Press release - 697(2009)

Council of Europe to host 3rd International Journalism Conference

Strasbourg, 28.09.2009 – On 7-9 October 2009, the Council of Europe, which is one of the leading institutions to promote and protect freedom of expression, will host the 3rd International Journalism and News Conference at the Palais de l'Europe in Strasbourg, in co-operation with the association “Journalisme et Citoyenneté”.

On the programme are over 30 workshops, debates and meetings, which will be attended by over 150 participants including several of the star names of French and European journalism. Diversity will be a central theme, and Thursday 8 October will be given over mainly to the Council of Europe’s “Speak out against discrimination" campaign.

As the media and media professionals have such a key role to play in combating discrimination and fostering intercultural dialogue, the Council of Europe is encouraging all the main players in the media industry (including editors, journalists, broadcasters and regulators) to come and take part in this debate centring on the anti-discrimination campaign. They will be asked to suggest ways of promoting a culture of tolerance and mutual understanding, bearing in mind the contribution that the media can make towards informing the public and forming public opinion.

In short, the main aims of the 2009 conference are as follows:

    - Fight for more diversity

    - Create the conditions to provide a quality service

    - Give journalism a European face

    - Restore the public to its rightful place

    - Uphold, reward and protect freedom of the press.

Before and during the conference, the City of Strasbourg and various partners will be holding a number of events aimed at the local public, including the following:

    - on 5 October, a tribute to the deceased journalists, Anna Politkovskaya, Jean Hélène and Christian Poveda (salle de l’Aubette);

    - on 6 October, a meeting on the subject “Do news and religion mix?” (salle de l’Aubette), to be attended by journalists from the religious media;

    - on the evening of 7 October, a major debate on the subject  “Diversity in the media” (auditorium of the France 3 television studios).

The French Minister of Culture and Communication, Frédéric Mitterrand, will attend the conference’s prize-giving ceremony at the Modern Art Museum on Thursday 8 October (invitation only).

Every year, the International Journalism Conference brings together journalists, editors, press magnates, students and teachers of journalism, researchers and members of the public to discuss principles and practices which may help to improve standards in the news media.

For more information

Press contact: Henriette Girard, Press office, Council of Europe, Tel. +33 3 88 41 25 60 ;

Council of Europe Directorate of Communication
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 39 11