1176th meeting – 10 July 2013

Item 5.2

Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) ‒
Implementation of the Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on measures to promote the respect of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights –
Report by the Secretary General

(CM(2013)29 final and DD(2013)738)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. welcomed the wide range of measures taken by the Secretary General for improved collection and sharing of information and enhanced co-ordination between the secretariats of the different Council of Europe bodies and institutions to promote respect of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR);

2. agreed that this work is to be given continued priority, in particular in relation to the rights of Internet users and Internet freedom and governance, protection of journalism and safety of journalists and combating hate speech;

3. in this context, agreed on the usefulness of addressing an open invitation to interested media freedom organisations to report serious violations of media freedom to the relevant Council of Europe bodies via the Secretariat; also agreed to reflect on the modalities for the creation of an Internet based platform aimed at facilitating the compilation, processing and dissemination of the information collected to the above-mentioned bodies and to the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media;

4. agreed to hold their next thematic debate on issues relating to media freedom in Europe in December 2013, in the context of their consideration of the text(s) which will be adopted at the forthcoming 1st Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society (7-8 November 2013, Belgrade), including in the light of information collected within the framework of the above-mentioned open invitation;

5. agreed to transmit the Secretary General’s report to the Parliamentary Assembly, to the Commissioner for Human Rights and to the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) for information and possible comments;

6. invited the Secretary General to report on further action taken to implement the Committee of Ministers’ Declaration of 13 January 2010 on measures to promote the respect of Article 10 of the ECHR within three years.



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