Seminar on Article 10 of European Convention on Human Rights: Freedom of Expression in local courts of BiH

13-14 September 2018 Bjelašnica, BiH

Svjetlana Milišić-Veličkovski Judge of the Supreme Court of the Federation of BiH and Council of Europe educator on Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights, has opened the third cascade training for judges and prosecutors, organised in partnership between the Council of Europe and...

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Freedom of Expression and Defamation by Tarlach McGonagle published in Albanian language

12 October 2018

A new practical tool for the Albanian judiciary is added to the literature on Freedom of Expression in Albanian. Freedom of expression is a fundamental freedom, one of the cornerstones of democracy in Europe, enshrined in various key texts, including the European Convention on Human Rights. But...

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Albanian version of 'Protecting the right to freedom of expression under the European Convention on Human Rights—A handbook for legal practitioners' published

12 October 2018

In the framework of the joint EU/CoE project "Strengthening Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and Media in South East Europe (JUFREX)", a new resource material was put in the hands of the Albanian judiciary. The handbook, authored by Dominika Bychawska-Siniarska, a human rights lawyer...

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Work of the CDMSI presented at the 48th meeting of the European platform of regulatory authorities

10-12 October 2018 Bratislava, Slovakia

The 48th meeting of the European platform of regulatory authorities (EPRA) took place on 10-12 October in Bratislava at the invitation of the Slovak Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission (CBR).

 Silvia Grundmann, Head of the Media and Internet Division at the Council of Europe presented an...

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Convention 108+ presented at the 4th Global Cyber Security Forum HackIT in Kyiv

8-11 October 2018 Kyiv, Ukraine

The 4th Global Cyber Security Forum HackIT 4.0 took place from 8-11 October 2018 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The forum gathers professional tech developers and leading security experts engaging in security networking, exchange of best solutions and methodology development. Patrick Penninckx, Head of the...

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Council of Europe work for Human Rights and AI presented at Conference “Challenging (the) Content” in Vienna

8-9 October 2018 Vienna, Austria

The conference “Challenging (the) Content – Content made in Europe in the digital economy” was organised by the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 8-9 October 2018 in Vienna with the aim to encourage the debate on key challenges for the European cultural, media and...

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Scientific Conference on Challenges of Implementing European Standards of Freedom of Expression in the Albanian Context organised in Tirana

5 October 2018 Tirana

The Albanian School of Magistrates organized its annual conference on freedom of expression issues. Entitled “Challenges of Implementing European Standards of Freedom of Expression in the Albanian Context”, the conference engaged attending judges and prosecutors in a discussion on how Albanian...

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Conference announcement – Addressing Hate Speech in the Media - Zagreb 6-7 November

1 October 2018

The Council of Europe in partnership with the Croatian Agency for Electronic Media organises a regional conference “Addressing hate speech in the media: the role of regulatory authorities and the judiciary” on 6-7 November 2018 in Zagreb. The event will constitute a platform for assessing current...

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The Code of Professional Ethics for Azerbaijani journalists will be amended from a gender equality perspective

3 October 2018 Baku, Azerbaijan

On 3 October 2018 the Council of Europe Project “Gender Equality and Media Freedom in Azerbaijan” organised a round table on “Gender equality and media” to discuss the Code of Professional Ethics for Azerbaijani journalists revised from a gender equality perspective within the Project in Baku....

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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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Recommendation on the roles and responsibilities of internet intermediaries now available in Macedonian language

2 October 2018

The Council of Europe Recommendation on the roles and responsibilities of internet intermediaries (CM/Rec(2018)2), which had been adopted at the beginning of this year, is now available in Macedonian language. In the recommendation the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers calls on the 47...

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Workshop on strengthening the Media Information Literacy (MIL) Network through transferring experiences

21 September 2018 Skopje

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, on 21 September 2018, the Council of Europe co-organised, in...

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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) will hold its 14th meeting in Strasbourg from 16 to 17 October. This meeting will be the second one under the new CDMSI mandate for the 2018-2019 biennium. The main topics of the agenda will be, inter alia, the progress...

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MSI-JOQ experts discussed quality journalism and media literacy in the digital age

24-25 September 2018

On 24 -25 September 2018, the Committee of experts on quality journalism in the digital age (MSI-JOQ) held its second meeting in Strasbourg. The members examined and discussed two documents prepared by the rapporteurs: the first version of the Draft recommendation on promoting a favourable...

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Documentary films produced with support of the Council of Europe screened in Chisinau

15 September 2018 Chisinau, Moldova

On 15 September 2018, the Council of Europe organised the screening of two documentary films produced by Telefilm-Chisinau Department of the public service broadcasting Teleradio-Moldova following a series of training seminars on planning and producing TV documentaries organised by the EU-CoE...

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MSI-AUT experts examined the human rights impact of artificial intelligence (AI)

17-18 September 2018 Strasbourg, France

On September 17-18, 2018, members and participants of the Expert Committee on human rights dimensions of automated data processing and different forms of artificial intelligence (MSI-AUT) met in Strasbourg for the second time. During animated discussions over two days, they reviewed first...

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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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Training seminar on media monitoring for the broadcasting regulatory authority of Moldova

10-14 September 2018 Chisinau. Moldova

On 10-14 September 2018, the Council of Europe organised in Chisinau, Moldova a training seminar for the members and staff members of the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual (CCA) on how to apply to their daily work the CCA’s revised media monitoring methodology. The event was organised within...

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Training on the right to access public information, good administration of justice and protection of journalists

6-7 September 2018 Suhareka, Kosovo*

A two day training for newly appointed prosecutors was held on 6-7 September 2018 in Suhareka, Kosovo*. Organised by the Academy of Justice within the scope of the Joint Project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX),” co-funded by the...

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Training on freedom of expression in relation to media - defamation & good administration of justice

4-5 September 2018 Suhareka, Kosovo*

Within the scope of 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, a training on defamation and good administration of...

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TC-INF addresses AI related challenges to human rights, democracy and the rule of law

10 September 2018 Strasbourg, France

Ambassador Corina Călugăru, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova and Thematic Co-ordinator on Information Policy (TC-INF) invited Committee of Ministers delegations to an informal briefing on Council of Europe’s involvement in addressing emerging challenges and opportunities...

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UNESCO and the Council of Europe tune cooperation on freedom of expression

28 August 2018 Paris, France

On August 28, 2018, Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department at the Council of Europe, met senior UNESCO officials in Paris to discuss the joint cooperation agenda to promote freedom of expression and media freedom. In his meetings with Mr Moez Chakchouk, Assistant Director...

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Council of Europe engages in supporting independence of Media Regulatory Authorities

29 August 2018

The Council of Europe recognises the important role of independent regulatory authorities entrusted with responsibility for regulating the audio-visual sector at national level, as contributors towards fostering a favourable environment for freedom of expression. Enjoying genuine independence in...

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Media and refugees: Council of Europe reports examine media narratives and communicative needs

22 August 2018

Media as facilitators of public debate are widely viewed as a key tool for managing the increasing diversity in society. Mainstream media constitute key and trusted resources for officials and the public to make sense of unfolding events and take appropriate action. Thus, the role of the media is...

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A new study is out: Media regulatory framework and the online media – the Macedonian case

20 August 2018

Within the scope of 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, a Study on the media regulatory framework and the online...

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Roles and Responsibilities of Internet Intermediaries: the Council of Europe has developed human rights-based guidelines

15 August 2018

Internet intermediaries play an increasingly important role in modern societies. Their actions influence the choices we make, the way we exercise our rights, and how we interact. The market dominance of some places them in control of principal modes of public communication. What are the roles...

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Partnership with Internet Companies: the Council of Europe enhances shared commitment to protect Human Rights online

8 August 2018

The fast pace of technological change and the cross-border nature of internet services present opportunities, but also challenges for users, who are faced, among other things, with online crime and insecurity, extremism and violence, abuse and intolerance. While it is the task of governments to...

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The Council of Europe Recommendation on Media Pluralism and Transparency of Media Ownership is now available in Macedonian and Albanian languages

1 August 2018

The Recommendation encourages member states to support quality independent and investigative journalism, whilst fully respecting the editorial and operational autonomy of the media. The recommendation also provides guidelines which are to assure visibility of diverse content across a number of...

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Council of Europe promotes sound Governance for Public Service Media to uphold Freedom of Expression

1 August 2018

The Council of Europe recognises the important role of public service media in upholding the fundamental right of freedom of expression, enabling people to seek and receive information, and promoting the values of democracy, diversity and social cohesion. It promotes the principle of sound...

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Algorithms: Council of Europe expert study analyses impact of automated Data-Processing on Human Rights

25 July 2018

The use of automated data-processing techniques raises challenges not only for the specific policy area in which they are operated, but also for society as a whole. The right to life, the right to fair trial, the presumption of innocence, the right to privacy and freedom of expression, workers’...

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First self-evaluation report under the internet freedom recommendation submitted

5 July 2018

Following the adoption of the Internet Freedom Recommendation (CM/Rec(2016)5) in April 2016, which contains a recommendation to member states to share with the Council of Europe national reports on internet freedom based on a number of agreed indicators, a first such report was submitted on 5...

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Council of Europe addresses the impact of Artificial Intelligence on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law

20 July 2018

While technological progress has always been a driving factor for societies, AI-based technologies stand out as a game changer. Offering vast opportunities for the benefit of people, they have the power to significantly influence the exercise of human rights and to disrupt the functioning of...

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Guidelines on safeguarding privacy in the media

20 June 2018

During a joint session held on 20 June, the Committee on Media and Information Society and the Consultative Committee of Convention 108 discussed and jointly approved ‘Guidelines on safeguarding privacy in the media’. Prepared in 2017 in the framework of the CoE/EU joint programme Partnership for...

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CDMSI assesses progress and discusses its roadmap

18-21 June 2018 Strasbourg

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society held its 14th plenary meeting in Strasbourg from 19 to 21 June. This meeting was the first one under its new mandate 2018-2019. The meeting focused on the deliverables being prepared by the two experts committees MSI-JOQ and MSI-AUT as well...

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Decriminalisation of defamation: Council of Europe guidance on proportionality of laws and conformity with human rights

13 July 2018

Aware of the potential chilling effect of overprotective defamation laws on freedom of expression and public debate, the Council of Europe promotes decriminalisation of defamation and provides guidance to its member states to ensure proportionality of defamation laws and their application with...

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Training on freedom of expression and defamation took place in Skopje

10-11 July 2018 Skopje

Within the scope of 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, a training course on freedom of expression and...

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Octopus Conference 2018: Cooperation against Cybercrime

11 July 2018 Strasbourg

From 11 to 13 July, the Council of Europe brings together ministers and other high-ranking government representatives, criminal justice experts, and representatives from the Internet industry, civil society and data protection organisations from all over the world to step up international...

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Regional conference for media regulatory authorities held in Ohrid

5-6 July 2018 Ohrid

Under the joint EU/CoE Programme "Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe" (JUFREX) the Council of Europe has organised a Regional conference for media regulatory authorities, held on 5 and 6 July 2018, in Ohrid. Two comparative studies on best...

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Journalists in the regions of Azerbaijan trained on gender equality and media freedom

4-6 July 2018 Mingachevir, Ganja and Gazakh, Azerbaijan

Three training sessions on “Gender equality and media freedom: the Council of Europe standards” for journalists and representatives of civil society were organised in three regions of Azerbaijan – Mingachevir, Ganja and Gazakh – on 4-6 July 2018 within the CoE project “Gender equality and media...

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Interprofessional roundtable discussion between the judiciary and media professionals intends to lay the ground for better court reporting

27 June 2018 Tirana

Changes to the law on judicial reform in Albania have designated a new role to be created at every court and prosecutor's office called the magistrate for the press, a function that will be exercised by or under the supervision of a judge or prosecutor appointed for public relations. The School...

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Workshop on the Treatment of the Mediterranean Migrant & Refugee Crisis on the Audiovisual Media

28 June 2018 Barcelona

Migrants, Refugees, Asylum seekers – How do media portray them? What picture of migration European and Mediterranean citizens are exposed to? What is the role of media regulators? Media regulatory authorities, civil society, audio-visual media and major international organisations from both...

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JUFREX inter-professional seminar: Mediation in support of freedom of expression - Media regulation and self-regulation before the court

22 June 2018 Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mediation of the self-regulatory and regulatory body before the court proceeding is still an inadequately utilised potential in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s legal framework, in terms of protection of freedom of expression, especially in libel and defamation cases. Enhancement of the mediation and...

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Albanian journalists sound the alarm on copyright issues at a roundtable discussion entitled “Copyright, not the right to copy”

25 June 2018 Tirana

The Albanian Media Council organized a roundtable on "Copyright, not the right to copy" in Tirana on 25 June 2018 focusing on media copyright issues, especially online. The activity aimed at fostering discussions over the challenges faced by Albanian journalists regarding copyright and...

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PACE committee debate: “Democracy hacked: how to respond?”

25 June 2018 Strasbourg

On 25th of June 2018, Patrick Penninckx, the Head of the Information Society Department presented the conclusions of the report “Information Disorder” in front of the PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy. The report examines the modern information pollution and provides a new...

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2nd Steering Committee Meeting of Moldova Project

15 June 2018 Chisinau

The Council of Europe Project on “Promoting Media Freedom and Pluralism in Moldova” organised its second and last steering committee meeting in Chisinau on the 15th of June 2018. Fifteen representatives of the state authorities, including the Chairperson of the Media Commission of the...

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Round Table on the revised and updated Monitoring Methodology of the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual

14 June 2018 Chisinau

A round table discussion was hold on the 14th of June in Chisinau on the revised monitoring methodology for the Coordinating Council of the Audiovisual (CCA), the regulatory Authority of the Republic of Moldova. This document was drafted by the independent Council of Europe expert Rast’o Kuzel in...

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Official Opening of a Training Centre of the Broadcasting Company Teleradio-Moldova

14 June 2018 Chisinau

“We’ve been waiting for 25 years and now finally the Training Centre is open and functional”, said the TV and radio journalist at Teleradio Moldova. Participants very much valued the practical training sessions offered and took steps to engage as internal trainers: “This is the recognition of my...

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Media ownership, transparency and regulation standards presented in Prague

14-15 June 2018 Prague

Silvia Grundmann, the Head of the Media and Internet Division at the Council of Europe, presented and promoted the latest standards related to media ownership, transparency and regulation at the Inter-parliamentary Conference on "Upholding the freedom of expression, including media freedom, in...

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14th CDMSI plenary meeting - 19-21 June

19 - 21 June 2018 Strasbourg

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society will hold its 14th plenary meeting in Strasbourg from 19 to 21 June. This meeting will be the first one under its new mandate 2018-2019. The main topics of the agenda will be the first steps towards its deliverables that are being prepared...

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For an ethical journalism in Albania—Albanian Media Council discusses self-regulation mechanisms

7 June 2018 Tirana

Today, the Albanian Media Council launched its recently founded Complaints Board in a gathering of journalists, media organizations, legislators, media regulatory agencies, commissioners, and international partners active in media development in Albania. This is an important step forward Albanian...

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Training sessions on gender equality and media freedom in the regions of Azerbaijan

30-31 May 2018 Azerbaijan

Two training sessions on “Gender equality and media freedom: the Council of Europe standards” for journalists and representatives of civil society were organised in the two regions of Azerbaijan – Shaki and Zaqatala on 30-31 May 2018 within the CoE project “Gender equality and media freedom in...

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Council of Europe at the European Dialogue on Internet Governance

1 June 2018 Strasbourg

A Council of Europe delegation will contribute to the discussions of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) to be held on 5 and 6 June in Tbilisi (Georgia). Under the theme “Innovative strategies for our digital future”, the EuroDIG 2018 will bring together representatives of...

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Council of Europe at the first The Hague Summit for Accountability and Internet Democracy

31 May 2018 The Hague

We live in the age of digital expansion. Technology changes so fast. Technology changes the world faster than human would foresee it, even to understand it. In 1991, the internet became publicly available through the World Wide Web and this technology fundamentally changed the world. 27 years...

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Council of Europe co-operation with IT sector: two new partners

23 May 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe's Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, today signed collaboration agreements - in the form of an exchange of letters – with the European Internet Service Providers Association (EuroISPA) and the IT security and performance firm Cloudflare to promote respect for human...

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Joint Training for Trainers for judges and prosecutors of Kosovo* and Albania

17-18 May 2018 Pristina

A two-day training for trainers of judges and prosecutors from Kosovo* and Albania took place in Pristina on 17-18 May 2018. Participants had an opportunity to expand their knowledge on freedom of expression and methodology on delivering training on this topic. Participants were presented with...

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Convention 108+ : the modernised version of a landmark instrument

18 May 2018 Elsinore

The data protection Convention of the Council of Europe which has for the past four decades been the only international legally binding instrument on the protection of private life and personal data open to any country in the world has finally been, after 7 years of intense work and negotiations,...

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Steering Committee discussed draft revised version of Code of ethics for Azerbaijani journalists from a gender equality perspective

11 May 2018 Baku, Azerbaijan

The Council of Europe Project on “Gender equality and media freedom in Azerbaijan” organised its first steering committee meeting in Baku on 11 May 2018. Twenty representatives of the state authorities, including the State Committee on Family, Women and Children Affairs, the Ombudsman Office and...

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Media, elections and gender - a new study has been published

2 May 2018

A new Council of Europe publication entitled “Media, elections and gender - Study on media coverage of elections with a specific focus on gender equality” has been prepared by the committee of experts on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership (MSI-MED) of the Council of Europe. The...

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Internet and electoral campaigns - a new study has been published

2 May 2018

A new Council of Europe publication entitled “Internet and electoral campaigns - Study on the use of internet in electoral campaigns” has been prepared by the committee of experts on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership (MSI-MED) of the Council of Europe. The study examines the...

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World Press Freedom Day - the round table on freedom of speech in Kyiv

3 May 2018 Kyiv, Ukraine

May 3, Kyiv: A round table “Freedom of speech in Ukraine: current status and challenges” was held devoted to the World Press Freedom Day. The discussion was organised by the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe, the Council of Europe and the European Union Partnership for Good...

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World Press Freedom Day - “Europe’s duty to protect journalists”

26 April 2018

Launched by the United Nations in December 1993, the World Press Freedom Day became the internationally recognised occasion to reassess the significance of free media for a democratic society. It is a date to encourage and develop initiatives in favour of press freedom, and to assess the state of...

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JUFREX’s Regional Conference at the Council of Europe

17-18 April 2018 Strasbourg

JUFREX’s Regional Conference took place on 17-18 April in Strasbourg. In total, about 60 participants, including judges, prosecutors and lawyers and certified trainers on art. 10 ECHR from the beneficiaries of the programme – namely, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, “the...

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Survey on “valuable practices” for priority areas of implementation of Recommendation CM/Rec(2016)4

An implementation strategy of Recommendation CM/Rec(2016)4 on the protection of journalism and safety of journalists and other media actors is currently under preparation. As part of this effort, a questionnaire was sent to journalists, journalist associations and civil society inviting them to...

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1st Meeting of the new Bureau of the CDMSI on 12 April

12 April 2018 Paris

On 12 April the newly elected Bureau of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) met in Paris for the 1st meeting of its new mandate. Its agenda was devoted to the preparation of the 14th plenary meeting of the CDMSI to take place in June under its new mandate (2018-2019)....

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Legal clinic on strategic litigation with focus on privacy and right to access public documents in Pristina (JUFREX)

29-30 March 2018 Pristina

The legal clinic on strategic litigation focusing on local and international standards on privacy and access to public documents took place on 29-30 March 2018 in Pristina. Around 13 young male and female lawyers participated in the training. The legal clinic was delivered by Council of Europe...

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The right to freedom of expression: Training on national and international standards on privacy and access to public documents in Pristina (JUFREX)

27-28 March 2018 Pristina

The training on national and international standards on privacy and access to public documents took place on 27-28 March in Pristina. In total, about 15 participants including, judges, prosecutors and trainers participated in the training. The first day of the training was dedicated to privacy....

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Albanian Journalistic Code of Ethics revised to reflect the challenges of present times

29 March 2018 Tirana, Albania

After months of roundtable discussions and local and international expert work, the Albanian Media Institute in collaboration with the Albanian Media Council, organised a meeting in Tirana on 29 March to present to a wide audience the revised Journalistic Code of Ethics as well as the Ethical...

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Training to judges and prosecutors on freedom of expression and the media in Vrdnik

19-20 March 2018 Vrdnik, Serbia

The ninth cascade training for judiciary organized under the Grant agreement signed between the Judicial Academy of Serbia and joint EU/CoE project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the media in the South-East Europe (JUFREX)” took place on 19-20 March 2018, in Vrdnik,...

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Training for lawyers on defamation cases and freedom of expression cases in Tirana

23 March 2018 Tirana, Albania

A one day in-service training for lawyers in the format of a legal clinic on defamation cases and the balancing act in freedom of expression cases was organised on 23 March 2018 in Tirana, Albania, by the Albanian Bar Association within the framework of the EU/CoE Joint Programme “Reinforcing...

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Public presentation of the Media sector inquiry in Montenegro

5 April 2018 Podgorica, Montenegro

The JUFREX project has organised on 5 April 2018 in Podgorica a Public presentation of the Media sector inquiry in Montenegro. The inquiry provides a comprehensive analysis of the media sector in Montenegro, including the assessment of impact and consequences of different regulative mechanisms...

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Key achievements of the media projects of the Council of Europe in Ukraine

The Council of Europe is the only international organisation that has developed a comprehensive set of standards guaranteeing the right to freedom of expression and information. Projects aiming to support the media reforms have been implemented by the Council of Europe in Ukraine since 2008. 5...

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Algorithms and Human Rights: a new study has been published

22 March 2018

A new Council of Europe publication entitled “Algorithms and Human Rights - Study on the human rights dimension of automated data processing techniques and possible regulatory implications” has been prepared by the committee of experts on internet intermediaries (MSI-NET) of the Council of...

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New fund launched to support cross-border investigative journalism in EU

19 March 2018

The International Press Institute (IPI) and the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) are launching a fund to support cross-border investigative journalism in the European Union. The fund aims to support investigations that reflect media’s watchdog role and that assist the public in...

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First meeting of the MSI-JOQ on quality journalism in the digital age

8 March 2018 Strasbourg

The Committee of experts on quality journalism in the digital age (MSI-JOQ) meets on 8 and 9 March 2018 in Strasbourg. The Committee is a subordinate body to the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI). It is tasked to provide established and new stakeholders in the media...

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New guidelines on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership

7 March 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has issued guidelines to its 47 member states aimed at assisting them in the promotion of media pluralism and transparency of media ownership. In a Recommendation adopted today, the Committee of Ministers underlines that advances in modern technology have a profound impact...

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Protecting human rights online: new guidelines on internet intermediaries

7 March 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe today adopted policy guidelines addressed to its 47 member states on the roles and responsibilities of internet intermediaries such as search engines and social media. The power of such intermediaries as protagonists of online expression is such that their role and impact on...

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Side-event on the Impact of Media on the Freedom of Religion or Belief at the UN Human Rights Council

6 March 2018 Geneva, Switzerland

A side-event to the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council entitled “The Impact of Media on Freedom of Religion or Belief” took place on March 6 in Geneva. The high-level event was dedicated to discussing the potential of media in fostering the understanding of the right to Freedom of...

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First meeting of the MSI-AUT on algorithms and artificial intelligence

6-7 March 2018 Strasbourg

The Expert Committee on human rights dimensions of automated data processing and different forms of artificial intelligence (MSI-AUT) meets on 6 and 7 March 2018 in Strasbourg. The inter-disciplinary Committee is a sub-ordinate body to the Steering Group on Media and Information Society (CDMSI)....

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New report on journalism and media privilege by the European Audiovisual Observatory

02 March 2018

The Council of Europe European Audiovisual Observatory has released a new report entitled “Journalism and media privilege”. The report is dedicated to the question as to how national law in Europe protects journalists and their right to work in safety and without interference. The provisions to...

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Seminar on Article 10 of ECHR in Konjic: Freedom of Expression in local courts of BiH 

22-23 February 2018 Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. ”This is the famous quote of George Orwell, used by Svjetlana Milišić-Veličkovski, the Judge of the Cantonal Court Sarajevo and JUFREX certified trainer on Article 10 ECHR, as an oppening line for...

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Inter-professional seminar on protection of journalists and freedom of expression through an efficient judiciary in Mostar

23 - 24 February 2017 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Attacks and threats that journalists in BiH are faced with are a serious threats to freedom of expression. In order to improve the security of journalists, investigations of the attacks as well as judicial procedures should be more efficient. How to accomplish it was the key question the...

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Training with judges and prosecutors on Freedom of Expression & Defamation - National and International Standards in Pristina

22-23 February 2018 Pristina

In close cooperation with the Academy of Justice, JUFREX has organised a two-day training with judges and prosecutors. Around 30 participants including judges, prosecutors and trainers participated in the training. The group was comprised of representatives of both Serb and Albanian communities...

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Training for lawyers on Freedom of Expression & Defamation - Local and International Standards in Pristina

21 February 2018 Pristina

Together with the Bar Association, JUFREX organised a training for lawyers on national and international standards on defamation. About 20 young lawyers participated in the training. The training was organised in three sessions: national legal framework on defamation, national institutional...

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Council of Europe invited to speak at the European Commission Colloquium on Fake News and Disinformation Online

27 February 2018 Brussels, Belgium

On February 27, the Council of Europe was invited to speak at a Colloquium on Fake News and Disinformation Online, organised by the European Commission DG Connect in Brussels. The aim of the multistakeholder meeting was to discuss future actions to tackle the spread of fake news and...

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Training for lawyers on defamation cases organised in Tirana

23 February 2018 Tirana, Albania

A one day in-service training for lawyers entitled “The balancing exercise of defamation cases—Balancing reputation rights and freedom of speech” was organised on 23 February in Tirana, Albania, by the Albanian Bar Association within the framework of the EU/CoE Joint Programme “Reinforcing...

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The Council of Europe starts a new project on Gender equality and media freedom in Azerbaijan

27 February 2018 Baku, Azerbaijan

The Council of Europe organised a round table on “Gender equality and media” on 27 February 2018 in Baku. The main aim of the round table was to raise awareness on the CoE standards on gender equality and media freedom, to present a new project of the Council of Europe on “Gender equality and...

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The public broadcaster of Moldova diversifies its content with support of the Council of Europe

20 February 2018 Chisinau, Moldova

The Council of Europe and the public broadcaster Teleradio-Moldova officially opened the Documentary Films Department Telefim-Chisinau. The re-launching Telefilm-Chisinau after about 25 years was possible due to assistance provided by the Joint Project between the European Union and the Council...

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A new report on the role of community media for refugees and migrants has been published

26 February 2018

The Council of Europe publication entitled “Spaces of Inclusion - An explorative study on needs of refugees and migrants in the domain of media communication and on responses by community media” has been prepared by experts of the COMMIT Community Media Institute in Austria. It will be presented...

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Meeting and discussion on the legislative framework relating to audio-visual communication and media freedom in Tunis

22 February 2018 Tunis, Tunisia

Inaugurated by Mr Mohamed Naceur, President of the Assembly of the Representatives of the People. (ARP), the meeting and discussion on the legislative framework relating to the audio-visual communication and media freedom, organised at the initiative of the Parliamentary Committee on rights and...

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Second Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference 2018 is taking place in Ottawa, Canada

26-28 February 2018 Ottawa, Canada

The 2nd Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network is taking place in Ottawa, Canada, on February 26-28, 2018. Organised in partnership with the Government of Canada and institutionally supported by the Council of Europe, the OECD, UNESCO, the European Commission, and ICANN,...

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Seminar: "Roles of the media in the fight against terrorism, different perspectives"

19 February 2018 Morocco

The Council of Europe organised in partnership with the Institut Supérieur de l’Information et de La communication (ISIC) of Rabat a seminar on the roles of the media in the fight against terrorism. This activity, intended for ISIC students and for journalists, took place on February 19, 2018,...

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Questionnaire on Recommendation on the protection of journalism and safety of journalists and other media actors

15 February 2018

In April 2016 the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a Recommendation CM/Rec(2016)4 on the protection of journalism and safety of journalists and other media actors, condemning the alarming and unacceptable level of threats to journalists and media actors in Europe and...

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Journalists gather for “Free European Media” in Gdansk

15 & 16 February 2018 Gdansk, Poland

Over 150 journalists, representatives of media outlets, national media regulators and press councils, as well as academics, politicians, and civil society activists will gather at the Solidarność Centre in Gdansk for a major European event. The conference “Free European Media” is organised on the...

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Defamation and Journalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina

10 February 2018 Trebevic, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Inter-professional seminar for the media and judiciary actors, within the framework of joint program of EU and Council of Europe, “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in South East Europe” (JUFREX), took place on 10th and 11th of February 2018, on...

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Key Conclusions and Recommendations of the Internet Freedom Conference - 2017

5 February 2018

The role and responsibilities of internet intermediaries were the overarching theme of the conference on internet freedom co-organized by the Austrian Chairmanship of the OSCE and the Czech Chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers on 13 October 2017 in Vienna. A comprehensive...

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Challenges of the online media environment

7 December 2017 Pristina

The one-day inter-professional seminar with media representatives and the judiciary took place on December 7, 2017 in Pristina. Present at the seminar were representatives of Council of Europe, European Union Office in Pristina, judges (including a recently appointed judge), prosecutors, lawyers,...

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Council of Europe supports Safer Internet Day 2018

6 February 2018

The Council of Europe supports the Safer Internet Day 2018, which is celebrated on February 6 in over 130 countries worldwide. Following the slogan "Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you“, this year’s event aims to reach out to all stakeholders in order to encourage...

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Ethical Standards and Freedom of Expression: Free and Responsible Journalism and Good Judicial Practice

25 and 26 of January 2018 Sarajevo

The first inter-professional seminar for the media and judiciary actors, within the framework of joint program of EU and Council of Europe, “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in South East Europe” (JUFREX), took place on 25th and 26th of January...

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Political Pluralism in Media Reporting in the Period Outside of Election Campaign

24 January 2018 Skopje

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, the Council of Europe, in co-operation with the Macedonian Institute...

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Training on media coverage of local election in Tunisia : roles, rights and responsibilities of journalists working in cross-border areas and local elections challenges.

26, 27 and 28 January 2018 Tabarka, Tunisia

The Journalists’ National Trade Union and the Council of Europe together reinforce the capacities of Tunisian journalists to cover the local elections in the best possible conditions and in the respect of the applicable principles and of international standards. Within the Tunisian context,...

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PACE Winter session: Daphne Caruana Galizia’s sons will discuss their mother's death

18 January 2018 Strasbourg

Daphne Caruana Galizia’s three sons discussed the context that paved the way for their mother's assassination at the Council of Europe. They also talked about the most important strands of her investigative work and why the ongoing investigation into her assassination demanded close international...

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Terms of service and human rights: an analysis of online platform contracts

12 January 2018 Strasbourg

The finding of the report, titled "Terms of service and human rights: an analysis of online platform contracts" partly based on the Council of Europe’s Guide to Human Rights for Internet Users, demonstrate just how difficult it can be for Internet users to understand and thereby consent to the...

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Tender for the web content management services

Call for tender

3 January 2017 Strasbourg

Invitation to tender for the web content management services of the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe for the period 2018-2019. If you intend to participate you are expected to fill in the attached document and send it by 15th of January 2018. See more here.

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“Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media” And “Protecting internet freedom through legislation and arrangements for Multi-stakeholder dialogue”

Closing Event of the European Union and the Council of Europe Joint Projects

17 December 2017 Tbilisi, Georgia

On 17 December 2017, the Closing Event of the EU/CoE Joint Projects “Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media” and “Protecting internet freedom through legislation and arrangements for multi-stakeholder dialogue” (both part of the EU/CoE Joint Programme “Partnership for Good...

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Regional Conference on Self-regulation

15-16 December 2017 Tbilisi, Georgia

Within the framework of the joint CoE/EU Project “Promote Professional and Responsible Journalism by Supporting Regional Network of Self-regulatory Bodies” the Council of Europe organised on 15-16 December 2017 a Regional Conference on Self-regulation in Tbilisi, Georgia. Representatives of...

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IGF 2017: Internet intermediaries – shared commitments and corporate responsibility

15 December 2017 Geneva

On 18 December 2017 the Council of Europe is organising an event during the Internet Governance Forum in Geneva, titled Open Forum: Internet intermediaries – shared commitments and corporate responsibility. The open forum will focus on dialogue with internet intermediaries concerning protection...

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Lecture at the Law Faculty "Iustinianus Primus" on Media law in the context of FoE and CoE standards

14 December 2017 Skopje

On the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Journalism studies department at the Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus” an event dedicated to human rights and in particular the freedom of expression was organised by the Faculty. For this event, the Council of Europe extended its support to the...

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Significant achievements for CDMSI 2016-2017 mandate

11 December 2017 Strasbourg

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) held its 13th and last meeting under the current mandate from 5 to 8 December 2017 in Strasbourg. It ends its 2016-2017 mandate with two draft recommendations and three studies on topical and important issues: a draft recommendation...

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Conference on Media education in Azerbaijani universities in Baku

8 December 2017 Baku

A conference on Media education in Azerbaijani universities within the PGG Joint EU/CoE Project on Freedom of Expression and Media Freedom in Azerbaijan took place on 7 December 2017 in Baku. The conference was organized in close cooperation with the Azerbaijani Press Council and Journalism...

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Regional Conference on Internet Governance and Digital Agenda, Chisinau, 6-7 December

6-7 December 2017 Chisinau

The role of the Council of Europe with respect to Human Rights on the internet and the multi-stakeholder approach to Internet Governance in Eastern Partnership countries were among the topics of the Regional Conference on Internet Governance and Digital Agenda organised by the Council of Europe...

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Training for judges on balancing between the freedom of expression and the right to privacy

30 November 2017 Berovo

Within the scope of 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, a two day training for judges was organised on 28-29...

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Training sessions on media coverage of elections and challenges of local democracy

28 November 2017 Tunisia

The National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) and the Council of Europe are organising training sessions for Tunisian journalists on media coverage of the upcoming local elections in Tunisia. The SNJT and the Council of Europe have joined forces to help Tunisian journalists address the...

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Conference on Media and Migration awareness, Hamburg 23-25 November 2017

27 November 2017 Hamburg

Representatives of the Council of Europe participated in the CMMA2017: Conference on Media and Migration, organised by the Refugee Radio Network. Participants from various backgrounds, including European journalists and members of the Community Media Forum Europe discussed the role played by...

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Workshop on New media platforms and copyright

27 November 2017 Skopje

Within the scope of 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 activity was organised on 20 November 2017 under the...

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Council of Europe partners with leading technology companies to promote respect for human rights

8 November 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe will strengthen its co-operation with the private sector in order to promote an open and safe internet, where human rights, democracy, and the rule of law are respected. The companies are Apple, Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Kaspersky Lab, Orange and...

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Tackling disinformation in the global media environment – new Council of Europe report

31 October 2017 Strasbourg

A report published today by the Council of Europe examines the way in which dis-information campaigns have become widespread and, heavily relying on social media, contribute to a global media environment of information disorder. Whilst acknowledging that the direct and indirect impacts of...

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5th Conference of francophone media regulators

30 October 2017 Geneva

Lejla Dervisagic, head of the Media and Internet Governance Cooperation Programme has presented Council of Europe achievements and priorities at the 5th Conference of francophone media regulators (REFRAM). Held on 24-25 October 2017 in Geneva, the conference brought together 63 participants,...

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Training sessions on freedom of expression and freedom of the media for the Ministry of Culture and Communication of Morocco

27 October 2017 Rabat

The Council of Europe and the Department of Communication of the Ministry of Culture and Communication of Morocco organised several training sessions on freedom of expression and freedom of the media in aid of government officers of the Ministry. This training cycle was held in the premises of...

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Practical seminar for Ukrainian journalists working in the conflict zones

26 October 2017 Kyiv

Four day practical seminar “Safety of journalists who work in the conflict zones” was organised on 20-23 October 2017 in Kyiv region with the support of the Council of Europe Project “Strengthening freedom of the media and establishing a Public broadcasting system in Ukraine” in partnership with...

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Council of Europe’s international conference on safety of journalists and crimes against freedom of expression in Kyiv

25 October 2017 Kyiv

International conference “Counteracting threats to life and safety of journalists. Effective investigations into crimes against freedom of expression” took place on 19 October 2017 in Kyiv (Ukraine) in the framework of the Council of Europe project “Strengthening freedom of the media and...

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Guidelines on Safeguarding Privacy in the Media

23 October 2017 Strasbourg

Guidelines on Safeguarding Privacy in the Media were developed to help the Georgian Data Protection Authority to answer questions asked by journalists and press professionals. A training seminar was organised on 7 and 8 July 2017 in Kachreti with 25 professionals who had the opportunity to ask...

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Azerbaijani judge candidates trained on Council of Europe standards on freedom of expression

23 October 2017 Baku

Two half-day training sessions on some aspects of freedom of expression for judge candidates undergoing the preparatory training phase of the judicial selection process at the Academy of Justice of Azerbaijan took place on 11 October 2017 in Baku. The training sessions provided a useful...

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12th meeting of the Bureau of the CDMSI

23 October 2017 Strasbourg

On 19 and 20 October, the Bureau of the CDMSI met in Strasbourg to prepare the 13th plenary meeting of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (5-8 December) . It made comments on two draft recommendations, respectively on the topics of internet intermediaries and of media...

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The roles and responsibilities of internet intermediaries

18 October 207 Vienna

The Conference in Vienna on 13 October, entitled “The roles and responsibilities of internet intermediaries”, has gathered genuinely multi-stakeholder audience with representatives of all key stakeholder groups (governments, businesses, NGOs and the academic community) being present and actively...

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Murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

17 October 2017 Strasbourg

Following the violent death of a Maltese investigative journalist, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, has stated: “I am appalled by the brutal death of Maltese journalist and blogger Ms Daphne Caruana Galizia, in a car bombing yesterday in Malta. As expressed by the Prime Minister of...

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The role of internet intermediaries as gatekeepers to freedom of expression – Conference in Vienna

12 October 2017 Vienna

The role and responsibilities of internet intermediaries, which critically influence the way we receive and impart information in the digital age, will be the focus of a conference on internet freedom, organized by the OSCE and the Council of Europe in Vienna on Friday 13 October. The function of...

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46th European Platform of Regulatory Authorities

12 October 2017 Vienna

Ms Silvia Grundmann, Head of the Media and Internet Division of the Council of Europe, presented the work of the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe during the 46th EPRA (European Platform of Regulatory Authorities) meeting which took place on 11-13 October 2017 in Vienna. The...

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Training for judges and prosecutors on balancing exercise on defamation cases

10-11 October 2017 Pristina

The Academy of Justice in close cooperation with Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South East-Europe (JUFREX) project, organised a two-day training on balancing exercise on defamation cases. This training helped participants to understand the legal nature of...

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ECHR: Defamation proceedings violated journalist’s and publisher’s right to freedom of expression

6 October 2017 Strasbourg

The case of Novaya Gazeta and Milashina v. Russia (application no. 45083/06) concerned defamation proceedings against an editorial house and a journalist following the publication of two articles concerning the sinking of the Russian Navy’s nuclear cruise missile submarine “Kursk” in the Barents...

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Training on the “Limits of the Freedom of Expression – hate speech”

6 October 2017 Skopje

Within the scope of 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, a two day event on “Limits of the Freedom of Expression –...

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Training for lawyers “Limits of Protected Speech”

5 October 2017 Ferizaj/Uroševac

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, a training session for local lawyers took place on 30 September 2017 in...

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4th meeting of MSI-MED

20-21 September 2017 Strasbourg

The experts of the MSI-MED held their 4th meeting in Strasbourg on 20-21 September 2017. They discussed three documents: a draft recommendation on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership, a feasibility study on the use of internet in elections and a feasibility study on gender...

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National ToT follow-up on the Freedom of Expression and the Internet

28 - 29 September 2017 Skopje

Within the scope of 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, a two day event was organised in co-operation with the...

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Belarus works on improvement of data protection legislation

22 September 2017 Minsk

A one-day International seminar on "Improvement of legal regulation on data Protection of Belarus” was organised within the framework of the Council of Europe / European Union Joint Project “Enhance the right to data protection”, implemented under the CoE / EU Programme Partnership for Good...

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The first meeting of the Commission to confront propaganda

14 September 2017 Kiev, Ukraine

With the support of the joint EU/CoE Partnership for Good Governance regional project "Promote Professional Journalism by Supporting Regional Network of Self-regulatory Bodies" the first meeting of the Commission to confront propaganda, a consultative body for cross-border media complaints took...

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Training session and open meeting on media coverage of terrorism – 19-20 September 2017, Tunis, Tunisia

19-20 septembre 2017 Tunis

On 19 September 2017 the Council of Europe in partnership with the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) organised in Tunis a training session on media coverage of terrorism. Facilitated by the journalist and trainer, Nasreddine Louati, this booster training session for journalists was...

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Four new textbooks for journalism students

20 September 2017 Baku

Azerbaijani students in journalism will now benefit from four new textbooks on: TV Journalism, Radio Journalism, Journalism of New Media and Photo Journalism. These texts books were prepared to cover gaps in the current curricula concerning topics such as freedom of expression and will be...

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