The Secretary General informs the Ministers' deputies about the recent activities of the Platform

14 February 2018 Strasbourg

"A few words on the Platform which has now received close to 400 alerts from 37 countries. Last year alone there were 130 cases which were deemed by our partner organisations to be serious threats to media freedom. There is of course variation in the degree of gravity, urgency and action...

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Platform Partner Organisations Raise Alarm after Grim Record in 2017 and Urge Close International Scrutiny over the Investigation into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s Murder

19 January 2018 Strasbourg

The Partner Organisations to the Platform to Promote the Protection of Journalism and the Safety of Journalists issued on 19 January 2018 their annual assessment of the 2017 media freedom threats in the Council of Europe member states. They urged the authorities to adequately investigate the...

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The Council of Europe Secretary General refers to the recent decisions of Turkey’s Constitutional Court in his address to the Committee of Ministers

19 January 2018 Strasbourg

"On 11 January 2018, Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled that there have been violations of the rights to liberty, freedom of expression and media for Şahin Alpay – a columnist for the now-closed newspaper Zaman – and Mehmet Altan – a journalist and economist who presented a TV-show on the...

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New issue of Safety of Journalists Weekly

12 February 2018 Strasbourg

A new issue of Safety of Journalists Weekly has been published. Read it here and see the latest threats to media freedom reported on the Platform. Subscribe here to Safety of Journalists Weekly.

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PEN International joins Council of Europe Platform to protect journalists

6 November 2017 Strasbourg

The Executive Director of PEN International, Carles Torner, today signed the agreement to join the Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists with the Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. The Platform allows trusted media freedom organisations to...

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New factsheet published on the Platform

26 October 2017 Strasbourg

One new Thematic factsheet on detention with a view to expel, return, transfer or extradite a person to another country has been publsihed on the Platform The factsheets present a selection of resources and instruments of the Council of Europe, as well as the case-law of the European Court of...

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Excerpts from the Speaking Notes of the Secretary General to the 1297th meeting of the Ministers' deputies(17 October 2017) regarding the Platform

The Secretary General expresses his distress at the news of the death of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in a car bomb attack in his address to the Committee of Ministers

17 October 2017 Strasbourg

I would like to express my distress at the news of the car bomb attack which killed a journalist, Ms Daphne Caruana Galizia, yesterday in Malta. Ms Galizia worked as a blogger and a journalist, investigating in particular cases of alleged corruption. Earlier this year, she has been a subject of...

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Statement by Secretary General Jagland

Murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

17 October 2017 Strasbourg

“I am appalled by the brutal death of Maltese journalist and blogger Ms Daphne Caruana Galizia, in a car bombing yesterday in Malta. As expressed by the Prime Minister of Malta, a thorough investigation is necessary to find those responsible for her death. For many years Ms Caruana Galizia has...

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Commissioner for Human Rights - Arbitrary Internet blocking jeopardises freedom of expression

26 September 2017 Strasbourg

“Internet blocking is a widespread phenomenon in Council of Europe member states”, there is increased online censorship and an upsurge of legislation on blocking in the context of conter-terrorism, wrote Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Human Rights...

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New factsheets published on the Platform

15 September 2017 Strasbourg

Two new thematic factsheets related to media freedom issues have been published on the Platform, covering the following topics: Freedom of expression and religious beliefs: striking the right balance Hate speech, apology of violence, promoting negationism and condoning terrorism: the limits to...

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Council of Europe experts discuss freedom of expression and terrorism with the Turkish authorities

14 September 2017 Strasbourg

On 7 and 8 September 2017, the working group between the Council of Europe and the Turkish Ministry of Justice met in Ankara to discuss issues relating to freedom of expression and the fight against terrorism in Turkey. The Council of Europe experts also held exchanges with members of the...

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The Platform launches its first weekly newsletter

14 September 2017 Strasbourg

In September 2017 the Platform launched Safety of Journalists Weekly, its first weekly newsletter. Each week, the newsletter will provide a summary of the new alerts and updates published on the Platform, with the aim of keeping readers always up to date on threats to media freedom in Europe....

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European Broadcasting Union Joins Council of Europe Platform to Protect Journalists

30 June 2017 Strasbourg

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) today became a partner to a Council of Europe platform designed to track alleged violations of media freedom in member states. The platform was set up by the Council of Europe to promote the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists. Council of...

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New and revised factsheets published on the Platform

29 June 2017 Strasbourg

Five new thematic factsheets related to media freedom issues have been published on the Platform, covering the following topics: Fairness of criminal proceedings against media representatives Whistleblowers and their freedom to impart information The right of access to information, a key...

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New factsheet published on the Platform

15 June 2017 Strasbourg

A new factsheet related to media freedom issues has been published on the Platform. The factsheet deals with media coverage of elections. The factsheets present a selection of resources and instruments of the Council of Europe, as well as the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights in...

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Public Service Broadcasting Under Threat In Europe, Says Commissioner for Human Rights

2 May 2017 Strasbourg

Well-funded and strong public service media are a good indicator that a democracy is healthy – this is the result of a study published last year by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The report notably found that countries that have popular, well-funded public service broadcasters encounter...

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Journalists Suffer Violence, Intimidation and Self-censorship in Europe, Says a Council of Europe Study

20 April 2017 Strasbourg

A survey published today by the Council of Europe, based on a sample of 940 journalists reporting from the 47 Council of Europe member states and Belarus, shows that journalists in Europe are often exposed to serious unwarranted interference in their work, including intimidation and violence. As...

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Joint Declaration On Freedom Of Expression And “Fake News”, Disinformation And Propaganda

3 March 2017

On 3 March 2017, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, OAS Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access...

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Press statement by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland on the occasion of the visit of Mr Bekir Bozdağ, Minister of Justice of Turkey

1 March 2017 Strasbourg

"It is imperative for Turkey and Europe that the judicial safeguards for all those who have been dismissed or are in prison are based on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. The Commission that will be set up in Turkey to go...

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Rory Peck Trust and the International News Safety Institute join Council of Europe platform to protect journalists

21 February 2017 Strasbourg

The Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists, through which media freedom organisations and associations of journalists inform the Council of Europe and disseminate information on alleged violations of media freedom has two new partners – The Rory Peck Trust and...

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