Media – General
At their 1147th meeting (4 and 6 July 2012)
(CM/Del/Dec(2012)1147/5.2), the Deputies adopted the Declaration of the
Committee of Ministers on the Desirability of International Standards
dealing with Forum Shopping in respect of Defamation, “Libel Tourism”,
to Ensure Freedom of Expression.
At their 1147th meeting (4 and 6
July 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1147/5.1), the Deputies approved the
terms of reference of the Committee of Experts on
Rights of Internet Users (MSI-DUI) (CM(2012)91) and in the light
of this decision, took note of the abridged report of the 1st meeting of
the CDMSI (CM(2012)80).
At their 1139th meeting (4
April 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1139/5.1), the Deputies adopted
Recommendation CM/Rec(2012)3 of the Committee of Ministers to member
States on the protection of human rights with regard to search engines
and Recommendation CM/Rec(2012)4 of the
Committee of Ministers to member States on the protection of human
rights with regard to social networking services.
At their 1134th meeting (15-16 February 2012)
(CM/Del/Dec(2012)1134/5.1ab), the Deputies took note of the comments of
the CDMC on Parliamentary Assembly recommendations (Appendices 4 to 6 to
CM(2012)13). The Deputies agreed to support and encourage the active
participation of all Council of Europe member States in relevant local,
national, regional and global Internet governance dialogue, including in
particular the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) and
called on member States to protect and encourage respect for rights and
freedoms in cyberspace.
Finally, the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 15th
meeting of the CDMC (CM(2012)13).
Also at their 1134th meeting (15-16 February 2012)
(CM/Del/Dec(2012)1134/5.1cd), the Deputies adopted the Declaration by
the Committee of Ministers on Public Service Media Governance and
adopted Recommendation CM/Rec(2012)1 of the Committee of Ministers to
member States on public service media governance.
At their 1131st meeting (18 January 2012)
(CM/Del/Dec(2012)1131/1.7), the Deputies noted that a number of issues
were raised during the thematic debate on “Media freedom”, such as the
protection of journalists and their information sources, the challenges
of new media, freedom of communication and the protection of human
rights on the Internet, media independence and pluralism, access to
information, the role of public service media and balanced coverage of
issues of public interest, hate speech, media responsibilities,
professionalism and ethics. They agreed to devote one of their thematic
debates annually to a relevant aspect of media freedom in Europe on the
basis of a discussion paper to be prepared by the Secretary General.
Building on their Declaration on Measures to Promote
the Respect of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights,
the Deputies agreed that the Council of Europe should strengthen the
impact and visibility of its activities in the field of media freedom
through a wider co-ordination among the various competent structures and
mechanisms, as well as through reinforcing co‑operation with other
international bodies active in this area, in particular the European
Union, the OSCE and the UN. They encouraged the Secretary General to
develop a toolkit of assistance measures in the field of media freedom
which could be made available upon request to member States and
neighbouring countries and to keep them informed.
Bearing in mind the terms of
reference given to the Steering Committee on Media and Information
Society (CDMSI) for the biennium 2012-2013, the Deputies invited the
CDMSI to prepare a compendium of relevant Council of Europe standards in
the field of media freedom, including with regard to hate speech, and
examine ways of promoting knowledge and effective implementation of
these standards in member States, including among and with the media.
In order to guarantee freedom of expression and information, the
Deputies called on member States to take all appropriate steps to ensure
the protection of journalists, other media professionals and bloggers,
both as regards preventive measures and effective investigation.
Finally, the Deputies tasked the
CDMSI to examine possible initiatives to be taken within the framework
of the Council of Europe to strengthen this protection, taking into
account the work conducted by other international organisations, as well
as to foster ethical journalism, and to report back in due course.
Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI)
Replies to Recommendations
At their 1131st meeting (18
January 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1131/5.1), the Deputies adopted the reply
to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1950 (2011) on “The protection
of journalists’ sources”.
Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council