On 8 October 2021, a seminar for judges “Criminal legal protection of the professional activity of journalists” was held with the support of the European Union and the Council of Europe Joint Project “EU and Council of Europe working together to support freedom of media in Ukraine” and in partnership with the National School of Judges of Ukraine.
During the event the Handbook for judges on safety of journalists was presented.
The goal of the seminar is to raise the skills and knowledge of judges on criminal legal protection of journalists, Council of Europe standards and Ukrainian legislation on protection of journalists and effective investigation of offences against journalists and media actors.
This training course was developed under support of the Project by three academic institutions – the National Academy of Internal Affairs, National School of Judges and Prosecutor`s Training Center of Ukraine. 180 judges and 60 police officers and 20 prosecutors have already been trained at the seminars organized by the Project.
Protecting the safety of journalists and others who speak up on issues of public interest has been a key part of the Council of Europe’s work.
“The Council of Europe member states have the obligation to fully implement the European Convention on Human Rights and to abide by the judgments of the Court. The safety of journalists is guaranteed under several provisions of the Convention. The jurisprudence of the Court specifies member states’ obligations to protect the safety of journalists”, Steen Nørlov, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine, said.
The project «EU and Council of Europe working together to support freedom of media in Ukraine», funded by the EU and CoE, aims to enhance the role of media, its freedom and safety.
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