Ministers’ Deputies
Notes on the Agenda

CM/Notes/1022/5.1 19 March 20081
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1022 Meeting, 26 March 2008
5 Media


5.1 Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC)

a. Draft Recommendation CM/Rec(2008)… of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to promote the respect for freedom of expression and information with regard to Internet filters
b. Draft declaration on the independence and functions of regulatory authorities for the broadcasting sector

Item prepared by the GR-H at its meeting of 18 March 2008

Reference documents
CM(2008)37, CM(2008)37 add and CM(2008)38

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Action - Item proposed for adoption without debate

To adopt the draft Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to promote the respect for freedom of expression and information with regard to Internet filters, as well as the draft declaration on the independence and functions of regulatory authorities for the broadcasting sector.

At its meeting of 18 March 2008, the GR-H examined the draft Recommendation contained in document CM(2008)37, and in this context, the report of the Group of specialists on human rights in the information society (MC-S-IS) on the use and impact of technical filtering measures for various types of content in the online environment, with particular regard to Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (document CM(2008)37 add), as well as the draft Declaration contained in document CM(2008)38. After a discussion, the Group agreed to transmit these texts to the Deputies for adoption of the relevant decisions at their 1022nd meeting on 26 March 2008 without further debate.

Financing assured: YES

DRAFT DECISIONS

1022nd meeting – 26 March 2008

Item 5.1

Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC)

a. Draft Recommendation CM/Rec(2008)… of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to promote the respect for freedom of expression and information with regard to Internet filters
b. Draft declaration on the independence and functions of regulatory authorities for the broadcasting sector
(CM(2008)37, CM(2008)37 add and CM(2008)38)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. adopted Recommendation CM/Rec(2008)… of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to promote the respect for freedom of expression and information with regard to Internet filters, as it appears in Appendix … to the present volume of Decisions; < document CM(2008)37 >

2. took note of the report of the Group of specialists on human rights in the information society (MC-S-IS) on the use and impact of technical filtering measures for various types of content in the online environment, as contained in document CM(2008)37 add;

3. adopted the Declaration by the Committee of Ministers on the independence and functions of regulatory authorities for the broadcasting sector, as it appears in Appendix … to the present volume of Decisions. < document CM(2008)38 >

Note 1 This document was classified restricted at the date of issue; it will be declassified in accordance with Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.


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