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Stop jailing journalists: Turkey and Azerbaijan must uphold Council of Europe standards

Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), General Rapporteur on media freedom and the safety of journalists for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has today expressed concern over the detention of journalists, an appalling phenomenon which has been observed for many years... More

Fighting the manipulation of sports competitions must be a political priority

Council of Europe member States must adopt “relevant laws and sanctions to uphold the integrity of sports competitions against manipulation”, according to PACE‘s Culture Committee. This type of ‘organised crime’ can “only be tackled effectively through a common political commitment and legally... More

Public debate on new technology is essential to ensure it respects human rights, says PACE committee

As nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and the cognitive sciences converge, a PACE committee has called for “a new culture of public dialogue” on scientific advances to ensure that new technologies respect human rights. The committee makes reference to existing tools, such as... More

COVID-19: Rapporteurs call on Russian authorities to protect journalist Elena Milashina as a matter of urgency

Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on media freedom and the protection of journalists, and Frank Schwabe (Germany, SOC), rapporteur on “the continuing need to restore human rights and the rule of law in the North... More

COVID-19: 'Pandemic should not be an excuse to muzzle the press', rapporteur warns

Stefan Schennach, General Rapporteur on media freedom and the safety of journalists for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, expressed concern about restrictions on press freedom in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. More

Rapporteur welcomes Turkish Constitutional Court ruling on journalist Mehmet Altan

Stefan Schennach has welcomed a Turkish Constitutional Court ruling that journalist Mehmet Altan’s rights were breached when a lower court failed to release him, and ordering the payment of compensation. More