Media responsibility and ethics in a changing media environment
Reply to Recommendation
| Doc. 13951
| 25 January 2016
- Committee of Ministers
at the 1245th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies (20 January 2016). 2016 - First part-session
- Reply to Recommendation
- : Recommendation 2075
1 The Committee of
Ministers has noted with interest Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation
2075 (2015) on “Media responsibility and ethics in a changing media
environment” and has communicated it to the Steering Committee on
Media and Information Society (CDMSI), for information and comments.
The Committee considers that the recommendation recalls important
principles and initiatives concerning media accountability and training.
The Committee of Ministers supports the Assembly’s call on
member States to ensure that individuals have an effective right
to reply and considers that this could be enhanced by the use of
information and communication technologies. The three texts adopted
by the Committee of Ministers to which the Assembly refers constitute
a basis for fostering accountable and professional media and journalism
in the digital age.Note
3 While underlining the importance of media independence, the
Committee of Ministers has, on many occasions, emphasised media
self-regulation as an alternative or complement to media regulation.
Human rights norms have to underpin the self-regulatory mechanisms
and bridge human rights and special media standards as a sound basis
of journalism. An important point to be stressed is that although
a diversity of media accountability rules already exists, their
practical implementation is of crucial importance. In this regard, strengthening
practical activities aiming at improving self-regulatory, ethical
standards for media professionals and their consistent implementation
is a goal to be pursued by the media and their associations.
4 The Committee of Ministers agrees with the Assembly about
the need to strengthen programmes aimed at raising self-regulatory
ethical standards among journalists and the media. It notes that
the Council of Europe has launched a number of initiatives aiming
at boosting professional and ethical journalism through its co-operation
activities. In this respect, it recalls for example the support
provided for the establishment of a network of media self-regulatory
bodies in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova,
the Russian Federation and Ukraine (2011) as well as in South-Eastern
European countries (2015). Seminars with journalists have also been
organised and support for the elaboration of codes of ethics has
been provided in a number of member States.
5 In view of the above, the Committee of Ministers does not
consider it necessary at this stage to produce guidelines for governments
in order to support media self-regulation nationally. It will continue
to pay attention in its future work to media responsibility and
ethics and to how they are affected by a changing media environment.
6 The Committee of Ministers takes note of the Assembly’s recommendation
that the Council of Europe should engage in more practical activities.
It agrees about the usefulness of the initiatives enumerated in
this respect and assures the Assembly that it will keep this in
mind when considering future activities.