5.1 ask governments of member states to see that legislation guarantees effectively the organisation of the public media in such a way as to ensure neutrality of information, plurality of opinions and gender balance, as well as a comparable right of reply to any individual citizen who has been the subject of an allegation;
5.2 study, in co-operation with the competent non-governmental organisations such as the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the prospects for setting up, within the Council of Europe, a European mechanism for information verification, taking the form of a European media ombudsman, with sufficient international representativeness where possible drawn from, and having a mode of operation and function similar to, the corresponding national self-regulatory bodies or mechanisms;
5.3 foster the setting up of citizens' media associations and encourage schools to provide media education;
adopt a declaration on the ethics of journalism along the lines of Assembly Resolution 1003 (1993)
and promote the implementation of these basic principles in the member states of the Council of Europe.