2012 edition: Governments and journalists share responsibility for a free press, says Secretary General

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has warned that close and non-transparent relationships between media and governments are a risk to pluralistic societies. In a statement to mark World Press Freedom Day he said:

"Freedom of expression is a fundamental right, enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights. A free press is vital for any democracy. Elected politicians have a duty to ensure that journalists can work freely and without fear of state repression. The Council of Europe promotes press freedom by advising governments on media legislation and, where necessary, by helping member states to meet their obligations under the Convention through specific co-operation programmes". (more...)

The 2010 edition in the Council of Europe

  • Changing media landscape creates crisis of journalism, Commissioner Hammarberg underlines in his human rights comment. Read the comment...
  • Between freedom of press and responsibility: the Council of Europe and the City of Strasbourg organise on 5 May the ''Strasbourg Dialogues''. More information...
  • The Council of Europe has invited a panel of top European journalists and experts to discuss how freedom of expression has fared in the last decade. Watch the programme...
  • Journalists and media are a vital cornerstone of democracy, according to Andrew McIntosh, the Assembly standing rapporteur on media freedom (more...)