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New media platform to protect free expression and journalists’ safety

Earlier today, the Council of Europe and five partner organisations, launched an Internet platform aimed at protecting journalism and promoting journalists’ safety.

Across Europe, journalists and other media professionals face attacks and harassment and are detained and even killed because of their reporting.

The project, backed by Article 19, the Association of European Journalists, the European Federation of Journalists, the International Federation of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders, will act as early warning alert system, focussing on threats to media freedom.

It will also serve as a database on serious physical threats to journalists and other media personnel, threats to the confidentiality of media sources and forms of political or judicial intimidation.

The platform will enable the Council of Europe to highlight serious concerns about media freedom and journalists’ rights and to react more effectively in response to these threats.

It will also strengthen dialogue with concerned member states and further the likelihood of remedies and protective measures. The follow-up actions undertaken by the Council of Europe will also be included on the platform.

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