Violence in and through the media
- Parliamentary Assembly
debate on 24 June 2014 (22nd Sitting)
(see Doc. 13509, report of the Committee on Culture, Science, Education
and Media, rapporteur: Sir Roger Gale; and Doc. 13536, opinion of the Committee on Social Affairs, Health
and Sustainable Development, rapporteur: Ms Maryvonne Blondin). Text adopted by the Assembly on
24 June 2014 (22nd Sitting).
Referring to its Resolution 2001 (2014)
violence in and through the media, the Parliamentary Assembly welcomes
the Council of Europe’s youth campaign against hate speech online
and encourages member States to actively support the campaign.
2. As violent media services and products are produced throughout
Europe, including in countries which are not members of the European
Union, the Council of Europe is the appropriate authority to address
this subject from a European perspective, based on Article 10 of
the European Convention on Human Rights (ETS No. 5), which sets
the standards for all 47 member States of the Council of Europe.
3. Recalling the important legal and political guidance provided
by the Committee of Ministers in its Recommendation No. R (97) 19
on the portrayal of violence in the electronic media, as well as Recommendation
No. R (89) 7 concerning principles on the distribution of videograms
having a violent, brutal or pornographic content, the Assembly believes
that further work is necessary in this field.
The Assembly therefore recommends that the Committee of Ministers:
4.1 instigate the preparation of
practical guidance to parents, teachers and providers of media services
and products on how to deal with violence in the media and its effects
on individuals and society as a whole, and how to counteract its
4.2 encourage, through relevant partnerships between intergovernmental
bodies and private stakeholders, possibly in co-operation with the
European Union and UNESCO, the standardised rating of violent content
by the producers and access providers of such content throughout
Europe and beyond;
call on governments of member States to forward this recommendation
and Resolution 2001 (2014)
violence in and through the media to their regulatory authorities
and public service broadcasters.