Hearing in Paris on media independence, investigative journalism and editorial integrity

With a view to uphold media independence, investigative journalism and editorial integrity, the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) is organising a hearing in Paris on 1 June with a series of experts including the advisor in charge of press and information of the French Ministry of Culture, the Secretary General of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and an investigative journalist.

The committee currently prepares a series of reports with a view to better promote the freedom of the press:

- Parliamentary scrutiny over corruption: parliamentary co-operation with investigative media, rapporteur: Gülsün Bilgehan (Turkey, SOC);
- New methods of political influence over independent journalism, rapporteur: Vesna Marjanovic (Serbia, SOC);
- Attacks against journalists and media freedom in Europe, rapporteur: Volodymyr Ariev, (Ukraine, EPP/CD);
- The protection of editorial integrity, rapporteur: John Howell (United Kingdom, EC);
- The status of journalists in Europe, rapporteur: Elvira Dobrinski-Weiß (Germany, SOC).


The hearing is organised on 1 June from 9.30am to 12.30 at the Council of Europe office in Paris (55, avenue Kléber ; métro Boissière). It is open to the press.
Accreditation requests should be sent to : catherine.becarmin@coe.int

Reference texts:
Resolution 2066 (2015) Media responsibility and ethics in a changing media environment
Resolution 2060 (2015) Improving the protection of whistle-blowers
Recommendation 1950 (2011) The protection of journalists’ sources
Resolution 1729 (2010) Protection of “whistle-blowers”
Recommendation 1878 (2009) Funding of public service broadcasting