22 Sep 2021 14:39:00Amsterdam 22 September 2021
On September 21, Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department addressed the...
21 Sep 2021 15:06:00
Kick-off event of an online course for legal professionals on freedom of expression in Bosnia and HerzegovinaOnline 21 September 2021
First online course for legal professionals on freedom of expression, that will be tutored by...
20 Sep 2021 09:20:00Strasbourg 20 September 2021
A Guidance Note on Content Moderation was adopted by CDMSI at its 19th plenary meeting on 19-21...
16 Sep 2021 18:32:00Online 16 September 2021
The European Commission presented today its Recommendation to strengthen the safety of...
15 Sep 2021 09:54:00Budva 14 September 2021
In order to discuss and exchange views on the role of the media regulatory authorities in the new...
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.