The media play a major role in the daily life of modern societies.
While it is difficult to prove a direct causality between the exposure
of a person to a violent media service or product and a subsequent
act of aggression or violence by that person, the general impact
of media violence on the behaviour of individuals and societies
as a whole cannot be denied.
Measures applied by public authorities against media violence
need to be prescribed by law and justified in a democratic society.
In this context, any incitement to violence through the media, as
well as the production, public display, sale and possession of media
with gratuitous violence which violates human dignity, shall be prohibited.
Those who produce media in which violence plays a central part should
be obliged to indicate publicly the type, level and quantity of
violence of such media. Providers of media services or products
should be required to provide hotlines or other public complaint
mechanisms which can be contacted if difficulties are experienced
with violent media content or violence through the media.
It is recommended that the Committee of Ministers instigate
the preparation of practical guidance for parents, teachers and
providers of media services and products on how to deal with the
effects of media violence on individuals and society as a whole
and how to counteract its potential impact.