The effects of counter-terrorism legislation on freedom of speech in Europe

The Media and Information Society Division published a report “ Speaking of terror – A survey of the effects of  counter-terrorism legislation on freedom of the media in Europe” by an independent expert, David Banisar, Director of the Freedom of Information and Project at Privacy International.

In his report, Mr Banisar gives an overview of legal and policy developments in the context of counter-terror action in Council of Europe member  states since 2001 and the impact they have on Article 10 rights.  Banisar presented hisreport at a conference on “Anti-terrorism legislation in Europe since 2001 and its impact on freedom of expression and information”, organised by the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam and hosted by the Dutch government in Amsterdam on 17 and 18 November 2008.


Related documents of the CoE on freedom of the media:

General

Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism [CETS No. 196]

Guidelines on Human Rights and the Fight against Terrorism (2002)

Declaration on freedom of expression and information in the media in the context of the fight against terrorism (2005)

Guidelines on protecting freedom of expression and information in times of crisis (2007)

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

· Recommendation 1706 (2005) on media and terrorism

· Resolution 1438 and Recommendation 1702 (2005) on freedom of the press and the working conditions of journalists in conflict zones

Resolution 1634 (2008) on Proposed 42-day pre-charge detention in the United Kingdom

Johannesburg Principles: National Security, Freedom of Expression and Access to Information

Muller QC, Mark, QC (2008) “Terrorism, Proscription and the Right to Resist in the Age of Conflict” Denning Law Journal 2008 Vol 20 pp 111 – 131

Incitement to and apologie of terrorism, hate speech etc

Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER) (2004) “Collection of relevant case-law of the European Court of Human Rights related to ‘apologie du terrorisme’ and ‘incitment to terrorism’”

Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER) (2008) “Collection of relevant case-law of the European Court of Human Rights related to ‘apologie du terrorisme’ and ‘incitment to terrorism’”(french only)

Steering Committee for Human Rights(CDDH), Committee of Experts for the Development of Human Rights (DH-DEV) “Report: Human Rights in a Multicultural Society – Hate Speech

Voorhoof, Dirk “European Court of Human Rights: where is the ‘chilling effect’? – Conviction of cartoonist for drawing 9/11-cartoon condoning terrorism is not a violation of freedom of expression as guaranteed by Article 10 of the Convention” Draft version 15/10, DV (on Leroy vs France)

Access to information

Recommendation No. R (2002) 2 on access to official documents

Recommendation CM/Rec(2008)6 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to promote the respect for freedom of expression and information with regard to Internet filters, adopted on 26 March 2008

Draft Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents

Protection of sources and surveillance

Recommendation No. R (2000) 7 on the right of journalists not to disclose their sources of information and its Explanatory Memorandum

Read the papers of another recent seminar on article 10 at the European Court of Human Rights here:

Freedom of Expression and Article 10 ECHR – Summaries of 20 recent judgments(and decisions) of the European Court of Human Rights (Fichier PDF) by Dirk Voorhoof

Access to state-held information as a fundamental right under the European convention on human rights (Fichier PDF) by Wouter Hins & Dirk Voorhoof

European Court of Human Rights : where is the “chilling effect” ? (Fichier PDF) by Dirk Voorhoof

Some Introductory Remarks (Fichier PDF) by Christos Rozakis

Inflexion ou revirement ? Réflexions sur la jurisprudence récente de la cour européenne des droits de l’homme en matière de liberté d’expression (Fichier PDF) by Patrick Wachsmann

Trends in the Recent Case-Law: a Critical Assessment (Fichier PDF) by Gavin Millar

Peter_Noorlander‘s seminar paper (Fichier PDF)

Legal protection ; the two edged sword (Fichier PDF) by Aidan White

Les « devoirs » et « responsabilités » des journalistes : une garantie à l’exercice de la liberté d’expression ? (Fichier PDF) by Mario Oetheimer

Journalists’ Rights and Responsibilities and the Impact of Ethics and Self-regulation (Fichier PDF) by Ognian Zlatev

The sensitive relationship between Press Councils and the courts (Fichier PDF) by Anne Louise Schelin

Freedom of expression, journalists’ rights and duties and the impact of ethics and self-regulation in the light of Article 10 ECHR (Fichier PDF) by Dirk Voorhoof

Le contexte national dans le cadre de l’article 10 (Fichier PDF) by Johannes Masing

Le contexte national français dans le cadre de l’article 10 de la CEDH (Fichier PDF) by Basile Ader

Russian Case-Law In The Framework Of Article 10 Of The European Convention (Fichier PDF) by Galina Arapova

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights: a dialogue on freedom of expression standards. (PDF File) by Eduardo Andrés Bertoni

Liberté d’expression et influence de la jurisprudence de Strasbourg sur la jurisprudence communautaire. (Fichier PDF) by Joël Rideau

Some conclusions and outlook (Fichier PDF) by Dirk Voorhoof

Related: article in the Weekly Standard on a new initiative to create a U.N.-decreed protection of religions from defamation or criticism.

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