held online

20 January 2021 Strasbourg

On 19-20 January 2021 the Committee of Experts on Media Environment and Reform (MSI-REF) held its second meeting online. The Expert Committee has examined the drafts for the three policy documents it has been tasked to prepare: a draft recommendation by the Committee of Ministers to member States...

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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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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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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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Committee of Experts on Combating hate Speech starts its work

30 September 2020 Strasbourg

During its first two-day meeting (29-30 Sept. 2020) the expert committee ADI/MSI-DIS determined the scope and structure of a future Committee of Ministers’ recommendation on a comprehensive approach to combating hate speech within a human rights framework. The newly elected chair Alexander...

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Bureau of the CDMSI held its 19th meeting

30 September 2020 Strasbourg

On 29 September 2020 the Bureau of the CDMSI held its 19th meeting. In view of the persistent concerns related to the sanitary situation in Europe, the meeting was organised via videoconferencing. The Bureau took note of the reports from the first meetings of the expert committees subordinated to...

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First online meeting of the Committee of Experts on Media Environment and Reform (MSI-REF)

29 September 2020 Strasbourg

On 23-24 September the Committee of Experts on Media Environment and Reform (MSI-REF) held its first meeting online, due to current travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Committee is composed of 13 members, comprising seven member States’ representatives, elected by the...

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First online meeting of the Committee of Experts on Freedom of Expression and Digital Technologies

16 September 2020 Strasbourg

On 15-16 September the Committee of Experts on Freedom of Expression and Digital Technologies (MSI-DIG) held its first meeting online, due to current travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Committee is composed of 13 members, comprising seven member States’ representatives,...

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