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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Safety of Journalists' Platform report: media freedom conditions worsen

12 February 2019 Strasbourg

The environment for media freedom has worsened significantly in the Council of Europe area, according to a report published today by the partner organisations to the Council of Europe Platform for the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists. The report “Democracy at Risk: threats and...

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Council of Europe work presented at 4th annual conference on the Safety of Journalists in Oslo

5-6 November 2018 Oslo, Norway

Prof. Marilyn Clark presented the key note speech at the 4th annual conference on the Safety of Journalists on the 5th and 6th November 2018 at Oslo Metropolitan University focusing on the chilling effect. The conference was held in connection with UNESCO's international Day to end Impunity for...

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Safety of journalists & other media actors: Council of Europe work presented at international conference “Threatened Journalists, Attackers Unpunished in Italy and in the World”

22 October 2018 Rome, Italy

The International conference “Threatened Journalists, Attackers Unpunished in Italy and in the World”, organised by “Ossigeno per l’Informazione”, under the patronage of UNESCO took place on 22 October 2018 at the Italian Senate (9.30-13.30) to contribute to the UN International Day to End...

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Training for journalists on protection of whistlebowers

20 September 2018 Pristina

A one-day training for journalists on protection of whistleblowers and access to public documents was organised in Pristina, Kosovo* on 20 September 2018 under the framework of the Joint Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)”,...

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Inter-professional discussion on increasing role of whistleblowers

19 September 2018 Pristina

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, an inter-professional discussion was organised in Pristina on 19...

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14th CDMSI Bureau meeting, 16 to 17 October 2018

1 October 2018

The Bureau of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) held its 14th meeting in Strasbourg from 16 to 17 October. This meeting was the second one under the new CDMSI mandate for the 2018-2019 biennium. The main topics of the agenda were, inter alia, the progress made by the...

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'Free European Media' book has been released

17 September 2018

The European Federation of Journalists and the Nordic Journalism Centre have released the "Free European Media 2018" book as a follow-up to a Conference held in February in Gdansk. The publication promotes media freedom as a fundamental pillar of democracy. The book presents stories from various...

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