ABSTRACT OF THE SESSION
Who is in charge of the media in 21st century?
Media freedom and advocacy are interlinked. What can you say, about whom, and where depend on the laws in your country and how they are implemented. The question therefore is how get the best rules and make sure they are observed by all players. Media regulation is normally a matter for governments and parliaments. But media professionals play an important role too by developing their own professional standards and compliance mechanisms. National and international actors such as intergovernmental bodies and NGOs are involved in the development of the national media safeguards. How can media and journalists interact with such actors and how can they help each other to improve the media freedom in individual countries and in Europe?
Media regulation is not a matter of state discretion only. The media operation and content as well as journalist profession are realisation of the right to freedom of expression protected by international human rights law. Some media matters such as broadcasting are also regulated by EU law. Therefore states are obliged to ensure that their laws meet international and European media standards. Which are these standards? Who adopt them and what determines their content? Join us to learn how to improve your professional situation from media freedom perspective.
General Comment 34: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrc/docs/gc34.pdf
OSCE safety of journalist manual: http://www.osce.org/fom/118052?download=true
UNESCO World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0022/002270/227025e.pdf
Legal Review of the Italian Laws on Defamation: http://www.osce.org/fom/108108?download=true
Resolution 1636 (2008) Indicators for media in a democracy: http://assembly.coe.int/Mainf.asp?link=/Documents/AdoptedText/ta08/ERES1636.htm
Joint Declarations of the representatives of intergovernmental bodies to protect free media and expression: