Freedom of expression and freedom of information are threatened all over the world. Journalism is under fire, sometime literally. The Council of Europe, together with the International Federation of Journalists, the European Federation of Journalists, Article 19, the Association of European Journalists and the Reporters Without Borders, have launched an online platform to promote the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists. This is a new public space where journalists who feel threatened, who have been harmed, or whose rights have been curtailed, can sound the alarm.
On 19 May, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland together with the representatives of partners organisations presented the platform to Brussels-based correspondents, followed by a debate.
Speaking at the event, Jagland expressed his satisfaction with the co-operation with the partner organisations, making the Platform a useful tool for dialogue with the member States so as to improve the situation of journalists on the ground. In the past six weeks since the beginning of the online platform, 49 alerts have been submitted and we have already seen prompt responses on some of them.
The platform will allow the Council of Europe to be more assertive in the area of media freedom. “We all agree: words now must lead to action!” concluded the Secretary General.