The Council of Europe recognises the important role of public service media in upholding the fundamental right to freedom of expression and information, in accordance with Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, enabling people to seek and receive information, and promoting the values of democracy, diversity and social cohesion.

By virtue of their remit, public service media are an important public source of unbiased information and diverse political opinions. They are particularly suited to foster pluralism and awareness of diverse opinions, notably by providing different groups in society with an opportunity to receive and impart information, to express themselves and to exchange ideas. They can contribute greatly to the promotion of social cohesion, cultural diversity and pluralist communication accessible to everyone. 

In exercising their role, public service media face a number of challenges, such as securing the right level of independence from those holding economic and political power, securing appropriate funding, adapting to the digital age and maintaining high editorial standards in a competitive market. 

Identifying Risks Identifying Risks

In exercising their role, public service media face a number of challenges, such as securing the right level of independence from those holding economic and political power, securing appropriate funding, adapting to the digital age and maintaining high editorial standards in a competitive market. 

Enhancing co-operation Enhancing co-operation
 The International Conference on Public Service Media and Democracy (Prague, November 2016) discussed the role of parliaments in protecting the media, public service media governance and its impact on society.
Building Capacity in Member States Building Capacity in Member States

Over the past decade, the Council of Europe Cooperation Programme has been implemented through 20 projects in member states and partner countries promoting media freedom, including independence and efficiency of public service media. 

News - Public Service Media News - Public Service Media
Promoting Standards Promoting Standards