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Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media

21 December 2012

On 8-9 November 2012 the EU and the Council of Europe, within the framework of a joint project, organised a seminar on “Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media in the South Caucasus and Moldova 2011-2012”. Launched in January 2011, the joint project is aimed at supporting the development of legal and institutional guarantees for key constitutional rights – freedom of speech, higher quality journalism and a pluralistic media landscape in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova.
The project covers all types of media – both traditional and new – and aims to regulate media in line with Council of Europe standards. During her speech, Lejla Dervisagic, representing the Council of Europe, stated: “We have a similar project in all EU member states and in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine and other countries; however, in this region, and also in Moldova, we realised that problems are similar. There are some issues concerning self-regulation and the protection of journalistic sources, which are common for all four countries, and this was the reason for organising this project on a regional basis. In Armenia, there are some issues concerning regulatory bodies. However, Armenia is already on the way to better implementing case law of the European Court concerning article 10”. Within the framework of the joint project certain activities have been undertaken, such as establishing networks between the self-regulatory bodies of the four countries and organising three-monthly meetings in order to discuss common problems.

The workshop was one of the phases of the project, which was organised in cooperation with the Armenian Chamber of Advocates. During the seminar both Armenian and European experts made presentations. Council of Europe expert Frederic Gras, of the Paris Bar, spoke about European practices of media coverage of criminal proceedings and freedom of information and privacy in social networks. Armenian experts talked about domestic developments and the challenges addressed in this field. They also presented interesting statistics about legal cases and proceedings in 2010-2012, indicating a process of change. They stated that progress had been recorded, as, from January to October 2012, only 8 claims had been filed in the courts in comparison with nearly 40 claims in 2011.

Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media

On 8-9 November 2012 the EU and the Council of Europe, within the framework of a joint project, organised a seminar on “Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media in the South Caucasus and Moldova 2011-2012”. Launched in January 2011, the joint project is aimed at supporting the development of legal and institutional guarantees for key constitutional rights - freedom of speech, higher quality journalism and a pluralistic media landscape in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova. The project covers all types of media – both traditional and new – and aims to regulate media in line with Council of Europe standards. During her speech, Lejla Dervisagic, representing the Council of Europe, stated: “We have a similar project in all EU member states and in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine and other countries; however, in this region, and also in Moldova, we realised that problems are similar. There are some issues concerning self-regulation and the protection of journalistic sources, which are common for all four countries, and this was the reason for organising this project on a regional basis. In Armenia, there are some issues concerning regulatory bodies. However, Armenia is already on the way to better implementing case law of the European Court concerning article 10”. Within the framework of the joint project certain activities have been undertaken, such as establishing networks between the self-regulatory bodies of the four countries and organising three-monthly meetings in order to discuss common problems. The workshop was one of the phases of the project, which was organised in cooperation with the Armenian Chamber of Advocates. During the seminar both Armenian and European experts made presentations. Council of Europe expert Frederic Gras, of the Paris Bar, spoke about European practices of media coverage of criminal proceedings and freedom of information and privacy in social networks. Armenian experts talked about domestic developments and the challenges addressed in this field. They also presented interesting statistics about legal cases and proceedings in 2010-2012, indicating a process of change. They stated that progress had been recorded, as, from January to October 2012, only 8 claims had been filed in the courts in comparison with nearly 40 claims in 2011.