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Tom Law, the EJN’s Director of Campaigns and Communications, is taking part in the Council of Europe’s Committee of experts on quality journalism in the digital age, which is meeting from 2018 to 2019. The committee is tasked to “provide established and new stakeholders in the media environment guidance towards an enabling environment for quality journalism, taking account of the current challenges and the role that journalism should continue to play in safeguarding democracies.”

The remit of the Committee:  

Under the supervision of the CDMSI, drawing upon the existing Council of Europe standards and the relevant case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, the MSI-JOQ will prepare a standard-setting proposal on criteria and measures for ensuring a favourable environment for the practice of quality journalism in the digital age. MSI-JOQ will also study the promotion of media and information literacy in the digital environment and reflect on a possible standard-setting instrument.

For more information see:

If you would like to have input into the Committee’s deliberations please contact Tom.

Hate Speech

The EJN accepted the invitation of the Council of Europe to make a keynote address at a regional conference on Combating Hate Speech in Media which took place on 20-21 June in Tbilisi with participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova.

Media, Justice and Corruption in Turkey

On 28 September 2016, as Turkish media continued to be targeted in the government crackdown after a coup attempt in July, the EJN took part in a Council of Europe Roundtable on media, justice and corruption, in Ankara and argued for a new low-key approach to training and support for free expression in Turkey during the period of crisis.

Read the full Annual Report for 2016 here

Freedom of Expression

In January 2018, The EJN delivered a presentation on freedom of expression and journalism to an inter-professional seminar for judiciary and media actors, organized by the Council of Europe of the Press Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 Read about the whole event here


On 10 October 2017, The Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons and the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly held a joint hearing on the media portrayal of migrants during the Assembly session in Strasbourg .

A summary of the event can be found here

Online Journalism

In June 2017, The Council of Europe conducted a workshop in Geneva, Switzerland. The workshop focused on the challenges and opportunities faced by news media and journalism as such in the demanding online environment.

Read more about the event here


On 19 June 2017 the Council of Europe held  a “Colloquium on the role of media actors in confronting terrorism” in Strasbourg bringing together media actors, audio-visual regulatory bodies, media self-regulatory bodies, government representatives, civil society representatives and academics.

Read about the full event here

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