Communication on the activities of the Committee of Ministers  
  Return to Index
Statutory Report 2012

5. Media
Media – General
Replies to Recommendations
Audiovisual Observatory

 

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

Parliamentary Assembly

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 of Europe

 

Audiovisual Observatory
 

 

 

 



 Top

 

  Related Documents
 
   Other documents