The Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media considers
investigative journalism to be a “public asset” that should be protected
and that more should be done to include it in anti-corruption strategies;
it recommends closer co-operation between parliaments and investigative
journalists to strengthen the role of parliaments and citizens'
confidence in democratic institutions and the media.
The committee not only believes that more must be done to
ensure the safety of journalists and freedom of the media but also
that the relevant legislation must be strengthened. To this end,
it is necessary to enact laws to ensure the widest possible access
to information, to put in place financial mechanisms to support
investigative journalism without compromising its independence and
to provide adequate protection to whistle-blowers.
To achieve the three aforementioned aims, the Council of Europe
should provide stronger support for improvements in national legislation
by assessing their conformity with Council of Europe standards,
identifying the possible needs of member States and developing exchanges
of experience and co-operation activities.