At its winter session in Strasbourg (21-25 January 2019), PACE will hold a joint debate on public service media in the context of disinformation and propaganda and media freedom as a condition for democratic elections. It will also discuss Internet governance and human rights.
On 22 January, the Finnish Foreign Minister will present the Communication from the Committee of Ministers and the organisation’s Secretary General will address the Assembly. On the following day, the Albanian Foreign Minister will deliver a speech and answer questions.
During its session, PACE is due to update guidelines for fair referendums and will examine the compatibility of Sharia law with the European Convention on Human Rights. It is also invited to assess if withdrawing nationality as a measure to combat terrorism is a human rights-compatible approach and it will discuss the promotion of the rights of persons belonging to national minorities.