Dialogue with the Safety of Journalism Platform

30 June 2022 Budapest

A meeting of partner organisations to the Safety of Journalism Platform of the Council of Europe took place in Budapest on 29-30 June 2022. Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department presented to the leading journalists rights organisations the latest policy recommendations to...

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Council of Europe at the annual World Press Freedom Day Global Conference

5 May 2022 Punta del Este

The Council of Europe' s voice was echoed at the annual Global Conference of the World Press Freedom Day 2022, hosted by UNESCO and the Republic of Uruguay on 2-5 May 2022 under the theme “Journalism under Digital Siege” in Punta del Este. Rodica Ciochina of the Media and Internet Division of the...

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Promoting the Safety of Journalists in the Western Balkans

4 May 2022 Online

Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe has addressed on-line the participants in the Regional Conference of SafeJournalists Network “Settings UP of the Media Freedoms and the Safety of Journalists in the Western Balkans” which took place in Sarajevo...

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Freedom of Expression in 2021 – a critical review

2 May 2022 Strasbourg

The Information Society Department of the Council of Europe has unveiled its report on the state of freedom of expression in Council of Europe member States in 2021. This annual review, based on the findings of Council of Europe bodies and monitoring mechanisms, is focussed on legal guarantees...

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Mariupol - testimony of a journalist

30 March 2022 Hybrid format (Strasbourg & Online)

On 31 March 2022, 36th day of war in Ukraine, Anna Murlykina, a journalist from Mariupol will be giving a testimony from a place of war, in a webinar organised by the Group of Friends on the Safety of Journalists and Media Freedom in Strasbourg and the Council of Europe. Anna Murlykina was born...

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Police officers in Serbia trained on protection and safety of journalists

9-10 March 2022 Belgrade

The second training session for police officers on “Protection and safety of journalists” was organised under the joint European Union/Council of Europe action “Freedom of expression and freedom of the media in Serbia (JUFREX 2)”. Its aim was to improve the protection of journalists and other...

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Journalism in situations of conflict and aggression: Principles from the relevant Council of Europe and other international standards

7 march 2022 Strasbourg

Member states should recognise the democratic value of journalism and the media in times of conflict and aggression. The work of a free, independent and impartial media constitutes one of the essential foundations of a democratic society, and thereby can contribute to the protection of civilians...

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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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New EC recommendation to strengthen the safety of journalists and other media professionals

16 September 2021 Online

The European Commission presented today its Recommendation to strengthen the safety of journalists and other media professionals. The Recommendation is a timely and much needed initiative to address more effectively the persisting concerns related to the threats and pressures facing journalists...

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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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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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2 November - International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

2 November 2020 Strasbourg

Attacks on and violence against journalists is a long-standing issue in Europe and beyond. The decline tendency for the safety of journalists has persisted over the past decade, with impunity remaining extremely preoccupying. Based on information collected by the Council of Europe Platform for...

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14 October 2020

Registration open for the event “Enhancing the Safety of Journalists in Europe”

5 October 2020 Strasbourg

The Information Society Department of the Council of Europe has the pleasure to invite you to the event “Enhancing the Safety of Journalists in Europe” to be held on-line on 14 October 2020. The first part of the event is dedicated to the launch of the book “A Mission to Inform: Journalists at...

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The impact of the health crisis on freedom of expression and media freedom - Report by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić

10 july 2020 Strasbourg

Over a year ago, the declaration adopted by the Committee of Ministers in Helsinki on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe stressed that "free and pluralist public debate is an essential condition for democracy and we must take firm action to reverse the recent...

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Importance of press freedom in times of pandemics

30 April 2020 Strasbourg

Protecting freedom of expression and media freedom in times of a pandemic is of vital importance. In almost all European countries people have been living in confinement for almost two months, a situation which has profoundly impacted on our communities, economies, families and daily lives. We...

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Last call for quality journalism? – International conference in Ljubljana

28 November 2019 Ljubljana

How can the sustainability of quality news be ensured? Which are the responsibilities of actors such as online platforms, educators, regulators, civil society and academia with regard to preserving quality journalism? To search for answers to these questions and to tackle other challenges that...

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Global Conference for Media Freedom attended by CDMSI Chair, Ambassador Thomas Schneider

London 10 - 11 July 2019

The Chair of the Steering Committee for Media and Information Society (CDMSI), Ambassador Thomas Schneider, attended the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London from 10 to 11 July 2019, together with a delegation from the Council of Europe Secretariat. The Global Conference for Media...

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Council of Europe standards and European Court of Human Rights case-law in the area of safety of journalists and other media actors, presented at the OSCE Training for Serbian prosecutors and police officers.

21 May 2019 Strasbourg

On 16-17 May 2019, the OSCE held a two day training on “The importance of journalism and effective conduct of the competent authorities when the safety of journalists is violated” in Belgrade, Serbia. The training was carried out in the context of an agreement between the Serbian prosecuting...

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Freedom of expression: report assesses the situation in 2018

2 May 2019 Strasbourg

A report, published today on the eve of World Press Freedom Day by the Council of Europe´s Information Society Department, maps out the major threats to freedom of expression in Europe in 2018 and the actions that governments should carry out to counter them as a matter of priority. The report...

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