Campaign for the Safety of Journalists
Journalists play a vital role in safeguarding a democratic and pluralistic society and are recognised by the European Court of Human Rights as “public watchdogs”. Nevertheless, journalists are increasingly the victims of a wide range of attacks impairing their everyday work, ranging from physical and psychological violence to online threats, harassment and intimidation.
This climate of pressure against journalists represents a long-standing issue which concerns an increasing number of member states of the Council of Europe and therefore calls for a high level of political attention and urgent action.
The Campaign aims to raise awareness, stimulate effective tackling of pressing issues, and ultimately increase the safety of journalists and other media actors in all situations.
The call for a Council of Europe Campaign for the Safety of Journalists is part of the conclusions of the Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society held in June 2021. To maximise the impact of the Campaign, the Council of Europe encourages the member States to transpose it to the national context, by organising national chapters of the Campaign. The Council of Europe will accompany and facilitate the organisation of ‘national chapters’ by the member States according to the national needs identified in cooperation with the national committees.
The Campaign aims to raise awareness, stimulate effective tackling of pressing issues and ultimately increase the safety of journalists and other media actors in all situations by:
- promoting the development of corresponding campaigns at national level;
- encouraging states to take measures towards the adoption of national Action Plan for the safety of journalists;
- providing help to the development of appropriate legal and institutional frameworks at national level;
- changing the situation effectively and significantly in practice.
2 juin 2023Strasbourg 2 June 2023
On 1st and 2nd of June, the Media and Internet division of the Information Society Department of...
5 mai 2023Brussels 5 May 2023
The Media and Internet Governance of the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe...
2 mai 2023
Press Freedom Day: Secretary General urges European states to protect journalism and enhance safety of journalistsStrasbourg 2 May 2023
In a statement to mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, Council of Europe´s Secretary General...
Standards and tools
Recommendation CM/Rec(2016)4 on the protection of journalism and safety of journalists and other media actors
Resolution on the safety of journalists of the Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society Artificial Intelligence – Intelligent Politics, 10-11 June 2021
Annual Report 2023 by the Partner Organisations to the Council of Europe Platform to Promote the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists “War in Europe and the Fight for the Right to Report"
2023 Annual Report of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law
A mission to inform: journalists at risk speak out A mission to inform: journalists at risk speak out
As amply evidenced by the record number and variety of alerts received in recent years by the Council of Europe Platform for the protection of journalism and safety of journalists, journalists are the victims of a wide range of attacks impairing their everyday work.