Council of Europe Secretary General Focuses on arrests of Journalists in his Address to Committee of Ministers

CoE Secretary General focuses on the arrest of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül Source Turkey The new government was announced last week and I look forward to working with Prime Minister Davutoğlu and his team, especially at a moment when Turkey and Europe are confronted with unprecedented common challenges. Last Thursday, Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief, Can Dündar,[…]

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Press Conference in Geneva launches “Best Practices” for Protecting Journalists

Geneva event unveils effort to reinforce existing international obligations, and mechanisms for protecting journalists. Source GENEVA, Dec 9, 2015 – The International Press Institute (IPI), Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN), Geneva Global Media and the Geneva Press Club today presented the International Declaration and Best Practices on the Promotion of Journalists Safety at an event[…]

Strasbourg court ruling restricts journalists’ coverage of street protests

  By Dirk Voorhoof * Recently, the Council of Europe Task Force for Freedom of Expression and Media published a book under the title “Journalism at risk. Threats, challenges and perspectives”. Since a Grand Chamber judgment of the European Court of Human Rights of 20 October 2015, a new threat for journalistic freedom has obviously emerged, that[…]

Council of Europe chief condemns murder of Azerbaijani journalist

  Source: Council of Europe The Secretary General of the Council of Europe issued the following statement today: “I am shocked by the murder of Rasim Aliyev, Chairman of the Institute for Reporters Safety and Freedom (*). It is a very worrying sign that the safety of journalists in the country is deteriorating further. I[…]

UN Security Council adopts Resolution on protection of journalists as civilians

Source: United  Nations In All-Day Debate, Security Council Voices Alarm at Growing Threats to Journalists, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2222 (2015) 7450th Meeting (AM & PM)   Strongly condemning impunity for attacks on journalists, which had greatly increased globally, the Security Council, during an all-day open debate today, called on parties to conflict and all Member[…]

Council of Europe launches Internet platform for safety of journalists

Source: Council of Europe 02 May 2015 The Council of Europe is launching today –in co-operation with five partner organisations– an Internet platform aimed at protecting journalism and promoting the safety of journalists. Via the platform, the partner organisations –Article 19, the Association of European Journalists, the European Federation of Journalists, the International Federation of Journalists and[…]

Syrian press freedom champion Mazen Darwish wins World Press Freedom Prize 2015

Source: UNESCOPRESS 3 May 2015 The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, awarded the prestigious 2015 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to imprisoned Syrian journalist and human rights activist Mazen Darwish on Sunday evening. The award ceremony took place at the Latvian National Library in Riga on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day celebrated[…]