Media freedom constitutes an important index for democracy,
political freedoms and the rule of law in a country or region. In
view of the deterioration of the safety of journalists and media
freedom in Europe, Council of Europe member States must step up
their domestic and multilateral efforts for the respect of the human
rights to freedom of expression and information as well as to the
protection of the life, liberty and security of those working for
and with the media.
With reference to alleged targeted attacks on journalists
in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, as well as alleged targeted
physical attacks by police or security forces against journalists
covering demonstrations and other manifestations of popular protest,
full judicial investigations into those attacks are necessary by
member States in view of their respective obligations under the
European Convention on Human Rights.
National parliaments are invited to hold annual public debates
on the state of media freedom in their respective countries, and
Council of Europe action should be taken in accordance with United
Nations General Assembly Resolution 68/163.