18 Oct 2021 09:20:00Strasbourg 17 October 2021
An international event to be held on 18 October on the theme of “Human Rights in the digital...
13 Oct 2021 15:14:00Online 14 October 2021
Patrick Penninckx, the Head of the Information Society Department, addressed the issue of Media...
12 Oct 2021 10:46:00pbibrussels2021.be Brussels 7 October 2021
Council of Europe was represented at the international conference "A Choice for Democracy",...
05 Oct 2021 11:06:00Online 5 October 2021
The EU/CoE Action “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in Kosovo*” (JUFREX2), in...
28 Sep 2021 12:04:00
Bar Association of Albania enlarges the pool of local trainers in freedom of expression and the mediaStrasbourg 28 September 2021
11 lawyers of the Bar Association of Albania participated and successfully accomplished the...
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.
“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
The murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017 sent shock waves through Europe. Violence and acts of harassment against journalists have become alarmingly frequent, as was laid bare in the Council of Europe’s 2017 survey of 940 journalists across the continent.
This follow-up study is about the human cost to journalists who seek to hold the powerful to account. It is based on in-depth interviews with 20 journalists who use their reporting skills to expose corruption, injustice and abuses, often putting their safety at risk. They share their insights into the realities of practising cutting-edge journalism while facing aggression, intimidation and vicious cyber-attacks. Too often the necessary protections fail and crimes against journalists go unpunished.