Ministers' Deputies
    Notes on the Agenda

    CM/Notes/840/5.1 16 May 2003
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    840 Meeting, 28 May 2003
    5 Media


    5.1 Steering Committee on the Mass Media (CDMM)

    a. Abridged report of the 58th meeting (Strasbourg, 26-29 November 2002)

    b. Draft Recommendation Rec(2003)… of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to promote the democratic and social contribution of digital broadcasting
    c. Draft Declaration on freedom of communication on the Internet

    Reference documents
    CM(2003)67revised

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    Action


    a. to take note of the abridged report of the 58th meeting of the Steering Committee on the Mass Media (CDMM) as a whole (document CM(2003)67revised);

    b. to adopt the Recommendation Rec(2003)… on measures to promote the democratic and social contribution of digital broadcasting, as it appears in Appendix II to document CM(2003)67revised;

    c. to adopt the Declaration on freedom of communication on the Internet, as it appears in Appendix III to document CM(2003)67revised, and to take note of the Explanatory note thereto, as it appears in Appendix IV to document CM(2003)67revised.

    1. Document CM(2003)67revised lists the items discussed and the decisions taken at the 58th meeting of the Steering Committee on the Mass Media (26-29 November 2002). The items to which the CDMM decided to draw the Committee of Ministers' attention are indicated in bold. The draft decisions set out below concern only those items which the Secretariat considers require a decision by the Deputies.

    2. At their 829th meeting, (26 February 2003), the Deputies were invited to adopt two draft texts previously approved by the CDMM during the aforementioned meeting (a draft Recommendation on measures to promote the democratic and social contribution of digital broadcasting and a draft Declaration on freedom of communication on the Internet), as well as to take note of the report of this meeting. However, the Deputies had decided to postpone the examination of these items following comments and proposals for amendments to the above draft texts submitted by two delegations.

    3. In the light of these comments and proposed amendments, the two draft texts were subsequently referred back to the CDMM for reconsideration. With regard to the draft Recommendation on measures to promote the democratic and social contribution of digital broadcasting, the delegation that had made comments no longer has any objection to the original text which is therefore resubmitted to the Deputies for adoption.

    4. With regard to the draft Declaration on freedom of communication on the Internet, a written consultation procedure has been conducted with all delegations on the CDMM concerning the proposal to supplement the 3rd recital in the preamble with the phrase “in accordance with Article 10, paragraph 2 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms”. As no delegation on the CDMM has made any objection against this addition, the accordingly revised draft Declaration is submitted to the Deputies for adoption.


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    DRAFT DECISIONS

    840th meeting - 28 May 2003

    Item 5.1 a

    Steering Committee on the Mass Media (CDMM)

    a. Abridged report of the 58th meeting (26-29 November 2002)
    (CM(2003)67revised)

    Decision

    The Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 58th meeting of the Steering Committee on the Mass Media (CDMM) as a whole (document CM(2003)67revised).

    840th meeting - 28 May 2003

    Item 5.1 b

    Steering Committee on the Mass Media (CDMM)

    b. Draft Recommendation Rec(2003)… of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to promote the democratic and social contribution of digital broadcasting
    (CM(2003)67revised Appendix II)

    Decision

    The Deputies adopted Recommendation Rec(2003)… on measures to promote the democratic and social contribution of digital broadcasting, as it appears at Appendix … to the present volume of decisions [Appendix II to document CM(2003)67revised].

    840th meeting - 28 May 2003

    Item 5.1 c

    Steering Committee on the Mass Media (CDMM)

    c. Draft Declaration on freedom of communication on the Internet
    (CM(2003)67revised Appendix III and IV)

    Decisions

    The Deputies

    1. adopted the Declaration on freedom of communication on the Internet, as it appears at Appendix … to the present volume of Decisions [Appendix III to document CM(2003)67revised];

    2. took note of the Explanatory note thereto, as it appears at Appendix IV to document CM(2003)67revised.



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