Posted in Uncategorized by coda on May 25, 2009
  • tags: new, media, freedom, of, expression, regulation

      • Democracy does not exist without free, independent and diverse media. Recent social, cultural and technological changes have a dramatic impact on the media. New communication services and media are appearing, whereas the more traditional types of media are exposed to enormous challenges. The new media represent huge opportunities but also potential risks that still need to be explored.


        In light of these continuous innovations, one has to ask:

        • What can be called media today?

        • How can we approach digital, convergent media, but also media created by new actors or media-like activities performed by non-traditional media actors?

        • How do media integrate and apply democratic values and principles related to the individuals and communities?
          Is there a need for new specific standards?

        Studying how these new media are creating new risks and opportunities for the protection of human rights is indispensable. The Reykjavik conference will set the working direction for the Council of Europe for the coming years to meet these new challenges.


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