CMFE continues its valued engagement as observer at the CDMSI Steering Committee on Media and Information Society of the Council of Europe (CoE) in Strasbourg and its Expert committees.
“The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) is vested with the important mission to steer the work of the Council of Europe in the field of freedom of expression, media and internet governance.”
The Council of Europe has published the background paper Media Literacy for all. Supporting marginalised groups through community media
The study compares five models of community media from Cyprus, Ireland, Luxembourg, Spain and the UK and highlights initiatives and projects in the field of media and information literacy. The importance of community media in helping the growth of an ‘informed citizenry’ is well recognised by the Council of Europe. However, it remains that community media in many European countries still lack formal, legal recognition, fair access to distribution platforms and sustainable funding.The report was prepared by Martina Chapman, Nadia Bellardi and Helmut Peissl for the upcoming Council of Europe Ministerial Conference “Artificial intelligence – Intelligent politics: Challenges and opportunities for media and democracy” scheduled for May 28.-29. 2020 in Cyprus.
CMFE delivered a presentation on Community media promoting local engagement across generations on May 24th in Belgrade, at the International Conference to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Council of Europe, organized by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia. The Conference focused on the implementation of Council of Europe instruments and standards in the field of media and information and host ed several members of the Council of Europe Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI), where CMFE has an observer status since 2008. Continue reading
Ukraine has a new President, who will be given time to find his feet and ways to turn his popular promised real.
Before the Presidential elections, the media reform which has been prepared for the past three years, had taken an important step forward with civil society’s claim for community media to be clearly highlighted in the reform process. Referring back to the first ever national community radio day held in December 2018, the press release of the ‘Media- and Civil society development NGOs’ suggested the establishment of a joint working group led by the State Committee on TV&Radio Broadcasting, with the representation of all the relevant experts, public servants and NGOs. Together this group should draft the new legislation framework on Audiovisual Media Services and meet the Action Plan of EU-UA Association Agreement. Continue reading
On the occasion of the European Week of Media Literacy, the Council of Europe and Reporters Without Borders invite to a conference on the 20th of March in Strasbourg, France. This might be of interest to experts on Media Literacy from Community Media across Europe!
CMFE is happy to support not-for-profit media and cultural initiatives in Croatia, struggling with what seems to be a systematic lack of funding for the third or not-for-profit sector. Despite very positive developments in Croatia, there is a severe lack of funding specially in connection with European funding schemes, i.e. the European Social Fund, where postponements have taken place and kept media initiatives without access to tenders.
We wrote a letter to the ministry of Culture and we are hoping for a swift response to work together towards a sustainable, independent media scene!
In a Declaration adopted today, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers encourages states to put in place a regulatory and policy framework that facilitates the operation of quality journalism, while not constraining media outlets’ editorial and operational independence. Recommended measures include a beneficial tax regime, financial support schemes and the possibility of media outlets to operate as not-for-profit organisations and receive donations from philanthropic programmes.
The Council of Europe recognises the value of community media as a source of local content, cultural and linguistic diversity, media pluralism, social inclusion and intercultural dialogue.
It endorses the commitment of community media to media and information literacy, through the development of critical and creative thinking and active participation in media content production. Continue reading
On 28th of November, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a recommendation to member States to take effective measures to protect and promote civil society space: find more information here: https://www.coe.int/en/web/ingo/-/call-on-civil-society-to-disseminate-the-recommendation-of-the-council-of-europe-on-the-need-to-strengthen-the-protection-and-promotion-of-civil-socie
(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 28 November 2018
at the 1330th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)
CMFE is taking part in the Council of Europe’s committee on quality journalism in the digital age (MSI-JOQ) which met for the second time in Strasbourg on Sept. 24-25. The committee is tasked to prepare a standard-setting proposal on criteria and measures for promoting an enabling environment for quality journalism, taking account of the current challenges and the role that journalism should continue to play in safeguarding democracies. MSI-JOQ is also preparing a draft study on media and information literacy in the digital environment. Among the experts involved are Nadia Bellardi, independent expert on the committee, and Helmut Peissl, observer on behalf of CMFE. Read more here: https://www.coe.int/en/web/freedom-expression/-/msi-joq-experts-discussed-quality-journalism-and-media-literacy-in-the-digital-age