The Council of Europe “Platform to promote the protection
of journalism and safety of journalists” became operational in April
2015 and lists a high number of cases which have given rise to alerts
on serious threats to media freedom in Europe. The Platform alerts
and governmental responses should be used for in-depth analyses
of serious cases of attacks on journalists and media freedom, especially
where the severity and frequency of such attacks indicate systemic
problems in member States.
For instance, 16 journalists have died violently in member
States since January 2015 and some serious concerns already expressed
in Resolution 2035 (2015) have to be reiterated again.
Despite the difficulties and serious challenges Turkey faces
today, writers, journalists and cartoonists should not be tried
in detention and emergency decrees should be reviewed as far as
they order the arrest of writers and media staff, as well as the
public seizure of media companies and their assets.
Russian authorities should respect freedom of expression and
information through the media also in areas which are de facto controlled by them outside
the territory of Russia in violation of Resolution A/RES/68/262
of the United Nations General Assembly.