Freedom of expression and information and freedom of the media are crucial for the functioning of a democratic society and continue to be so in times of crisis. In times of crisis media play a key role, also coupled with increased responsibility, in providing accurate, reliable information to the public, but also in preventing panic and fostering people’s understanding.
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Patrick Penninckx, head of the Council of Europe Information Society Department, took part in an...
04 Jun 2020 12:26:00Strasbourg 4 June 2020
Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department addressed the ICCO European meeting...
28 May 2020 10:06:00Strasbourg 28 May 2020
Media in times of crisis play an essential role and have a particular responsibility to provide...
27 May 2020 07:40:00Strasbourg 27 May 2020
Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department at the Council of Europe conducted...
19 May 2020 19:50:00Strasbourg 19 May 2020
Children are surrounded by the media from their birth – media and communication platforms and...
“Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This Article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.
The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.”
Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights