Council of Europe/CDMSI

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The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) oversees the Council of Europe's work in the following areas:

  • Media.
  • Information society.

In addition, the CDMSI has a role in co-ordinating standard-setting work in respect of the protection of personal data and the right to private life, in close association with other relevant Council of Europe bodies such as the T-PD and the CDCJ.

It advises the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of work. In doing so, it focuses on human rights protection and promotion.

For this purpose, the CDMSI aids co-operation among the 47 Council of Europe member States. It assists them in the development of common policies. It also fulfils any other activity which the Committee of Ministers may assign to it.

The work of the CDMSI is undertaken in the context of Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights which provides for the right to freedom of expression.

The Department provides input into the work of the CDMSI as required and works with the Committee on a wide range of issues, including:

  • Media plurality.
  • The promotion of journalism and the protection of journalists.​

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