Challenges and opportunities for media and democracy

Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society will meet in Nicosia, Cyprus to agree on the required action to address the radical changes brought by the new wave of technologies, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), that have affected the media and the internet environment and, with it, the exercise of Freedom of Expression.

Ministers will also turn their attention to the dangerous back-sliding in the area of safety of journalists and take steps to ensure that the urgency of the situation is matched by an urgency of engagement at the political level. Finally, they will meet with community media representatives and receive a first-hand account of concrete media literacy projects that have contributed to strengthening marginalised communities' participation in community media, and as a result, to enhancing community media itself, along with media pluralism. The conference will bring together Ministers, international organisations, businesses, technology, academia, civil society and the media in a multi-stakeholder setting.

Member states will adopt a final declaration and three resolutions that will secure political engagement on a number of priority actions and will set the Council of Europe’s agenda for standard setting activities and for the implementation of existing standards in the area of freedom of expression, for the years following the Ministerial Conference.

Invitation letters will be sent out soon. Participation only upon invitation.

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Ministerial Conference

Cyprus, 28-29 May 2020

 

Programme

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