Communication

IRIS Themes - Vol. I - Freedom of Expression and the Media: Standard-setting by the Council of Europe (I) Committee of Ministers

Author: European Audiovisual Observatory

Published: 01/12/2011

This e-book provides valuable insights into the work of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on freedom of expression and the media. It summarises the many principles and normative requirements adopted by the Council since November 1994 in no less than 57 official documents designed to guide the member states of the Council of Europe. It also provides direct access to each of those official documents.

More precisely, this publication contains:

1. An overview of all of the texts summarised, including links to the individual articles and the official texts.

2. A list of authors of the articles.

3. A general description of the role and functioning of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in the context of standard-setting relating to (but not necessarily based on) Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

4. A compilation of short articles, taken from our legal database, IRIS Merlin, summarising the main elements of relevant Declarations, Recommendations, Resolutions and other documents adopted by the Committee of Ministers. Each article provides a link to the full text of the official document(s) it summarises.

5. A compilation of the full texts of all Declarations, Recommendations, Resolutions, etc., adopted by the Committee of Ministers (covering the period from 12 September 1952 to 13 January 2010), supplemented by the editors to include relevant texts adopted between 13 January 2010 and 21 September 2011.

This e-book is the brain-child of Tarlach McGonagle who also provided us with the introduction, the complete list of relevant texts and many of the corresponding IRIS Merlin articles as well as the list of authors. I would like to thank him for his initiative and commitment. I am also grateful to the authors of the IRIS Merlin abstracts that build the core of this e-book. Thanks are also due to Kim de Beer for her patient persistence with the numerous challenges of the formatting exercise. My thanks go finally to the colleagues of the Media, Information Society and Data Protection Division of the Council of Europe who let us use their compilation of the original texts adopted by the Committee of Ministers.

A sister publication focusing on the multiple principles and normative requirements adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is available as IRIS Themes Freedom of Expression and the Media: Standard-setting by the Council of Europe (II) Parliamentary Assembly.

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