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ECPMF ECtHR Conference e-book: introduction, presentations and conclusions

On March 24, 2017 the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom with the support of Council of the Europe (CoE) organised the conference “Promoting dialogue between the European Court of Human Rights and the media freedom community. Freedom of expression and the role and case law of the European Court of Human Rights: developments and challenges”. The conference took place in Strasbourg.

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The three key themes of this conference were: (1) defamation, privacy and the processing of personal data, (2) investigative journalism in relation to newsgathering, access to official documents and the importance of the protection of sources and whistleblowers, as well as (3) the right to protest and the role of the media during protests.

The conference resulted in fruitful discussions of the ECtHR’s recent case law relating to freedom of expression, media and journalism. The keynote speakers, the moderators, the speakers and participants played a crucial role on the productive dialogue between judges and civil society.

These discussions have been collected and presented in this conference e-book in form of conclusions. In addition, unedited speeches and presentations of the speakers are incorporated in this publication. The conference was broadcast live and video links to all speakers’ presentations are included as well. Lastly, a summary of social media coverage is also integrated.

Please click here to download the e-book.

Conference: Promoting dialogue between the European Court of Human Rights and the media freedom community

Freedom of expression and the role and case law of the
European Court of Human Rights:
developments and challenges

Strasbourg, France
24 March, 2017

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, supported by the Council of Europe, will hold the conference “Promoting dialogue between the ECtHR and the media freedom community” on 24 of March 2017 in the Palais de L’Europe, Room 1 in Strasbourg.

Registration is closed.

The one-day conference aims to bring together judges and lawyers of the European Court of Human Rights and media lawyers, academics, policymakers, journalists, media professionals and civil society representatives active in the field of media law and freedom of expression. It will provide a platform to discuss the ECtHR case law in cases concerning freedom of expression of media and journalists.

The event is organized in cooperation with ARTICLE 19, the European Federation of Journalists, Ghent University Human Rights Centre, Index on Censorship, the Institute of European Media Law, the International Federation of Journalists, the International Press Institute, the Media Legal Defence Initiative, the Mass Media Defence Centre and PEN International.

Key topics to be discussed during the conference include:

  • Defamation, privacy and the processing of personal data
  • Investigative journalism, access to information, protection of sources and whistle-blowers
  • The right to protest and the role of the media during protests.

Registration is mandatory due to a limited number of seats available. Registration is open until 10 of February 2017 and it might close before this date if all places are reserved.

You can find the detailed programme below. Please visit the website regularly for updates.

We hope to see you in Strasbourg,

ECPMF Team


Organising committee:

Flutura Kusari, Peter Noorlander, Urška Umek and Dirk Voorhoof
For more information, contact kusari@ecpmf.eu.


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