It is unacceptable that, in the Europe of human rights, dozens
of journalists are physically attacked, arbitrarily imprisoned and
even murdered; those responsible for these crimes remain mostly
unpunished. Threats, harassment, legal and administrative restrictions,
and undue political and economic pressure against journalists are
All Council of Europe member States must effectively guarantee
the safety of journalists, create an environment conducive to freedom
of the media and prevent the misuse of laws or normative provisions
that may affect this freedom, without which there is no democracy.
The right of journalists to protect their sources must be guaranteed;
police violence against journalists must be condemned and sanctions
against any infringement of the freedom of the media must be dissuasive.
The Council of Europe Platform to promote the protection of
journalism and safety of journalists is an essential tool for alert
and collaboration that helps to analyse the situation in the member
States and to identify positive and negative trends. Member States
must respond quickly and effectively to alerts issued by the Platform
and co-operate with the latter in good faith.